Oktoberfest

Informationen about hte Oktoberfest

For Oktoberfest time (in the last 2 weeks of September), there are special Oktoberfest prices.
The Oktoberfest weekends are the most expensive.

Opening:
The opening of the Mayor of Munich tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer in the Schottenhamel - tent.

Dates:
2016:... 17. September until 3. Oktober
2017:... 16. September until 3. Oktober
2018:... 22. September until 7. Oktober
2019:... 21. September until 6. Oktober

Opening times:
- Monday - Friday: 10.00 to 22.30 clocks
- Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 9.00 to 22.30 clocks

Security measures for the Oktoberfest:
We all want to have fun at Oktoberfest.To make sure we
all enjoy ourselves, we have established a few rules:
1.) This year, rucksacks and large bags will generally be banned from the Oktoberfest.
Leave any non-essential items at home. You will make it into the Oktoberfest much quicker if you don’t bring any bags or rucksacks with you.
Any bags or rucksacks you do bring must not exceed a volume of three litres or a size of 20 cm x 15 cm x 10 cm.
Even if they fit in your smallest bag, the following items are also prohibited:
Aerosol spray cans with hazardous contents; corrosive or staining substances; objects that could be used to cut, slash or stab. Glass bottles are also banned.
2.) Small children will get the best view of the Oktoberfest from their pushchairs. While there is no general ban on large pushchairs, they will be subjected to checks by security staff.
3.) Pushchairs are banned from the site all day on Saturdays and on the public holiday for the Day of German Unity on 3 October.
Furthermore, pushchairs will not be allowed onto the site from 6 p.m. on all other days.
4.) Animals are not permitted in the Oktoberfest at any time.
5.) No visitors are permitted on the festival grounds between 1.30 a.m. and 8 a.m.

More Information you can get here

The History of the Oktoberfest

King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields have been named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's fields") in honor of the Crown Princess ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the "Wies'n".

In 1811 an added feature to the horse races was the first Agricultural Show, designed to boost Bavarian agriculture. The horse races, which were the oldest and the most popular event of the festival are no longer held today. But the Agricultural Show is still held every three years during the Oktoberfest on the southern part of the festival grounds.

In the first few decades the choice of amusements was sparse. The first carousel and two swings were set up in 1818. Visitors were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands which grew rapidly in number. In 1896 the beer stands were replaced by the first beer tents and halls set up by enterprising landlords with the backing of the breweries.

The remainder of the festival site was taken up by a fun-fair. The range of carousels etc. on offer was already increasing rapidly in the 1870s as the fairground trade continued to grow and develop in Germany.

Today, the Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, with an international flavor characteristic of the 21th century: some 6 million visitors from all around the world converge on the Oktoberfest each year.

Oktoberfest

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