If you hear a thousand Beer mugs clink amidst uncountable heads and festive music playing with beautiful people dancing to its beats in a space fuming intoxication, you’re in one of the world’s greatest carnivals. It’s Munich during the Oktoberfest!
Oktoberfest is an annual festival celebrated in Munich, Germany, for two weeks that end on the first Sunday of October. It is one great attraction of the city drawing numerous foreign visitors as well as localities. The idea of the Oktoberfest can be traced back to 12 October 1810 when King Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. A grand gathering was arranged to celebrate the marriage of the crown prince where all the citizens of the kingdom of Bavaria were invited. Today it is celebrated as one of the largest beer festivals not just in Munich, but also in parts of the world having a considerable German population.
The Oktoberfest is attained by approximately 7 million people from all around the world with a consumption of almost 2 million gallons of beer. Top breweries from the city take part in a grand parade featuring beer wagons and people dressed in traditional outfits. The inauguration of the festival is marked by the event of tapping the first barrel of beer by Munich’s Mayor who shouts “O’zapft is”, meaning “its open”. To the people of Munich, Oktoberfest is not just any festival, it is a part of their heritage, something that evokes emotions.
Huge beer tents are built with ply by almost 6 different breweries, namely, päten, Augustiner, Paulaner, Hacker-Poschorr, Hofbräu and Löwenbräu. The most interesting fact is all that beer is brewed locally. That’s what keeps the ethnicity of the event intact. You must carry a map of the ground, else there are high chances of getting yourself lost amidst the ecstasy of the Oktoberfest. Undertake a comprehensive research about all the different breweries and the quality of the beer they serve before entering the grounds. Choose your favorite since all you have in Oktoberfest is OPTIONS!
For beer enthusiasts the Oktoberfest is paradise. Taste the best beer in the world as you drown in the joyful carnival. If you’re still planning, do not waste your time. An expedition to Munich’s Oktoberfest will always be worth the while.