Don’t Miss: The Munich Oktoberfest – The Beerfest Sep 22nd – Oct 7th 2012

February 3, 2012 by

The Munich Oktoberfest – known by the locals as the “Wiesn”, is the biggest public festival in the world and will be held in 2012 for the 179th time. It all started when Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony – Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The citizens of Munich were all invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to help celebrate the happy royal event. Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition that has now become the Oktoberfest. Large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed, with almost 7 million liters served during the 16 day. Visitors may also enjoy a wide variety of traditional food.

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