The beer festival in Munich was first held in 1810. With the exception of rare occasions it has taken place every year. This year the largest international festival in the world will celebrate its 180th year. There are between 5 and 6 million festivalgoers from all over the world who will convene at the “Wiesn” in Germany, the local term for the international festival.
Beer, parades, rides, beer, pretzels, folk music, and even more beer are all part of the festivities.
The Germans are not just third in the world in terms of beer consumed. They are also beer producers! Oktoberfest is even a time for producing its own special beer, the Märzenbier, literally “March beer” (sic !), or Oktoberfestbier which is better understood. It’s a strong beer which is consumed in great quantities during the event. Around six million litres of beer are consumed each year in the festival tents. This means around a third of the local annual production is consumed here over a period of two weeks.
The festivities are not limited to drinking. You can also dine, which is highly recommended, accompanied by music in the tents, or go outside where there are activities for festivalgoers of all ages. Rides and roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, or souvenir stands can all be found on the Wiesn. Each Thursday from midday to six o’clock is dedicated to families.