When you are in Germany, you can attend several beer festivals that happen throughout the year. But one festival that you cannot afford to miss during the autumn season is the Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest takes place in Munich and has plenty of events and features to give you a fun long run for two straight weeks. If you are planning your trip around to Germany to attend Oktoberfest, here are some cool facts to give you a head start about this festival.
Oktoberfest starts in September
People planning to attend Oktoberfest for the first time may miss the dates to book their flights on time, thinking they have till October for “Oktoberfest,” but they do not. Earlier, the fest took place during the first week of October but was later extended a week into September because the weather was warmer. It also attracter more visitors to the fest who stay longer in Munich.
Only serves Munich beer
Oktoberfest is a celebration of Bavarian tradition where everyone dresses in traditional attires and only serve the beers that are brewed within the city of Munich. No other beer is allowed to open a stall at the festival. The festival is to celebrate the best beers in the world according to the Bavarian tradition, which contains online water, barley, and hops.
Oktoberfest was not a beer festival
When Oktoberfest was held for the first time in 1810, it was for the honor of the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The first celebration of Oktoberfest ended with a horse party. Years later, beer was added to this annual wedding celebration.
It is called Wiesn
The festival was named after Theresienwiese, the place where Oktoberfest takes place. It also values the name of Princess Therese, who got married here. While for the world, it is Oktoberfest, for the natives, it is Wiesn, pronounced as “Vizen.”
Special brewery for Oktoberfest
The locals do not want to compromise on the standards of their beer when they are presenting it to the world during their most important festival. They have special breweries where they brew beer, especially for the festival. It also makes the beer stronger than what you will get in any bar. A mug of beer you drink here will be equal to having eight shots of Schnapps. You will find at least 6% of alcohol in any beer you taste during the fest.
The festival commences
Oktoberfest is not a regular party where you enter and start drinking. It carries traditional values that are meant to be respected, or you may offend a lot of people. Drinking at Oktoberfest can only begin when the mayor of Munich commences it by opening the first barrel of beer in front of everyone, proclaiming ‘O’ zapft is,’ meaning “it is tapped.”