Oktoberfest in Munich

The Oktoberfest in Munich is the biggest folk, beer and traveling festival in the world. The festival hosts yearly over 6 million people. It takes place between the 16th of September and the 3rd of October, in Münich.

Theresienwiese is set up in time as the event needs lots of preparation. Moreover, the event has its own beer type, the Oktoberfest beer. Participants love it very much and mostly consume only this type. In fact, in 2013, the beer was consumed in an amount of 6,7 litres.

Oktoberfest in Munich

A bit of history

Oktoberfest in Munich takes place since 1810. So, this year is the 207th anniversary of the festival. Oktoberfest was first held in the honour of King Ludwig I and Therese Saxe-Hildburghausen’s wedding.

The area of the Oktoberfest was named after the princess Theresienwiese. People were invited to celebrate the event in front of the city gates. Up to the present time, it has remained a tradition.

Oktoberfest in Munich


Traditional foods — there are various traditional dishes served at the festival such as Hendl (roasted chicken), Würstl (sausages), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings) or Brezen (pretzel).

Costume parades — the first parade was held in the honour of the silver wedding of King Ludwig and Princess Theresa. Later on, it became a tradition. Nowadays, over 8,000 participants march in their historical festival costumes.

Oktoberfest in Munich

Tours and activities

During the event are various activities you can enjoy. For example, concerts, parades, amusement rides and games at the beer tents.

Finally, if you are heading to the festival, take time to visit Münich’s landmarks and surroundings. We prepared some tours and activities for you. Check them out below:

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