Munich Oktoberfest 2014
The Munich Oktoberfest is a special event and many will have this carefully marked out on their calendar this year. It is one of Germany’s most famous fairs with it not only being the largest, but playing host to nearly 6 million people each year. This is a giant festival that people from all over the world come to see, and it certainly looks like a giant party where people can enjoy what Bavarian culture has to offer.
History of the Oktoberfest 2014
To understand the history behind this magnificent festival we must go back to the early part of the 19th century. It started out as a royal wedding between the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig to the princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen. The wedding took place in 1810 with most of the community attending. A horse race was set up by the National Guard in order to celebrate the occasion. This race went down so well that it was staged again the following year on what was known as the Theresienwiese, a meadow that was named after Ludwig’s Princess. Towards the end of the 19th century as this event was staged each year, it had become quite an occasion with more and more stalls being added. It wasn’t until towards the very tail end of the 19th century in 1896 that the first beer stall was installed. This was beer local to the country, made only in Munich. This is still the case today with beer only coming from Munich itself and not imported from elsewhere.
The Oktoberfest tents
There are seven large beer tents and these are called “Wirstbudenstrabe.” The beer is supplied by Munich’s best breweries. The tents are all individually named, Augustiner, Braurosl, Hackerbrau, Hofbrau, Lowenbrau, Ochsenbraterei, Winzerer Fahndl. In the Augustiner tent the beer is served from wooden barrels and inside this massive tent they can hold nearly 9,000 people. The Braurosl tent again seats just over 8,000 people and has its own special beer. The Hackerbrau boasts its own revolving stage while the Hofbrau tent seats over 9,000 people and is arguably one of the most popular tents. The Lowenbrau is a place where fans meet to honour their favourite football team. The Ochsenbraterei tent has a rather impressive ox on a spit, and quite a few of these are consumed during the festival. This tent, like the Braurosl is modest in comparison with some of the other ones and seats just over 8,000. The final Winzerer Fahndl tent occasionally has celebrity visitors and holds nearly 11,000 people.
There is a smaller version of this fair known as Wirtezelte. They are much smaller and are run by publicans from Munich. They have 6 tents in total again, each with their own names, including Armbrustschutzen, Fischer-Vroni, Festhalle Schottenhamel, Hippodrom, Kafer’s Wies’n-Schanke and finally Schutzenfesthalle. These are a smaller version of the larger tents and inside they are very similar in what they provide, they are simply smaller in terms of capacity.
Of course if you don’t like the idea of beer and you’d like something a little more sophisticated then there’s the wine tent. This tent has the capacity to hold about two and half thousand people and there are many excellent wines served.
Of course the Oktoberfest isn’t just for beer and wine there is some excellent food served with plenty of meat and vegetarian choices available. If you love beer, enjoy socialising and like good traditional German food then the Oktoberfest is definitely somewhere where you’ll feel right at home. This is definitely a place where you can really let your hair down and enjoy what Munich has to offer.
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