Oktoberfest 2009 – Munich Is the Place to Be This Late September!

Oktoberfest 2009 – Munich Is the Place to Be This Late September!

For sixteen days in the fall of every year Oktoberfest in Germany – Bavaria is the only place to be for any serious beer drinker or festival maniac. In fact, the Oktoberfest in Germany brings in a crowd of approximately six million partiers every year! Munich (München) hosts what has become the biggest fair in the world, and certainly the largest Oktoberfest in Germany.

Oktoberfest is a mainstay of the Bavarian culture. Beer drinking and festivals go back centuries and centuries in Bavaria and the Oktoberfest is the culmination of all of these efforts at celebration. Bavarians are proud of their heritage (as they should be) are hard workers. They also know how to throw a party, and Oktoberfest is the party of all parties.

Even if you aren’t a beer drinker, there is something for everyone at Oktoberfest. Perhaps you are more into wine. There are numerous tents where wind can be purchased at Oktoberfest. Food more your thing? There is that as well! Wiener schnitzel, pork, lamb, fish, oxen – you can find it all. It isn’t just the beer that makes Oktoberfest great; it is the fun, the folks, and the atmosphere.

The History of Oktoberfest in Germany

The first Oktoberfest in Germany is said to have been a party to honor King Ludwig I’s marriage. In an effort to celebrate the union, the couple organized a horse race. The festival has evolved since that time to the huge fair that it is today. Since the first Oktoberfest in 1810, the fair has been celebrated all but only a handful of times when war or epidemics prevented its occurrence.

Originally held in October as the name suggests, the festival date was changed in the mid 1800’s in order to take advantage of the great weather to be had in Bavaria in late September. Also around this time the festival was lengthened to include almost the full sixteen days that it is today. Between 1850 and 1853, a statue was added the fairgrounds called the statue of Bavaria. The first time beer was ever served in the traditional glass mug wasn’t until 1892.

Here are some great Oktoberfest Facts:
The price for a liter of beer is approximately 8.5 Euro
The Oktoberfest in Germany grounds are around 104 acres
Almost 7 million liters of beer are consumed during the festival
There’s almost a thousand toilets available
Approximately 6.2 million people visit each year
The tents seat from 3 – 8 thousand people or more
Almost 7 million liters of beer are consumed during the festival
Oktoberfest 2009

September 19, 2009 is the kick-off date for this year’s Oktoberfest 2009. You can expect the same enormous crowds, plenty of wiener schnitzel and of course- BEER! Munich is always the place to be during Oktoberfest and this year is no exception. As usual, the festivities will start with the official tapping of the keg my Munich’s mayor.
If you are planning a trip to this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich, there are a couple of things to keep in mind –
Festival tents open at 10 AM (9 AM on the weekends) and close at 11:30 PM
Beer is available for purchase until 10:30 PM
Carnival rides are Monday – Thursday: 10am – 11:30pm Friday, Saturday: 10am – 12am Sundays and holidays: 10am – 11:30pm
Entrance to Oktoberfest is Free!
Get there by late morning to get seats in a tent!
Smoking is only allowed in the Oktoberfest tents

Oktoberfest is a very important festival to Bavarians and all of Germany; you can find out more about this enormous festival at http://www.bavaria-info.com/oktoberfest-in-germany.html.

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