“How to Oktoberfest Like You Know What You’re Doing”
So how did the largest beer festival in the world, bringing over 6 million people to Munich annually, get it’s start? Let’s take it back to the year 1810.
Bavaria’s Crown Prince, soon to be King Ludwig I, was due to marry Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Munich’s citizens were invited to celebrate in a grand royal ceremony topped off with horse races, music and dancing.
Held on the expansive meadow in front of the city gates on October 17th, the first Oktoberfest gathering commenced. To later honor the new Queen, the meadows where Oktoberfest is still held today was thereafter named Theresienwiese. Today, locals simply call it “Wies’n.”
To celebrate the anniversary of the couple, another public gathering was held at Theresienwiese the following year. The festivities continued year after year and by 1896, beer stands were replaced by tents, horse races were replaced by fairgrounds and the Oktoberfest we know today began to take shape.
Fast forward to the year 2016 where my Oktoberfest story began. I was in the midst of a 3 month solo Europe backpacking trip when I realized I booked Oktoberfest accommodations for the wrong weekend.
Tip #1: The dates for Oktoberfest change every year
Don’t be like me, make sure you’re looking at the current years dates. And no, Oktoberfest does not start in October. To make the festivities more comfortable for attendees, the gathering was moved to September’s milder temperatures.
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