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Oktoberfest – The Most German of Festivals

It surprises many people to discover that the now popular festival was never intended to be a yearly event. The first “Oktoberfest” was actually a festival and celebration held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of the Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.

Attending a local Oktoberfest celebration hosted by pubs and restaurants may be fun, but it can’t compare to taking part in the real thing. This year celebrate Oktoberfest as it was truly meant to be celebrated by taking a trip to Munich.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is a Long-Standing Tradition in Germany

Munich hosts the world’s largest Oktoberfest. Attending it is something that will create memories that will last a lifetime.

To get you excited about attending this year’s Oktoberfest, we will provide you with a brief overview of the history of this fun festival as well as details about when the festival will take place and some of the things you can do there!

There were many events and festivities held throughout the first Oktoberfest, but the most popular was a horse race that was held on the last day. It was so popular that instead of it being a one-time event, they decided to hold it annually. Over time, more and more events and activities were added to the horse race and eventually the giant Oktoberfest festival was created.

Details for Oktoberfest 2018

Oktoberfest 2018 takes place from 22 September until 7 of October. The festival kicks off with the Mayor of Munich hosting a ceremony where the first keg of beer will be tapped for the festival. Once the first keg is tapped, the beer will continue to flow until the very last day of the festival.

There is so much to see and do during Oktoberfest 2018, some of the highlights include:

  • Sampling some of the best beer from all over the world. Vendors travel from all across the globe to showcase their beer at Oktoberfest.
  • Rides and attractions –  Oktoberfest prides itself on offering some of the wildest festival rides. This year some new attractions such as the Chaos Pendel and Predator guarantee to be a favourite amongst thrill seekers.
  • Vintage photographer-  a “court” photographer will be available at Oktoberfest to take your photograph in a historical setting. There are plenty of props and backdrops that are available so your photo looks authentic.
  • Costume parade – locals dress up in traditional German costumes and parade through the streets.
  • Traditional concert featuring an authentic brass band.

Tips for Planning a Trip to Oktoberfest 2018

The following are some travel tips that every traveller to Oktoberfest 2018 should keep in mind:

  • Plan on taking public transportation to Oktoberfest. There is parking, but it is easier to travel by the public transportation system.
  • Don’t purchase re-sold tickets or hotel reservations on eBay or other websites. Many of the ads are scams and you will end up not having a hotel when you arrive in Munich. Make sure you book your hotel through official websites.
  • To receive food and drink at Oktoberfest you have to have tokens. If you don’t spend them all at the festival, there are several local vendors which will accept them so your money doesn’t go to waste.

Start planning today to attend Oktoberfest 2018! It is guaranteed that if you attend you will have an amazing time and come home with tons of stories to share with family and friends.

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