Watch the below video from 2011 showing the great atmosphere on the last day of the Oktoberfest in the Schützen-Festzelt. You will notice, that this festival is much more than just a giant beer-party but a fantastic get-together of people of all nations and backgrounds having a real good time together.
Note that probably all these people are standing on their benches or tables!
5 + 5 Things to know about the Oktoberfest
- Why is the Oktoberfest celebrated in September and not in October? In the 19th century, the Oktoberfest was still celebrated in October, but mainly in pouring rain. Therefore it was decided to switch it to the more reliable month of September, which is known for its Indian summer. It ends at the beginning of October.
- The Oktoberfest celebrated it's 200. Anniversary in 2010 but why is this only the 179. Oktoberfest? The first Oktoberfest started in 1810 and was cancelled 24 times within the last 203 years. Reasons were the wars, inflation, bad weather etc.
- In which of the tents do you find most of the international guests? Definitely in the Hofbräu-Festzelt. Mainy there are Americans, New Zealanders, Australians, English and Italians. Funny is, that most foreigners know the name "Hofbräu": Probably from movies mentioning the Hofbräuhaus in Munich´s city center.
- Were there always that many rides on the Oktoberfest? No, in the 1818 there were only one carousel and two swings. Only in the 20th century more and more showmen joined and made it the huge festival it is today.
- Every year, a song contest is being held to find the best Oktoberfest song. Since the 2013 song hasn´t been chosen as far as we know, we present the official winner and their song from 2012 (they use an Irish folk song for their melody):
- Considering the many different beers in Germany, which beer is being served at the Oktoberfest? Only breweries from Munich are allowed to serve their beer at the Oktoberfest. The breweries are: Spaten, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu und Augustiner.
- How much beer is being consumed each year at the Oktoberfest? Even the yearly increasing beer-prices don`t scare the people away: They consume about 6.5 million "Mass" beer (a "Mass" is a big, heavy glass mug holding 1 liter or 1 quart of liquid).
- How did the Oktoberfest originate? The birth of the Oktoberfests was the wedding of the Crownprince Ludwig and later King of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Five days they celebrated a jamboree culminating in a horse race on October 17 on a meadow, named after the bride "Theresienwiese" (hence the insider name for the Octoberfest "Wiesn"). What was special about this feast was that royalty and common people were invited and celebrated together. This was the birth of the "Wiesn" and it still has that special flair, which makes it a great place to visit.
- What were the funniest Lost&Found items on the Oktoberfest? Several thousand items are being collected during the Oktoberfest and things found were the usual purses and umbrellas but also a pug (yes, the dog), tennis rackets, sets of teeth and a leather whip.
- How many guests can be seated in those huge tents on the Oktoberfest? There are 14 tents with seats between roughly 5,000 and 10,000 guests, so, go figure! It's a massive amount of people.
Just like the motto of the Bavarians*: "Live and let live!" the Oktoberfest in Munich is a real good example of the hospitality and comfortable friendliness of the people there.
(*Bavarians are people living in the Free State of Bavaria, which is the most southern state of the Federal Republic of Germany. The capital city is Munich.)