The annual German drinking festival, Oktoberfest has started. Each year, beer lovers arrive in their millions to celebrate Bavaria’s most famous festival. The celebration started in 1810 to mark the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to his new bride, Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Oktoberfest survives now as an important German folk festival.
Originally Oktoberfest was held between the 12th and 17th of October to coincide with the royal wedding, however, when the festival proved so popular, the dates were extended in subsequent years to take advantage of the warmer weather in September.
Here are some vital stats for those amongst us that appreciate culture, drinking, good food and celebrations.
- Oktoberfest runs for 16 days and is visited by more than six million people.Each year a festival march is still held to celebrate the royal marriage.
- In 2013 6.7 million litres of beer were served, accounting for roughly 30% of annual production for Munich brewers.
- Only beer conforming to the rules of the Rheinheitsgebot and made within the city limits of Munich can be served at Oktoberfest.
- Oktoberfest generates around 1,000 tons of rubbish each year.
- Over 70% of visitors to Oktoberfest are local, confirming the German love of beer.
- On weekends, beer tents reach full capacity by 11am. So, booking ahead is essential.
- A pair of Bavarian style Lederhosen, popularly worn by young male Oktoberfest attendees, cost around $300.00.
If you are interested in seeing the Oktoberfest it’s essential you book ahead. With six million visitors in a little over two weeks, accommodation can be hard to find. Even if you miss the Oktoberfest, Munich is a wonderful city to visit. It has many beautiful and historical buildings and museums as well as cavernous beer halls serving local beer with oompah music all year ’round.
Remember to pack BioRevive’s Hydrodol with you before you leave Australia. If you do indulge while away, you don’t want to waste a day of your holiday clutching your head with a hangover. Hydrodol is a powerful mix of vitamins and herbs that nourish your body and brain during and after drinking. Of course, it is also very important to make sure you remain hydrated, so try to make every second drink a non-alcoholic one.