Oktoberfest, the finest beer fest in the world is celebrated in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is also the world’s largest beer fest. The festival is of 16- to 18-days that stars in the mid or late October. About 6 million people attend the festival. This festival is also locally known as Wiesn.

The festival began in the year 1810, and since then it has been a very important festival in the Bavarian culture. There are also many other cities all round the globe that observes the Oktoberfest.  The fist fest was held in the year 12 October 1810. This was done to celebrate the wedding of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. In that wedding, all the citizens of Munich were invited to the meadow (Wies’n) situated in front of the city tower. In the early period of the festivals, there were several other things that were held along with the fest. The horse race was one of those things that were quite popular with the people those days. There was also the agricultural convention that was held those days.

In the year 1896, a businessman built a giant beer tent at Oktoberfest, and that was the beginning of the beer tents that were added since then in the fest. The breweries then came into action and started building their own where musicians played the tunes that attracted the people. According to one survey, in the year 2014, 6.3 million visitors drank 6.4 million liters of beer and ate the equivalent of 112 oxen, 600,000 chickens, and untold thousands of sausages.

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Visiting the festival can be a hectic one for you as the tents are always over crowded. During the weekends you need to enter the tents before 10 am so that you get a place there. There are many people who try to enter the tents and grab a place because if you don’t have a seat you won’t get a serving.  But there are also several tents that provide beer without a seat, and one of the popular ones is the Hofbräu Festzelt. The Hofbräu Festzelt has the standing area for people where you can stand and enjoy your beer.

A lot of beer is consumed during the festival, and in 2013, during the 13-day festival, almost 7.7 million liters were served. Apart from the beer, there are other things that you can avail here in the festival such as amusement rides, side stalls, and games. The food items are also an integral part of the fest. The number of days the festival runs depends on the first Sunday of that month. If the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or the 2nd, then the festival would run until 3 October and if the first Sunday is 2 October and 18 days when it is 1 October.

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