Looking for a reason to make a trip to Germany today? If you love enthusiasm and crowd of happy people, then you must not miss the world’s largest Volkfest (beer festival and traveling funfair), Octoberfest.
Lasting for 16 to 18 days, this annual festival usually starts from the mid or late September to the first Sunday in October. As it is not only for locals, you will meet over 6 million people coming from around the world just to see the Wiesn (how German calls the event). So make sure you take apart into the crowd of people enjoying various attractions including amusement rides, games, and side stalls. There is no reason to stay craving since a wide variety of traditional foods are also served.
The 186th Octoberfest 2019 takes place from September 21st until October 6th, 2019, located in Theresienwiese, Munich. The beer tents and stalls open at 10 am and will let you stay until midnight. All rides at the fairground can be enjoyed from midday.
The first Octoberfest took place in 1810. The festival was used to celebrate the wedding of the Bavarian Crown prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. It started on October 12th, 1810 and ended on October 17th, 1810. Being well received by, the festival was repeated in the following years. Instead of taking place in October, the event occurs in September. Why? it is because the weather at the end of September in Munich is pleasant and mild.
When you decide to join the fun of Octoberfest, be sure to check out your dates, so you won’t miss the following important events during this annual festival:
Parade of the Wiesn landlords and breweries
About 1,000 participants join this parade at the Theresienwiese. The festive horse-drawn carriage of Munich mayor, flower-adorned carriages of the Wiesn landlords and their family, festival carts, bands and surely the magnificent carts of Munich breweries are marched from Josephspitalstraße to the respective festival tents.
1. “O’zapft is” tapping ceremony
Octoberfest officially opens annually with the tapping ceremony taking place at 12 noon on the first Saturday. The mayor will tap the first beer barrel and opens the festival by shouting “O’zapt is”. The ceremonial opening will be continued with the firing of twelve gunshots in from of Bavaria. If you miss the chance to watch the tapping ceremony live, you can turn on your television or stream the video at muenchen.de.
2. Traditional costume and hunters’ parade
A parade of consisting of hunting clubs, historic costume groups, bands, and flag wavers marches through Munich city center to the Theresienwiese on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019. If you want to watch the parade, you should come as early as possible to make use of the provided stands.
3. Traditional church service
Held firstly in 1956, this prayer is conducted by Catholic and Protestant ministers. All attendees are invited to pray for a peaceful Wiesn.
4. The Wiesn landlords’ concert
Taken place on the foot of Bavaria statue, the concert starts from 11 am on Sunday 29th September 2019. When all bands have gathered, they will have special conductors, consisting of the mayor and various celebrities who dress in the traditional costume and with the conductor’s stick on their hands. Do they really conduct the bands? You should not ask.
5. Traditional gun salutes
A lot of gun salute is a tradition to start and finish Octoberfest. On the last day, male and female shooters will fire a gun salute from the Bavaria statue’s foot. there are about 60 shooters who wear traditional dress. Using the black powder, every loud bang will be continued with white smoke.
Octoberfest is not only about living the old traditions. Both young and old can enjoy the festival. Try all rides to test adrenaline, be it the Ferris wheel, Hau den Lukes strongman game or Breakdancer ride. Do not forget to visit the opened stalls and buy souvenirs.
It is very easy to go to Octoberfest. Many roads are accessible by public transportations, such as tram, bus, and taxi. You can also find the best place to park your car.
The annual Octoberfest has just started. You still have some days to enjoy the events and attractions. So, it is time to check out the departure dates via Airpaz and book tickets to Munich.