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The Munich Oktoberfest - known by the locals as the “Wiesn” – is the biggest public festival in the world and will be held in 2014 for the 181th time. Each year, the Oktoberfest is attended by around 6 million visitors, who drink more than 5 million liters of beer and consume over 200,000 pairs of pork sausages – mostly in the “beer tents” put up by the traditional Munich breweries.

At the foot of the Bavaria statue, the huge Oktoberfest grounds also provide carousels, roller coasters and all the spectacular fun of the fair for the enjoyment and excitement of visitors of all ages.

The festivities are accompanied by a program of events, including the Grand Entry of the Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries, the Costume and Riflemen’s Procession, and a concert involving all the brass bands represented at the “Wiesn”.

The Oktoberfest will take place from 20th September until 5rd October 2014.

Source  : muenchen.de

The History of Oktoberfest

Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields have been named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s fields”) in honor of the Crown Princess ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wies’n”. Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that More…


Oktoberfest Statistics

The famous Oktoberfest with thousands of visitors from all over the world has an enormous influence on the economy of Munich and the surrounding area . Approximately 830 Millions EURO during the 16 days are spent – 324 Mio EURO on the festival grounds for food, drinks and entertainment, 205 Mio EUR0 for shopping in and around Munich, public transport and restaurants as well as about 301 Mio EURO for hotel accomodation. About 12,000 people are employed to enable the world´s largest and most popular festival More…


FAQs Oktoberfest

When will the Oktoberfest 2014 take place? On Saturday, September 20th, the Schottenhamel tent is the place to be, if you want to catch the official opening ceremonies. At noontime, 12pm, the lord mayor of Munich will have the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Once the barrel has been tapped, all visitors will then be allowed to quench their thirst. It pays to arrive early in order to experience the festivities up close and personal and it’s quite common for visitors to come around 9am to secure good seats. The festival will last until October More…


Transportation

How do I get to the Oktoberfest grounds with public transportation? U3 and U6 to underground stations Goetheplatz or Poccistraße , U4 and U5 to underground stations Schwanthalerhöhe or Theresienwiese Lines S1 – S8 to suburban train station Hackerbrücke For further information, visit the site of the Munich Transport Association. • How late do the suburban and underground trains run? In the nights from Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday, all underground trains run until about 2:00 a.m. During the weekend More…