The people who know Germany, they would have certainly the idea that Germany is country of amazing festivals and traditions. In fact, if we say that every month some important cultural activity is going on, it might not be wrong!
The historic city of Germany, Munich is particularly famous for Oktoberfest which is also known as Wiesn. Wiesn is a local name for this festival which is derived from Theresienwiese, the name of the field on which Oktoberfest is held. Oktoberfest is a 16 day long festival which starts from the last days of September and lasts till the first weekend of October. This superb event which takes place every year has grabbed the attention of the worldwide visitors who are coming to attend this tremendous event since last two centuries. Today the Oktoberfest is considered as the Largest Volksfest (People’s Fair) in the World which attracts five to seven million tourists every year.
Oktoberfest was originally started in October 1810 which was an extravagant wedding event of Crown Prince Ludwig I with Princess Therese Von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. At that time the main event was a horse race which was later replaced by carnival style booths. At the end of the nineteenth century these booths were improved to beer tents. And today Oktoberfest is not only a food festival but this is a happening of numerous celebrations and cultural activities.
The total number of the seats of the Oktoberfest hall is approximately 100,000. A special type of beer is produced by the local breweries which contain 4 to 5 percent of alcohol. The opening ceremony of Oktoberfest starts with a grand parade of the Oktoberfest “landlords” and breweries, which features traditional dancing, cultural music and costumed performances. Familiennachmittagen is specially organized to encourage family attendance on each of the two Tuesday afternoons (from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.) with special prices for public transportation and entry.
Oktoberfest of Germany, no doubt, provides the visitors a marvelous opportunity not only to enjoy carnival rides and junk food but to explore the splendid German city Munich.