History of the Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany,

running from late September to the first weekend in October.
It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world's largest fair,
with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year
to descend on the beer tents of Munich to celebrate the 16-day Oktoberfest extravaganza.
To the locals, it is not called Oktoberfest, but "die Wiesn" - after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds themselves.
The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarianculture, having been held since 1810.
Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.

Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 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 were named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's meadow") in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name 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 was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria.
The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.


History of the Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2016
Oktoberfest 2015

Oktoberfest 2014
Oktoberfest 2012



Bavarian Dances (with Video)

Gingerbread (with Video)

Pretzels (with Video)

Pageant (with Video)

Oktoberfest Impressions (with Video)


Oktoberfest 2016