If one was to make a list of the things associated with Germany, I’m sure that Beer, Sausages and Oktoberfest will make it to the top three.
Often called The Wiesn, Oktoberfest is a folk festival celebrated annually in Theresienwiese, Munich, Germany. It typically runs for 16-18 days from late September to the first Sunday in October. It commemorates the wedding of Princess Therese and Ludwig of Bavaria. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the wedding celebrations, which ended with a horse race. The event was such a success, that it was decided to celebrate it every year and that’s how the Oktoberfest was born.
So, 2 minutes silence for all those who thought that Oktoberfest is a beer festival to keep chugging!
Today, Oktoberfest has evolved over the years and has become an integral part of the Bavarian Culture. It is not only celebrated in various other parts of Germany, but all over the globe too. Yes, India included. Amidst a lot of fanfare, you can expect to: see people dressed in traditional costumes, dance to music, have fun on the rides, savor Bavarian delicacies and of course, wash it all down with gallons of beer. There are special days dedicated to families with children too, so that the kids don’t miss out on all the fun.
This year, the official Oktoberfest will be celebrated between Sat, Sep 21, 2019 – Sun, Oct 6, 2019, in Munich, Germany. You can catch all the details here.
I know it’s a little late for this post, but the festivities are still on for another week or so, and hence you can join in the celebration at other cities too.
Stuttgart: 27 Sept - 12 Oct, 2019, Cannstatter Wasen, 50 Mercedesstrasse
Berlin: 20 Sept - 13 Oct, 2019, Zentraler Festplatz am Kurt-Schumacher-Damm Reinickendorf
Cologne: 21 Sept - 5 Oct, 2019, Südstadion Fortuna Köln
Frankfurt: 11 Sept - 6 Oct, 2019, Commerzbank Arena
Dortmund: 27 Sept - 5 Oct, 2019, Revierpark Wischlingen, 12 Höfkerstrasse
Dresden: 26 Sept - 12 Oct, 2019, RINNE fairground, Ostragehege
Hamburg: 20 Sept - 6 Oct, 2019, Wandsbeker weekly market
Hannover: 27 Sept - 13 Oct, 2019, Schützenplatz Hannover, Bruchmeisterallee 1A
For further details on opening hours, program details, admission & tickets, tents & beverage prices, tips and more, visit Hotelfriend
If you happen to catch the festival in any of the above places, we would love to hear about your experience, do leave comment below. Also, let us know if one is happening near you!