Oktoberfest can quench travelers’ thirst during a trip to Germany
is one of the most well-known festivals in the world and is certainly a must-see for travelers who are planning a trip to Germany in September. This year, the annual celebration will begin on September 9 and end on October 3, giving its countless guests the chance to drink an estimated one million gallons of ice cold beer. While modern adventurers may think celebrating with a stein full of beer is a new tradition, the first Oktoberfest was actually held in 1810.
Originally, Oktoberfest was meant to honor the wedding of Prince Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. All the residents of Munich were invited to celebrate this special occasion with horse races and festivities in front of the city gates. The following year, locals decided to host the festival once again, this time adding an agricultural show to the event. Then, in 1818, family-friendly attractions, such as carousels and swings were brought into the mix. Each year, an increasing number of beer stands popped up at Oktoberfest, until 1896 when the small stands were replaced with large tents and halls filled with the refreshing beverage. Gradually, the carnival atmosphere and the emphasis on beer grew, and modern Oktoberfest was born.
Today, those who choose to attend Oktoberfest will find 14 different beer tents, each with its own unique setting and beverage options. For example, Cafe Kaiserschmarrn looks like a gingerbread castle from the outside, which is appropriate because it caters to guests who have a sweet tooth. Inside, visitors will find all sorts of tasty delights, such as cakes and pies, created by Rischart, one of the most famous bakeries in Munich. This tent plays music throughout the afternoon and is an ideal spot to sip on champagne and wine. Another popular tent at Oktoberfest is the Hippodrom, which prides itself on attracting the youngest and hippest people from across the world, including many celebrities. This spot is perfect for those who want to take a break from drinking beer, as it serves its special sparkling wine, or sekt.
Still, Oktoberfest is not just about alcoholic beverages, as it also offers delicious foods. Visitors say that one of the must-try creations at the event is the knödelei, or dumplings. These Bavarian treats come in many different styles, from healthy dumplings filled with spinach to spicy dumplings with cheese and mushrooms. While strolling around Oktoberfest, guests will also be able to find tents selling items like steaming sausages, roasted duck and warm potato salad.