Munich's Oktoberfest Begins This Week, Bringing 6 Million Tourists To Germany

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
Munich's legendary Oktoberfest begins this week, bringing millions from around the world into Germany to celebrate Bavarian culture.

MUNICH - Each year, more than 6 million people from around the globe come to Germany for one of the world's most popular festivals: Oktoberfest. This festival celebrates all that is autumn: harvest, pints, games, and the last chance to be outside before the winter comes.

Munich's Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810 as a wedding celebration between the Bavarian Prince Ludwig (future King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The celebration lasted for five days.

Each year afterward, the anniversary celebration continued to grow, drawing crowds from all parts of Bavaria. Eventually, the festival became more closely associated with a general autumn festival. Clearly, the festival was so successful that it now draws people in from nearly every country in the world.

This family-friendly festival features beer tents from the major breweries in Munich, along with a roller coaster, Ferris Wheel, and carnival-style games. And then, there's the food. Don't miss the roasted hen, the variety of sausage, and the kraut.

This year's Oktoberfest begins on September 16th and ends on October 6th, culminating the finale of the nearly month-long festival.

Planning to attend Oktoberfest this year? Good luck. It's a near guarantee that every room in the city is booked. But, put it on your schedule for next year and make it a focal point of an international trip to Germany.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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