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Munich will host the celebration of Oktoberfest. In 2013 it begins on September 21 through October 6. Oktoberfest was started long ago, it dates back to 1810, when a royal wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen took place on Theresienwiese ("Theresa's fields"). As time passed by, Oktoberfest lost its original meaning, but preserved and even more acquired the spirit of overall joy and happiness. Nowadays this is the largest festival in the world gathering up to 7 million visitors from all over the world to have fun and enjoy splendid German beers and authentic German food. 

After the name of the traditional place of celebration - Theresienwiese - Oktoberfest is called by the local people simply "Wiesn". Another tradition of Oktoberfest is Munich Mayor's exclamation "Ozapft is", or as it sounds in High German "Angezapft ist es" which means "It's been tapped". The Mayor taps the first keg of beer and Oktoberfest thus gets started.

According to statistics, 7 million visitors consume 5 million kegs of beer, 700000 fried chicken, 400000 pairs of bratwurst (pork sausages) and many more German specialties. Nevertheless they are not just passive eaters and drinkers. All festivities are accompanied by a rich and spectacular program of events for the enjoyment and excitement of visitors of all ages. 

Do you have an Oktoberfest blog or website? Would you like to add it to our links here? E-mail us and let us know (Subject Oktoberfest).

Get deeper into Oktoberfest details and activities and see what American Oktoberfest fans can make it look like:

German Food

Are you having an Authentic Oktoberfest party? Here is a great place to go to get the recipes or order the food for your feast.

German Beer

Looking for information on all the great German Beers consumed during Oktoberfest? Start here!


Our favorite Oktoberfest website link!

Muenchen Tourist

Official Munich Tourism websire with lot's of great links to Oktoberfest in English.

Below is a list of great links about Oktoberfest. Many are in english and some in Germany. All are fun to fun for the photos as well as the information.

Links from previous years
Oktoberfest In North America
*Columbus Ohio

*Kitchener, Ontario



Read an article from the Wall Street Journal about one of our many pages (dated Tuesday, September 3, 2002) Click Here for article


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