The Munich Oktoberfest is said to be the largest public festival in the world. Here is fun with lots of roller coasters, ghost trains, carousels, a Ferris wheel and the good old can throwing. Famous rides are the “Wild Mouse”, looping five and the Ferris wheel. In the beer tents you can eat well, drink a lot, dance and sing. The thousands of visitors come from all over the world.
If you asked people from other countries what they think of Munich, most of them would probably answer “Oktoberfest”. Many also say “Bierfest” to it. No wonder, because about 6 million liters of beer are drunk there every year. But the people of Munich themselves usually say “Wiesn”, the Bavarian word for meadow.
This refers to the Theresienwiese, where the Oktoberfest has taken place since 1810. It all began with the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. For the celebration a horse race took place on the Theresienwiese in Munich. Afterwards it was decided to hold such a festival there every year – the Oktoberfest was born.
The Oktoberfest only took place at the beginning of October. But soon it was noticed that the weather in September was simply much better and so it was brought forward to September. But the name has remained the same.