It only comes but once a year, and when it does everyone is merry. People in Germany celebrate it as a very grand occasion. Oktoberfest is very much famous not only in Germany but across the World.
- The start of the world-famous festival might surprise you because it doesn’t start in October. Instead, it begins in mid-September and usually finishes on the first or second day of October.
- Though Oktoberfest is world-famous, it is still predominantly attended by Bavarian’s. Majority of the guests are from Bavaria itself, with 15% coming from outside Germany. The whole of the beer consumed in the fest is made in the Capital of the Country Munich.
- Oktoberfest beer is stronger than regular beer, at around 6%. The variety is called Märzen as it is brewed in March and allowed to age so that it is ready to drink by late summer.
- It is forbidden to drink any beer other than Munich-brewed beer at Oktoberfest. The beer must have been brewed in the city walls and come from one of six individual history breweries. This is designated “Oktoberfestbier” – and all of the breweries are very very proud to be making it!
- Albert Einstein worked at Oktoberfest when he was young, putting up beer tents in 1896.
- The first Oktoberfest was held to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig in 1810. So, it’s 218 years old.
Previously, it’s been cancelled 24 times in 218 years. Usually because of war, or, you know, a bad case of cholera.
- Oktoberfest starts with a gun salute on the first Saturday at 12 pm, followed by the mayor of Munich tapping the first beer keg, Technically, drinking should not begin before this announcement – but locals still queue from 6 am on the day to get a good spot in the beer tents.
- The most favourite things to eat at Oktoberfest are grilled chicken (“Hendl”), pork knuckles (“Schweinshaxe”), and oxen (“Osche”). The number of chickens is eaten FAR outstrips the number of sausages!
- Oktoberfest is famous for its fairground. It got its first roller coaster in 1908 – actually the first ever roller coaster in Germany.
- The amount of beer drunk at Oktoberfest could fill more than three Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- Waitresses at Oktoberfest can carry 10 Maß (litre glasses of beer) at once. Pretty impressive!
- Lost and found collects around 5,000 items each year, pretty much every year they find a pair of teeth. Wedding rings also seem to get surprisingly loose during Oktoberfest.
- The beer record was in 2011 when people drank 7.5 million litres.
- There are 14 large beer hall tents. The most famous one is Schottenhamel because it’s where the mayor taps the first keg and the biggest one is Hofbräu-Festhalle which seats almost 11,000 people.
Host at Oktoberfest. Whoever wants to open a food stall or tent has to wait up to 20 years.
Paris Hilton is permanently banned from this amazing beer carnival. She went to the event dressed in a golden and shiny Bavarian Drindl to promote a brand of canned wine. Locals got the organisers to ban her because they were offended by how she was dressed.