☆ Munich and Beer = Oktoberfest ☆
Since time immemorial brewing beer has been considered a typically Bavarian craft..
Bavarian beer is synonymous with barley, hops, malt and water, the only admissible ingredients according to the Purity Law passed by Duke Albrecht IV in 1487, the world’s oldest food law; Munich breweries have strictly adhered to it to the present day..
The most famous brewery is the Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589..
The oldest brewery is Augustiner dating back to 1328. Hacker-Pschorr, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten are the other major breweries of long-standing tradition..
Together they produce more than 6 million hectoliters (158.5 million gallons) of “barley juice” per year..
Beer is exported all over the world, but fortunately our breweries produce so much that enough is left for the people of Munich..
Of course our guests are also cordially invited to enjoy a foaming stein, for example during a proper “Bavarian Evening” in one of the traditional brewery halls..
Congresses do not have to be a “dry matter” after all..
Munich is also world famous for the largest festival in the world – the annual 16-day Oktoberfest – actually held mostly in September and ending the first Sunday in October..
It all started as a celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony- Hildburghausen in 1810..
A commemorative medal from the time, above, shows the pair. But the celebration soon became an annual event and is now a firm part of Munich’s cultural program..
The festival is combined with an agricultural show every three years, but the main attractions to the millions of visitors are the beer tents, rides, and other entertainment..
Oktoberfest typically attracts over six million visitors, each of whom consumes at least a liter of beer as well as wine and non-alcoholic beverages..
Half a million chickens and almost a hundred oxen are slaughtered and eaten, together with 110,000 lbs of fish and 400,000 of pork sausages..
The total contribution to Munich’s economy is estimated at around a billion euros..
The festival is held at a special terrain, about a 10-minute walk south of the Hauptbahnhof, known as the Theresienwiese, and Oktoberfest is therefore locally often referred to as the Wies’n..
The show grounds are usually open from 10 am to midnight, with drinking stopping mostly at 10:30 pm..
Beer tents close for new arrivals when full – on weekends that can be before noon!!
It is generally a good idea to leave before 10 pm both for safety reasons and to avoid the crowds on public transportation..
Finding accommodations in Munich during Oktoberfest is problematic – expect to pay top dollar for even the simplest hotel..
☆☆☆ Oktoberfest 2007 ☆☆☆
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When will Oktoberfest 2009 take place?
On Saturday, September 19th, the Schottenhamel tent is the place to be, if you want to catch the official opening ceremonies. At noontime, 12pm, the lord mayor of Munich will have the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Once the barrel has been tapped, all visitors will then be allowed to quench their thirst. It pays to arrive early in order to experience the festivities up close and personal and it’s quite common for visitors to come around 9am to secure good seats. The festival will last until October 4th, 2009.
What are the opening hours?
Beer Serving Hours
Weekdays: 10am – 10:30pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 9am – 10:30pm
Daily Tent Closing Time: 11:30pm
The “Käfer Wiesn-Schänke” and the “Weinzelt” are open until 1am. Last call for alcohol: 12:15am.
More about the tents
Sales Booths (souveniors, cigarettes, etc.)
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 11:30pm
Friday: 10am – 12am (midnight)
Saturday: 9am – 12am
Sundays and holidays:9am – 11:30pm
Carnival and Rides
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 11:30pm
Friday, Saturday: 10am – 12am
Sundays and holidays: 10am – 11:30pm
Every tuesday from 12pm until 6pm
Discounted ride, entrance, and sales prices!
When is Oktoberfest scheduled for the next years?
2010: September 18 – October 3
2011: September 17 – October 3
2012: September 22 – October 7