The largest beer festival and travelling funfair in the world, the Oktoberfest began on September 17 in the German city of Munich. The opening ceremony of the 17-day festival started with Dieter Reiter, the Mayor of Munich tapping the first keg of beer in the Schottenhamel tent. According to the official site, Reiter drove the tap into the barrel with just two strikes this year, concluding the ceremony with the magic words: “O’zapft is!” – “It’s tapped!”
The first mug of beer was then handed to the Bavarian Prime Minister, Horst Seehofer. As every year, the mug features the official Oktoberfest logo and is available with or without a tin-lid. This year’s logo was designed by Linda Sophie Schultheis and Susanny Schneider, two art students from Munich.
The annual beer festival is expected to draw some 6 million visitors to the Bavarian capital by October 3. Large bags have been banned and all visitors will have to go through security controls and the grounds will be monitored by multiple video cameras.
If you have plans of going to the Volksfest then we recommend you be careful while having fun. Check-out the big hitters at the Wiesn (the main area). Not to forget, Winzerer Fähndl – recognised for its whimsical atmosphere and tipsy sing-alongs. Also, don’t miss out on Lowenbrau – enormous in size and known for its gigantic lion, it takes intensity for beer consumption to the next level.
There’s more! With 14 big tents to choose from, with each one more awesome than the other, picking up a favourite is going to be difficult! But the more the merrier, right? That’s why they also have the small tents offering a variety of food and drinks.