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Day: 13 November 2020

Oktoberfest München Munich

Munich Oktoberfest

The Bavarians affectionately call the Oktoberfest in munich, which has been held since 1810, the “Wiesn”. It takes place annually for 2 weeks from the end of September to the beginning of October on Munich’s Theresienwiese. The 42-hectare special area is located near the centre of Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt. With an average of 6 million visitors, it is the largest public festival in the world.

On the Oktoberfest in Munich you can test your nerves on several rollercoasters before drinking your beer

Since the 15 small and 14 large marquees can seat just 100,000 people, they are often closed shortly after opening due to overcrowding. Nevertheless, this does not detract from the joy and fun at the Wiesn. The Oktoberfest’s operating regulations state that only beer from traditional Munich breweries may be served at the festival.

Currently, these breweries, based in Munich, include Paulaner, Spatenbräu, Hacker-Pschorr, Augustiner, Hofbräu and Löwenbräu. The breweries sell around 60,000 hectolitres of beer annually on the Festwiese. In addition to the beer, guests consume almost half a million roast chicken at the Oktoberfest.

History and traditions of the Oktoberfest

The wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese took place in 1810 with many public and private events. Starting with a horse race, the annual event grew from the first swings and merry-go-rounds to an increasingly popular festival for the whole family. Towards the end of the 19th century it slowly became a nationally known folk festival, which today attracts visitors from all over the world. In years of war the festival was cancelled and after the 2nd World War there were no horse races any more.

Beer wagons are part of the start of the annual oktoberfest in munich

Instead, new traditions were created, which are still maintained today. The Oktoberfest in munich is celebrated with the arrival of the meadow landlords and breweries. They march in accompanied by music bands and carriages. Afterwards at 12 o’clock the keg is tapped by the current mayor of the city of Munich. The ceremony is still broadcast live on television today, as is the traditional costume and shooting day the following day. This was introduced in 1835 on the occasion of the silver wedding anniversary of King Ludwig I and Therese.

On the first Wiesen Sunday, around 9,500 participants present the traditional costumes, customs and folk dance of Bavaria. Festively dressed and with decorated floats, the guests of honour take to the Oktoberfestwiese in the city centre of Munich.

Attractions and the Oide Wiesn at the Oktoberfest in munich

Among the most popular attractions of the Oktoberfest in munich are the Ferris wheel, the “Schichtl” and the “Krinoline”. In the “Schichtl”, magic and curiosities are presented daily in short performances. Every year a show developed especially for the Oktoberfest is presented there, in which the passing public is always humorously insulted. The highlight of the event is the staged decapitation of a living person. The “Krinoline” is a traditional round carousel that has been an integral part of the Oktoberfest in munich for almost 100 years.

Beer, Dirndl and pretzel are typical things of munich and the oktoberfest

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Oktoberfest, the Oide Wiesn was introduced for the first time some years ago. It takes place on the fringes of the Oktoberfest and is basically an independent event in its own right. There the visitor is offered historical rides, marquees and traditional attractions. Accompanied by an artistic and cultural programme, a museum and animal tent can be visited. The traditional horse race track is also presented there. The guests will be served a special dark beer, brewed by the Munich breweries together with the Oiden Wiesn. This is produced according to a historical recipe of the 19th century.

The best tips for the summer in Munich

Do you already know where you spend your days off in summer? If you don’t have the time to go away and still want to relax on the warm days, there are many opportunities in Munich – far away from noise, concrete and heat – to enjoy the summer. We will give you the best tips for summer in Munich.

Relaxing at the Gärtnerplatz

In summer, the “Gärtnerplatz” is a great place to relax. There you will find the sun-hungry people who sit down on the benches at the roundabout and soak up the sun. In the immediate vicinity there are cafés that serve refreshments and ice cream. If you keep your eyes open, you’ll be lucky to spot a celebrity or two on the Gärtnerplatz, because they also like to stroll around the Glockenbachviertel.

A walk through the Nymphenburg Park

The Nymphenburg Park in Munich is a popular place to relax and meet friends

When the weather is fine and the sun is shining, it is possible to visit the Wittelsbach Castle, including the 180 hectare park. On a long walk, in the middle of Munich, visitors can expect an enchanting scenery with small streams, sculptures and pleasure palaces. The water features and fountains are in operation until mid-October and can be used to cool off on warm days.

A day on the Isar

Not much is needed for a successful day in Munich. All you need is your swimsuit, some provisions, a blanket and a portion of good humour to take to the Isar. As the river has its source in the Alps, it is a refreshing cool-down even on the hottest summer days. Of course, you can also spend the day cycling along the Isar or playing a round of bowls on the gravel courts.

An excursion to the open-air swimming pool

The open air swimming pool in munich is fun for everyone in hot summer weather

When the thermometer shows 30 degrees celsius or more, there’s nothing better than refreshing yourself in the cool wet. Munich’s open-air swimming pools are worth a trip on these days. Excursionists can sunbathe on the green areas, swim in the pool lanes or just splash around and splash friends. For those who like it sporty, many outdoor pools offer activities such as water gymnastics or Zumba in the water.

A sunbath in the green

If you want a brown complexion, you don’t have to travel if you live in Munich. In Munich and its immediate surroundings are numerous parks, green spaces and natural areas. Whether the English Garden, the Hofgarten or the Isarauen, they all invite you to linger in the sun and enjoy the fresh air on a wonderful summer day. All you need is a good book, a newspaper and a blanket to enjoy the day. In selected areas, such as the English Garden, nudists also get their money’s worth.

A visit to the beer garden

a cold refreshing beer is one thing you get in summer times in a beer garden in munich

Munich is famous for its numerous beer gardens. This is where many people meet, drink a refreshing beer or cycle – there is fruit ice cream for the kids. To fortify themselves, the beer gardens offer snack plates with a variety of Bavarian delicacies. Munich’s beer gardeners are thus the perfect place to take care of body and soul.

The Maria Einsiedel outdoor pool

Another one of our best tips for summer in Munich is the Thalkirchen. In Thalkirchen you will find the Maria Einsiedel natural outdoor pool. Here, everyone can cool off on hot summer days and without any chlorine. The natural outdoor pool does not use any chemical additives and is designed to clean itself naturally. The canal of the Isar river is about 400 metres long and offers enough space to swim and splash around for young and old.

A walk through the botanical garden

The botanical garden in munich is a very popular place for those interested in plants

Summer in the Botanical Garden can be recognised by the fact that the flowers and beds and shrubs are in full bloom. The bright colours and lush green invite everyone to take a long walk – just let your mind wander, let the scent of the plants take effect and listen to the sounds of the birds. After a walk in the Botanical Garden many visitors are full of new strength and deeply relaxed.

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