The Oktoberfest In Munich


by Leura - Date: 2010-10-18 - Word Count: 486 Share This!

Of all the destinations to which tourists strive to get airline tickets Munich is outstanding in October of each year. What has today blossomed into a celebration that routinely attracts millions of people from within and outside Germany started as a horse race organized by Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on the 12th of October, 1810. The objective was to share his joy with the people of Bavaria and he succeeded in attracting up to 40, 000 guests that year, which was a record at the time. It turned out that the people had a great time, thanks to the volume of beer that they were able to consume. That level of success was probably responsible for the decision to replicate the show the following year, although by combining it with the state agricultural show. The dimension today is vastly different as millions of people compare cheap flights in an effort to enjoy the annual event.

One of the significant changes that the event has seen is the change in the date from October to September although the name was not affected. The event still ends officially in the first week of October. This change was however made as a means of ensuring high turnout that was curtailed by the cold October evenings. The sixteen days of the Bavarian Volkfest (People's Fair) is filled with tons of fun for the attendees who come from all over Germany, Europe, America, Australia, Brazil and even India. As a matter of fact, it is regarded as the largest Volkfest in the world, attracting 6.2 million people on 2007. The year 2010 will mark the 200th anniversary of the das Bierfest (beer festival). Today, the pferderennen (horse racing) is no longer a part of the festivities, having been discontinued since 1960.

One of the downsides to the oktoberfest is the garbage generation that results, with an estimated 1, 000 annually. Additionally, the urge to visit the urinal that results from the consumption of lots of beer has made it necessary to install a large number of urinals. As at 2005, there were 1, 800 urinals installed within the festival premises.
There are non-permanent structures at the festival venue and they number 14. They are as follows:

i. Hippodrom: It is usually the first tent that a lot of the visitors get to see at the venue. It employs some f the latest trends in its packaging.
ii. Armbrustschützenzelt: This is owned by the Paulaner brewery
iii. Hofbräu-Festzelt: Used by the Hofbräu München brewery
iv. Hacker-Festzelt: Used by the Hacker-Pschorr brewery
v. Schottenhamel: Used by the Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu brewery
vi. Winzerer Fähndl: Used by the Paulaner brewery
vii. Schützen-Festhalle: Used by the Löwenbräu brewery
viii. Käfers Wiesen Schänke: Used by the Paulaner brewery
ix. Weinzelt: Used by the Nymphenburger Sekt brewery
x. Löwenbräu-Festhalle: Used by the Löwenbräu brewery.
xi. Bräurosl (Hacker-Pschorr): Used by the Hacker-Pschorr brewery
xii. Augustiner-Festhalle: Used by the Augustiner Bräu brewery
xiii. Ochsenbraterei: Used by the Spaten brewery
xiv. Fischer Vroni: Used by the Augustiner brewery.

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