The first thought that comes to mind about Oktoberfest is, why it’s called that when it happens in September, well the first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese Von Sachsen Hildburghausen. The festivities started on 12th October 1810 and finished on 17th October with a friendly horse race. In the following years, the event was repeated and eventually moved to September because the weather conditions were better, allowing visitors to enjoy the outdoor tents and stroll over to the fields much longer.
For 2017, the festival grounds will have a size of 34.5 hectares. 545 businesses have been admitted this year, 143 form the gastronomical sector, 151 carnies and 251 vendors. About 13.000 people will be employed at the Oktoberfest.
Six new fun rides will debut at the Oktoberfest 2017: The ‘Drifting Coaster’ is a wild ride with swinging gondolas, the ‘Voodoo Jumper’ shoots you up and down again and again, creating a feeling of weightlessness. The ‘XXL Racer’ lifts you up to heights of 55 meters and the ‘Jules Vernes Tower’ takes you on a 65km/h chairoplane flight in a height of 70 meters.
At the ‘Oide Wiesn’, things are a bit more relaxed when the ‘Märchenlandexpress’ takes you on a magic ride through a fairy tale land and a 70-year-old chairoplane lets you ride in goats, horses and pigs.
Book your tickets for September 16TH for Munich and be at the Schottenhamel tents, the entry is free and after the official ceremony at noon, the Parade begins.