If you ask someone to tell you what the first thing they think of when you say Germany, most of them will say “Oktoberfest”. The image of men in lederhosen drinking out of large steins fills the mind.
Oktoberfest, held annually in Munich, is the world’s largest Volksfest. The part beer festival part fair runs for 16-days from mid or late September to the first weekend in October. The festival first began in 1810 offers more than just beer to its millions of international guests; they can also enjoy a mixture of attractions, including rides and games, as well as a wide variety of traditional food.
The festival originates like most do, with a very large party. In October 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig, who would become King Ludwig I, married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities. To end the celebrations horse races were held. The event was so popular that races were scheduled to be repeated the following year and thus Oktoberfest was born.