For the uninitiated, the Oktoberfest is not just beer, foam and ladies with generous necklines: here for you 15 interesting facts about Oktoberfest, the legendary Beer Festival, which takes place every year in Munich!
15 interesting facts about Oktoberfest that you probably don't know
If you're one of the few people in the world don't know what is, read our guide about Oktoberfest!
1. The Oktoberfest was not a Beer Festival
That's right! Contrary to what everybody thinks, the Oktoberfest was not born as a Beer Festival, but to celebrate the anniversary of the marriage of Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and Ludwing I, Prince of Bavaria. The first celebration was held in 1810 and, from now, the anniversary was celebrated annually, but without even a drop of beer!
Things changed when, in 1819, the traditional parade of horses was replaced by that of Brewers.
In addition to, the Oktoberfest is called by the inhabitants of Monaco with the name of “Wiesn”, which derives from “Theresienwiese”, the field where the event takes place that is the same place where she married Princess Therese.
2. The Oktoberfest was cancelled 24 times
The causes were primarily wars and epidemics of cholera. In its 100th Edition, have been poured 120.000 litres of beer, corresponding to approximately 1.500 bathtubs.
3. The usual beer is not served at Oktoberfest
The festival does not serve regular beer, but special beers called Oktoberfestbier.
Produced exclusively by six historic breweries in Munich and served in 13 giant marquees, These beers are produced only for theOktoberfest.
Until 1892, the beer was not served in glass mugs but in Stone cups. Now the famous mugs represent the “souvenirs” the most popular Oktoberfest. In 2010, 130.000 mugs of beer were confiscated and brought their own tents.
4. The alternative side of Oktoberfest
TheOktoberfest not only alcohol flows in rivers! Another feature is represented by its folk music: In tents there are always bands playing the traditional Bavarian music, but also recent songs.
At the marquee Armbrustschützenzelt, in addition to, You can binge of sausages and pork legs, while trying to do a little practice archery and crossbow!
5. Alcoholic Championship
The beer of theOktoberfest is stronger than the usual beers. TheOktoberfestbier is served in the Maß, the classic mug of 1 liter, and has a average alcoholic proof of 6,5%: Nevertheless, the beer is consumed in water like rivers and last year there were nearly consumed 7 million litres!
6. Do not drink without permission!
If you imagine theOktoberfest as a free and unregulated party, you are wrong. TheOktoberfest It is not allowed to drink before the Mayor of Monaco has Uncorked the first keg of beer, with the ceremony of“O'zapft is” (“They untaps!”).
7. Oktoberfest begins in September
Although it is called Oktoberfest, the legendary beer festival doesn't starts in October! Over the years the start date was brought forward to September because more sunny and warm compared with October.
8. You drink to stay healthy!
Behind the fame ofOktoberfest and beer isn't just the pleasure of partying, but mostly a matter of necessity. Before the 19th century there wasn't a lot of drinking water in Bavaria, And so, to prevent the spread of cholera and the plague, locals quenched their thirst with beer, safer, and much more tasty. Cheers!
9. Paris Hilton was banned from Oktoberfest
To secure the celebration ofOktoberfest, every year many drunks or enhanced are bounced from the event: Among the VIPs present blacklisted there is Paris Hilton.
Wearing the traditional dress “Dirndl”, the famous heiress appeared toOktoberfest in 2006 without having made arrangements with the Organization of the event, promoting a brand of canned wine, the “Richprosecco”. After arousing uproar in the audience, Paris Hilton was permanently banned from the festival for centuries to come!
10. Einstein worked at Oktoberfest
Albert Einstein, He once worked as an electrician and helped create one of the beer tents in 1896.
11. Children are welcome
Not only rivers of alcohol, theOktoberfest It also has a family-friendly side. The Carnival aspect of Oktoberfest attracts many families, and among its tents there are many attractions for both adults and little ones, as the flea circus, the rides, the Ferris wheel and roller coaster. You're not forced to get drunk at all costs to enjoy the lively atmosphere of the Oktoberfest!
12. The Office lost is a chest full of treasures
It's happened to everyone at least once to lose something when you are drunk: try to put together 7 millions of people all fired up! it's’ easy to imagine that, After the Oktoberfest the lost property Office collect hundreds of items of all kinds: are found in media 1000 passports, 500 wallets, 300 mobile phones, 300 bags & 50 cameras.
Among the most bizarre lost items at the Oktoberfest, How not to mention: dentures, wedding rings, baby strollers, hearing aids for hearing, dogs, wheelchairs and even a gravestone!
In addition to, There is also a children lost and found Office, for all the careless parents who lose sight of their son after yet another pitcher of beer.
13. Oktoberfest has its own post office
From here are sent on average 130.000 postcards and gifts every year.
145. There is a marquee where you drink wine
Most of the people inside have more than 40 years.
15. More hairy is the hat, richer is the wearer
During theOktoberfest, traditional visitors wear Bavarian hats (called “Tirolerhüte”). More clumps of goat hair there are on Hat, the richest owners are considered. (Today the Tufts are synthetic, so everyone can look rich or poor, as they like).