Octoberfest is considered to be one of the biggest festivals in the world. It is visited by more than six million people every year, that come to Munich from all German states and from other countries. The official time when the Oktoberfest is held, is the period from mid-September to early October. In 2016, the Oktoberfest will be held from September 17 to October 2, place - the town center, in a meadow Theresa - close to the main station. The duration of action is approximately 16 days. Oktoberfest tickets sold out almost instantly. The festival is famous for its variety of attractions and a large number of beer tents. Oktoberfest is engaged in the administration of the city of Munich.
The history of Oktoberfest
For the first time, this beer festival in Germany was held October 12, 1810 became the initiator of the non-commissioned officer, who offered to arrange jumps on a meadow near Munich. This event is celebrated in honor of the wedding of Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghauzskoy and Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria. Since then, Oktoberfest has been held annually, except for the war years. In 1872 the festival was moved from October to the end of September, as the weather in the city at this time softer and warmer. For years, Oktoberfest is constantly upgraded. For example, in 1881, she earned the first roaster chickens, and in 1892 started to serve beer in glass mugs. Official date of Oktoberfest 2016 - September 17 - October 2nd.
Procession hosts beer tents. In 1887, the Theresienwiese was outside Munich. The first time the owners of amusement rides and tents left the city to discover all together Oktoberfest. Since then, this has become a traditional procession of the official opening of the festival. In recent years, the procession began to lead the Lord Mayor at the festive sleigh Munich and child symbol of the city. The procession is accompanied by orchestras beer tents. On the wagons put barrels of beer, of which served the drink of a tent. The procession starts at the center of the city and ends in a meadow Theresienwiese Oktoberfest takes place.
Opening of the first barrel. At exactly 12 o'clock, right after the march hosts festive tents, held a ceremony crane driving in the first barrel. The current Lord Mayor in Schottenhamel-Festzelt tent sets with a special hammer to tap a barrel of beer oktoberfestovskogo. This process takes place under the typical cry of «O'zapft is!» (Which translated into Russian means "Uncorked!"), Then the Oktoberfest in Germany can be considered open. Upon opening the first barrel means that the owners of the tents get official permission to beer bottling and selling it to visitors. According to tradition, the first right to try the drink gets the Minister-President of Bavaria.
Food and beverages
The main hero of the Oktoberfest in Germany in 2016, of course, will be special, brewed according to a special recipe oktoberfestovskoe beer, which can be purchased only during the festival. He kept longer than just bright, it has a fortress from 5.8 to 6.3%, and characterized by a pronounced malt flavor. However, guests who organized their trip to the Oktoberfest, can enjoy the variety of beer and other beverage, and various young and aged wines, soft drinks and spirits, cocktails. As a snack popular fried chicken, white Munich sausage, huge pretzels, cabbage and potato salads, and baked fish on a stick, grilled on a spit bulls and ham, which can be enjoyed during the trip. Therefore, as for the menu, it will be enjoyed by guests of the festival.