What started as a grand town wedding, back in 1810, the first- ever fest was held to celebrate the 12th wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon princess – Hildburghausen Therese.
Here are some interesting facts that you probably did not know –
- Munich beer only – it is a celebration of Bavarian traditions, so the only beer you’ll find during the festival is brewed within the city limits of Munich.
- Locals call it “Wiesn”
- No one raises their mug until the Mayor says so.
- Visitors drank a record 7.5 million liters of beer in 2011.
- Strong beer is specially brewed for the fest having at least 6% alcohol.
- ‘Beer corpses’ or ‘Bierleichen’ is what they call people who’ve had too much and pass out.
- There is a Red Cross tent on-site.
- Losing your kids(temporarily) at the fest is quite normal.
- There are 14 beer hall tents – the most famous being Schottenhamel, it’s where the first keg is tapped and the biggest one is Hofbräu-Festhalle which seats almost 11,000 people.
- Over 140 food stands and restaurants serve dishes like Roast chicken (Hendl), Grilled ham hock (Schweinshaxe) to Sausages (Bratwürst) along with Brezen (Pretzel).
- Albert Einstein, once worked as an electrician and helped to set up one of the beer tents in 1896.
- The fest has its own Pop-Up Post Office.
- In 2010, 1,30,000 beer mugs were confiscated and taken back to their tent owners.
- Paris Hilton is permanently banned from Oktoberfest – She went to the event dressed in a golden and shiny Bavarian Drindl to promote a brand of canned wine. Locals got the organisers to ban her because they were offended by how she was dressed.