Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world, held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. About 6 million visitors are arriving from all parts of Bayern and Germany as well as from other countries in Munich.
Festival is held in mid-September to early October in the Meadow Teresa in the center of Munich, near the central railway station. It lasts an average of 16 days. The peculiarity of the festival is that it starts on the third Saturday of September and ends on the first Sunday in October. Each year, the date and time of the holiday are changed. This year it will be from September 17 to October 2.
Holiday features are the huge number of beer tents and a variety of attractions. Bayern knows that this is a celebration, where all six the most exquisite brands will be represented by a variety of beers, which are excellent and full of flavor. The frothy and delicious cool beer... To participate in this festival allowed only Munich breweries that brew especially for Octoberfest beer with an alcohol content of 5.8-6.3%. Traditionally, beer is served only in the huge beer mugs which are 1 to 5 liters. Less than 1 liter, there is no volume. It's hard not to amaze when you see waiters with beer mugs with 6-8 on the trays. And every day serves 500-600 people. Price glasses is about 10 euros. In just a few days holiday waiters can earn a quarterly or half-yearly salary.
Many visitors are trying to quietly steal a glass as a symbol of the holiday, a souvenir. However, the organizers of the festival are aware of this, so lay the advance in the price of beer and the price of a portion of the glass. Many travel agencies offer the beer tours for their clients who loves the beer. It should be noted that travel to Munich for the Oktoberfest you can do by yourself because the entrance to the tent and the tent is free, you should only pay for the beer. For those who first time plans to visit the Oktoberfest, you should know that any visitor can enter the tent. But drink beer can be the only one who took a seat at the table. So those who want to enjoy a glass of beer, it is worth to come here early. For those who are not very fond of the festival and noise, but he wants to try the beer, Oktoberfest is worth a visit during the week when there are fewer people.
To beer served a variety of boiled and grilled sausages and frankfurters with mustard. It gives a unique taste and aroma of sausages. But the most famous are the white Bavarian or Vienna sausages, which are prepared on the grill. Their basis is pork lard, pork, and beef. Oktoberfest has wealthy and satisfying menu includes pork, chicken, grilled sausages, potato salad, sauerkraut and others dishes. So, one of the most popular dishes is Zauerkraut, which is a stew with sauerkraut, smoked sausages, Bavarian sausages, bacon, salami or other smoked meat. It is impossible not to be seduced by cooked pork knuckle, which is baked in the oven with honey, beer, and spices. The most popular and famous dish is the Bavarian pork, which is prepared from pork, spices and, of course, a dark beer. In addition to various meat delicacies, you can try delicious pretzels with beer.
The history of the Oktoberfest was laid back in 1810 when close to Munich as a present from the future King Ludwig were the foaming mugs of beer for his people. Munich so like that then it became an annual celebration, but now it is visited by millions of beer lovers. The immediate opening of the festival is the unsealing barrels by mayor of Munich with culminating in a cry of "Uncorked!". After this, the beer sale is permitted. All are watching with interest, how many blows the mayor will open the barrel: the maximum number of strokes was 19, the minimum - one. Holiday also announces the alpine horn length up to 5 m. Oktoberfest is held on the meadow, named in honor of the prince's wife.
A beer that is prepared exclusively the best Munich breweries, distinctive flavor and brewed according to its purity law (published in 1487), a fortress no more than 6.3%.
On the Terezin meadow, before the festival builds 14 huge tents, each can accommodate 10 thousand people and 15 small, each for a thousand people. The tents are often held competitions when men compare the speed of emptying beer glasses. Sometimes, rises guest of the festival and with the applauses empties a liter mug of beer. To determine the fullness of tents in the meadow, there is so-called "barometer," which shows how filled the tents. It is also known that in 1901 in the tent "Schottenhamel" Albert Einstein was mounting electric light.
Each of the tents has its own characteristics, and the menu they also greatly varies. For example, in tents propose pork knuckle, malt beer, potato and warm cabbage salad, roast beef, prawns, a huge fried young bull, goulash, roast meats and beer jelly, fried duck, steaks with amazing sauces, pork legs, fillets and baked suckling pig and duck, smoked salmon, mackerel, trout.
Here's a delicious feast in September, waiting for beer lovers in Munich! By the way, on Tuesday here the traditional family day - in tents come families with children, because you can buy a lot of interesting gifts, and discounts attract visitors. Oktoberfest celebration is going on in different parts of the world. You can enjoy this holiday in Canada, USA, Brasil, Russia and others coutries.