This year is its 187th incarnation. Known by locals as “Die Wiesn” – or “the fields” – the huge German beer festival takes over a huge space in München called Theresienwiese and has become a magnet for revelers all over the world. Theresienwiese has an area of 42 hectares.
Brewers, tourists, and locals alike are thrilled with the event’s return, but attendees have been warned to prepare for the price hikes amid soaring inflation.
As anyone who has ever been to Oktoberfest knows, it’s not just about drinking local beer brewed with Munich groundwater. Dozens of rides – from carousels to the drop tower – plus shooting galleries and countless Bavarian food stalls are draws for all the family.
This year’s set-up began three weeks earlier than usual to repair any wear or damage to tents or infrastructure that may have occurred during the break.
Munich’s mayor Dieter Reiter also admitted last week that the lack of staff in the hotel and restaurant industry is also affecting the planning of the festival, with many roles still left unfilled.
The tapping of the barrel will take place on Saturday 17 September at 12 noon. The final day will be 3 October, German Unity Day – and therefore a public holiday – making the festival one day longer than usual.
According to euronews, cnn, mail