1. Oktoberfest is held in Munich Germany and bizarrely starts in September, running for approximately sixteen days through to the first week of October.
2. The first ever Oktoberfest was held on October 12th 1810 and was organized for the public commemoration of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen whose marriage took place five days prior. The original Oktoberfest included a horse race which persisted until 1960.
3. 2010 is the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest, to mark the occasion a horse race in historical costumes was held on the opening day.
4. On average six million people attend the festival each year– that’s just under half of Australia’s total adult population.
5. On average a one liter beer at the festival, known as a stein, will cost attendees 8.50 Euros (approximately $14).
6. Approximately 7 million liters of beer, 80 thousand liters of wine, 32 thousand liters of sparkling wine, 220 liters of tea/coffee and 1 million liters of water/lemonade will be consumed over the course of the festival.
7. Many beer drinkers forget that the beer served has on average a 7.5% to 8% alcohol content and as a result often pass out due to excessive drinking. These drunk patrons are called “Bierleichen“ which is German for “beer corpses“.
8. The festival covers grounds which are about half km2 (103.78 acres) in size.
9. In total the beer halls have seating capacity for 100,000 people. The largest beer hall / tent has seating capacity for 10,900 people (8,450 inside and 2,450 outside).
10. After 2004 the queues for toilets became so long that the police had to regulate the entrance.
Below is a brief history of the Oktoberfest that is held yearly in Munich, German. As it was mentioned the first Oktoberfest took place in the year 1810, and was held in the month of October. The year 1811 saw the first of the exhibitions of agriculture and animals. The best of the horses and oxen were awarded prizes. In the year 1815 the first Continue reading
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