Oktoberfest 2018

Parallel to Munich's Wiesn, every Hofbräu inn in Hamburg, Berlin, Hanover & Bispingen on the 22.09.2018 taps a barrel of the traditional Hofbräu Oktoberfest beer. You should not miss this: During the entire Oktoberfest season, you can experience typical Bavarian festivals in the heart of your city - even during the week! Our original Hofbräuhaus Showband, with its hearty music, creates a true mood of the Wiesn. Be there if this year again is: O'zapft is! Oans, zwoa, g'suffa!


Countdown to Oktoberfest

This year's Oktoberfest starts on the 22.09.2018.
First Barrel: 12: 00 Clock.


The roots of the Oktoberfest

On 17. October 1810 took place the first festivity, which laid the foundation stone of today's Munich Oktoberfest. On the occasion of the wedding of Ludwig of Bavaria and the Princess of Hildburghausen, a large horse-racing on the Theresienwiese was organized. This celebration sparked great enthusiasm among all the parties involved, so it was decided that the festival would have to be repeated. This time the organizer was the "agricultural association in Bavaria". Thereupon, the Wiesn was held as a privately financed event, until it was decided that every year such a festivity, organized by 1819 under the direction of the city of Munich, should be carried out without exception. 1850 was once again a really festive occasion, when the statue of "Bavaria" was unveiled on the Wiesn and a part of the Hall of Fame was inaugurated. 1881, the first chicken stew was opened. Later the beer sales on the Theresienwiese were allowed and from year to year the numbers of visitors to the Oktoberfest rose. With them, of course, also the number of beer pubs, which in the course of time grew into huts with chapels. Due to the crowds of the enthusiastic human masses, various fairgrounds were added, which provided for the erection of skittles, climbing frames and dance floors for further fun. The next highlight was the invention of electric light. This great invention allowed 1880 for the first time the world-famous picture of the "Wiesn by night". From year to year, more attractions and tasting possibilities were added, which made the Oktoberfest a spectacle that we now love. Due to the often cool weather in October, the Oktoberfest since 1872 starts already in September. The Oktoberfest is always open on a Saturday and the end of the festival is traditionally the first Sunday of October. Since the year 2000, the following rule applies: If the first Octobers day falls on the 1. Or 2. October, the festival will be held until the day of German Unity at the 3. October. Thus, the festival usually takes 16 to 18 days.

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