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 the 17. October 1810 took place the first treaty, which laid the foundation stone of today's Munich Oktoberfest. On the occasion of the wedding of Ludwig von Bayern and the Princess von Hildburghausen, a big horse race was held on the Theresienwiese. This celebration sparked great enthusiasm among all involved, so it was decided that the festival must be repeated. This time the organizer was the "Agricultural Association in Bavaria". As a result, the Wiesn took place year after year as a privately financed event, until it was decided that, without exception, such a festivity would be organized every year, organized from 1819 under the direction of the City of Munich. Once again, 1850 had a truly festive occasion, when the statue of the "Bavaria" was unveiled at the Wiesn and part of the Hall of Fame was inaugurated. 1881 was the first Hendlbraterei opened. Later, the beer was sold on the Theresienwiese and from year to year, the numbers of Wiesn visitors increased. Of course, with them the number of beer stalls rose, which gradually grew into festival tents with chapels. Due to the rush of enthusiastic crowds, various showmen were added, who provided with the establishment of bowling alleys, climbing frames and dance floors for further pleasure. The next highlight was the invention of electric light. This great invention allowed 1880 for the first time the world-famous image of the "Wiesn by night". From year to year further attractions and tasting possibilities were added, which made the Oktoberfest the spectacle we love today. Due to the often cool weather in October, the Oktoberfest starts since 1872 in September. The Oktoberfest is always opened on a Saturday and the end of the festival is traditionally the first Sunday in October. Since the year 2000 the following rule applies: If the first October Sunday falls on the 1. or 2. October, the festival will be held until the day of German Unity at the 3. October extended. So the festival usually takes 16 to 18 days.

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