200th Anniversary of Oktoberfest

200 Jahre auf der Wies’n: 1810-2010

Dates: 18. Sept – 4. Okt 2010
Place: Theresienwiese (Munich)
History: To commemorate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese – namesake of the meadow – there was a great horse race, which was so successful that it was renewed each year. A parade was held in 1835 and after 1850, it became an annual event.  Official “Oktoberfest” celebration began in the late 19th C.

Today was the last day of Oktoberfest, which meant the last day to wear the Trachten (traditional costumes) – Dirndl & Lederhosen.  Since it was a Monday, I was uncertain if Oktoberfest really was still going on.  It turned out that because of the 200th Anniversary, there was 1 extra day to celebrate.  It was a perfect day to spend at the Wies’n (lit.: meadow), as there weren’t as many people.  B. and I went on the water ride since it turned out to be v. warm (22C), before going to a beer tent – the Löwenbräu Festhalle.  We each had a Maß (1 Li. Stein) of Löwenbräu(lit. lion brewery), which cost 8,85€ each.  I could hardly finish mine and we were soon kicked out of our table by 5pm anyway.  But now I can say I’ve been inside a beer tent! 😉

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