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Oktoberfest: Everything You Need to Know About The World's Largest Beer Festival


On September 16th, the most popular folk festival (hey, it isn't just about the beer!) returned to Munich, Germany for its annual, two-week extravaganza of all things fun.

With 5.7 million visitors from all over the globe having taken to the streets of the city last year, we're sure this year will welcome just as many who are wanting to clink their beer steins and exclaim, "Proust!".

In order for you to enjoy the festivities (albeit virtually), we've created the ultimate Oktoberfest guide. So, go grab a beer and get ready to escape to Germany from the comfort of your armchair. 

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What is Oktoberfest?

Initially a celebration of marriage in 1810 for the crown prince of Bavaria (who later became King Louis I  —  or Ludwig in German), and Princess Therese von Sachsen Hildburghausen, the festival has become a concrete tradition — two-hundred years later and people are still partying!

It's success has meant that over the years, the festival has been able to evolve. Nowadays, you can enjoy live concerts, elaborate theatre, dance, and opera shows, and extravagant parades. 

The modern day festival also stretches over a longer period, starting in September in order to enjoy longer, warmer days. 

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