|A fesches Madl||
A beautiful girl
|A hoibads Hendl bittschee||
I’d like half a chicken please
Bavarian pretzel. Strand of dough artistically wound to form a lye bread. At the Wiesn, the enormous, over-sized pretzel is preferred
Similar to a ploughmans; basically a snack consisting of bread, cold cuts of meat and cheese eaten throughout the day. Important components of a Brotzeit are Brezn, Obazda, radish and Leberkäse (meat loaf)
A girl or a type of traditional dress
|Host du vui Hoiz vor da Hüttn||
You’ve got a nice pair
|I mog di||
I love you
|Is da no frei||
Is this seat taken?
Leberkäse (meat loaf)
A litre of beer
|Oans, Zwoa, Gsuffa.||
One, two, down the hatch (the toast used at the Wiesn)
A Bavarian cheese delicacy with Camembert, onions, paprika, caraway seeds, butter and sometimes even beer; available in various beer tents at the Oktoberfest
Bye, see you later
|Scheene Aug’n host||
You have beautiful eyes
A bread dumpling made with salt, eggs and parsley
|So a schmarrn||
That's not true
The Wiesn is the world’s greatest folk festival and breaks attendance record every year. A record-breaking quantity of almost 7 million litres of beer was served at the 200th Wiesn jubilee in 2010. In just two weeks, about six million visitors spent close to 830 million Euro in the city. The world’s largest brass band concert also takes place on the second Wiesn Sunday every year. Around 300 musicians from the tents play in front of the Bavaria statue.
Oktoberfest opens with the tapping of the first barrel of the Oktoberfest Bier by the current Lord Mayor of Munich and the cry of “O’zapft is!” (“It’s tapped!”). Afterwards, a twelve gun salute sounds from the steps of the Bavaria statue. That is the signal for the other tent proprietors to start serving. In 1950, it took Lord Mayor Thomas Wimmer a legendary 19 blows (still unbeaten) while the last Lord Mayor Ude is the record holder with only two blows.
It’s a hearty life at the Wiesn. The Wiesn offers a large number of Schmankerl (delicacies) such as Haxe, Hendl, Ochse, Steckerlfisch, Radi (radish), Obazda (dressed cheese) or Würstl.
The breweries in Munich brew a special beer for the Oktoberfest: the Oktoberfest Bier. An average of 6 million litres of Oktoberfest Bier is poured for visitors every year. The Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier is a pale, bottom-fermented beer. The original gravity, a measure of the strength of a beer, of the Oktoberfest Bier is greater than that of other Lager beers. Its alcohol content of 6 to 7 % is also greater than that of a normal Lager beer.
This has been the official prelude to Oktoberfest since 1887. The Wiesn tent proprietors and showmen parade with their majestic horse-drawn carts through the city centre out to the Theresienwiese. The parade includes the carriages of the Wiesn tent proprietors, the brewery carts carrying traditional wooden beer barrels, the music bands for the tents and the waiters and waitresses. The parade is traditionally led by the Lord Mayor of Munich in a festival carriage.
A member of the Bavarian national guard suggested that the wedding of Ludwig of Bavaria and princess Therese be celebrated with a big horse race. So, on October 17th, 1810 the first horse race and therefore forerunner of the Oktoberfest took place in the Theresienwiese. Since then, the Wiesn has used the name of princess Therese.
Only Munich beer from Munich breweries may be served at the Oktoberfest. These are even listed by name in the “Betriebsordnung zum Oktoberfest” (Oktoberfest rules and regulations). This is to ensure that the Wiesn remains a truly Munich based affair. “Oktoberfest Bier” is even a registered trademark which is owned by the Verein Münchener Brauereien e.V. (Association of Munich breweries).
If you’ve not reserved a box, you should try to get to the Wiesn as early as possible. Then, it is easiest to find a spare seat in the middle of the tent. From 5 p.m. on a Saturday, two thirds of the central aisle requires no reservation, and on Sundays and public holidays the whole central aisle is free for the taking. If you can’t find a seat you’ll stay thirsty because having nowhere to sit in a tent means you can’t have a beer. The only thing to do is to flirt with those Wiesn visitors who already have a table and hope that they’ll squeeze in a bit to make some room for you.
Around 1,600 waiters and waitresses ensure that the guests are well supplied. Anita Schwarz from Upper Bavaria holds the record for carrying beer mugs. This Wiesn waitress can carry 19 litres of beer over a distance of 40 metres and put them down again without spilling a drop.