The 179. Munich Oktoberfest
2012 sees the Munich Oktoberfest taking place for the 179th time and this year there will be a few changes. From the 22. September to the 7. October there will be a vast array of events taking place so visitors to the region at this time will not be disappointed.
With a smaller site than usual because of other events taking place in the area, visitors should not be worried that this means a reduction in the quality of Oktoberfest as there are still 26 hectares filled with fun for the whole of the event.
The Oktoberfest has plenty of events which are designed for families and this year there will be science games for children where they can learn all about the history of the event and everything that goes on here. Shocker has seven new rooms with a scary theme, designed for those who want to see an exorcism or take a trip to a haunted room. With the addition of a DECAP orchestrion which can play up to 500 songs there is plenty of entertainment on offer at this year’s Oktoberfest.
The main feature of the festival is of course the beer which is served throughout each day. Those who want to try the different types can begin at 10 am at a weekday and 9 am at the weekend and tents close each day at 11.30 pm with a couple of tents staying open a little longer. There are other tents which serve souvenirs, cigarettes and other essentials. With carnival rides which are open all day and late into the evening there is plenty to do and the Oktoberfest can make a great family day out.
With no entry fee visitors can go into any of the tents as they wish and wander around, but the organisers advise people to arrive early. Reservations do not have to be made for the beer tents but they do fill up very quickly and some tents do not allow anyone else in once it is full, so there may be tents which are closed off before the afternoon arrives.
The Oktoberfest event begins on Saturday 22 September with a parade through Munich. Anyone can go along to watch the parade. At noon the first of the beer barrels is tapped by the Munich mayor to get the event started. Sunday 23 September is the day of the costume parade through the city and the day after there is a tour for preschool children which takes place in the morning as well as a special lunch which is hosted for senior citizens.
Tuesday the 25. of September is the family day and those who are religious can attend a mass in the Hippodrom-tent on Thursday 27 September. Many visitors will want to attend the traditional concert of the brass bands on Sunday 30 September and at the end of the event there is a gun-salute at the Bavaria monument so it really goes out with a bang!