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Everything you need to know about Oktoberfest!

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3 Oct 2016

3 women at Oktoberfest


The season of Oktoberfest is upon us and here’s everything you need to know about Germany’s beer festival.


Oktoberfest was first held to celebrate a wedding in 1810 in Munich, meaning that the festival has been around for more than 200 years.


The wedding was for Bavaria’s Crown Prince and the Princess of Saxony-Hildburghausen.


The festivities lasted for five days and involved people eating, drinking and watching parades around the city.


The event was enjoyed so much that it became a yearly tradition.


If you’re heading to Munich, wear traditional dress to really take part in the festival.


Women wear a knee length pinafore complete with apron and puffy white sleeves, known as a Dirndls.


Men on the other hand wear traditional Lederhosen which can be teamed with loferl calm-warmers and haferl-schuhe shoes.


There’s also certain phrases you may want to practice before heading over to Germany, including “O’zapft is!” which marks the opening of the first keg to begin the festival.


Another word to know is “Trinspruch” which means ‘toast’.


Oktoberfest is frankly a huge party and the day after is traditional called Kater which is started with an authentic German breakfast.


The Katerfrühstück includes pickled herrings, gherkins and a Konterbier – in other words, a beer to counter act the effects of a hangover.


If you’re travelling to Germany, be sure to get your travel insurance sorted before you leave!


If you can’t get away, don’t worry, London has its own version of the festival with celebrations being held at Canary Wharf until October 9th.


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