The world’s largest fair has just started! Today, marked the beginning of the 180th celebration of Germany’s most famous festival. Everyone is welcome to visit and party in Theresienwiese, the area where the festival is held in Munich.

At 12:00 noon today, October 21, 2013, Christian Ude, the current mayor of Munich tapped the first barrel of beer in the “Schottenhamel” beer tent. Christian Ude is a member of the German Social Democratic Party and has been the mayor of Munich for two decades. With two strikes, Ude drove the tap into the barrel and spoke the magic words: “O’zapft is!” – “It’s tapped!”

Oktoberfest-europetravelppad.comview of the Oktoberfest while on top of the Ferris Wheel.

Mr. Ude handed the first mug of beer to the Bavarian Prime Minister, Horst Seehofer. Since this will be the last term of office,  somebody else will serve the beer to Horst Seehofer next year. Ude has already reached the the maximum number of terms, thus he can no longer run for office again.

Oktoberfest-europetravelppad.comsome of the rides in Oktoberfest, Munich.

Christian Ude wishes  everyone a peaceful Oktoberfest as he ended the opening ceramony. Together with him,  also wish everyone a wonderful and enjoyable celebration of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

Oktoberfest Munichone of the beer tents in Oktoberfest.

Enjoy your visit and be safe!

1 Comment so far »

  1. by inka, on November 15 2013 @ 3:39 am


    Year after year the Oktoberfest is a hit.

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