To most of us September feels like living in a nightmare, right? Back to work, back to real life and back to the autumn's moody weather. Yeah, the summer is officially over and it's tough admitting it! So could you think of a better way to farewell this amazing month other than drinking and cheering for its end?
If you love German traditions and looking for a reason to be happily drunk, Oktoberfest is probably the best festival for you! Well, now keep in mind that you don’t really have to go to Germany to celebrate such an event…
Some history background
Oktoberfest dates back to 1810 in Munich, when Crown Prince Ludwig got married to the Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, on the 12th of October in 1810. All the citizens were invited to attend the festivities and participate in the area’s happiest event. Horse races marked the closing of the event that was at that moment celebrated as a festival; it was the decision to repeat those races in the subsequent year that gave rise to the famous tradition of Oktoberfest. In 1819 citizens assumed responsibility and they transformed the festival into an annual event. After several ups and downs during the war and the era’s epidemics, in 1910 the Oktoberfest celebrated its 100th anniversary with the consumption of 120000 litres of beer, setting like this a world record. Since that day, the end of September is happily marked by the Oktoberfest, which takes place in the memory of the Princess Therese.
A little bit of Germany in Madrid.
This special event has been spread worldwide so that everyone could taste, drink and have a glimpse into the unique German culture. In Madrid for the 5th subsequent year, you can find a massive Oktoberfest celebration in the WiZinkCenter. An original beer festival is organised every year and everyone gets the chance to try the famous “Munich” beer- known as König Ludwig- that marks characteristically the event since it was the beer served at the wedding of the Royal Family. Apart from this special beer, you can also taste the globally known beers, Warsteiner or Grimbergen, as well as multiple different varieties of German beers. In addition, don’t forget to try top German delicacies, such as sausages, bretzels, knuckles and many more.
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Of course, music couldn’t be missing from such an event. People with traditional costumes dancing along to traditional music, give visitors the sense of traveling back in time and reliving the atmosphere of the past centuries.
If you’re one of the lucky gals though, given the opportunity to travel and experience the Oktoberfest in Germany, here’s an article with everything you need to know before heading to Germany’s most attended annual event! Alara has done some excellent work and gathered all the relevant info here.
WiZink CenterAv. de Felipe II, s/n, 28009 Madrid, Spain
...after all...beauty lies in the hands of the beer holder.
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