Oktoberfest is held every year in late September in a field outside of Munich, and as the tour bus parked in the parking area I took this picture of the huge illuminated ferris wheel off in the distance.
Many German towns have a fair that comes to town once a year, but this is the largest fair or festival that you could ever imagine or have the opportunity to visit.
From the sheer size of the area where all the rides are set up, to the massive beer hall tents and the enormous quantities of beer and excellent food – this is the biggest and best festival in the world.
Over 6 million people visit Oktoberfest annually, which dates back to the 1810 commemoration of Crown Prince Ludwig’s (King Ludwig I) wedding to his wife Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, namesake of the Oktoberfest field – “Theresienwiese” festival grounds.
A giant clown oversees the crowd that packs into the festival grounds at Oktoberfest, which offers nothing but pure fun, beer, food and entertainment for its visitors’ pleasure.
As with any experience, especially a first time visit, the experience of Oktoberfest is full of amazing sights, sounds, music and the aroma of wonderful food all around you.
The carnival rides have the brightest lights and the loudest music exciting the crowds, as the rides whirl, twirl and move in amazing gravity defying ways.
The roller coaster under the lights forms what begins to look like a set of Olympic Rings; bringing shape, color and form into a composition totally unique to itself.
Spinning rides become a blur to both the eye and to the camera lense, as motion outpaces the speed with which each can process the festival of lights before them.
I’m not normally one for spinning rides, no matter how inviting they look, and this ride is especially one for me to give a pass to and just watch instead.
The beer tents were the largest I had ever seen with as many rows of tables that could be squeezed into them, and each had an um pa pa band that entertained the crowd.
Of course beer flows freely at Oktoberfest, what else would you think when visiting the largest festival in the world – in Germany?
Actually, along the Rhein and Mosel River valleys there are also wine festivals, where of course, the wine flows as freely as the corks can be removed.
Löwenbräu translates to “lion’s brew,” and is one of the main beers at Oktoberfest, as it is brewed in Munich and dates back to the year 1383.
Another famous Bavarian beer, the Hacker-Pschorr Brewery dates to 1417 when the original Hacker Brewery was founded in Munich.