Cheers to beers! Oktoberfest is returning on ground in Munich after two years

The 187th edition of Germany’s iconic beer festival, Oktoberfest, will be a celebration of local beer, indigenous food, and the Bavarian culture.
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Be ready to dive into q celebration of local beer and Bavarian cuisine! Image: Shutterstock/KarepaStock.

After a two-year-long COVID-induced hiatus, Germany’s popular Oktoberfest is back with its 187th edition. Scheduled to take place from September 17, 2022 to October 3, 2022, the iconic beer festival will be held ‘without conditions and without restrictions’ at Theresienwiese, Munich, as per the official announcement by Mayor Dieter Reiter.

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There are many big and small tents, dedicated to different celebrations and activities. Image: Courtesy Oktoberfest.

The much-sought after event will kick-off with the traditional tapping of the first beer barrel in the Schottenhamel tent. The 16-day party attracts over six million people every year, who consume 1.5 million gallons of crafted beer from local breweries!

Expect to see Germans and foreigners alike dressed in dirndls and lederhosen; a variety of local beer coming from several Munich breweries like Augustiner, Paulaner, and Spaten; a fascinating costume parade of the Wiens landlords; gun salutes; and big and small ‘party’ tents where all the action happens! There are also thrilling amusement rides and stalls for delectable food and memorable souvenirs to take back home.

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Adventurous rides will make sure there’s never a dull moment. Image: Courtesy Oktoberfest.

The Oktoberfest originally started 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese on October 12. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the five-day-long festivities, where the main event was a horse race. Soon, it became an annual tradition, growing grander and larger with each passing year.

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Think flowing pints of beer and limitless options of food! Image: Courtesy Oktoberfest.

As of now, Germany has removed most COVID curbs and is welcoming vaccinated travellers from India. All visitors of age 12 and above need to be fully vaccinated with the Covishield vaccine within the last 180 days with the last shot or booster. Those who haven’t been vaccinated or, or haven’t previously been infected with novel coronavirus, will need to present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within the 48 hours before arrival in Germany.

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