Oktoberfest has begun: from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3 celebrations are held across Munich, creating one of the largest festivals in Europe, which started more than 200 years ago.
In celebration of the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810, the city of Munich organized a horse race for the newlyweds on a meadow outside the city walls. Because both the royalty and the commoners enjoyed the event, the royal court decided that every year going forward the horse races would continue.
Since then the event has firmly established itself in the Munich calendar and has become the fifth season in Bavaria. About six million people annually participate in the fun with folk music, foods and Oktoberfest Märzen, a lager specially brewed for the event. This beer is a staple of the event, served at tents across the festival grounds.
Learn more about Oktoberfest on its English-language website or on its new iPhone app, free in the iTunes store. It has information about vendors and addresses of the shops selling Dirndl and Lederhosen. Local blog Muenchenblogger.de has also release a German-language iPhone app for $1.08/€0.79 featuring information on rides, maps of the grounds and important terms to know.