The 2015 Oktoberfest officially starts today! 

There is hardly any place on earth where people have not heard and dreamt of the biggest ‘funfair’ of the world, the ‘Oktoberfest’! Six million visitors every year enjoy the traditional 2 weeks of Bavarian celebrations in Munich. The locals also call it “Wiesn”, names after its location on the famous “Theresienwiese” near the Bavarian capital’s centre. The Wiesn celebrates its 182th anniversary this year.

Here are the dates: 19. September to 4. October 2015

Wiesn at night

The Wiesn parade starts at 10.45 AM

The festive opening with the first tapping of the beer is TODAY! The traditional “Trachten- und Schützenumzug” (Traditional clothing and archers parades), the parade of the tent owners and breweries with big brass bands, impressive beer wagons with garlands and big wooden barrels starts at 10.45 is the Josephspitalstrasse in the Munich city center, then the parade with approximately 1000 participants marches along Sonnen- and Schwanthalerstrasse and to the Oktoberfest via Bavariaring.

Back in 1887 the first parade was held, traditionally, the Münchner Kindl, the Munich city mascot, heads the parade and everyone can stand along the roads and watch it.

Only when they have arrived, the traditional tapping at noon officially opens the Oktoberfest, in many parts of the world, also called “beerfest”, and only after the first tapping, the first beer can be enjoyed.

It’s all about the beer

On October 17th 1810, King Max I of Bavaria hosted a horse race in honour of the wedding of his son Ludwig of Bavaria with Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghaisen in a field at the western border of Munich. The festivities started already on October 12th, the field was soon named after the bride, Theresienwiese (Wiese = lawn). Since they all enjoyed it so much, it was celebrated at their first anniversary, starting a long-lasting tradition.

We think this is the perfect opportunity to show you our magnificent Neuschwanstein-castle sporting the projection of the Bavarian flag!

Find out more about the Oktoberfest-traditions, history and news for this year soon: Our “Wiesn-Blog” continues…


Main photograph by: Hb3

Inga Stracke
Inga Stracke is a multi-talented journalist, event organizer, and networker who is equally at home in the Formula 1™ paddocks around the globe as well as the winter hills of the 4-Hill-Ski jumping tournament and other world class events. She is also a motorsport travel advisor for DERTOUR. Born in Bavaria, Inga became famous as pit-lane reporter for German Sky-TV and F1’s™ own multi-channel digital TV, and she founded the first agency for F1™ commercial radio broadcast in D-A-CH. She also produced the first Formula 1™ live radio show nationwide in US/Canada and headed the creation of the original Red Bulletin. Inga regularly contributes culinary trip reviews and gourmet features for MICHELIN starred restaurants around the globe.