The origin of Oktoberfest is a marriage formality between Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese on October 12th, 1810. All the locals in the town got invitation to present on the festival on the fields outside of the city gates. Afterward, the fields were named Theresienwiese after the Princess, and the ceremony was such a big hit that the locals requested King Ludwig to keep on the celebration the following year. Nowadays, this event is one of the most typical and important festivals in Germany, which attracts millions of tourists visit annually.

As many people imply from the name of the festival “Oktoberfest”, this should be celebrated in October. In contrast, the fest actually starts in September (from September 16 to October 3). So basically, the “Octoberfest” ends in October instead of beginning.

In fact, the fest officially starts only when the Mayor of Munich taps the first keg of Oktoberfest beer and then all locals and visitors jump on the fun with gigantic glass mugs on hand. There are 14 large beer tents and around 20 smaller tents are ready for you to choose every year at Oktoberfest. Each tent is the representative of Munich’s famous local brand beer. Therefore, you will taste the best beer in this festival because it is brewed by long-standing traditional way for Oktoberfest purpose. The large tents, which are for well-known brands such as Hofbrau, Paulaner and Augustine, are huge with festively decorated hall full of long tables. No matter which tent you find yourself in, they are full of fun when people get drunk, dance, and sing German song. You definitely should prepare to learn some German songs, especially when you do your internship abroad in Germany then German is a should. The funny thing in this fest is that you will be served only when you take a seat. An alluring “Fraulein” will be assigned to your table, and she will stick with you for hours in the tent. It is unbelievable that these beautiful waitresses with tactful skills can carry more than 10 mugs at once, which is around 10 liters of beer plus the gigantic glass mug itself! Yes, you might be confused a bit but in Oktoberfest, they only sell a mug of 1litre beer with the alcohol percentage around 12%. So, are you ready to get drunk in Oktoberfest?

Even if you don’t need to dress traditional clothing, which is lederhosen for men (the leather shorts with suspenders) or a dirndl for women (a dress with apron), as Bavarian; however, it will be an unforgettable memory when you dress up and drink beer as local. The locals really appreciate it. Furthermore, you might not sit together with your colleagues or friends; nevertheless, the best part of this event is making new friends. You will sit with various strangers, but don’t worry, drink beer together and you will soon be friends with them.

Don’t miss it, trust me it’s worth it!

Here is a short video of what is waiting you!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGALvuQMWDg

Be ready to get drunk! And do not hesitate to share with us your experiences during your internship in Germany.