Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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Tradition

Tradition and history of the Oktoberfest

When was the first Oktoberfest held, anyway? And how did it all begin? When did it have to be cancelled? And just what’s so special about the ‘Oide Wiesn’? Everything you need to know about the tradition and history of the world’s largest folk festival.
Important: Non-updated information on this page refers to Oktoberfest 2019. There was no Oktoberfest in 2020, neither was in 2021 due to the Corona pandemic.