Let the games begin!
And even though it had to manage without electrical light and electricity, the first Oktoberfest in 1810 gave us plenty of reasons to smile. It marked the wedding of Prince Regent Ludwig I., who later became king, and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, for which a huge horse race was installed at Theresienwiese in their honor. The field that was still located on the outskirts of the city at the time was known as ‘Theresienwiese’ from then on in, after the name of the bride — a very unique wedding present. The pair were happy, the crowd enjoyed themselves — this paved the way for a folk festival that was to become famous throughout the world.