2010 is a very special year for Munich as it celebrates the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest. The beer tents will be returning to the Theresienwiese from 18 September to 4 October and inviting over 6 million people from across the world.
This year’s festivities promise to be bigger and better as city officials have extended the festival by a day at closing (originally 18 September to 3 October).
To celebrate Oktoberfest’s 200th anniversary year, there will be additional programmes of culture, entertainment and traditional customs. The festival will open with a historic reconstruction of the first Oktoberfest. There will be a re-enactment of the original horse race in 1810 which was part of the wedding festivities of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, and from which Oktoberfest was born.
Alongside the rides and beer tents, visitors to the Bavarian capital can expect barrels of fun and entertainment.