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Oktoberfest goes back to the roots for 200th anniversary

DDP/DPA/The Local · 15 Jul 2010, 14:11

Published: 15 Jul 2010 14:11 GMT+02:00

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Alongside the copious amounts of beer and traditional food, Oktoberfest this year will offer several historical attractions to mark two centuries of epic partying.

“It is important for us to remember its origins,” said Munich Mayor Christian Ude this week.

Organisers hope to remind visitors that Oktoberfest was first held in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Bavaria's Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The area where Oktoberfest has been held since, the Theresienwiese, was named in the bride's honour.

This year part of the field will be transformed into a historic festival, with old carousels, special beer and other attractions. Though the regular raucous party runs from September 18 until October 4, the historical area will open one day early for the special anniversary.

"It will be a trip back in time to the beginnings of Oktoberfest," said organiser Gabriele Weishäuptl.

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To conclude this year's special celebrations, Mayor Ude will marry three couples from the states of Bavaria and Saxony on the actual anniversary of the royal wedding on October 12.

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Your comments about this article

19:35 July 15, 2010 by JAMessersmith
"Oktoberfest this year will offer several historical attractions"... that no one will remember.
23:17 July 15, 2010 by wxman
Good idea! It's not a carnival, it's a wedding party. Fortunately, wedding parties involve consuming mass quatities of bier!
05:17 July 16, 2010 by proclusian
Yes, JA, somehow I don't really think all of the Americans and Japanese are going to remember these historical attractions. Or even most of the Einheimischen. God, give me the Olewiger Weinfest any day over this overcrowded overpriced touristic nonsense.
19:09 July 21, 2010 by Johann USA
I was at last years Oktoberfest. Had a great time and enjoyed it immensely. I wish I could be at this years celebration. Will be back someday. Oktoberfest Wunderbar. Love Bavaria.
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