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Oktoberfest starts 200th jubilee with historic party

The Local · 17 Sep 2010, 14:00

Published: 17 Sep 2010 14:00 GMT+02:00

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The historic section in the southern part of the festival grounds known as the Wiesn features antique fairground rides and tents that tell the story of Germany’s most famous Volksfest. It will also offer visitors the chance to quench their thirst with a special brew offered only this year.

Oktoberfest was conceived in 1810 as a celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The party included a military horse race on the festival grounds, which were named Theresienwiese in the princess’ honour.

Munich mayor Christian Ude will kick off Friday’s festivities with an old-style horse race at noon to honour the Oktoberfest's equestrian tradition, which now features two horse races each day.

The historic section of the festival, which also includes a velodrome for racing, an animal tent and a museum full of boozy ephemera, will remain open throughout the event, which runs from September 18 until October 4.

Additionally, Munich breweries have set aside their competitive differences to create a special anniversary beer, a high-alcohol content brown ale called Jubiläumswiesnbier, or “Wiesn Jubilee Beer,” which will only be served from its wooden barrels at the vintage tents.

Entrance to the area costs €4.


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19:28 September 17, 2010 by fair1day
The "hillbillys' are back......
20:12 September 17, 2010 by wxman
That special Oktoberfest Jubiläumswiesnbier will really put them on the lawns sleeping earier than usual. As a higher alcohol content offering, I imagine it will cost more than the traditional beers.
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