Grab your lederhosen and head for Munich

The largest festival in the world, the Munich Oktoberfest, began on Saturday and continues for the next couple of weeks with an estimated six million people expected to attend.

The Oktoberfest owes its origins to Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen who, on October 12, 1810, got married and the people of Bavaria celebrated. The Bavarians celebrated again the next year, and the year after that, until the Oktoberfest became an established event.

The event, which takes place on a 42-hectare site called the Theresienwiese, is no longer really about the royal couple, it’s about beer. After all, the Oktoberfest rarely now includes the 10th of October. A litre of beer will set you back €9 this year and even a litre of water will cost you €7.

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