Did you know that Oktoberfest started as a wedding celebration?
On 12th October 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.
The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event.
Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria, and the decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.
Nowdays the Oktoberfest is known as the Largest Volksfest (People’s Fair) in the World. Just take a look at this fascinating numbers from last year: