The 186th Oktoberfest in Munich kicks off


People drink beer in a festival tent during the first day of Oktoberfest 2019 in Munich, Germany, September 21, 2019. The 186th Oktoberfest, one of the world’s largest folk festivals, has officially opened its doors here on Saturday. About 6 million visitors from around the world are expected to enjoy the festival’s beer and culinary delights here from September 21 to October 6 (Xinhua / Lu Yang)

With Munich’s mayor traditionally addressing the first keg of beer, the 186th Oktoberfest, one of the world’s biggest folk festivals, officially opened on Saturday.

From September 21 to October 6, more than 6 million Oktoberfest fans and visitors from all over the world are expected to enjoy the festival beer and culinary delights on the festival grounds. Anyone here can feel a regular niche for old-fashioned festival traditions, Bavarian customs, local hospitality, and a winning mix of traditional and modern folk music.

This year, Oktoberfest spectators are presented with climate neutral beer. “We want to organize an ecological festival,” said Baumgartner, head of Oktoberfest. The brewery’s environmental protection activities have little influence on the price of beer, and it costs just over 11 euros per liter in 2019.

The Oktoberfest was born from the wedding of the Bavarian royal family in 1810. Since 1819 it was officially an event of the city of Munich. The festival grounds will occupy more than 34.5 hectares of land this year, with a total of around 13,000 people employed at Oktoberfest, according to official data.

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