Oktoberfest Nadine Basic Spoken German I

Basic Spoken German I
Table of Contents
• History of Oktoberfest
• Foods and drinks at Oktoberfest
• Attractions at Oktoberfest
• Statistic’s and Facts
• Germany’s Oktoberfest vs. Newport’s Oktoberfest
What is Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is a traditional, annual autumn beer festival
held in Munich, Germany.
It is usually celebrated for 16 days.
Starts during the last two weeks of September and ends on the first
Sunday in October.
The Marriage That Started It All
• Started October of 1810 in celebration
of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, &
princess Therese of Saxony –
Hildburghausen’s marriage.
• Celebrations lasted for five days.
• Celebrations concluded with a horse race on
the meadow outside of town.
• People liked it so much that they decided to
have it again each year.
History of Oktoberfest
• In 1811 they added the first
Agricultural Show.
• The horse races are no longer held
today, but the Agricultural Show is
held every three years.
• The beginnings of a fair ground - a
carousel and 2 swings - were set up
in 1818.
• In 1896, the beer stands were
replaced by the beer tents and
• The festival grounds are now called
Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s fields”)
in honor of the bride.
O’Zapft is!
The festivities start with the grand entry of Oktoberfest landlords and breweries.
Then there’s an Oktoberfest Costume and Riflemen’s Parade.
The official opening of Oktoberfest is at 12 when the mayor of the city pierces the first
keg at the Schottenhamel tent.
Festival Halls
Beer stands were replaced by beer tents and beer halls in 1896.
There are 14 big tents and some small tents.
“Only Munich beer from the efficient and proven
traditional Munich breweries which satisfies the
Munich purity standards of 1487 and the
German purity standards of 1906 may be
Big Beer Tents
• Hippodrom
• Käfer’s Wies’n-Schänke
• Armbrustschützen –
• Weinzelt
• Hofbräu-Festzelt
• Hacker – Festzelt
• Schottenhamel
• Winzerer Fahndl
• Schützen – Festzelt
• Löwenbräu – Festhalle
• Bräurosl
• Augustiner – Festhalle
• Spatenbräu – Festhalle
• Fischer - Vroni
Each tent has their own “theme”
The Schottenhamel tent is the largest tent with 10,000 seats.
It is suggested to reserve seats before hand for any of the tents.
Oktoberfest crossbrow competition has been held at this tent since 1895.
Sits 5,830 people on the inside
1,600 people on the outside.
The brewery behind this tent is Paulaner.
Youtube video :
Food & Drinks
• Wurst or Sausage with Sauerkraut
• Roasted chicken
• Potatoes
• Pretzels
• Rolls
• Roasted Ducks
• Alcoholic drinks & non-alcoholic drinks
• Pork
• Kaiserschmarnn
• Radish & horse radish
• Lebkuchen herzen
In 2011 Oktoberfest there were “ 7.9 liters of beer were drunk.
Roughly 522.821 chicken, 124.520 pairs of pork sausages and 118
whole oxen and 92 calves roasted on spits were consumed, to mention
only some figures.”
Attractions & Fairground
There is a wide range of entertainmentbusinesses, carousels, shooting and throwing
The flea circus, old Russian wheel,
Modern attractions such as roller coasters,
bumper cars, water rides, ferris wheel, and
Old fashion merry-go-round,
Statistics & Facts
• The most popular song in the beer tents was a draw between “Brenna tuats
guat” by Hubert von Goisern and the Toten Hosen’s “Tage wie diese”
• 130,000 letters and postcards were sent out of the Oktoberfest post office to
around the world
• In the lost and found, “apart from 950 passports, 570 wallets, 480 mobile
phones, 280 bags, 80 cameras, and 100 pieces of jewerly and watches there
were two wedding rings, two license plates, two bugles, a baby monitor, pingpong paddle, playboy magazine, and a dog.”
• About 6 million people from around the world visit this festival
• In 2012 the Oktoberfest was celebrated for the 179th time.
• 24 Oktoberfests were cancelled due to years during and after the war, and
because of cholera epidemics in 1854 and 1873.
• People usually dress up in traditional German clothing : Men wear
Lederhosen while Women wear a Dirndl.
Munich vs. Newport’s Oktoberfest
• Takes place over two days (a
weekend) in October.
• Takes place over a few weeks.
• Sells German and American brews.
• Sells beer that is only made in
• Smaller amount of visitors.
• 6.2 million visitors.
• First tapping of the keg is done by a
popular member of the community,
but not by the mayor.
• First tapping of the keg (official
start of Oktoberfest) is done by the
• There is no fair ground.
• There is a fairground.
Works Cited
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Landeshaupstadt Munchen. The History of Oktoberfest. Muenchen.de. N.p., Aug. 2012.
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