Fun Facts: Münchner Oktoberfest 9/17/11 – 10/3/11

The Münchner Oktoberfest is considered the largest festival in the world. Here are some fun facts about this beer-centric event:

— The first Oktoberfest took place from October 12 through October 17, 1810 to celebrate Crown Prince Ludwig’s wedding to Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Now it begins in September to take advantage of milder weather.

— Oktoberfest runs from the next to last Saturday in September through the first Sunday in October. If, however, the first Sunday in October lands on the 1st or 2nd, then festivities continue through October 3rd, the official holiday commemorating Germany’s reunification.

— There are over 20 beer tents with a total of approximately 105,000 seats.

— The largest and most well-known tent is the Hofbräuzelt with about 10,000 seats.

— The Oktoberfest provides work for about 12,000 employees.

— In 2010, 6.5 million visitors drank 7 million maß bier (liter beer) and ate 530,000 brathendl (chicken) and 117 ochsen (oxen).

— Also in 2010, Lost and Found collected approximately 4,500 items, among them 750 passports, 420 wallets, 320 glasses, a bunny, a tuba, a hearing aid and dentures.

Check out highlights from this year’s Oktoberfest from the largest daily German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.