12 FACTS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT OKTOBERFEST FROM TRAVEL SITE MOMONDO
In just a few days the largest festival in the world begins again, the Oktoberfest - running from 21 September to 6 October in Munich, Germany.
With white sausage and pretzels in the beer tent and rides galore, the festival attracts many UK tourists. Travel search site momondo.co.uk has found a dozen fun facts about the festival in the Bavarian capital: from the Nobel Prize winner who worked as a labourer, to the favorite destinations of the Munich Oktoberfest objectors.
Some of these facts may even be unknown to devout fans and will be great for some Party Talk over the beer table:
1 The Oktoberfest without alcohol?
Unbelievable but true. In the beginning, there was no alcohol at all. Beer and other alcoholic beverages could only be purchased outside the festival area. The organisers and the city authorities quickly realised however that it would make sense to allow the sale of beer at the festival. Only then, the traditional beer tents were established.
2 Bierleichen and Wildbiesler as art objects
The art project "Les Disasters of beers" is dedicated to the darker side of the festival - people who urinate in the open, empty their stomachs, or otherwise derail.
3 Einstein as a labourer
The physics genius actively contributed to the Munich festival. In 1896 Albert Einstein worked as a labourer in the construction of Schottenhamel tent.
4 About 130,000 greetings to the whole world
The Oktoberfest also features its own post office, which the German Post annually builds. Souvenirs and cards are sent from there to all corners of the world.
5 The big business: Over 60,000 Oktoberfest items on Ebay
60,279 items have been found to date (as of 03.09.2013) on Ebay under "Oktoberfest". From the dirndl - blouse, to Oktoberfest blue and white home decoration, fans of the largest folk festival can find almost anything here. Even historical treasures are selling at the online auction house, with a seller offering a comprehensive collection consisting exclusively of 930 Oktoberfest steins.
6 Thousand times more
Hefty price hikes are common at the Oktoberfest. Each year the Maßpreis rises - it is this year with up to 9.85 euros. Historically, it has risen a thousand times - between 1950 and 2010, an increase of 1081 per cent was recorded.
7 Waiting time: up to 20 years
This doesn't mean how long it takes to grab one of the coveted tables in the beer tents, but to become Wiesn host. Whoever applies to the City of Munich lands on a long waiting list until a place becomes available, the when another one says goodbye. And it is also very expensive - costing around two million euros for the construction and dismantling of a tent. Therefore, only the most experienced Munich hosts welcome guests at the Theresienwiese.
8 A measure equivalent to eight shots
The alcohol content sounds incredibly high, but the favorite drink of visitors is not your typical beer, but a specially brewed beverage for the festival. This beer's original alcohol content is up to 1.3 percent higher than conventional beer.
9 Indian leather pants?
Those who dress in leather pants and assume they are wearing a traditional Bavarian garment may be wrong! The goats that supply the leather for new Oktoberfest Lederhosen have often browsed in India or Pakistan.
10th The great career of a Saxon toast
The famous toast " Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit ", which is regularly accompanied with a swig from the tankard, does not even come from Bavaria. It was drafted by the Chemnitz musician Bernhard Dittrich.
11th Accommodation in the luxury class
During Oktoberfest is the time when hotel rates in Munich double. Only in the case of luxury accommodation, looking at the most expensive hotel suite of the city, do prices remain constant. The "Royal Suite Ludwig" in the Four Seasons Hotel with Cararra marble, floors made of calfskin and a 24- hour butler service, costs 15,000 euros per night.
12th Munich on the run
Not all people from Munich love the two-week festival. More than 27,000 people look for a holiday at this time with departure from Munich. Particularly popular, according to momondo statistics, are the destinations Bangkok, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Istanbul and New York. Whilst city trips are very popular, the Thai capital is by far the favorite destination of Munich people though.
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