RACE DAY: A painting showing a horserace in the early days of the festival.
There were other sporting events held too and, to a degree, the event inspired the modern Olympics we know today.
Everyone had such a great time they decided to do it again the following year and a tradition was born.
Princess Therese lives on in the name of the Oktoberfest field, Theresienwiese, although it’s usually abbreviated by Munich locals to Wiesn.
As Munich grew so did the festival, with carousels and stands selling lottery stands joining the fray over the decades.
BARBECUE: A man tends to grilled fish over an outdoor fireplace at the 1928 Oktoberfest.
But it’s still known as Oktoberfest, of course, even though most of it takes place in September.
The maze of small stands gave way to large beer tents in 1896.
The tents were set up by wealthy landlords with the backing of Munich’s breweries and contained room for bandstands.
Carousels and stalls took up the remaining space and the Oktoberfest as we know it today really started to take shape.
WIPEOUT: A storm reaching speeds of 100kph knocked
the just-built Oktoberfest tents flat in August, 1951.
REMEMBER SEPTEMBER: The memorial where the attack happened in 1980.
Possibly the darkest day in Oktoberfest history.
Pic: CC Wikimedia
BEER HERE: Oktoberfest waitresses outside the Hofbräu-Festzelt in 1928.
BACK: A magazine made for Oktoberfest
in 1949. It was the first one for 11 years
following the Second World War.
A Maß of beer cost 2 Deutschmarks,
about 1€ in today's money.
There have been 24 cancellations in Oktoberfest history – here’s why:
▪1813 – First cancellation due to war against Napoleon
▪1854 – Cholera epidemic
▪1866 – Bavaria fought alongside Austria in a war against Prussia (now Northern Germany and parts of Poland)
▪1873 – Another cholera epidemic
▪1914 to 1918 – World War One
▪1919 to 1920 – Recovery from the war, a small "autumn festival" with only (Doh!) two percent beer, was held instead
▪1923 to 1924 – Hyperinflation strikes Germany, no-one could afford it
▪1939 to 1945 – World War Two
▪1946 to 1948 – Recovery from the war, more piss-weak autumn festivals held instead
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