By Michael Dalder and Kai Pfaffenbach
It’s 5am when my alarm clock rings and to be honest, my thoughts are more about coffee than beer.
However, I packed my gear and tried to get ready for the world’s biggest party, where tradition meets madness in Munich: The “Oktoberfest”.
It all started in 1810 when a rich banker hosted a horse race to honor the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. Since then the fairground has been called “Theresienwiese”, where the Oktoberfest common name “Wies’n” stemmed from.
Now more than 6 million visitors from all over the world are expected to taste the special Oktoberfest beer, which is a lot stronger than the usual German drinks as it reaches up to 7% alcohol. Despite its name “Oktoberfest”, the big party always starts on the second last Saturday of September and will end by October 3.
For those interested in traditional Bavarian clothing the Oktoberfest is paradise – women and young girls wear the “Dirndl”, an old-fashioned dress sporting “décolleté”