munich - At 11 o'clock the traditional Oktoberfest in Munich starts. The fanatics have gathered early, but got bad news from above: it rains pipes.
This is evident from the first pictures that are going on. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm of some is no less, although others become quite sick-minded.
Until Tuesday 3 October, between six o'clock in the morning and midnight, six different beers can be chosen. Every year, around six million visitors come to the beer party.
The first Oktoberfest dates from 1810, on the occasion of the wedding of Princess Theresia von Sachsen-Hildburghausen and Ludwig, the Crown Prince of Bavaria. The big meadow where the party is held still carries the name of the princess.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n There is enough enthusiasm in spite of the rain.\n \n \n Photo: AFP\n \n \n \n \n \n \n The ponchos are not towed.\n \n \n Photo: AFP
The first barrel is traditionally excited by the mayor of Munich. After that it is the turn of the visitors who dress in dirndl (women) and leather hose (men). They take place in one of the fourteen tents, the largest place for 10,000 thirsty visitors.
When the last beer pump closes on the last day, nearly 7 million liters of beer have disappeared in the thirsty kels. The visitors have counted about half a billion euros. For those who do not like alcohol, there is a lemonade for sale in each tent.