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Oktoberfest in Munich

Hotel an der Oper is a short distance from the Theresienwiese

This is how it all began…

The Munich Oktoberfest traces its roots to October 12, 1810 with the opulent wedding celebrations for Crown Prince Ludwig, who would later become King Ludwig the First. His bride was Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Munich celebrated the union for five days with joyous festivities topped off by a horse race on a meadow just outside the city gates. 

The horse race was so popular that it was repeated the next year and that’s how the Oktoberfest tradition began. At the end of the 19th century the celebration was moved to September and the meadow was re-named Theresienwiese in honor of the princess bride. 

And though the Oktoberfest is officially two centuries old, the 2010 edition was only the 177th celebration. Epidemics and two world wars forced its cancellation a total of 24 times. 

Hotel an der Oper

We are very gladly available to you for possible questions!

Hotel an der Oper
Falkenturmstr. 10, 80331 Munich
Phone: +49 89 290 02 70, Telefax: +49 89 290 02 729,
Proprietor: Frau Karin Dürr | VAT ID: DE230635754 | Company Headquarters: Munich, Germany