The mayor of the city greeted the guests of Oktoberfest at the opening.
The most massive beer festival has opened in Munich
Beer is flowing and millions of people flock to the Bavarian capital to celebrate the official opening of Oktoberfest.< /p>
With the traditional exclamation “O'zapft is” – “It’s uncorked” – Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap into the first keg at noon on Saturday, officially opening the 18-day celebration.
On Saturday morning, people dressed in traditional lederhosen and dirndl came to the festival grounds in Munich and filled dozens of traditional tents in anticipation of the first glass of 1 liter beer.
A few minutes before the first keg of beer was uncorked, the Governor of Bavaria Markus Soeder asked festival-goers if they were ready for the start of Oktoberfest.
“I can only say one thing: this is the most beautiful, the biggest, the most important festival in the world,” he said.
Usually about 6 million people visit Oktoberfest every year. The festival was not held in 2020 and 2021 as authorities fought the COVID-19 virus, but it resumed in 2022.
The cost of a 1-liter mug of beer this year ranges from 12.60 to 14. 90 euros (from 1300 to 1500 rubles), which is about 6% more than last year.
This year, Oktoberfest, held for the 188th time, will last until October 3.