Festivalgoers, many in traditional Bavarian dress of lederhosen for the chaps and drndls for the women, are there just for the fun, and with fairground rides and stalls all over the Wiesn
- the size of 50 football pitches - the emphasis is firmly on family entertainment.
And as a city, Munich is proving a recession-proof metropolis, increasingly confident in its place at the heart of Europe when six million revellers converge on the Wiesn
Plus, before approaching the event itself, guests can visit the hotel's 'Wiesn
Warm-Up' where they will be treated to an authentic stall on the terrace of its Restaurant Davvero providing pretzels, Obazda cheese and other Bavarian delicacies and refreshments.
Users who check in at three different "Wiesn
" locations via foursquare can obtain a 20 euro voucher for their next Lufthansa flight booking.
At the Oktoberfest festivities at the Wiesn
(the main area), check out the big hitters that are well known and highly anticipated each year.
Lehmann apologised for breaking club rules, accepted the suspension, but claimed: "The visit to the Wiesn
(Oktoberfest) was part of a charity event and it had been planned for a long time."
Visitors known as "Wiesn
" consume millions of litres of beer and hundreds of thousands of sausages.
From dress codes to beer types and even a unique language, there are a few rules to observe at the Wiesn
. We explain why the Oktoberfest starts in September and why you should exercise caution when drinking the beer.The US Embassy recently published useful tips for visitors to Oktoberfest.
A night on the wiesn
, the old term for the field where the Oktoberfest began, is a must, especially in one of the huge halls such as the Schottenhamel which can hold around 2,000 carousing revellers feasting on roast chicken, giant pretzels and an industrial production line of steins of foaming German bier.
Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn
, the authentic O'fest beer that is served in the Munich Oktoberfest tents, will be available for the first time ever in the US.
The Oktoberfest, or "Wiesn
" as it is called in Bavaria, started out as a horse race.
Is the Wiesn
too sexy?" asked the Munich Abendzeitung in a front page headline - the Wiesn
being the city recreation grounds given over to the fest each year.
The same scene is repeated in the 13 other huge tents that go to make the festival, or the Wiesn
(meadow) as the Germans say, referring to the first festival on the original meadow site to celebrate the wedding of crown prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in 1810.