• The festival Oktoberfest 2013
In Munich has opened the 180th in a row Oktoberfest 2013 - the largest folk festival in the world, which will last 16 days, he was visited by 6 million people, with the price of liter mug comes to € 10..
By tradition, it opened the mayor of Munich: at noon, after a volley of 12 artillery shells, he tapped with a mallet on the first keg of beer and knocked out her gag with the traditional cry of "O`zapft is!" - translated from the Bavarian dialect as "Open!" but is perceived by all as "Pour!".
As a rule, the Oktoberfest begins in September for rational reasons: the weather in Germany at this time better, and the night not so cold.
Driving the plugs of the first beer keg current Mayor of Munich takes place exactly at 12:00 under the gun cameras. This action is carried out with a characteristic cry of "O'zapft is!", Which means "Open!". Munich, September 21, 2013.
The crowd outside is looking forward to the opening ceremony of Oktoberfest 2013 on 21 September.
Oktoberfest was first held in 1810 in honor of the wedding of the Crown Prince and future King Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghauzenskoy. Weddings celebrated 5 days with parades, fireworks, music and a wide feast. In 1818 there was the first Oktoberfest carousel, and in 1867 - the first beer tent.
As a snack with beer is very popular fried chicken. They eat about 500 000 pieces for the festival. Munich, September 21, 2013.
From the 180-year history of the Oktoberfest fell 24 years old when the festival is not held: war and the early postwar years, as well as during the cholera epidemics in 1854 and 1873, respectively.
But this is not only drink beer. At the festival, there are a large number of attractions - from carousels, where you can go for more than 80 years, to ultra-modern designs such as carousels or "roller coaster."
In 16 days, the festival will be visited by about 6 million. Man.
Amusement Park in the 1 st day of the Oktoberfest 2013.
It looks like a carousel, taken at slow shutter speeds. Oktoberfest 2013 on 21 September.
In accordance with the rules of the Oktoberfest, the festival can be dispensed only Munich beer brewed in accordance with the law of the Munich beer purity of 1487 and the German beer purity law of 1516. 14 large and 15 small tents are open to visitors.
Tent Loewenbräu hard to miss. (It. The lion's Brewery, pronounced "Lowenbrau", often incorrectly spelled as "Lowenbrau" in Russian). Above the entrance sits a lion 4.5 meters high, and every five minutes growls.
Another extreme ride at Oktoberfest.
The waitresses affect his agility: wear for 10 or more liter mugs at a time.
The Munich Oktoberfest is held in a special area called the Theresienwiese, which is located in the center of Munich, near the main railway station. At Theresienwiese beer there are 14 pavilions and a total of about 100 thousand seats. The largest pavilion for many years is the famous "Hofbroy" - 10 000 seats, including a pavilion adjacent to the beer garden. Munich, September 21, 2013.
The main holiday drink is specially brewed beer oktoberfestovskoe, which can be purchased only at this time of year. It is aged longer than conventional light beer has a pronounced malt flavor and strength of 5, 8 to 6.3%.
so tired on the lawn in Munich. According to statistics, each visited Oktoberfest drink 1.33 liters of beers. That's an average. Surely someone comes just to look different parades and attractions to visit, and someone drinking a beer for three.
Many German families visit Oktoberfest only with children. After the festival - it's not just beer. There is a special day at the Oktoberfest - every Tuesday from 14 to 18 hours, when there are discounts for children in all activities and attractions.
Oktoberfest is the world's highest mobile tower simulation freefall. The tower height is 66 meters, and the incidence rate - more than 79 km / h.
These Bavarians at Oktoberfest 2013 in Munich, on 22 September.
This Bavarian less at Oktoberfest 2013 in Munich, on 21 September.
The area of the Theresienwiese, where he goes, is 26 hectares. About 70% of visitors - residents of Bavaria. A lot of visitors from Italy and other EU member states, as well as from the US, Japan and Australia. In recent years, come to the inhabitants of Russia and other former Soviet countries.
Right - St. Paul's Church.
In recent years, the theft of beer mugs (a criminal offense), has acquired such dimensions that it can be called the most popular sport on the Oktoberfest. For this reason, security staff can check any suspicious visitors did not learn whether they circles of the tents. In 2004, so 210,000 thefts mugs have been prevented.
One of the problems of modern Oktoberfest is the excessive consumption of alcohol, in particular, brought by the feast of its visitors. Especially strong this problem affects young people, who often are not ready to buy a rather expensive beer and prefers to bring affordable and spirits with them. excessive alcohol consumption are the result of the so-called "beer corpses". They are collected in the Red Cross tent, and it leads to life.
It was a report from the Oktoberfest 2013 - the largest folk festival in the world.