Here's the weirdest thing about one of the best festivals in Germany – and they have some of the best in Europe – Oktoberfest, which starts in September.

Oktoberfest started as a wedding celebration around the wedding of the heir to the throne, King Ludwig I of Bavaria, and Princess Theresa of Saxony-Hildburghausen. You can also get information about keg tapping via the web.

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The wedding took place on October 17, 1810, and was marked by horse racing and other popular entertainment that day. These celebrations were soon incorporated into the roughly contemporaneous Agricultural Fair and have since grown rapidly.

Today there is a large exhibition arena with shooting ranges, fairground stalls, and sideshows as well as all sorts of other entertainment and activities. Based on its origin, the large festival area of the festival is named "Theresienwiese" after Princess Teresa.

The main venue for Oktoberfest in Munich, where more than 6 million people come every year. German transport companies organize special buses and trains for the Oktoberfest in Munich, the traditional name for the festival.

Munich's Oktoberfest always begins with a jubilantly decorated procession of beer carts and beer crates from local brewers and customs officials taking part in the festival.

Oktoberfest has its beer, a dark beer brewed and stocked specifically for the occasion. It was recently estimated that around 7 million liters of this potent drink were drunk during the festivities, nearly half a million liters per day during the 17 days of the festival.