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From the somewhat humble beginnings as a royal wedding to the grand spectacle it is today, Oktoberfest in Munich is the ultimate fusion of history, culture, and, of course, beer.

Oktoberfest: What, Where, When?

Every year, Munich transforms into a vibrant hub of traditional Bavarian culture, drawing visitors from all corners of the globe to celebrate the world-renowned Oktoberfest. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned fest-goer, understanding the what, where, and when of Oktoberfest is crucial to maximizing your festival experience. For a comfortable and convenient stay, consider booking at Ruby Lilly or Ruby Rosi, located just steps away from the festivities, complete with a special Bavarian-themed breakfast to kickstart your day.

What is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world, celebrating Bavarian traditions, food, music, and, famously, beer. Originating from a royal wedding celebration in 1810, Oktoberfest has evolved into a global phenomenon, boasting massive beer tents, thrilling amusement rides, live music, and a wide array of traditional Bavarian cuisine.

Where is Oktoberfest Held?

The festival takes place on the Theresienwiese, a large open space in the heart of Munich, Germany. This area is affectionately known as the "Wiesn" to locals, a nickname derived from its official name. The location is easily accessible via public transportation, and its proximity to central Munich makes it an ideal spot for visitors staying at nearby hotels like Ruby Lilly and Ruby Rosi.

When Does Oktoberfest Take Place?

This year, Oktoberfest starts on 21 September and runs until the 6 October. The festival begins with a grand parade featuring horse-drawn breweries' wagons, traditional costumes, and bands. The mayor of Munich has the honour of tapping the first keg, declaring "O'zapft is" ("It's tapped"), which officially starts the celebration.

Key Highlights of Oktoberfest


Enhance your Oktoberfest experience by staying at Ruby Lilly or Ruby Rosi. Both locations offer easy access to Theresienwiese and feature modern amenities that ensure a relaxing retreat after a lively day at the festival.


Visit our website for more information and to explore our special offers during the festival season.


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