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The Origins of Oktoberfest

Welcome to a festive journey back in time as we explore the origins of the world-famous Oktoberfest. Discover how this iconic festival began and why it continues to capture the hearts of millions every year.

The world’s largest folk festival

Oktoberfest, the world’s largest folk festival, started with a royal wedding. On October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig, who would later become King Ludwig I, married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the celebrations held on the fields in front of the city gates, named Theresienwiese (Theresa’s Meadow) in honour of the bride. The event concluded with horse races, and the decision to repeat the races in the subsequent years gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.

Over the years, Oktoberfest evolved from a simple horse race into a grand festival. By 1819, the citizens of Munich had taken over the management of the festival, extending it and adding more attractions and beer stands, which eventually grew into large beer halls we know today. The agricultural show, introduced in 1811, still takes place every four years on the southern part of the festival grounds.

Experience Oktoberfest firsthand

Book your stay at Ruby Lilly or Ruby Rosi in Munich, ideally located near the festival grounds, and enjoy an exclusive Bavarian-themed extra-large breakfast to start your days just right.

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Oktoberfest Today

Today, Oktoberfest is celebrated with a plethora of traditional Bavarian music, games, amusement rides, and, of course, an abundance of Bavarian food and beer. Despite its growth and international fame, the festival stays true to its roots with locals and visitors donning traditional Bavarian attire—lederhosen and dirndls—to enhance the cultural experience.

When you book your stay at Ruby Lilly or Ruby Rosi, you’re not just getting a room; you’re getting a gateway to the heart of Munich’s Oktoberfest. Both hotels boast prime locations near Theresienwiese, allowing you to dive into the festivities whenever you choose. After a lively day at the festival, retreat to the comfort of Ruby Hotels, where modern amenities meet traditional charm, ensuring your stay is as enjoyable as the festival itself.

Jumpstart your festival days with our special Bavarian-themed extra-large breakfast, included free with your booking during the Oktoberfest period. It’s hearty, delicious, and the perfect way to fuel up for a day of fun and exploration.

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