Oktoberfest 2009 – just seven more weeks to go!


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Ah, it’s that time of the year again – Oktoberfest is approaching: Exactly seven weeks from now we will hear Munich’s Lord Mayor, Christian Ude, yell “O’zapt is”, and then we will have sixteen days of utter madness in the city. A good indicator for the upcoming festival is that people have already started to talk about who will go when, and with whom, and to which tent. Yep, a certain energy can be felt in the city. It’s Oktoberfest time. Wonderful.

So I thought it might be a good idea to see how much of the festival can actually be seen already. Well, the summer was OK for Munich so far, and the workers could make good progress over the past weeks. The big tents are up, some of them even have their tarpaulins already. The tents are surrounding by containers, and workers are busy drilling, hammering, pulling, hauling, and moving stuff.

Meanwhile, the city is also preparing for the rush. Hotels seem to have still some capacity, especially from Monday to Thursday. Until now, the booking was slightly slower than in previous years. This does not come as a surprise, given that many people across the world are feeling the pinch of the economic crisis. Oktoberfest 2009 won’t be a record-year for the tent-owners. But then again, the Oktoberfest will still be packed with people, and they will be enjoying the beer as they did in the years before. (The only difference for locals and ad-hoc tourists will be that they will be able to get benches and tables more easily.)

If you want to know more about the Munich Oktoberfest, please visit our sister site, Oktoberfest Insider where you can find the ultimate Oktoberfest FAQ as well as photos, tips on how to dress, and links to hotels that are close to the festival.

The photos below represent the status as of yesterday, Friday 31st July 2009.


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One Response to “Oktoberfest 2009 – just seven more weeks to go!”

  1. Dietmar says:

    Now the waiting is over. Today we here able to catch some impressions from the parade of the Wiesnwirte (on Flickr). O’zapft is!