Photos of the Oktoberfest

  • Updated October 8, 2014

These images may not be the best photos in the world and may not win any awards, but they give you a good impression of the Oktoberfest. As the Fest remains more or less the same every year, I consider the photo to be still accurate. Enjoy!

Oktoberfest Opening

Oktoberfest 2006 Parade

The opening of the 173rd Oktoberfest in Munich was scheduled for the 16th September 2006. Here's the opening parade, where all the tent owners, their friends and family, and the tent staff officially "move in". At the top of the parade is the local police, clearing the way.

Oktoberfest 2006 Opening

Right after the police the first band comes, all dressed in the traditional bavarian clothing. And in the back you can already see the first real attraction - the "Munich Child" (Münchner Kindl)...

Münchner Kindl Oktoberfest 2006 Stefanie Krätz

Each year, the "Munich Child" (Münchner Kindl) opens the fest, reviving the 800 year old crest of the city. While first drawings of the crest showed a monk in a frock, but about 150 years ago it got changed to show a young girl in the frock. Anyway, in 2006 the child had been played by Stefanie Krätz, daughter of tent owners Sepp und Gabriele Krätz who operated the Hippodrom tent until 2013.

Christian Ude Oktoberfest 2006

Christian Ude had been the Mayor of Munich for decades. In this 2006 photo he waves to the people on his way to the Oktoberfest. It is the mayors job to open the first barrel of beer exactly at 12:00 hrs noon. While Ude was three seconds early this year, he used just "two plus one safety" hits to the barrel. Then he shouted "O'zapft is" - "the barrel is open" - and the action began.

Patrick Lindner

German musician Patrick Lindner waves to the fans on his way to the Oktoberfest, standing on the horse drawn carriage of the Wine Tent ("Weinzelt")...

Patrick Lindner München

...and obviously enjoying the parade with his Paulaner wheat beer ("Weissbier"). Whether the smile comes from the beer or the parade is unknown to the photographer, though. :-)

Oktoberfest Parade Munich

The streets are lined with people watching the coaches passing by. As you can imagine, it is a big honor and big fun to get a ride on one of the carriages.

Oktoberfest Löwenbrä Tent

This is the carriage of the Löwenbräu tent, and I think they had a good deal of fun as well.

Oktoberfest Opening Parade 2006

This band in the Oktoberfest opening parade was lead by two flag artists, waving the Bavarian flag (left) and a flag with Munich's colors.

Oktoberfest Opening Hacker-Pschorr

Here are the beautiful girls of the Hacker-Pschorr tent where I met Eva in 2005.

Oktoberfest Opening Augustiner Festhalle

And more beautiful girls, this time from the "Augustiner Festhalle", obviously having a very good time on their carriage. And they were very friendly to one of the spectators...

Oktoberfest Opening Parade

One of the girls of the "Augustiner Tent" handed her beer to a spectator on the street, who was very thristy and apparently could not wait until the fest was officially opened. However, when the carriage started to move again, she demanded the beer back (and he complied with her wish), waving a "Thank You!" back to the girls. :-)

Oktoberfest Hofbräu Festzelt Steinberg

The opening parade for the Oktoberfest is also a fest for the eyes. This is the coach of the Steinberg family: the ladies wear their finest traditional dresses (the "Dirndl"), the gents put on their "Tracht" as well, and everybody is having a really good time (except, maybe, for the kid in the middle who possibly wonders what this is all about).

Oktoberfest Opening Parade

An unknown beauty on the "Hippodrom" carriage. Whoever she is - the camera loves her! And so I could not resist to play a bit around in Photoshop to put the full focus on her. :-)

Oktoberfest Opening Parade 2006

The parade does not just go through Munich's High Street but also through the traditional quarters next to the Theresienwiese where the fest takes place. These are the two carriages of "Fischer Vroni", again showing off their beautiful staff.

Oktoberfest 2006

Now let's take a walk around the fest itself, and this is the souvenir that you need to take home - it says "Greetings from the Oktoberfest 2006".

An Oktoberfest Walk

Oktoberfest 2006 Brezenpreis

The traditional pretzel (or "Brez'n" as the locals say) belongs to Oktoberfest just as the beer. This booth sells the small version for 1.50 Euro.

Hofbräu Festzelt Oktoberfest

The carriage and the horses of the "Hofbräu" Tent are standing in front of the tent. The horses wear the tents logo in their harness.

Augustiner Festhalle Oktoberfest

The drivers of the "Augustiner" carriage have parked the carriage. Apparently they were also quite thirsty - the beer steins are already half empty.

Paulaner Carriage Oktoberfest

A visitor is patting one of the horses of the "Paulaner" brewery in front of the "Winzerer Fähndl" tent. He is wearing the traditional male clothing ("Tracht") - leather trousers ("Lederhosen") and a white shirt. As you can see, the horses are also quite pretty with that special harness garnering their foreheads.