As we draw closer to the end of September, Oktoberfest sets off in Munich, Germany! The tents on the so-called Theresienwiese will once again offer visitors from all over the world local delicacies from Schweinshaxen to Brathendl, and of course, millions of litres of beer. Take a look at Auto Europe's new Oktoberfest infographic for some interesting facts and figures, and a useful mini-dictionary, that will have you sounding like a true Bavarian in no time.
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As every year, Oktoberfest is about to begin in the incredible city of Munich. Festivities will start on the 20th of September and last until the 5th of October 2014. This traditional beer festival is known worldwide, and its millions of visitors travel from all over the world to be a part of this amazing event. This folk festival, which is the biggest in the world, takes place on the Theresienwiese, a fantastic location due to its size and close proximity to the centre of the city.
Here´s some interesting facts and numbers about the 2013 Oktoberfest in Munich:
6.4 million visitors from Munich and around the world consumed the following:
6.7 million litres of Bavarian beer have been sold during the Oktoberfest 2013.
Schweinshaxen78,216 roasted pork knuckle have been
consumed during the fest.
A whopping 112,772 pairs of sausages were
sold during the fest.
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A total of 114 oxen and 58 calves have been eaten during the Oktoberfest 2013.
An unbelievable of 482,361 chicken have been served.
The guests spent over 400 million Euros during the fest.
To make sure that you sound like you know what you are doing when you have the privilege of entering one of the many beer tents, we have put together a handy Oktoberfest dictionary that will guide you through the ins and outs of the festival:
Oans, zwoa, gsuffa: This essentially means "cheers" in Bavarian and literally translates into "one, two, drink!" Make sure you have a Maß (a litre of beer) in your hand when the cheering commences, and don't be afraid to toast with everyone in sight
Halbes Hendl: This is a roasted half chicken. The most popular dish to eat during the fest
Dirndl: The original Bavarian dress for women
Lederhosen: Traditional knee-length leather trousers worn by men
Magenbrot: A sweet kind of cake. Don't eat this until your stomach is able to handle solid food again
Maß: One litre of beer
Radler: A mixture of beer and lemonade. Drink this when you feel like you need to slow down a bit
Schorle: A mixture of fruit juice and sparkling water. Does not contain any alcohol
Spezi: A mixture of cola and orange soft drink. Does not contain any alcohol
Wiesn: When locals mention this, they are talking about Oktoberfest. This is a derivation of "Theresienwiese", where the event takes place.
Enjoy Oktoberfest, and remember do not drink and drive!