A Brief History of Oktoberfest

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210 years ago on the 12th October 1810 the very first Oktoberfest was held. Known across the world today as a German beer-drinking holiday, many do not know how old the festival is. So where did it originate from?

In 1810, Bavaria, within modern-day Germany, was ruled by Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria. Maximilian had been on the Bavarian throne for four years, and his oldest son, Kronprinz Ludwig, was about to get married. Ludwig was next in line for the throne, and he was marrying Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Just the year before, Princess Therese had been on a list of potential brides for Napoleon, but it was Ludwig who she was eventually betrothed to. The occasion of the marriage of an heir to a kingdom has historically been a time of great celebration and jubilation and Ludwig and Therese’s marriage was no different. Huge festivities were planned to take place…

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