King Ludwig I and the Oktoberfest
Munich's today well known Oktoberfest has a long history of almost 200 years.
It was first celebrated on the occasion of the marriage of young Crown Prince (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen on a huge meadow outside of the city walls of Munich on October 17, 1810. This festival, celebrated for several days by the entire city, was such a success that since then it is re-enacted each year on the Theresienwiese. A traditional costume parade took place in 1835 in honor of the silver wedding anniversary of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Today this tradition continues on the first Sunday of the “Wiesn” and has become one of the highlights of the Oktoberfest as well as being one of the world-largest parades of its kind. The Munich Oktoberfest is regarded as the biggest folk festival in the world and is attended year after year by over six million people.