Sometimes a picture says more than a thousand words, especially when it comes to a journey. In this issue, Tobias Melzer explores Oktoberfest for E&M…
For many people, Munich can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest. The history of this colossal beer festival spans more than two centuries. It has come a long way from its origins as a celebration of the marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen, and is now not only integral to the city’s economy, but also considered one of the highlights of the European party calendar. During the last two weeks of September, millions flock to the Bavarian capital to drink beer a litre at a time, to stand and dance on the tables, flirting with strangers, to laugh, to fall over, to laugh again.
This photo-essay invites readers on a journey to heart of the Theresienwiese, where Oktoberfest takes place each year – past strong-armed barmaids, capable of carrying gallons of beer in one go, precarious-looking fairground rides and stalls selling garish gingerbread hearts. We find a city in a state of exception, a city where companies allow their employees to come to work already dressed in Lederhosen and Dirndl, where revellers will start queuing at eight o’clock in the morning to secure a place in the beer tent of their choice and locals rent out rooms for extortionately high prices.
All photos bz Tobias Melzer