Oktoberfest celebrations begin this weekend in Monaco

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The official event in Munich might have already come to a close, but Monaco’s Oktoberfest is only just getting started. Here’s everything you need to know.  

Oktoberfest, the traditional two-week-long festival that takes place in Munich, Germany started off in 1810 as a way of marking the marriage between the Crown Prince of Bavaria, who later became King Ludwig I, and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. 

Whilst the royal and his bride may not be so well-remembered today, the idea behind their wedding bash certainly lives on, with countries all over the world emulating the event, including here in the Principality.  


The Mairie de Monaco will be kicking things off with two events at the Marché de la Condamine on 5th and 6th October, which will include musical entertainment by the Tyrolfest Orchestra and a selection of traditional Bavarian dishes.  

The party starts at 7pm and reservations are required via the participating establishments in the Halle. For more information, please click here, and don’t forget to take along your own stein! Prost!


Later this month, the Yacht Club de Monaco will hold its now-legendary Oktoberfest celebration on 20th October. Organised by Anne-Marie Winkler and Laila Schlereth, with the support of many members of the local German community, the club will be decked out in the blue and white of Bavaria to create the air of a classic Bavarian brasserie.  

Some 500 people regularly attend and almost all get into the spirit by wearing the traditional costumes of lederhosen for men and the dirndl for women. For more information on the event, please click here


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