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"Oktoberfest" was solemnly opened in Munich

September 22 2007

Under the canopy of blue and white Bavarian flags, fanfare and with huge crowds in Munich began today - and already in the 174-th time - world's most famous beer festival Oktoberfest.

The sounds of the hymn "I'll drink to that all was well" the first liter mug of golden beverage traditionally went to the premiere of Bavaria and chairman of the ruling Christian Social Union (CSU), Edmund Stoiber. "Oktoberfest", which translates as "A Celebration of October", held in Munich Park Theresienwiese "-" Glade Teresa "in honor of the princess, whom he married in 1810, Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig.

The "Oktoberfest" will, as expected, the participation of 6.5 million people, including many tourists from all over the world. On average, during the festival the participants consumed 10 million liters of beer. They leave in the capital of Bavaria, a total of around one billion euros.

This year a large mug of intoxicating drink will cost from 7.30 to 7.90 euros - about 40 cents more than in 2006. In the service of members of the beer festival will involve 12 thousand waiters, cooks and sellers on newsstands. According to statistics, at the "Oktoberfest" at least once visited every third resident of Germany. Among the Bavarians, the figure is 74 percent. A quarter of Germans would like to go to Munich and breathe in the unique atmosphere zagulnuyu famous beer festival. Vesti reported.

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