Apple wine is a tradition in Hessen. It's usually served in steins. But young entrepreneur Benedikt Kuhn has been selling the wine in cans. It's a big hit among young people and is in demand in Japan, Australia and South Africa.
Munich's mayor, Dieter Reiter, has tapped the first keg of beer to open Germany's most famous festival. Six million visitors are expected over the next two weeks.
Lederhosen were not always popular. They nearly disappeared in the 1880s! But thanks to one Bavarian teacher and his drinking buddies, the shorts will fill Oktoberfest tents. DW presents some surprising lederhosen facts.
The Oktoberfest is an export hit. In Leavenworth in the USA it is celebrated in a very authentic style, as the small town is a perfect replica of a Bavarian village. A cliché that attracts one million visitors a year.
Gingerbread hearts, beers, a tuba, pretzels and the Giant Ferris Wheel — symbols of Munich's beer festival — all appear on a white-blue sky on the new official Oktoberfest ceramic beer mug.
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