Of all the destinations to which tourists strive to get airline tickets, Munich is outstanding in October of each year. What has today blossomed into a celebration that routinely attracts millions of people from within and outside Germany started as a horse race organized by Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to celebrate his marriage to Princess
Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on the 12th of October, 1810. The objective was to share his joy with the people of Bavaria and he succeeded in attracting up to 40, 000 guests that year, which was a record at the time. It turned out that the people had a great time, thanks to the volume of beer that they were able to consume.
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That level of success was probably responsible for the decision to replicate the show the following year, although by combining it with the state agricultural show. The dimension today is vastly different as millions of people compare cheap flights in an effort to enjoy the annual event.
One of the significant changes that the event has seen is the change in the date from October to September although the name was not affected. The event still ends officially in the first week of October.
This change was however made as a means of ensuring high turnout that was curtailed by the cold October evenings.
The sixteen days of the Bavarian Volkfest (People's Fair) are filled with tons of fun for the attendees who come from all over Germany, Europe, America, Australia, Brazil, and even India. As a matter of fact, it is regarded as the largest Volkfest in the world, attracting 6.2 million people in 2007. The year 2010 will mark the 200th anniversary of the das Bierfest (beer festival). Today, the pferderennen (horse racing) is no longer a part of the festivities, having been discontinued since 1960.