WHAT IS OKTOBERFEST?
Oktoberfest is the Worlds largest beer and folk festival. It traditionally takes place in Munich, Germany from mid September and lasts 18 days.
The event has attracted an international following - this year 5.9 million people descended on Munich to attend while other cities across the world hold Oktoberfest style celebrations based on the Munich event.
During the festival, giant tents capable of holding thousands of revellers are erected and over 6 million litres of beer is drunk. Bavarian music plays in the afternoon and often gives way to more modern pop music in the evening.
Oktoberfest began in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Sace-Hildburghausen. The royal newlyweds deemed the party so great that they wanted to repeat it every year and so Oktoberfest has been celebrated in Munich every fall since then.
Twin city with Braunschweig
Braunschweig is situated in Lower Saxony. It's population is around 250,000 and the main industries include the manufacture of optical instruments, cameras, vehicles and engines. The city is regarded as an important historic and cultural centre in its region, boasting many fine theatres and playing host to a variety of annual festivals. The Bath/Braunschweig link was established shortly after the Second World War as part of a Foreign Office initiative to bring together young people from Cities in England and Germany. The first visit to Braunschweig by a civic delegation from Bath took place in 1957 and the formal twinning link was established in April 1971.
The Bath Braunschweig Association has a Facebook account, as does the German Society at Facebook.