October 8, 2014
Photograph by Christian Charisius, picture-alliance/dpa/AP
Each year, with a declaration of "O'zapft is!"—It's tapped!—the mayor of Munich kicks off Oktoberfest, first celebrated 200 years ago in honor of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig. The Wiesn (as locals call the fest) has since evolved into a 16-day toast to Bavaria's rich heritage. Millions attend the celebration, which features food, drink, carnival rides (such as the swings seen here), and much more.
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