The Best Photos That Capture The True Heart, Soul and Hops of Oktoberfest
Marc Gordon - September 19, 2019

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

One of the most anticipated festivals around the world is Oktoberfest, the 16-day German Volksfest (beer festival). Held in the Bavaria region,  it’s a celebration of two things Germans hold near and dear: their beer and their food. What most people don’t know is that Oktoberfest has been around since the early 1900s.  And while some traditions have changed with time, some things remain exactly the same, as evidenced by these photos.

 

Need a Lift?

 

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Flashback to 1976, when 17-year old Dana Beyer is crowned Miss Oktoberfest. Upon her coronation, she is swiftly lifted into the air by the man next to her, who appears to have a ribbon of his own. Judging by her expression,  she’s totally ready to be put down now.

 

 

Sticky Situation

 

 

“You guys would tell me if there was something in my dirndl, right?” The combination of these low cut barmaid dresses and several pints of beer makes for some very awkward moments. It’s not clear whether she’s looking for a lost contact lens, or perhaps just wants to loosen her corset.  In any case, no use crying over spilled beer.

 

I’m Fine, Guys

 

 

7.5 million liters of beer are consumed at Oktoberfest, and it looks like this guy drank half of it. Seriously though, where are his friends? It looks like someone had a little too much fun and needs a quick break from all the festivities. Unfortunately for him, that means being doubled over and passed out on a bar.  At least his outfit is still on point. And apparently, he makes a nice arm-rest.

 

 

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

 

 

God bless Bavaria. These girls clearly came to party and nothing’s gonna stand in their way (not even a low tolerance). The dirndl is actually a traditional feminine dress that’s commonly worn in Austria and Bavaria. It’s possible that the girl in green might have ordered her’s a few sizes too small, but it’s highly unlikely that anyone’s complaining.

 

Three Musketeers

 

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Ah, the 70s. These ladies in their classic barmaid dresses were clearly the belles of the ball. Also, who can say no to a nice, big suckling pig on a platter? Today, the most common foods eaten at Oktoberfest are roast chicken and pork, Wurstl (sausages) and of course, pretzels. While both the fashion and delicacies have evolved since this photo was taken, it’s nice to look back and see what inspired the festival as we know it today.

 

 

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

 

 

Yikes. This guy’s day is off to a pretty rough start, but he definitely has a bunch of crazy stories from the night before to make up for it. But between being passed out in broad daylight and his traditional feather hat, this picture perfectly sums up Oktoberfest. We definitely have some questions, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to give us any answers.