#30Seconds Live: Oktoberfest In Munich, Germany: Festival Opening Day With Dieter Schmitz! by Elisa Schmitz

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6 years ago

It's the opening day of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany! I'm here with a true expert on the subject, my husband, Dieter Schmitz, who is attending Oktoberfest for the 20th time this year (it's only my third)! If you like a good party, you just may love Oktoberfest, truly one of the greatest festivals in the world.

According to Dieter, this extravaganza dates back 200 years, when Crown Prince Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I, married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The people of Munich were invited to attend the festivities, which were held on the fields in front of the city gates in order to celebrate and toast to the royal couple. The fields were named Theresienwiese ("Therese's Fields") to honor the Crown Princess, but the Bavarians have since abbreviated the name to the simpler term "Wies'n."

Oktoberfest typically starts the third weekend in September and goes until the first Sunday of October. It kicks off with a parade for the brewers on Saturday, and then another parade on Sunday in which all the villages of Bavaria are represented. The parade participants march their way to the fairgrounds, where a huge carnival and many large banquet tents (more like lodges) are set up for Wies'n celebrations with plenty of food and drink (yes, "Bier" is the drink of choice)!

To give you an inside look at Oktoberfest, I interviewed Dieter live via the 30Second Mom Facebook page from the fairgrounds today. First we were at the Kafer "tent," and then after that, we took a little tour of the fairgrounds and carnival to show you around! I hope you will watch this fun video (complete with plenty of hilarious photobombs) and share a toast with us. Prost!

Sheryl Gould
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds - I love this Elisa! So fun. I learned some things I never knew about Oktoberfest and to think I thought it was just about beer!
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you for watching, Sheryl Gould ! Dieter Schmitz and I had a blast! xoxo
Dieter Schmitz
It was so fun sharing Oktoberfest with Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds!! Hope you all enjoy the 30Seconds Live.
S Roberts
You 2 are so cute and thanks for the history Dieter.
Meredith Schneider
Love this and the history! You both look like a prince and princess! 😘 BEST #30Seconds LIVE with Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds & Dieter Schmitz xo
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you so much, Stacey Roberts and Meredith Schneider ! We had so much fun, LOL! xoxo
Dieter Schmitz
I love the idea of Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds to have the 30Seconds tribe share Oktoberfest sometime soon! Love to all!!
Kathy Ast
This is so fun!!!!! I think my family and I should plan on coming next year to hang out with you, Dieter, and Stacie's sister Jill's family. How great would that be?!
Elisa Schmitz
Oh, that would be AMAZING, Kathy Ast-Kutzbach ! You and Stacie Ast-Kutzbach and the boys would love it! It would be great to meet up with Jill and her family, too. Let's make it happen! Dieter Schmitz #sofun #oktoberfest2019 #wiesnorbust
Elisa Schmitz
Dieter Schmitz and I just returned from my fifth Oktoberfest in Munich! As always, a wonderful time.

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