The biggest popular festival in the world has opened in Munich – up to six million people are expected in the Bavarian capital over the next two weeks for the annual Oktoberfest. Some six million litres of beer were drunk at last year’s event which earnt the city of Munich nearly a billion euros.
According to tradition, the first beer went to prime minister Edmund Stoiber, who steps down at the end of the month after fourteen years as leader of Bavaria, Germany’s richest state. To the traditional cry of “It’s tapped!”, Munich’s mayor Christian Ude joyously hammered a tap into the first barrel of beer, opening the annual drinking spree.
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