Germany's Oktoberfest welcomes beer-lovers

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Germany's Oktoberfest welcomes beer-lovers

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Signalling the start of the world’s most famous beer festival, the Mayor of Munich tapped the first beer keg as Oktoberfest got underway in Germany.

Millions of beer-drinkers from across the globe will make their way to Bavaria’s capital to sample the wares during the two-week festival.

Most of them will be served by women wearing the traditional Drindl outfit, made up of a bodice, skirt, blouse and apron.

Prices have gone up by almost four percent this year, with a litre of beer costing up to 9.50 euros.

Visitors drank almost eight million litres during last year’s Oktoberfest.