In pictures: Beer flows as Germany’s Oktoberfest opens in Munich

visitors toast with beers

The first beers have been served at the Oktoberfest beer festival in the German city of Munich.

About six million visitors are expected at the festival, which runs until 7 October.

Last year about 7.5m litres (1.6m gallons) were consumed during the event.

The festival began as a horse race staged to mark a royal wedding in 1810, with the first beer tents appearing later in the 19th Century.

Visitors run to get a spot at the OktoberfestVisitors were anxious to get good positions for the festival’s opening.
Visitor at Oktoberfest

Some attended in traditional Bavarian dress.

Munich mayor Dieter Reiter prepares to tap the first barrel of beer

The first barrel was tapped by Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter.

visitors drink beer

The first beers were eagerly received by visitors.

Beers are served to the crowds by waitresses

Waitresses distribute the beer to revellers in several massive beer tents.

marching bands feature at the event

Marching bands are a feature of the festival.

crowds drink beer
visitors with beers
drinkers at the Oktoberfest
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