Oktoberfest has returned to Germany with a bang after two years of pandemic-induced cancellations.
The same bicep-challenging beer mugs, pretzels the size of dinner plates, men in leather shorts and women in cleavage-baring traditional dresses are back this year for the Bavarian capital’s sudsy tourist centerpiece.
Brewers, tourists and locals alike are thrilled with the event’s return, but attendees have been warned to prepare for the price hikes amid soaring inflation.
The 1-liter (2-pint) mug of beer will cost between 12.60 and 13.80 euros (£11.06 and £12.11) this year, which is an increase of about 15% compared with 2019, according to the official Oktoberfest homepage.
The event opened at noon Saturday when Munich’s mayor Dieter Reiter tapped the first keg and announced ‘O’zapft is’, which is Bavarian dialect for ‘It’s tapped’.
Pictures from Saturday morning indicate visitors aren’t too concerned about the price hikes as they were seen sprinting toward the tents as soon as the…