Munich’s Oktoberfest opened today to packed tents, two years after the world’s most popular beer party was canceled due to the pandemic and there were endless queues at the door for hours before opening.
At twelve noon, according to tradition, the mayor of the city, Dieter Reiter, hammered on the tap of a barrel until, on the third stroke, it opened and the first mug of beer was filled with the obligatory shout from “O”. zapft is! Auf eine friedliche Wiesn!” -“It’s open! For the meadow in peace!”-.