Tuesday, 7 October 2014

World's largest beer party is over!

The party is over! Curtains came down on the 181st Munich Oktoberfest -- one of Germany’s favourite and most famous festivals -- in the capital of Bavaria on Sunday. Over six million beer drinkers from around the world were camped at the sprawling Theresienwiese grounds.
Here are some glimpses of 16 days of beer-soaked revelry.


A woman waves during her visit to the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich. Photograph: Michaela Rehle / Reuters


Visitors enjoy beer during their visit to the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich. Photograph: Michaela Rehle /Reuters


Visitors clink beer mugs at Augustiner Beer tent after the Parade of Costumes and Riflemen (Trachten- und Schuetzenzug) during the 2014 Oktoberfest at Theresienhoehe. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images


A salesperson offers bavarian pretzel at Augustiner Beer tent after the Parade of Costumes and Riflemen (Trachten- und Schuetzenzug) at the 2014 Oktoberfest at Theresienhoehe. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images


Young girls chat together sitting on the floor outside a beer tent during the 2014 Oktoberfest. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images


Revellers enjoy drinking beer at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during the 2014 Oktoberfest. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images


Visitors enjoy the atmosphere at Augustiner Beer tent after the Parade of Costumes and Riflemen (Trachten- und Schuetzenzug) at the 2014 Oktoberfest at Theresienhoehe. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images


A reveller dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing 'Dirndl' holds a beer mug at Schottenhamel beer tent. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images


A reveller dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing Dirndl and Lederhosen dance at Schottenhamel beer tent during the 2014 Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images


Revellers enjoy drinking beer at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent at the 2014 Oktoberfest. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images


Bavarian riflemen of the Munich Salute Gun Regiment (Muenchner Boellerregiment) fire their traditional salute with one-shot guns on the steps under the Bavaria statue on the last day of the 2014 Oktoberfest on October 5, 2014. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images


Oktoberfest waitresses celebrate the end of the world's biggest beer festival, the 181st Oktoberfest, in Munich. Photograph: Lukas Barth / Reuters


Revellers celebrate the last hour of the 2014 Oktoberfest. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images


A waitress carries beer mugs during the last hour of the 2014 Oktoberfest. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images