I fell in love with Germany when I first visited there over the Christmas holidays a few years ago. Its wonderful during Christmas, magical really. Its also wonderful during Oktoberfest. Therefore, we have for you below a live-web-cam of this years Oktoberfest 2010 in Munich. And just for fun, we have photos and videos of the celebrations there so you can enjoy the festivities even if you can’t be there in person.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:  TV presenter Bettina Cramer presents a gemstone dirndl, named as 'The billion Dollar Dirndl' on September 20, 2007 in Munich, Germany. The traditional Bavarian dress was especially created for the October Fest this year, the worlds biggest beer festival has its ceremonial kick off on September 22. The dirndl is set with 50000 Topas stones that were specially cut for this dirndl.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Do you have your lederhosen and dirndl ready? Its Oktoberfest and all of Germany is celebrating whatever it is that Oktoberfest is all about. My experience with Germany is that there is always a festival and Oktoberfest is the biggest of all the festivals.

So regardless of the whys, its a festival that brings a lot of fun and even more beer drinking for the good people of Germany, in particular Bavaria.

The traditional German celebration re-started in 1950 after a break for World War II with the traditional festival opening of a twelve gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. At 12:00 on the first day of Oktoberfest the Mayor of Munich opens the festivities with by announcing ‘O’zapft is’ which in English means ‘It’s tapped!’ in the Austro-Bavarian language. That ceremony opens the Oktoberfest and the celebrations begin. This year, Oktoberfest 2010 was opened by Munich Mayor Christian Ude declaring ‘O’zapft is’.

This year’s Oktoberfest is the 177th Oktoberfest – with some years missed because of war and natural disasters. The very first Oktoberfest was in 1810 as a celebration of the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The festivities continued over five days and the Bavarians were invited to join in. The festivities are ongoing through October 4, 2010.

The first beer is given to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria. The first mayor to tap the keg was Thomas Wimmer. This year it is the Munich Mayor Christian Ude.

My daughter-in-law’s parents have a reserved table in the main beer tent in Munich. Even though I have been to Germany a number of times, I still haven’t been there during Oktoberfest. I hope to get there during these festivities and be able to enjoy them with my shirt-tail relatives in their booth in Munich (Munchen). I might even buy myself a dirndl.

You can keep track of the festivities by watching the Oktoberfest 2010 live webcam below and join in the fun, even if you can’t be in Munich (Munchen) during Oktoberfest this year. You can watch everything that is going on. Also, enjoy the videos below of Oktoberfest past and present. More information and web-cam views can be seen here

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Oktoberfest – Photos

Drunken Band Member – Oktoberfest 2008

“I Am From Bavaria” (Oktoberfest Song)

“Oktoberfest Girls”