The world loves a royal wedding, and Oktoberfest owes its existence to a royal matrimony back in 1810. This was the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.
For five days, the people of Munich ate, drank, danced, shot things and raced horses around a meadow on the edge of Munich, and had such a jolly old time they decided to do it forever after, at the same time every year. And thus, Oktoberfest was born.
FUN FACT: That meadow is the exact same site Oktoberfest is held on today. The meadow was named after Ludwig’s bride, the Theresienwiese, now shortened to “Wiesn”, which is just a short tram ride from Munich city centre.