Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Beer festival and travelling funfair. Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds, Theresa’s Fields. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the Middle Ages. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modelled after the original Munich event.

Reading’s twinning with Düsseldorf

A long-standing friendship

Reading & Düsseldorf have a long and proud history dating back to 1947 enjoying the longest continuous history of any Anglo-German friendship between cities.

The friendship started when the Mayor of Reading, Phoebe Cusden, answered a call from the Royal Berkshire Regiment, then occupying Düsseldorf, for help for people who were hungry and homeless following the war.  She sent help, visited Düsseldorf, and invited six children to stay.  A return visit followed, and a regular annual exchange of young people in both directions developed.

2017 – Sees the 70th anniversary of the association!