The 174. Oktoberfest has been openend. Munich's Lord Mayor Christian Ude opened the Oktoberfest 2007 by hammering the tap with three strokes into the first beer barrel. Five minutes later in the Ochsenbraterei tent most of the visitors are still waiting for their first beer.
Munich is the capital of the German state of Bavaria and is Germany's third largest city, located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Black and gold - the colors of the Holy Roman Empire - have been the city's official colors since the time of Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor.