Oktoberfest is a huge beer festival and travelling funfair that is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
The 184th event will be running from 16 September to 3 October and thousands of revellers will be attending the iconic Volksfest (beer festival) in Munich this year.
People all around the world will also be getting into the festive spirit, by visiting bierkellers and indulging in some traditional German food.
To get you in the mood for the 'Wiesn', here are 10 suitably Bavarian-themed Guinness World Records titles that will make you raise your beer stein and shout ‘Prost!’ (Cheers!)
1. Most beer steins carried over 40 m (male)
Oliver Struempfel (pictured above) can do the ultimate party trick, as he is able to carry 25 beer steins at once. He achieved his latest official record on 2 September 2014, on the set of the entertainment show ZDF Fernsehgarten in Mainz.
However, he recently attempted the record again and appears to achieve an incredible new total of 29. He has made an application for the record so we can’t wait to receive the evidence and confirm whether he has broken the title for the fourth consecutive time - stay tuned.
While you wait, here’s a clip of Oliver setting a previous record of 24, in June 2014.
2. Largest temporary amusement park
An enormous amusement park springs up around the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich each year, hosting up to 50 portable mechanical rides and attracting thousands of visitors.
3. Largest lederhosen
If you fancy dressing up for the occasion, then lederhosen is definitely the way to go.
The world’s largest Lederhosen are 5.52 m (18 ft 2 in) long and 4.51 m (14 ft 9.5 in) wide at the waist. They were made by Austria's Gerhard Ritsch and measured at Gerberei Ritsch in Mittersill, Salzburg, on 7 Mar 2014.
4. Largest gathering of people dressed in Tracht dresses
If lederhosen aren't really your style, there’s always a Tracht dress.
This record was set in Germany during the 'Allgäuer Festwoche' fair in August 2016. 3,134 women turned up wearing the traditional German garment and achieved the record surrounded by beer steins, gingerbread hearts and pretzels.
Talking of pretzels… here’s a record that is sure to make your mouth water.
5. Largest pretzel
Parent company Industrias La Constancia and its brand Pilsener produced a 783.81-kg (1,728-lb) pretzel on 25 Oct 2015 at CIFCO in San Salvador, El Salvador.
That makes the gigantic baked snack more than 4,600 times heavier than an ordinary 170-g (6-oz) pretzel, or the same weight as the heart of a blue whale.
The pretzel measured 8.93 m (29 ft 3 in) long by 4.06 m (13 ft 3 in) wide and earned the company a place in the Guinness World Records 2018 book.
6. Largest virtual beer festival
If you’re not in a position to buy plane tickets to Germany, then you can at least get into the Oktoberfest spirit by playing the videogame World of Warcraft.
Once a year, the warring factions of the Horde and the Alliance put down their arms and get together for 'Brewfest', the virtual homage to the Oktoberfest in Germany. The Brewfest lasts for a couple of weeks and offers the finest ales, meads and beers from breweries Thunderbrew, Barleybrew and the Ogres.
7. Most juice extracted from grapes by treading in one minute
If you prefer wine to beer, then this record’s for you.
Martina Servaty from Germany appeared of on TV show The F Word with Gordon Ramsey in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 26 July 2017, and extracted 12.76 litres (2.80 UK gal/3.37 US gal) of liquid.
8. Heaviest red cabbage
A lot of ‘sauerkraut’ and ‘blaukraut’ gets eaten during Oktoberfest. This cabbage is probably large enough to feed everyone in Munich.
It weighed 23.2 kg (51.15 lb) and was grown by David Thomas (UK), as verified at the UK National Giant Vegetables Championship in Malvern, UK, on 23 September 2016.
9. Most pint glasses balanced on the head
John Evans managed to balance astonishing 235 pint glasses on his head for 13 seconds. He achieved this incredible feat during the Guinness-Festival in Dassau in 2002 and has held on to the title for 14 years.
10. Most beer steins carried over 40 metres (female)
Another record breaker we’d love to visit a bierkeller with is Anita Schwarz from Germany. She carried 19 beer steins over a pre-measured 40 metres course as part of the Guinness World Records Day celebrations back in 2008.