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Beer Lovers Rejoice! Oktoberfest Kicks Off in Munich

Oktoberfest caters to an estimated six million visitors from around the globe every year.
Revelers celebrate the opening of the 181th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on Sept. 20, 2014. Matthias Schrader / AP

Beer drinkers gathered Saturday to celebrate the opening of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich. Tourist officials said the average beer price had risen just under three percent compared to 2013. A one-liter stein of Bavarian ale costs up to $13.70 in the enormous marquees where the revelers drink to the tune of oompah music. An estimated six million people from around the globe visit the festival every year. A funfair amuses children while the adults drink.

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A waitress shows off her impressive beer-handling skills at the official opening of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich on Sept. 20. The world's largest beer festival will run until Oct. 5.Andreas Gebert / EPA