Windhoek Oktoberbest Brings Germany to Africa


Windhoek was flooded with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Germany last month when it hosted one of southern Africa's largest Oktoberfests. The event featured stein lifting and wood sawing competitions, traditional food including sauerkraut and bratwurst, and - of course - beer. Lots of beer.

Women wore colourful dirndls - with tight bodices and full skirts with petticoats, while brave men wore authentic lederhosen and felt hats - definitely more designed for an Alpine winter than the heat of a Namibian summer!

Traditional German musicians filled the big yellow tents that dominated the Sport Klub Windhoek grounds with drinking songs, German classics, and a few Top 40 standards. The final night featured a marathon set by the Kirchdorfer, one of Munich Oktoberfest's official bands.

Over 3,000 people attended the celebration of German culture.

Namibia's historical ties to Germany are strong and still boldly evidenced throughout the country in its attractive architecture; enticing bakeries filled with strudel, pretzels and rye bread; and the babble of the German language on the streets.

A woman in traditional dress lifts steins at Windhoek Oktoberfest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A German woman in a traditional dirndl participates in the stein-lifting competition

Wood sawing competition at Windhoek Oktoberfest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A man competes in a traditional wood-sawing competition, as the lederhosen-clad crowd looks on!

German-Namibians in traditional outfits at Windhoek Oktoberfest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple in traditional dress hold their beers at Windohoek Oktoberfest

Windhoek Oktoberfest barman pouring a beer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A barman pours a cold beer at Namibia's Oktoberfest

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Partygoers show off their empty steins

German couple dancing at Windhoek Oktoberfest

A couple dance to the traditional German music

Kirchdorfer singer at Namibia's Oktoberfest

Kirchdorfer - Munich Oktoberfest's official band - perform in Windhoek in traditional costumes

Child at Namibia's Oktoberfest

A young German girl in a dirndl enjoys the music at Oktoberfest

Crowds watch Kirchdorfer at Oktoberfest Namibia

Crowds enjoy the marathon set from Oktoberfest's official band - Kirchdorfer

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