We say “the world,” but what we really mean is “in Munich.”
Because, let’s be honest, nothing rivals the 2500-person beer cathedrals that host over SEVEN MILLION jolly drinkers during Bavaria’s beloved Oktoberfest.
Photographer Michael von Hassel recently opened an exhibit that showcases just how spectacular these beer halls are, featuring photos of 14 tents after all the bierleichen (a commonly used German word that directly translates to “beer corpses”) have cleared.
Prints of von Hassel’s project, appropriately titled “Oktoberfest Cathedrals,” cost 15,000 euros – around the same price as 1500 one-litre steins. Tough choice.
The photographer describes the Oktoberfest scene as a place where “lovers meet, split up. Children are conceived, business relationships, friendships. Fistfights, happiness, pain — it’s a point of energy in the Bavarian cosmos” – and chose to portray the festival in a way that’s exactly the opposite.
Here’s how that looks:
All images courtesy of Michael von Hassel .