Raise a stein at the original Blue Mountains party palace, the Hydro Majestic Hotel, for Oktoberfest and dip into an oft overlooked part of the history of one of the world’s most famous hotels.
The inaugural festival celebrating the golden draft will be held at the Hydro Majestic at Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains on the October 3 and 4 weekend.
Visitors to the hotel will be treated to German-style food and craft beer served in commemorative Hydro Majestic Oktoberfest steins.
The festival acknowledges original owner of the Hydro Majestic, Mark Foy, a well-travelled cosmopolitan man of the world who was impressed with German spa treatments which he discovered during his jaunts through Europe.
Foy opened the hotel as a hydropathic resort, complete with Swiss Dr George Baur supervising a program of diets, weird and wonderful treatments and so-called restorative mineral waters imported from Baden Baden in Germany.
Current owner of the Hydro Majestic, Escarpment Group, prefers to pamper guests with decadent high teas and soothe them with beautiful views and entertainment these days.
As in the Foy heydays when wealthy German industrialist Bertha Krupp donated one of her grand pianos to his “Palace in the wilderness’’, the Hydro Majestic today is a vibrant hive of entertainment today with the Live@theHydro music program, private parties, book launches, weddings and public festivals and events.
Oktoberfest will be part of that exciting calendar of events, giving locals and visitors a great opportunity to venture out after the chill of winter, explore one of the world’s most famous hotels and be part of community over a drink.
The first Oktoberfest was held when the citizens of Munich were invited to attend festivities to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810.
It was the decision to repeat annually the horse races (which are no longer held) that marked the close of the wedding day which gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest will be held at the Hydro Majestic Hotel, Great Western Hwy, Medlow Bath, from 12pm to 5pm Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4.
Visitors are encouraged to stay at least one night and further explore the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
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