Oktoberfest is back after a two-year hiatus

STORY: For the first time in two years -- Oktoberfest... is back.

The official opening of the festival was held in Munich over the weekend -

with the city's mayor tapping the first barrel at the fairground.

The world's largest beer festival usually attracts six million people.

But the pandemic forced organizers to cancel two years in a row.

This year - it's taking place with no restrictions.

"It's a dream. After abstaining for so long, finally we're here in the tent again. A dream."

"There is nothing else like it. The spirit, everyone is so excited to be here. There is just nothing else in the world that is like this, the energy."

Bavaria's premier says he worked hard to make it happen.

"I am very happy, I have also campaigned hard for it to take place. We need joie de vivre, we need tradition and we need support. And that is why I am very happy that it's taking place again. It is a magnificent festival, a great brand for Bavaria and we are very proud that it can take place again."

The 187th edition of the festival ends on October 6th.