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Men in traditional costumes order beers (Getty Images)

Prost! Oktoberfest 2017 gets underway with seven million litres of beer

The 184th Oktoberfest is underway in Munich, with millions of beer drinkers set to descend on the German city for the world’s biggest beer festival.

Millions of litres will be consumed in the packed beer tents over the two-week event, which was officially opened by the city’s Mayor on 17 September.

The festival runs until 3 October.

It’s not only about drinking beer – there are fairground rides, musicians and parades for non-boozers.

Earlier this month sports giant Adidas launched a pair of beer and vomit proof trainers especially for the festival.