Begun as the marriage ceremony between Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese on October 12, 1810, Oktoberfest has become the largest beer festival in the world. At that time, all of the townspeople were invited to the ceremony, which took place in the fields outside of the city gates. The ceremony, turned into a real festival, was such a success that the locals asked King Ludwig to continue the celebration the next year. So the event became a 16 days folk festival in Munich, where people come from all over the world to enjoy the German beer taste and their traditional dishes as well.
Since most of the festival participants are tourists, they need proper accommodation and best advice to spend quality time at Oktoberfest. We prepared some useful tips for you and your friends, so let’s see which are the best activities there and what things you should pay attention to.
1.Make reservation for a tent or show up early, around 8 A.M., for a better experience. These tents are actually massive warehouses and once they are full, you can’t enter any more. Furthermore, bodyguards have their own rules according to which they let you enter or not, so you better speak a little German for an easier admission.
2.You shouldn’t miss the traditional clothing. Germans are very proud of their lederhosen and dirndls, so go purchase your own in advance.
3.Book your hotel room in advance and look for accommodation close to the Theresienwiese (die Wies’n), which is the place that hosts the whole festival. If you are lucky, you can find last minute accommodation in a hostel, at a very good price.
4.Don’t buy beer or food from outside the tents if you don’t want to be stopped at the entrance.
5.Watch out the name of the tents, this represents the brand of beer sold in that place. So here you can find different kinds of atmosphere, from traditional to modern or touristy styles. We can’t tell that there is a best tent, each one is unique and no matter which one you choose, you will have the time of your life anyway.
6.There are also other interesting things to do there, besides drinking, eating and singing. You can take part in the carnival games or if you are visiting at the right time, you may be coinciding with the Costume and Riflemen’s Parade, with the open-air concert on September 25 or with the Oktoberfest Mass.
7.You can also eat in the tents. You have a great variety of dishes, like grilled chicken with French fries, slow-roasted chicken, freshly baked pretzels and traditional sausages. All these, together with the beverages, are certainly irresistible.
8.While you are not at the festival, you can spend the time visiting the city. Munich has many attractions you should see, the most popular being the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Park, the Deutsches Museum or the Schloss Nymphenburg Palace.
9.It starts in September, even if it’s called Oktoberfest. The original ceremony was held on Otober 12th, but because of the weather, it had to be moved in September. The warmer temperatures in September allow more outdoor activities to take place.
10.It is considered a safe festival, but even so, be aware of your surroundings and take care of your money. It happens to see some altercations there, but security is everywhere and any conflict is instantly solved.
For every festival fan, Oktoberfest is the experience of their life. This interesting combination of culture, history and traditional food attracts annually about 7 million people from all over the world. It can be your experience too, just book your flight on TripEconomy and find perfect accommodation in Munich, then let the Wies’n surprise you!