By: Michelle L. (London)
Oktoberfest is here, and we hope you are ready for all of the craziness that comes with it, because it will be a few days full of crazy shenanigans! We experienced it firsthand, so that we can give you the best tips to enjoy your first time in the holy land of beer!
Do come to Munich for Oktoberfest, but stay for the incredible city it is in! Stay a few days here and make sure to squeeze in some tours because the city is filled with so much interesting history, you can’t leave without learning some of it.
Don’t forget your lederhosen and dirndl! These are the German names for the traditional dress for the festival. We thought it was only a tourist thing and we were dead wrong, about 80% of the people who show up here are dressed in their outfits and completely rocking them!
Do reserve a table and seating beforehand (we can make this happen for you). With this you pay for the table, reserved seating with the best views, a liter of beer per person, a spread of traditional Bavarian appetizers, and a full German meal. Plus it totally takes away the stress of having to get there super early to try and get seating in the non-reserved area, plus it is your table for the whole night.
Don’t expect to be able to walk through the grounds with your beer. We thought they would sell them all over the place, but this is not the case! They only sell beers in the tents set up in the area.
Do make sure you check out every single tent there is to see, there are about 12 throughout the Oktoberfest grounds and they each have their own design and completely different vibes! They also each hold between 6,000-10,000 people who are drinking heavily so always fun for people watching!
Don’t be on a major budget when you go here, it is a once in a lifetime experience, and they take the opportunity to charge for basically everything. Even just plain water will cost you at least 5 Euros so keep that in mind before you go.
Do Bring lots of cash, most places that we went to in Munich were cash only, so make sure you have enough and don’t rely on credit card usage!
Don’t be alarmed by the big security increases, they are there for your protection after all, and most are extremely nice, and speak basically perfect English!
Do know that you will be getting extremely drunk, the beers are strong and in huge glasses (the first few sips definitely take 2 hands to hold the glass.) By the third one you will definitely need both hands.
Don’t worry lightweights, if straight beer is not your thing, we recommend a Radler; this is a deliciously refreshing mix of beer and lemonade!
Do learn some of the Oktoberfest classic songs before you go; each tent has a band that plays a very random mix of music. About half of it is easily recognizable classic rock music, while the other half is lots of German songs that everyone seems to know the words to, so you don’t want to be completely left out! Plus there is nothing like being in a crowd of thousands drunkenly screaming all the songs together.
Don’t Put your foot on the table unless you are ready to down that entire beer, because if you do you will look like a complete idiot, sorry not sorry!
Do leave your backpacks at home guys, as they are not allowed in! For women, don’t take a purse because there is a lot of pickpocketing that goes on here.
Don’t get on the rides after all that beer, you don’t want to be puking! Get there early and enjoy everything there is to see, including the rides and games because the grounds are huge and everything is more exciting than the next so enjoy everything they have to offer. It’s open from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm.
Do have the best time ever! This is a once in a lifetime experience so make sure to make the most of it, don’t skimp on the little things and take advantage of everything there is to do.