Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is a 16-day festival showcasing Bavarian culture and traditions. The event is so popular that last year it attracted over 6 million visitors from around the World. It originated in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Today it’s the largest beer festival in the World and its definitely worth a visit. Follow our tips to ensure that you make the most of your trip because everyone should experience a German Oktoberfest knees up!
Dress the part.
Do join the locals and wear traditional leather, Bavarian Lederhosen (for men) and brightly coloured Bavarian Dirndl (for women). Don’t wear silly head gear unless you want to get mocked by the Germans. If you want to save a little on Oktoberfest costumes head online and avoid the hefty price tags in Munich.
Do drink responsibly and make the most of Oktoberfest spending the whole afternoon and evening in the beer tents. You need to arrive early to get a table in the most popular tents in Munich and endurance is required to experience all the different Oompah bands, folk dancing and other activities. Don’t binge drink and miss out. Read more about the different tents over on the official Oktoberfest site.
Do drink local beer as that’s what Oktoberfest is all about and some of the beers are brewed especially for the event so its your only chance to sample them. Don’t drink wine and spirits as these lethal brews will push you over the limit.
Do sample a selection of the finest Bavarian cuisine and enjoy hearty pretzels, Bratwurst, Chickens and all the extras. Don’t skip food as you won’t be able to last the whole day and you don’t want to miss out on all the best parts.
Do be friendly to both the locals and all those around you as everyone is there for the same reason; to have fun. Don’t be rude to the Bar staff and the Beer Maidens as they won’t serve you and who wants to be stuck in a beer tent not able to enjoy the main attraction.
Don’t dance on the tables as this isn’t allowed and staff will have you removed. Dance on the benches instead to your favourite songs along with your new found friends. Just remember that when on the benches, you are in full view of the rest of the crowds so pick your moments and pull out your best moves.
Don’t steal the Steins
Each year thousands of guests attempt to steal Steins as it’s just not worth it. Tent security and police check your bags as you leave the tents and if you are found to have stolen a Stein there are hefty fines. If you really want a stein purchase one from the stands at the Oktoberfest event or anywhere in Munich.
Most importantly find your sense of adventure, enjoy the Bier and have fun. Don’t forget to capture the moment on camera.