Millions of people just like you are dreaming of enjoying the mugs of beer served at the Oktoberfest festival. This event is the largest beer festival, originated in Germany and hosted in Munich since 1810. The event runs from late September to early October which is about three weeks duration. There are a lot of details that go into planning a trip, especially one to an event such as this. Here are a few tips to hopefully help you plan a successful trip to Munich for Oktoberfest.
This globally recognized event attracts people from all over the world. Most of the rooms near the venue are usually booked many months before the festival begins. You may have to look for accommodation at places further from the festival grounds. The further from the ground your accommodation is, the cheaper are rates. Despite the efficient rail and bus systems, make sure you lodge at a place close to the rail line, so you will not take too much time getting to the venue.
Practice using the metro before thinking of taking too much beer and do not forget that Uber does not run in Germany. Taxis and buses may raise their rates and you need to consider making enough financial preparations.
Getting the Right Outfit
Many people who wish to attend the festival often think they need to wear the traditional Bavarian costume to be accepted. A lot of the men among the locals and tourists put on shorts and suspenders and the women wear fitted dress with an apron. There is no dress code, but if you want to adorn in traditional attire, make sure to put on the proper clothing.
Which Beer Tent to Visit
The festival is made of 14 big tents and 20 smaller ones. Each tent serves only one type of beer famous for its taste. Only beer from a brewery is served in each tent with a touch of Oktoberfest style of service. Brands such as Hofbrau, Paulaner, and Hacker-Pschorr are served only in the big tents. The tents are usually massive, full of long tables and beautifully decorated.
Other Useful Facts
You get served only when you are seated at one the tables in the tents at the Oktoberfest. The only tent without this rule is the Haufbrau tent which has a place where attendees can stand and order their beer. Weekends are the times when the place is filled with visitors and people from countries around Germany. Visiting on workdays is a great time to really get the best out of the festival. Mugs of beer served at Oktoberfest are bigger than the usual home mugs. Each mug can take one liter of beer or 34 ounces and that is 2.8 times larger than the standard mug.
Be cautious and smart when you are drinking, avoid drinking too much and getting a hangover as this will hinder you being able to enjoy the event to its full. We know that attending Oktoberfest in Munich is a dream for so many people, perhaps with these tips you will be able to make them a reality.