Oktoberfest is a festival which is held for 16 days each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, during late September and running into early October. Many other cities across the world also hold weekend Oktoberfest celebrations. Locals enjoy 1-litre-steins of pale ales and lagers ranging from 5-12% abv and of course delicious food, most of it traditional local delicacies such as Würstel (sausages) along with Pretzels, Knödeln (potato or bread dumplings). Visitors can also enjoy colourful parades, a variety of fairground rides.
It all began back in Munich on 12 October 1810 with the Royal Wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen,for the commemoration of their marriage. There where tents erected to keep Ludwig and Therese out of the sun in 1810 but the tents used in today festival are much more solid with colourful façades, long wooden tables and benches, some can hold up to 10,000 visitors. We thought we would come up with a few tips for surviving Oktoberfest;
1. During Oktoberfest the Hotels/Hostels and transport become pretty busy so it is best to book well in advance this guarantees the best rate as the prices also increase during the festival. One of the most popular and inexpensive ways to stay is Camping. Munich-Riem is Munich’s largest campsite during the Oktoberfest and it provides a underground train connection to the festival grounds.
2. Oktoberfest has many food tents besides the traditional, hearty fare, they also serve fun foods like potato pancakes, mushrooms cooked in wine and others. One of our favorites is the Würstel they come in all shapes and sizes and they’re all delicious in their own way. Served with German breads sour pickles, a variety of sweet and spicy mustards, and of course beer.
3. Among the many attractions the “liquid lunch” is probably the most important thing at the Oktoberfest. With only beers brewed in Munich over 6 million litres of local beer and ale will be drank. The Steins of beer will cost between 9.70 € and 10.10 € each and are severed daily in the tents from 10am to 10:30pm on weekdays and from 9am to 10:30pm on weekends.
4. Oktoberfest Costume and Riflemen’s Parade is a must see, with colourful traditional German costumes, lively music and endless fun you can purchase the traditional dirndl folk costume with a dirndl skirt or dress can be bought from most stores within Munich costing around 49,90 €.
5. If you have consumed enough food and drink why not tour Munich there is lots to see. The capital of the Bavarian State is one of the most culturally rich cities in Germany brimming with museums, art galleries and a mixture of old and new architecture.