Munich’s Oktoberfest is one of the best festivals I have ever been to. Yes, it lives up to all the hype, but in order to enjoy it to its fullest, here are seven tips for you. Probst!
1. Book your accommodation well in advance, otherwise, prepare to hand over your first-born for a room. Wombats, one of Munich’s most popular hostels, opens up booking for Oktoberfest on June 1, and is often full within minutes. If that fails you can always sneakily cram five people into a room with two single beds and a cot…but I don’t recommend it.
2. Get into town a day or two before Oktoberfest starts. Explore Munich, because it really is a wonderful city, and be sure to check out Hofbrauhaus the night before Oktoberfest opens. You won’t be able to move, and tables are tough to come by, and it’s chock-a-block full of tourists, but the anticipation and excitement in the air is hard to ignore.
3. Want to drink in a beer tent? Well then you’ll have to reserve a table, and you’ll likely need to be drinking with at least 10 people. Plan ahead, and check out these instructions on how to reserve a table at Oktoberfest. Fear not – if you don’t book a table, you’ll still be able to claim a first-come, first-serve table outside the tents…just be prepared with warm clothes if you end up with unseasonably cold weather (as I did).
4. Be nice to your beer frau. Tip her and love her and she will bring you more beer.
5. On that note – cash. Always carry cash. Beer fraus take cash.
6. Buy a whole roast chicken. Devouring it with beer is blissful. Same goes for those gingerbread hearts you’ll see everywhere.
7. Beat your jet lag before you try to fill up on beer. You’ll only end up falling asleep on your beer stein.