If you’re a beer lover then you may very well have heard of Oktoberfest, the beer festival held in Munich, Germany every October and is the envy of anyone and everyone that is unable to attend. However, even for those not so into drinking beer (in large quantities!), Oktoberfest is a must if just for the social atmosphere and festival vibe that the vent is well known for. And while it’s still quite early in the year to be thinking of an event held in October, if you’re going to be visiting from outside of Germany it makes sense to start planning in good time to make sure your trip is a memorable one.
Check out the tips below for how to get ready for Oktoberfest 2018 and ensure you have an enjoyable time during your time in Munich:
When and Where Will Oktoberfest 2018 Happen?
Oktoberfest is held in the German City of Munich, also known as the country’s ‘Beer Capital’ on the famous “Theresienwiesse” in massive beer tents which start being erected three months before the fest begins. This year the festival will be held from September 22 to October 7 2018.
Plan your Oktoberfest Itinerary in Advance
This goes without saying if you’re reading this article and are planning to make it to Oktoberfest this year, but as with any other journey advance preparation will reduce the prospect of something going wrong during your trip. In addition to flight tickets, making sure your travel documents are in order and arranging a convenient airport transfer if required will ensure you have an October to remember in Munich. The tips below are also worth taking note of as they come from seasoned Oktoberfesters’.
Is there an Entry Fee?
No, there is no entry fee for getting into Oktoberfest. However, plan to get there early to avoid the queues.
Weekdays are less busy
Opting to Visit Oktoberfest during the week gives you a better chance to snag a free table as well as enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere than during the weekends. In addition you’ll get your drinks served quicker and get to mingle more freely with the locals.
Can I bring my own Beer and other Beverages?
Unfortunately any beer and other beverages from outside the festival are not allowed for consumption within the vents grounds and tents.
How Much Money should I take with me?
A typical day at Oktoberfest comes in at around 50 Euros. One top tip from Oktoberfest regulars and organisers is to leave your wallet or purse at home for safety reasons and to carry cash instead. Not only is such a large festival a big draw from nefarious characters, you may lose your precious possessions if you’ve had a little too much to drink shall we say. Cash machines are available but consider the possibility of long lines for those looking to get their cash too.
You can Always opt for a Radler
The large jugs of beer common at Oktoberfest hold a full litre of beer so it’s advisable for those who prefer to pace themselves to order a Radler instead. Consisting of equal parts lemonade and beer, opting for a Radler can ensure you’re better at keeping your wits about you and have less of a headache the next morning!
So there you have it, a brief guide for helping you get ready for Oktoberfest, particularly if you’re visiting from abroad. And one last tip; be sure to eat well as there will be a lot of drinking to do. You may want to have a hearty breakfast before you go but local delicacies such as roast chicken and pretzels are available at the fest too.