As the month of October gets closer, the buzz for Oktoberfest is going full swing. The 178th Oktoberfest is already happening in Munich, Germany that says everyone to get ready for pretzels and beer! This annual event is one of the most famous events in the world, and the world’s largest fair with over 5 million people attending every year. While you are hitting the Oktoberfest tents and beer gardens, be sure to follow these tidbits to enjoy it to the fullest.
Get Ready For Oktoberfest
How To Get There?
Once you are in Munich, how to get to Oktoberfest might be a concern for you. The best way to get to the Oktoberfest is Munich’s public transport. Going there by car is not recommended, as there are almost no parking possibilities. So have a look at the Munich Public Transport to help you get around during Oktoberfest.
What To Wear
No need to get your gowns and suits out because the dress code is not strict. However, wearing T-Shirts that says ‘I survived Oktoberfest’ does scream out ‘tourist‘. It is better if you stick to attractive traditional costumes or just regular everyday clothes. If you are a girl, you can wear a pretty Dirndl – Bavarian dresses, which comes in many colors. When it comes to shoes, high heels sure look nice and pretty with a dress, but with the amount of walking and the rides you might want to try, the best choice might be a pair of flat sandals.
The only authentic drink that you will be seeing and drinking at Oktoberfest is beer, even for women. So if you are looking for a glass of wine, you will be out of luck. Be cautious however, that the beer brewed for Oktoberfest has a higher alcohol percentage than the average. Oh, when clink your glasses you can say ‘Prost‘, which means ‘cheers‘.
When it comes to prices for beer and non-alcoholic beverages, this year’s prices has gone up. Depending on the tent and brewery, a ‘Mass’ – a liter of beer, will cost you between €8.70 and €9.20. If you don’t drink any beer, you will be affected even more as a liter of water will cost you around €7.
Oktoberfest attracts people from all over the world. This is a great time to flirt with others, if you like. Flirting is in fact so popular during this event that there is even a secret code for flirting. Guess you would like to know huh? Well for all the ladies out there, if you tie a bow on your Bavarian dress on the left-hand side, it tells others that you are single. And if you have it on the right hand side, hopefully men will know you are taken :) And for the men, well sorry no bow for you but I’m sure you will be noticed by the ladies at the festival.
Food At The Fest
Like beer, the food will match just that at Oktoberfest. Everything from candy floss, roasted almonds, pretzels, fried sausages to chicken and mackerel on a stick. So if you are food conscious and watching your weight, forget about it while at Oktoberfest. The pretzels itself contains 500 calories. But hey, eating that is a good excuse for dancing right?
There’s no doubt you would want to dance at Oktoberfest! However, don’t look for superstars to appear, rather dance away to folk music, which is very popular at the event. Be sure not to swing your hips in the aisles or dancing on the tables – it is forbidden and banned. That doesn’t mean you can’t stand up on the benches and dance away to ‘Sweet Home Alabama‘.
How To Beat The Lines
The best way to beat the lines is to go to the sides of the beer tents. While you are at it, don’t forget to keep a smile on your face – it works wonders! Beer tents tend to close by lunchtime when they have reached maximum capacity, so make sure you get in early and grab a beer or two. Tipping the waiters and waitresses is highly recommended and it will guarantee you a quick service for the next round of drinks.
Last but not least, be on alert when you are holding your glass of beer for the toasting song – Ein Prosit. It will be happening every 15 minutes so you won’t miss it. Seeing tourists change the lyrics to the sound of the song is a favorite sight to see as well (cough). So learn the lyrics with correct pronunciation so you can shout it out loud! Who knows, you might even get a wink or two from the handsome German men!
Munich Accommodation During Oktoberfest
If you plan to travel to Munich for Oktoberfest and need accommodations, there are great deals for a good budget. Here are a few to help you out:
Leonardo Royal Grand Hotel Munich
Located beside the Olympia Park in Munich, Leonardo Royal Grand Hotel Munich is a 4-star hotel that offers modern wellness facilities, an international restaurant with large terrace, and easy underground connections to Munich city center.
Eurostars Grand Central Munich
The 4-star Eurostars Grand Central is just 600 meters from Munich Central Station. It offers a stylish spa with indoor pool, soundproof rooms with free Wi-Fi and a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine.
Intercity Hotel Munchen
This 4-star hotel is situated 100 meters from Munich Train Station and offers free use of local public transport. InterCityHotel Munchen offers soundproof rooms and free Wi-Fi to its guests.
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost is a 5-star, historic 19th-century building, which features Avant Garde architecture. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a king-size bed, flat-screen TV and an exclusive Nespresso coffee machine.
So if you are ready for great beer, pretzels and enjoy the night away, join Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany and have a ball!