Oktoberfest Munich is the largest festival in the entire world! This international festival welcomes around 6 million visitors per year to celebrate the appetizing beer brewed only within the Munich city limits.
Wow, Oktoberfest Munich is the largest festival in the entire world! This international festival welcomes around 6 million visitors per year to celebrate the appetizing beer brewed only within the Munich city limits. No surprise, about 7 million liters (2 million gallons) will be consumed as the beer flows like waterfalls during the event.
Oktoberfest 2020 is from September 19th to October 4th.
The preparations for ‘die Wiesn’ (Oktoberfest) at Theresienwiese’s ground starts as early June. The installation of the massive tents ascends like the anticipation of the grand event.
A remarkable place to share memorable moments with locals and foreigners that cohesively get inspired by the traditions and attractions offered by this non-comparable festival. The following is a brief guideline to maximize your experience:
By Marcho Verch
If you have the opportunity to visit all 14 mayor tents you will notice each one have its own unique theme and capacity for thousands of guests, yay! Nonetheless, consider to come early since they fill up as soon as 11:00 am and afterwards there is no more access.
Consequently, you might be overwhelmed to see everywhere is crowded, especially in the weekends, but don’t panic. It is possible to get a seat without a reservation, the way it works is you have to wait for people to leave then you can take those spots. Some tents are more popular than others, but at the end of the day, the best Oktoberfest tent is where you can get a seat.
three fundamental things you should do: ask for a ‘mass’ the huge mug containing 1 liter of beer, make eye contact during a toast, and scream ‘Ein Prosit’ (cheers). Also, be ready to get challenged to chug your beer at once, it’s a fun way to bond with others around you.
More importantly, don’t get caught with an empty mug or you will be condemned to seven years of bad sex according to the local superstition.
In addition, you should know each tent pours beer from one of the six breweries represented at the festival; Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Spaten, all of them following the traditional and strict Bavarian Purity Requirements.
Therefore, you can enjoy the different kinds of Bavarian beers like Märzen (lager) copper, dark, pale, amber, or golden, including different roasts, malts and flavors. It’s guaranteed everyone will be satisfied with these unique character beers which you would never try at the same time unless you come to Oktoberfest.
have a blast at the funfair where several rollercoasters and about a dozen other rides will filled you with excitement including the two must ride attractions: the Ferris wheel offering one of the most beautiful views of Munich skyline and the Krinoline merry-go-round transporting you back to the 1900s.
there is no dress code but if you feel inspired you can wear the traditional Bavarian Tracht. It is extremely fun to blend with thousands of people wearing this costume making you fall deeply into the mood of the Oktoberfest Munich festival like a true Bavarian. Also, wear closed toed shoes because glass is scattered on the grounds as festival-goers drop mugs often.
there are several live bands playing and singing Oktoberfest Munich songs all over the grounds usually starting at 11 am usually traditional music and in the afternoon switching to a more modern style, you can dance along on the benches but not on the aisles or on top of the tables.
Other Oktoberfest Activities
Here is a list of some memorable solemn events you can attend:
The Costume and Riflemen’s Parade, the Parade of Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries, the opening ceremony with the official tapping of the keg, the Oktoberfest Mass and the “Böllerschießen” (handheld canon salute) in front of the Bavaria statue.
So Why OktoberFest In Munich?
Being part of the biggest festival in the globe is a one of a kind experience you will always remember because where else in the world hugging, dancing, and singing with strangers around you is the norm, of course not to forget, with a delicious beer in hand.
Everything you consume needs to be paid in cash only.
3# Bring A Warm Jacket
Weather can vary in the morning in the high 21°C/70°F but in the evening it can drop to freezing point.
4# Public Transportation
It is recommended to get to the festival by public transportation.
Are allowed but strollers are not.
6# Drinking Age
16 years and older is the legal age to drink beer.
Is not permitted in any closed area such as beer tents since 2010.
8# No Mug Keeping
Avoid the temptation to keep the mug as a souvenir because if you are caught you will receive a big fine.
What to Do
Theresienwiese in Munich, Bavaria’s capital and one of the most beautiful sights in the region with magnificent centuries-old buildings.
No surprise Munich is a popular destination where visitors can delight themselves with the spectacular architecture all throughout including the central Marienplaz square where the Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall) landmark stands displaying the famous glockenspiel show that reenacts 16th century stories.
In addition, it is considered an alpha-world city due to its grand innovations in technology, education, business, and more making it the #1 quality of living city in Germany and #4 in the world.
Where to Stay
There is a large range of choices in Munich including hotels, pensions, apartments, guest houses and hostels to choose from and many within walking distance from the festival grounds but it is highly advised to book as soon as a year in advance as the demand is extremely high.
Hotels in the outskirts of Munich can be cheaper options or if you are part of a big group hostels can be a great option.
You can also look for accommodations at the nearby towns of Ludwigsvorstadt and Schwanthalerhohe located about a kilometer of the Oktoberfest venue.
In addition, you can opt to do camping in Thalkirchen, a great value offering regular shuttles to the Oktoberfest festival grounds, continental breakfast, and accommodation in a dorm or pre-erected tent. One thing is for sure, you must book as soon as possible to lock your favorite accommodation.
Compare with these sites for the best prices:
What to Eat
Food is served at every tent inside Oktoberfest so try some of the most popular items like the giant pretzels, schnitzels, pork knuckles, and the famous meat sausage made from either veal, pork or beef usually cooked in beer.
Do not miss the Oktoberfest gingerbread hearts so highly on demand that about one million of them are baked especially for the festival.
In the city of Munich you can find all sort of restaurants, cafes and much more, offering a great variety of food like the popular ham-wrapped figs accompanied with marinated bean & hazelnuts salad and the pepper brie, surely, these great selection of German food will satisfied everyone.
How to Get There
Munich airport (MUC) is nicely located only 41 km away of the Oktoberfest grounds serving many international airlines that connect the city to the world.
Once in Munich there is an effective public system consisting of an underground (U-Bahn) & suburban (S-Bahn) trains, trams, and buses.
The stations are marked accordingly; “U” (underground), “S” (suburban), “H” (tram and bus), making it easier for everyone to distinguish between stations. Plus, for everyone’s convenience the same ticket is valid for the different transport systems so getting to the festival ground would be a piece of cake.
Driving from the airport to the festival’s grounds is only 30 minutes on Via A9, a great option if you would like to see all the beautiful places around. Also, reaching Munich from other cities in Europe is straightforward.
Do you want to experience the area first hand? Hire a car with our search engine
Oktoberfest Munich history
This grandiose festivity dates back to October 12, 1810 when Ludgwig I of Bavaria and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen god married in this area, eventually changing the name to Theresienwiese (Theresa’s field).
The festivity was spectacular with abundant food, beer, etc., including an organized horse race, it was so successful that the monarchs decided to repeat this festivity every year becoming the well-known Oktoberfest.
Nevertheless, it was in 1960 that Oktoberfest was considered the biggest festival in the world and the year that the horse race was removed.