Insider tips on Theresienwiese, München, Germany in GlobetrotterGirls at Pepo - Aug 16 2017, 09.46.28 AM UTC
Exactly one month until Oktoberfest begins in Munich!!

Who is going?? 😊

Oktoberfest is one of Germany’s biggest festivals – around 6 million people visit the world’s largest beer festivals in the span of 18 short days, which means nearly 400,000 people roam Theresienwiese, where Oktoberfest takes place, every day. This is just to give you an idea how busy the festival is (see photo on the bottom right) – good planning is absolutely essential if you want to get a table in one of the 14 beer tents without having a reservation.

My number one tip for Oktoberfest: If you want to snag a seat inside one of the tents, you have to get there either at 10am when the tents open or just before 5pm, when the second round of ticket holders is allowed into the tents and the first round has to leave their tables. During those times you’re most likely to get a seat, even more so on a weekday. Don’t be shy and ask people to join their table – Oktoberfest is all about the shared long beer tables, and drinking and singing together! The popular tents like Hacker Tent, Paulaner or Löwenbräu tend to fill up fast – try lesser famous tents like Schottenhamel or Bräurosl and you’re more likely to get a seat.

If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, you’ll notice that there are only rooms left in very expensive hotels – the inexpensive hotels book up as early as February! You may be lucky to still find a room in an Airbnb in Munich, but if not, don’t be afraid to look further afar – Augsburg for example is only 40 minutes on the train from Munich, and train services between Munich and Augsburg are frequent and reliable. Other towns close to Munich worth looking into are Fürstenfeldbruck, Landsberg am Lech, Dachau Freising and Starnberg. They all have easy and fast train connections to Munich, and you pay less for rooms there than in Munich.

Last but not least – a word on the Oktoberfest beer: Oktoberfest beer has 6% - 7% alcohol, which means that it is stronger than most other beers, and served in large Steins that hold 2.2 pints. You’ll feel the alcohol much faster, so be careful ;-)
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Jason Goldberg 9 months ago
Going for the 4th time this year. Love it!