Tips and Tricks for making the most of your time at Oktoberfest
Going to Oktoberfest was a trip that I always wanted to take, especially in my 20s. Oktoberfest has everything that I love: fun, food, and BEER. In the fall of 2018, I was able to dawn the dirndl and walk into the big tents to see why I was always antsy to head to the city of Munich.
Need To Know: When to Go to Oktooberfest
Deciding when to go is always the hardest because you never know what days are going to be better than others. Upon doing research, I found out that it’s less crowded during the week than on the weekends, and towards the end of the festival. We headed to the festival during the week (Tuesday to Thursday) of the last full week. While the tents still got crowded, we did not have to wait online to get into the actual tents.
Need To Know: What to Wear to Oktoberfest
Most people wear dirndls and lederhosen, the traditional German outfits. Since being my first (and maybe only time there) I decided to go all-in and dawn the traditional dirndl. The inventory doesn’t last long in Munich. The outfits tend to be expensive too. The best thing to do it buy ahead of time.
If you don’t feel like wearing the traditional German outfit that’s not an issue. While most people will be in outfits, there are a handful of people wear jeans. Even in a crowded tent the October air still chilly. You’ll want to make sure you have a jacket. I also recommend wearing shoes, boots, sneakers it doesn’t matter as long as your feet are covered. The floors are sticky from sloppy drunks spilling a beer or two.
Need To Know: What to Expect at Oktoberfest
Here are a few important tips and tricks that most blogs will not tell you:
· CASH CASH CASH, you will be glad you brought this. The tents do not accept credit cards and you will want to get steins and food when you are in the tents.
· Do not pick the first empty spot that you find when you walk in. I know that it can get overwhelming sometimes when you see the tent. The people you sit next to will be your friends by the end of the day. When I got there around 10am in the morning and my friend and I sat by a group of 4 (HOT), Australian brothers. Within 15 minutes we were sitting in the middle drinking and laughing with them. Throughout the day other groups joined us.
· Don’t stand on the table and chug your beer. Most likely you won’t finish it and you will get kicked out. Instead, hoot and holler at the ones who do.
· At each tent, there is only one size and one type of beer. It cost about 10 euros each. Every tent has its own beer.
· As for food, it will be more expensive to purchase in the tent. Most likely you won’t want to leave so I recommend splitting a dish with a couple of friends. Outside of the tents, there are a couple of stands that will sell pretzels and Wienerschnitzel for cheaper.
· Bathrooms are either best-case scenarios where there is no one or worst-case scenario where there is a long line. It’s usually the latter but unfortunately, there’s not too much that can be done. Be prepared for the restrooms to be running out of toilet paper and paper towels.
· Tipping is a must! The waitress carrying your food and drinks will give you dirty looks if you don’t throw some gratuity their way. These waitresses are also very strong, they carry about 10 steins at a time, you do not want to get on their bad sides. Plus if you’re nice to them, they might do a couple of favors.
· The campground looks like a huge carnival. There is a dozen-plus tent around the campground to eat and drink, but there’s also stands to sell additional food and booze as well as different rides if you’re feeling adventurous.
· Try and bring as little as possible and a small bag. There is a security that you have to go through before entering the fairground. If your bag is too big they will send you to the lockers that are outside of the campground.
Need To Know: How to Get To The Oktoberfest Festival
The campground is located at Theresienwiese. There’s a metro stop right outside of the campground and a ton of signs to follow to get to the actual entrances.
Another way to get to the campsite (which we did) was to walk. We chose Hotel Haberstock that was relatively in the area and was close to the city center of Munich on the off chance we needed a break from the festivity.
Subway Hack: For all, you balling on a budget/like to live on the edge (I might get in trouble saying this) TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK: we discovered that unlike the NYC Subway, once you get your ticket you don’t have to scan it to go through to the platform so on some of your rides you can get lucky without having to buy a ticket. Again, TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK, not once did we see someone checking (we did buy tickets at first), but that’s not to say you won’t see someone when you’re there.
Drinking a beer at Oktoberfest has always been on the top of my bucket list. I was so happy when I got the opportunity to attend the festival. I highly recommend everyone should have this on their list. It does get a little pricier to get there but the money spent was worth the memories made.