Annually in September, the Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany (YES, it is confusing! It’s called Oktoberfest even though it starts in September) 🍻
However, the Oktoberfest, which is also called Wiesn, is the biggest Volksfest (folk festival) worldwide and takes approx. 2,5 weeks. This year it has started on the 21st of September and the last day will be on the 6th of October. More than six million people from all over the world attend it every single year. It’s not just famous all over the world due to the fun factor thanks to lots of beer and traditional Bavarian food, amusement rides as well as the traditional outfits (Lederhosen for men and Dirndl for women) but also an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810. Even though the original Oktoberfest has been founded in Munich it takes place in almost every big city in Germany today 🎡
It is only allowed to serve beer which is conforming to the “Reinheitsgebot” and brewed in Munich. Every year there are six breweries (Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spatenbräu, Staatliches Hofbräu-München) represented by different tents. The most famous and nicest tents are, amongst others, Schützen-Festhalle, Marstall, and Hofbräu-Festzelt 🎪
In order to have a successful Oktoberfest party, we have seven useful tips for you 🥨
- Wear traditional clothing. It will be much more fun. Accordingly, men have to wear Lederhosen and a checked shirt while women have to wear Dirndl. However, if you want to be classy take into consideration that the Dirndl should be longer than your knees.
2. Go during weekdays and book a table with a bunch of friends. Do NEVER make the mistake to go there on the weekend without having booked a table. It will be way too crowded and the chance that you can enter the tents are very small (unless you are there at 9 am.
3. Take cash! Very important as it is almost impossible to pay anywhere at the Wiesn with a card.
4. Don’t forget to eat! We recommend you to drink the traditional “Mas”. It’s the incredibly delicious Bavarian beer in 1Litre glasses. However, you have to eat if you want to survive to be there the whole day. You should try ½ Hendl (half of a roasted chicken), Käsespätzle (traditional Bavarian cheese pasta), Brezel with Obazda (a cheese spread), and Schweinshaxe (roasted ham hock). Also, a “Brotzeit” is amazing. A huge plate full of Bavarian goodies like cheese. Pretzels and sausages.
5. EAT DESSERT! Don’t miss out Kaiserschmarrn, Apfelstrudel, roasted almonds, and gingerbread hearts. They will blow your mind away.
6. Try to learn the lyrics of the classic German Oktoberfest songs in advance. It will be much more fun when you can sing along.
7. Last but not least, ENJOY and take care of yourself and your belongings (the Oktoberfest is not just a paradise for every beer lover but also for many pickpockets) 🍺