The Oktoberfest, which translated word by word means October festival, has been and will always continue to be one of the most hyped events in Germany. With its roller coasters and famous beer tents, the “Wiesn”, which is the term used by the Munich locals, has everything to offer. There are numerous fascinating attractions the Oktoberfest has to offer, below you can find 5 things to not miss when traveling to the Oktoberfest:
Wearing the Traditional Local Clothing
There is one piece of clothing that non-German folks always remember, Lederhosen. Probably one of the trademark pieces that Germany is viewed by some other nations. Lederhosen are extremely trendy to wear, in fact you won’t pass 5 people at the fest without seeing a guy (or girl – yes they are worn by both genders) wearing one of these “leather pants”. The leather pants are usually combined with a red/white or blue/white buttoned down shirt also called a Trachtenhemd, however this isn’t a must as there are different types of buttoned down shirts which can be combined.
Lederhosen can be worn by both men and women, although you’ll still find more men than women in the leather pants, as tradition dictates. Women’s traditional apparel is named a “Dirndl” which is a dress very tight around the waste line. The colors can differ depending on the dress, most of them due come in the traditional blue and red or pink. Both Lederhosen and Dirndl can be found in various price ranges online as well as the local stores in and around the city.
Lederhosen are a must at the Oktoberfest
Getting a Taste of the Brewed Beer
Enjoying some locally brewed beer at the Oktoberfest is a little far fetched, as most beers there are known and enjoyed around the world. The tents at the Oktoberfest are the meeting spot to consume beer, each tent has a different brand of beer to offer. To check them all out every tent should be visited to see which beer fits one’s taste buds. It is important to note that the Oktoberfest beer is stronger than the normal brewed beer, so taking a couple of days to enjoy each beer is recommended. Bavarians call this type of beer “Festbier”, which translates into party bear. It can get a hold of one’s self control pretty quickly.
Listening to Traditional Bavarian Music
The Oktoberfest music is a large part of the entire Oktoberfest experience. As soon as you close in on a beer tent, you’ll hear the lively music wandering about the air. Every tents has its own band and its individual style, however there are always a few songs that gets the crowd cheering and singing along. If you’re really into Bavarian music you can always get a CD at one of the many souvenir shops.
Atmosphere in the Beer Tents
The mood in the various tents is absolutely incredible. The Oktoberfest, an internationally known event, provides a multicultural environment trying where citizens of different nations communicate with each other, mostly peacefully. You’ll find almost every continent represented, creating an unbelievable atmosphere. Although the beer tents are filled with enough seats, specifically with the traditional “Bierbänke”, most will actually stand and dance on them. If the security catches you standing on the tables, they will kick you out. During weekends, it’s very hard to find seats as it’s overcrowded. Taking a weekday between Monday and Thursday usually works perfectly. Reserving seats is recommended as they are very hard to come by and are usually occupied.
Ginger bread and Oktoberfest beer
How to get to Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is situated in the heart of Munich, there are several ways of traveling to the city:
Munich’s airport is the second largest aiport in Germany after Frankfurt. Many larger cities in Europe and internationally do fly directly to Munich. From the airport it takes around 45 minutes with the regional trains to travel into the city center from where visitors can walk or take the local subway to Oktoberfest.
Usually hotels will accommodate a parking spot in and around the city. If planning a one-day stay, parking on the outskirts of Munich is recommended. It’s then advisable to take one of the regional trains to the Oktoberfest.
Munich’s central train station is the southern hub of Germany. It’s a 20 minute walk from the train station to the Oktoberfest. The subway can also be used to get directly to the Octoberfest.
Oktoberfest Shop – Remembering the Largest “Fest” in the World
Missing out on remembering (or surviving) the largest “Fest” in the world is a big no-go. There are souvenir shops all around the entire area, which by the way is called “Theresienwiese”. There are different souvenirs in all price ranges. This includes expensive “Trachten” with matching jewelry, the traditional Oktoberfest gingerbread hearts, an Oktoberfest beer mug, as well as other interesting Oktoberfest collectibles. To find cheaper variants, it’s recommended to go outside the Oktoberfest location (Theresienwiese). This also gives visitors a chance to see Munich in all its glory, as the city itself is worth a trip.
The Oktoberfest and its Wonders
There is so much more you can do at the Oktoberfest, and by no means are the above mentioned the only things you shouldn’t miss when traveling to the Oktoberfest. Other Oktoberfests have sprung up all over the world, trying to match the Munich experience, however to really say you’ve gone to the Oktoberfest, the original Oktoberfest in Munich is a must.