WHAT IS OKTOBERFEST?
Before we get to the Oktoberfest tips we need to know the festivals origins if we hope to survive the blathering beer halls.
Oktoberfest evolved out of a massive wedding celebration in 1810. Every year since then, the Germans have kept the party going.
Fast forward 200 years and it has become one of the biggest festivals in the world, and who isn’t looking for an any excuse to wear Lederhosen (Oktoberfest Costumes). Oktoberfest is my type of party!
Thousands of strangers clashing their one liter mugs together and filling the beer tents with songs while the nonstop celebration of new friendships, good food, and beer rages from morning until night. However, Oktoberfest for all the reasons listed above, can get a tiny bit hectic.
Many backpackers and travelers tend to avoid earlier morning hours, but during Oktoberfest, this is not wise.
THE EARLY BIRD GETS IN THE BEER HALL.
Morning is the perfect time to start your adventure. Thousands of people come to this festival, so as you can imagine, the beer tents fill up fast.
If you want to get a seat in the tent of your choice and don’t feel like waiting in line for an hour or more, then you need to get there early. If you do end up waiting, you should know that beer is only served in the tents, but you can find some vendors in the outside area that sell small glasses of overpriced wine.
You also have the option of reserving a table, but this can be anywhere from 200-400 Euros or more. So unless you are with a big group it is not worth it.
So How Early is Early?
Opening and closing Weekend: These are the busiest weekends of all. People start lining up outside the grog tents around 7:30 or 8:00 a.m. Yes, in the morning! I know you are on vacation and that is early as hell, but if you arrive any later, the chances of getting in a place are slim.
During the Week: Ok, during the week you can get there a little later. If you arrive somewhere between 10:30 and 12:00 p.m., you will have a good chance of getting into the tent of your choice. However, don’t get lax on your timing. After noon, when the bands start playing, it gets a little harder to find an opening.
Carry cash: Most places in the festival only take cash, plus you don’t want to drink a lot with your debit cards. Talk to the people around you. Everyone is your friend at Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest is a fantastic festival that is full of life, fun, and energy. I loved sitting around a big table making Bavarian friends, singing songs, and drinking beer.
If you have the chance to be in Europe during late September, this is a festival that you don’t want to miss. Have you been to this massive beer festival? Though 5 days is a little extreme!