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One of the most festive and spirited parties in the world takes place in Munich, Germany during September and October of each year—Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is of major cultural significance to German people, and millions will head to Munich to partake. 

Read on to learn about the best places to stay in Munich, where to drink and eat, and more. Prost!

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Where is Oktoberfest?

While places all around the world attempt to celebrate Oktoberfest, nothing beats the authentic German festival! The most famous version of this event is held in Munich, Germany.

When is Oktoberfest

It's never too early to start planning your next getaway! If Oktoberfest is high on your bucket list, then check out the festival dates below so you can be sure not to miss out.

Year Start of Oktoberfest End of Oktoberfest
2019 21 September 6 October
2020 19 September 4 October
2021 18 September 3 October
2022 17 September 3 October
2023 16 September 3 October

Where to drink at Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is the ultimate drinking celebration, so you'll probably be spending the festival with a German Bier in hand. 

The festival is set up with massive tents, so the event can occur rain or shine.

The tents are attractions unto themselves, as each differs in size, décor, and the crowds that they attract.

The best way to experience Oktoberfest is to hop between tents, especially since entry is free to the grounds, the tents and the tables – you only pay for what you consume.

The largest of the tents is Hofbräu-Festzelt, one of the most recognizable ones at Oktoberfest. It is also tends to be on the louder and rowdier side, as it often attracts crowds of young students.

If you are a student or in your early 20s or 30s, then the Hippodrom is another tent that is popular with your age group.

However, if you're a little bit more mature, or older and hoping to avoid the majority of rowdy young adults, then opt for the nautically-themed Fischer-Vroni tent - where there is still plenty of activity to enjoy.

If you're taking your family along for the fun at Oktoberfest, then your best bet is to head to the Augustiner tent. It's the city’s oldest brewery and is known to host events and games for the whole family to enjoy.

Always drink responsibly.

beer at oktoberfest munich

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Where to eat at Oktoberfest

With this German festival comes a lot of good, authentic food! Many of Munich’s top vendors set up shop on the fairgrounds, so you will not have to wander far to grab an authentic wurst or German bretzel (aka pretzel).

The food offerings are very convenient and are usually fairly priced, typically ranging anywhere from $5 to $15.

While there are vendors all throughout the grounds, different tents offer certain food specialties, so if you are looking to dine out on something in particular, make sure you grab a seat before the tent fills up.

The Schützen-Festzelt tent is a favourite among Münchners, where the special dish is a roast suckling pig, sauced up with beer.

On the other hand, the Ochsenbraterie tent has a tradition dating back more than 130 years of roasting a full ox on a spit, and plaiting that with sides of vegetables and potatoes.

If you aren't all the fussed on the traditionally rowdy Oktoberfest parties, then stop by the fairgrounds during the week for a calmer experience and to try the special weekday lunchtime food menus.

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What to wear to Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is a celebration of Bavarian culture, so you will see people in all sorts of outfits. Since autumn is usually a wet season for Germany, make sure you pack water-proof gear, wear lots of layers, and dress for comfort—Oktoberfest can be a very long day.

However, do not be surprised to see many locals dressed in trachten - the traditional German garb.

Men often sport suspender leather trousers and women wear the classic Bavarian dresses designed in bright prints and colours.

For visitors, investing in one of these traditional outfits is often worth the price, as it doubles as a unique memento to remind you of your time in Germany and experience at Oktoberfest.

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Where to stay in Munich for Oktoberfest

Since Oktoberfest is one of the busiest times of the year in Munich, booking in advance is definitely recommended.

If you are hoping to stay close to the Oktoberfest action, making for easy arrival and departure, then book a room near Munich’s central train station in Marien Square, near the Old Town centre. Some wonderful accommodations in this area include the Bayerischer Hof and the Louis Hotel.

Since the price of accommodation sky-rockets during Oktoberfest season, if you are on the hunt for a more economical stay, try to book a room at Motel One München-Sendlinger Tor for close-by quarters that are budget friendly.

If a trip for Oktoberfest ends up being a last minute adventure, finding a place to stay close to grounds will be more difficult.

However, many hotels in the surrounding Munich area are prepared for the Oktoberfest guests with their own beer gardens, and they often have public transportation options mapped out for guests.

Oktoberfest is an incredible experience and loads of fun! This festival is a great way to experience German culture and food, and to celebrate such an interesting country.

Travel tips for Oktoberfest

  • Book your travel plans and accommodation far in advance, as hotels can quickly book out. The price of accommodation during Oktoberfest can be much higher than other times of the year - so budget accordingly.
  • Get there early and be prepared to stay there for a while. Tables in tents quickly fill-up, so you'll want to make sure you get a spot if you haven't booked a table in advance. 
  • If you want to avoid the crowds, go during the week. While still packed with people, weekdays are slightly less busy than the weekends. 
  • Large bags aren't allowed, so opt for a smaller bag to carry around your belongings. 
  • Venture out beyond the city of Munich to explore more of what Germany has to offer. You can do a day trip to the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, which is well-worth a visit!
  • Always read the policy wording for your chosen travel insurance policy. Some travel insurers do not cover claims involving or directly or indirectly arising from any conduct engaged whilst under the influence or effect of alcohol or drugs. 

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