It’s time to start making plans to wear your coziest jumpers and celebrate Oktoberfest by drinking your body-weight in beer!
Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, Germany, and it is an enormous celebration of the world’s favorite drink – beer. Dance around in giant beer tents sampling the country’s finest brews, eat amazing street food and get in the spirit of Autumn. The Germans really know how to party.
Festivities include traditional German costume dress competitions, beer drinking competitions, gourmet beer tasting and a Bavarian Fairground.
Oktoberfest takes place citywide in Munich, Germany.
When is Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest 2018 will run from September 22 through to October 7, 2018.
Where to Stay for Oktoberfest
Munich can get really, really busy during Oktoberfest so be sure to book your accommodation with plenty of time in advance. Your choice of accommodations really depends on your personal preferences. Munich is home to traditional hotels like Hotel Bayerischer Hof and Drei Lowen, as well as private rooms and apartments.
Getting to Munich
There are plenty of international flights that run directly to Munich International Airport. From there, you can take a bus or taxi into the city center.
Oktoberfest 2018 Tickets
Entry to Oktoberfest throughout the city is free!
Things to Bring to Oktoberfest
A warm sweater
A Bavarian costume
Your best party spirit
Here’s a mini food guide, so you won’t be lost when you want to soak up all the brews.
Brezeln – Pretzel
Hendl – Roasted chicken
Schweinshaxe – Pork knuckle
Weisswurst –White sausage
Kartoffeln – Potatoes
Spätzle – Egg noodles typically served with cheese (käse)
Oktoberfest Beer Rules
Take a seat- Make sure you’re sitting if you want to order a beer
Try something new- Only local beers are offered during the festival
Learn the language- Prost means Cheers!
Say Danke (Thank you)
Bottoms up- if you place your foot on the table be prepared to chug your entire beer
Oktoberfest Pro Tips
Book accommodation with plenty of time ahead; Munich gets really busy for Oktoberfest
Be sure to eat regularly between beer-drinking to minimize the next day’s hangover
Head to the tents if you want a true Oktoberfest experience
Always have cash in hand- it’ll make your life much easier
Leave your purse at home (unless you want it covered in beer); use pockets instead
Tents get packed, make sure you have in/out privileges before leaving
Do your best to make it back to your hotel to sleep; don’t be a bierleichen (beer corpse)