How to do Oktoberfest like a local

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Oktoberfest is coming. We’re sure you know what it’s all about, and there’s no doubt it’s an event that’s on every traveller’s bucket list. Why wouldn’t it be? A festival celebrating beer in a country that takes its bier as seriously as Germany, you know it’s going to be a good time.

But before you go, we thought it would be a good idea to properly prepare you for this experience. Here’s the rundown.

What to expect

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So you already know that there is going to be a lot of beer, but what else can you expect? There is 420,000 square metres hosting about 34 tents and welcoming 7,200,000 visitors annually. While around 7,500,000 litres of beer are consumed each year, there is still a lot more to the festival than this highly sought after tipple. There’s also wine! If you’ve had your fill of beer, you can switch it up to a variety of wines or cider as well.

Don’t forget to sample some of the delicious local foods! The Wiesn-Hendl (grilled chicken) goes perfectly with fries and a beer. Or get wild and try some Ochsenbraterei, aka the ox burger. Other delights include soft pretzels, ham-wrapped figs, traditional sauerkraut, pork tenderloin and for dessert, vanilla bean custard with sour cherry sauce. You could easily eat your way through this festival if you don’t plan to drink your way through!

There are also plenty of activities going on throughout the festival. Music, dancing, parades and amusement rides are all a big part of the event. This year is also bringing new rides like the “Drifting Coaster” and the “Voodoo Jumper” to the fairgrounds.

What to wear

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For all of those asking your friends, ‘What are you going to wear?’, we have you covered. Most visualise people running around in an authentic Lederhosen or Dirndl get-up – and yes, you will likely see these roaming the streets – but you don’t have to wear them yourself! Note however, that Germans really do enjoy it when foreigners wear their clothes, so you’ll probably get some brownie points if you do.

The weather is usually a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius, but it’s best to bring a jacket if you plan on drinking into the evenings as it tends to cool down.

Where to visit

Neuschwanstein Castle. Photo credit Getty/Achim Thomae

Most limit their time in Munich, and while it is a big party destination, it’s not the only thing you should explore during your stay. Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th century Romanesque Revival palace that might just have you wishing you were of a royal bloodline.

If you’re a car fanatic, we have good news – Munich is also home to the historic BMW Museum! There are tonnes of old cars and exhibits detailing how they’re manufactured.

For fans of the Olympic Games, head on over to Olympiapark, home of the 1972 Games. You can get a tour of the facilities and see where the athletes battled it out to be the best in the world.

Drink responsibly

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Remember – there are a tonne of beer and delicious beverages to try, but be sure to drink responsibly so you can hang with the best of them. That’s the best way to earn the respect of the locals!

Oktoberfest is all about having fun and relaxing – not to mention enjoying a beer or two.

But don’t overdo it. Everyone knows too much alcohol impairs judgment, affects motor skills and can make some people do some silly things.


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