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How to Make the Most of the Oktoberfest

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Preparations for the Oktoberfest 2008, the largest beer festival in the world, are in full swing. On September 20th, the festival would be inaugurated at the Schottenhamel tent in Theresienwiese, Munich, Germany.

Highlight of the opening rituals is tapping the first beer keg and calling out “O’zapft is!” (it’s tapped). Beers from the Big Six breweries would flow in fourteen Beer Tents / Beer Halls; an eclectic array of yummy food would be served; fairground rides would complement the jamboree; and traditional costume and music would be a treat for eyes and ears at the 175th Oktoberfest, which is locally known as “die Wiesn”. The festival draws huge crowd from Europe and across the world so read on the following useful tips to join the festivities in high spirits:

  • Be Early to Get the Best View of Opening Ceremony

Though the opening ceremony would start at 12 PM on September 20th, many visitors arrive at the venue at 9 AM to grab the best seat. Try to reach early to enjoy the inaugural events.

  • Time Schedule for Beer Serving

Beer is served between 10 AM and 10:30 PM on weekdays. If you like, you can enjoy beer with a hearty breakfast at 9 AM on weekends. All tents except the “Weinzelt” and the “Käfer Wiesn-Schänke” close at 11:30 PM. These two tents serve alcohol until 12:15 AM.

  • Advance Reservation

Book tables in tents of your choice well in advance for extra comfort. It is terribly busy, especially on weekends, so reservation is really a good option. It’s wise to also book hotels for the Oktoberfest in advance, as loads of people will visit Munich those days and you may not find the best solution for your needs, especially if you are in group.

  • Children and Family

On Tuesday, a Family Day, food, liquor and rides are available on discount from 12 PM to 6 PM. But children under six are not allowed in the tents after 8 PM even if they are accompanied by adults.

  • Save Finery for another Day

Generally, celebrations are incomplete without the best and expensive dresses. But avoid classy clothes at the Oktoberfest as beer spilling is common in the tents.

  • Generous Tips for Good Service

To get good service, be polite with Fraus, the barmaids, and tip them generously.

  • Transportation

Since no car parking is available, it is better to travel by public transport which is faster and convenient.

  • Beer Tents

All beer tents with distinct atmosphere feature both non-reserved outdoor and reserved indoor areas. As going to the bar is not a practice, you have to be seated to get served but the Hofbrau tent also has a standing area.

To rub shoulders with celebrities and VIPs, Hippodrom, a hip tent popular among young and singles, and Käfers Wies’n-Schänke are perfect choices. Traditional charm is recreated in the Augustinerzelt, Braurosl and Ochsenbraterei tents. The Armbrustschützen is known for high-quality Paulaner beer. The world-famous Hofbräu Festhalle, a meeting point for the Austrians and American tourists, serves veritable Bavarian fare. Visit Schützen-Festzelt to savor sucking pig cooked in traditional Bavarian style; Weinzelt, a wine tent, to sample an array of wines; and Fischer-Vroni for fish delicacies.

Photo of Munich Oktoberfest by night originally posted by Nico Kaiser

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8 responses to “How to Make the Most of the Oktoberfest”

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  1. Michael Wrght says:
    September 11th, 2008 at 22:28

    Oktoberfest will be great this year!!

    by the way, for anyone coming this year, I ll be happy to share a room.

    have a look if you are interested.

  2. Peter says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 04:04

    This week was insane…best part of it was my accommodation at Hostival.
    They appropriately call it the Hangover Hospital!
    I’d definitely recommend that spot to anyone

  3. Oktoberfest München says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 18:47


    look for this new Oktoberfest Website. Very interested and funny. The Information is great…


  4. Beer Maiden Costume says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 22:04

    I’d love to have the opportunity to go to Oktoberfest in Germany. I’ve only been to the ones in Kitchener Ontario. I’m sure that they don’t even compare.
    Anyone have any recommendations for accommodations or any other suggestions in general?

  5. Oktoberfest München says:
    July 21st, 2010 at 22:54

    Very cool tips for the Bavarian Oktoberfest… thx 4 that! ;-)

  6. Beer Dude says:
    August 20th, 2011 at 21:29

    Can’t wait to go. I hear the beers are huge! And I’m stoooooked because I got hella cheap tix (friend of a friend in an airline) and this website claimed that they could save upto 70 % for me my bros and my girl and her lady friends. So, I know not everyone gets that 70%, but we DID! The first two things we thought is, rent a nicer car and drink more beers but the two don’t go to well together. So, more beer it is.

  7. Sara says:
    May 26th, 2012 at 02:38

    Just booked a trip for my summer vacation through hotelplanner. Im getting so much for my money. I didn’t except to find that good of a deal.but i did and im excited for the summer now!

  8. Jackie4 says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 03:22

    ahh! my friends and i used hotelplanner to find a crusie! And we did! Hotelplanner was so helpful and we found an amazing cruise for a great price! We had such an amazing time! i cant believe we could do that! and it was affordable

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