A first-timer's guide to the Munich Oktoberfest.
Come join the party!
Feeling hungry now? Nothing a plate of pork knuckles wouldn’t fix. Easy to fill your belly here, if you’ve got the coin for it.
The sun goes down and you head back inside. You start swinging your drink and singing along to the sound of oom-pah music.
Soon you’re dancing on the benches with a dozen friendly locals…
Cheeky: Two guys peck a girl in a Dirndl at festival. Looking forward
to the Munich Oktoberfest 2017. Pic: © DPA* source
Festive atmosphere: A group of good-looking ladies in traditional Oktoberfest dresses
share a few drinks at the festival. Pic: © Reuters * source
Woof: No-one’s excluded from
the festivities – even some
dogs dress up for the
Pic: © DPA
Oktoberfest 2017 will run from Saturday, September 16 to Tuesday, October 3.
There’s often a mad rush to find a seat before the beer starts flowing at 10am (9am on weekends).
There’s a costume parade and a gay party on the first Sunday. Weekdays are much quieter than weekends, especially around lunchtime.
Which tent to pick
Most of the drinking is done in the 14 big beer “tents” - actually big wooden halls. You can reserve tables through www.oktoberfest.de but most sell out months in advance.
The festivities officially start in the Schottenhamel tent and often reach their rowdiest in the Hacker (Heaven of Bavaria).
The new Marstall tent took the place of the bright red Hippodrom tent in 2014.
The Hofbräu tent is famed for pulling far more tourists than locals, the Augustiner might be the best for Bavarian authenticity and the Löwenbräu becomes a good option when everywhere else is full.
Four of these five girls are wearing "Dirndl" themed T-shirts. Perhaps not the genuine article
but still quite nice! Pic: uLe @ Dortmund
Practically anything goes, but for an extra layer of fun consider kitting out like a local. For guys, a pair of Lederhosen leather shorts start from €120. For gals, a traditional Dirndl dress cost upwards of about €100.
Tip: When worn correctly Dirndls also reveal the wearers’ availability. Look just above the apron: If there’s a bow on the right she’s taken.
A bow on the left means she’s still to be had, and a bow bang on the front marks a virgin.
Spirits up: A group of friends in Bavarian costume at the famous German beerfest.
• May I sit here? - Darf ich mich zu dir setzen? (Darf ik mik zoo dear set-zen?)
• One beer, please! - Eine Maß, bitte! (Eyne mass, bit-tey!)
• Cheers! - Prost! (Prawst!)
• Your eyes are as pretty as a meadow full of tulips. - Deine Augen sind so schön wie eine Tulpenwiese . (Dine-ny ow-gen sind so schern vee eyne tul-pen-vee-say)
• Let’s go back to my tent for a coffee! - Gehen wir mal zu meinem Zelt für einen Kaffee! (Gay-en veer mal zoo mine-em zelt fair eyn-en kaf-ey!)
• I need to chuck up. - Ich muss kotzen. (Ik moose kot-zen)
• I have a killer hangover. - Ich habe so einen Katter. (Ik hab-ey so eyn-en kat-er)
Looking good: Cute Oktoberfest girls in Dirndls pose for the camera at
the Munich festival. Pic: © AFP
▪ Oktoberfest beds - Find your bed before they're all sold out - again!
▪ Oktoberfest reservation - Book a tour of the Oktoberfest and a table in one of the tents. Act quickly! These deals always sells out!
▪ Oktoberfest tent guide - Destination Munich's two-page guide to Oktoberfest beer tents in 2017.
You'll also find out how to reserve a table at the world's biggest party.
See the first page here or go to Oktoberfest tent guide page 2.
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▪ Your Oktoberfest stories - Got a story about a visit to the Munich Oktoberfest? Or have you been to a similar festival elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it!
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▪ Oktoberfest barometer - When's it gonna be busy at the Munich Oktoberfest in 2017? Find out here and you'll inmprove your chances of getting a table in the beer tents.
▪ Oktoberfest 2017 dates - A temporal guide to the 2017 Oktoberfest with info about special events and what's going on when at the fest.
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