Oktoberfest Munich 2022

The Munich Oktoberfest for beginners. Come join the party!

You race a mob of lads in leather shorts to find a seat in the packed, wooden tent.
A busty barmaid whams down an enormous glass of beer. You drink to the cry of Prost! and get ready to do it again.
Then you stroll outside and jump on the roller-coaster. You’re pushed, pulled, stretched and slammed and decide this would have been a better idea before the beer!
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…

oktoberfest munichA flower seller at the Munich Oktoberfest. Picture: Pierre Lewandowski

How it started

Munich’s Oktoberfest originated in 1810 as a horse race to celebrate a royal wedding. But everyone apparently enjoyed the drinking a lot more, and had such a great time they decided to do it all again the following year.
The horse race is now part of history but the beer certainly isn’t and neither are those willing to drink it. Oktoberfest (with a k, not Octoberfest) is officially the world’s biggest party drawing about six million visitors a year to southern Germany.
The action takes place on Munich’s fairgrounds, (officially called the Theresienwiese, informally, d'Wiesn), south-west of the city’s Main Train Station.

oktoberfest munich tentInside one of the famous beer tents at the Oktoberfest in Munich. Picture: Tommy Loesch

When is Oktoberfest in Germany in 2022?

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A cheerful Oktoberfest waitress lugs a table's worth of beer to a grateful public. Picture: B. Roemmelt

The dates for Munich Oktoberfest 2022 are September 17 to 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 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 Marstall tent is the first one you see as you walk through the main gates.
The Hofbräu tent is famed for pulling far more tourists than locals, the Augustiner might be the best for Bavarian authenticity and the Löwenbräu tends to fill up later than some of the others.

oktoberfest-2016-munich-girlsFour of these five girls are wearing "Dirndl" themed T-shirts. Perhaps not the genuine article but still quite nice! Pic: uLe @ Dortmund

Where to stay

Munich’s Thalkirchen Camping Ground could be the cheapest place to stay with tents available for just a few euros. There’s a small supermarket on site, regular buses to the Wiesen and a 24-hour party ambience during Oktoberfest. It’s at Zentralländstr. 49, Munich.
A handful of good hostels sit just south of the main train station, about a 15 minute stagger back from the Wiesn. Check out Jaeger’s www.jaegershotel.de for its friendly bar or the top-rated Wombat’s www.wombats-hostels.com. Both are in Senefelder Strasse.

What to wear to Oktoberfest

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.

What to eat and drink

Beer! The amber fluid is served exclusively in one litre glass mugs, called Maß (mass) that cost about €12.
The beer is slowly brewed through the summer and packs a six per cent alcoholic punch. For a change, try the beery-lemonade mixture called Radler, or head out to the wine tent.
Food is everywhere at Oktoberfest Munich. Popular picks are grilled chicken (Hendl), pork knuckles (Schweinshaxe) and giant pretzels (Breze).
The huge hearts half the girls hang around their necks are made of gingerbread. For the daring there’s the Ox (Osche).

oktoberfest-table-peopleSpirits up: A group of friends in Bavarian costume at the famous German beerfest. Pic: Mike-Campbell

What to say - Oktoberfest Munich essential phrases

To help you along, I’ve compiled a list of essential phrases every visitor should consider learning for the Oktoberfest in 2022.
If anybody can report using the one about the meadow full of cows successfully, I’ll happily buy them a Maß.

Oktoberfest Munich phrases...

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)

A few more Oktoberfest Munich pictures...

munich-oktoberfest-2015-girls-kissingLooking good: Cute Oktoberfest girls in Dirndls pose for the camera at the Munich festival. Pic: © AFP

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