Famous for being the ‘world’s biggest fair’ (though we could think of better ways to describe it), Oktoberfest is one hell of a party and is just around the corner with celebrations kicking off in September! With the festivities drawing near, we thought we’d give you the lowdown on Oktoberfest to make sure you get the most out of your time at this wicked event!
This 16-day festival is held in the beautiful German city of Munich and kicks off on September 22nd 2012. It usually attracts around 5 million revellers and though it is most famous for its insane beer tents, it also boasts a tonne of other attractions including live entertainment, theme park rides and games, music and competitions. Most visitors to Oktoberfest dress up traditional German attire (Dirndl for the ladies, and Lederhosen for the men), so if you want the full experience be prepared to make the effort.
Oktoberfest is always rammed and this year boasts 14 different beer tents for you to choose from. With tents filling up quickly, its best to head along with an idea of exactly which ones you want to visit and its worth getting there early if you want a table. The ‘Hippodrom’ is an awesome tent that is popular with the German locals and is the spot where all the young people go – definitely worth checking out! This tent is set apart by its stylish sekt (sparkling wine) bar and is renowned for being a great tent for singles. Löwenbräu is one of the most famous tents and is easily recognised by the giant lion at the entrance. This tent offers a mixed crowd and a live band, and it is one of the rowdiest tents at Oktoberfest. If you want to take a break from the big tents make your way over to Hochreiter's Haxnbraterei. This is a smaller and cozier tent that offers a more relaxed atmosphere and some top notch Bavarian food.
Each tent serves up its own famous brew, which you can buy by the stein (1L of beer), and you will usually pay around 9 euro per drink. Most tourists carry a pen to mark the number of beers they’ve had on their arm (after two or three you’re bound to forget), and by the end of the day it becomes a competition to see who has had the most. After a few beers you’ll be hungry, so if you want to avoid a long wait we’d suggest you sneak out of your tent to one of the food stalls in the centre of the festival. You can tuck into a delicious roast chicken, pork knuckle, sausage or pretzel, and can also take a break from the beer and grab one of the flavoured shots that the stalls sell.
Oktoberfest is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and is most definitely worth checking out this summer! For everything you need to know about the festival visit; www.oktoberfest.de/en
If you want to full embrace the experience and hang out with a local crowd, then the ‘Hippodrom’ is the perfect choice