Theresienwiese
Theresienwiese
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This huge grassy park annually hosts the city's popular Oktoberfest.
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liebe_amina
Munich, Germany193 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
It is location for every festive celebration in Munich. With friends, with partner or with family. Make sure to wear comfy shoes, which are water/dirt and long hours of dancing resistant. A lot of live performances and quick bites - sausages, pancakes and many other delicious things. Public transport accessible. No entry cost, all areas free access. Only during Oktoberfest special terms for dining in tickets.
Written January 10, 2020
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zimmys57
Delavan, WI728 contributions
Sep 2019
This large open park area transforms into the biggest beer party in the world. People from all corners of the world come for Munich's Oktoberfest. Attended in 2019 and had a blast. Easy to get to using public transportation.
Written February 12, 2020
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Antony T
Tamworth, UK581 contributions
Sep 2010
Don't worry I will not write the whole article as if I was drunk. But what can you say about the grounds that house Oktoberfest. Obviously go during the Fest; which as my date of visit indicates is mostly in September, rather than October.

It is a 10 minute stroll from the Hauptbahnhof (Main station) along very unclustered streets.

The Fest is everything and then some. Go around midday. Recommend going on a ride first, grabbing a beer, some good food and then maybe another beer and head back by about 6 before it gets stupid? That may sound lame but we went in our first tent (Lowenbrau) @ noon and it was jammed! The second tent (Hacker-pshorr) we went in @ 3 was completely full and we had to go onto the patio, which actually was pleasant too. So my advice would be get there early.

The beers are much bigger and stronger than you think. Grab a brat, a currywurst and/or pretzel to soak it all up.

Nice ride to go on (before drinking( is the Ferris Wheel, gives you a great overview of grounds and also because it is at the end of the park, means you have to walk the entire length, so you are not just going in the first tent, getting drunk and then not seeing everything else on offer.

Plenty of rides, mostly very fast and very spinny! Food is abundant. Be aware that if you buy a coffee or soft drink there is a couple of Euro charge extra. This is so you bring back the bottle. So keep your receipt and return your bottle.

At the coffee stalls you pay 2 Euros extra for a mug. I kept the mug, though it was worth more than the 2 euros!! Gave it my Dad as a souvenir!!

Enjoy.
Written March 2, 2011
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Connie M
Warrington, PA166 contributions
Dec 2019
This is the site of the Oktoberfest but during the rest of the year it is just a big muddy gravelly field. During Christmas, there is a Christkindlmarkt and Tollwood Festival on a very small part of it. The large statue of Bavaria overlooks the field. On New Years Eve, people come to set off fireworks there,
Written January 18, 2020
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Aimee S
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Dec 2014 • Couples
After traveling through dozens of Christmas markets in Hungary, Austria and Germany, Tollwood was our favorite! Tollwood is the "international" Christmas market in Munich. It offers great food options in two food halls with many international food offerings - Greek, Indian, African, Thai, Vegan, etc. The indoor pavilions are full of booths with wares from all over the world - some offer the same ornaments, woolens and Christmas decor you'll see at other markets, but most are unique offerings from all over the world. What a nice change after so many markets that all began to look alike. Right outside the Theresienwiese Ubahn station. Free entry. Affordable food and beer. Best prices we found on many items that we saw other places.
Written December 15, 2014
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Heather C
New York City, NY94 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Attending Oktoberfest has always been on my bucket list. This year i decided to make the trip happen and stop saying "next year". I have traveled to alot of different carnivals and fun big celebrations and this by far was the most amazing & my favorite! We heading to Munich for the final weekend of Oktoberfest with the motto - GO BIG or GO HOME! Completely not sure what we were heading into and what was going to happen. In my research and talking to a acquaintance from Munich I was told it would be nearly impossible to get into beer gardens or tents without proper reservations and that I should do research ahead of time through the official website. I decided to use a tour company here in the states for the ground part of our trip in order to gain easier access to tent reservations and hotel since we waited till July to book. Here are tips I learned after arriving that will help with your trip:
- We arrived on Oct 3rd which was the German holiday "Unity Day" (like the 4th for us Americans) No one works and everything outside of the Wiesn is pretty much closed. Oktoberfest was crowded but still a blast.
-We found a cute little old world hotel - Kraft Hotel about 3 blocks from Oktoberfest. Located by the university for quiet sleep, but a quick walk to the grounds and a quick walk into all the local areas. Subway was super easy to use & understand if you don't know alot of german. We never once felt unsafe walking around Munich - even late at night.
-We paid for premium reservations on the last night (Sunday Oct 5th) early at the Weinzelt and for 6pm till close at Hofbrau. Weinzelt (wine tent) is the "fancy" people tent - mostly older people - well behaved and reminded me of drinking with my parents. Hofbrau is the most popular/rowdy tent and was exactly the experience i dreamed Oktoberfest to be!
-Upon arrival to Munich on the Friday morning we dropped our bags and went straight over to the wiesn. We immediately went to check out the tents and in plan clothes were lucky to walk past the side opening to Pschorr-Braurosl's beer garden when the guards lifted the gates. This was at 1pm -after figuring out the lay of the land, I approached a waitress at the Schanke (pour station) & asked for 2 biers. For the next round we found a nice waiter and tipped him extra he kept coming back. We also walked into & spent Saturday night in the Lowenbrau-Festhalle beer garden - No problem and got a table outside. We did not try until late to get inside. Tip your waitress extra and try to speak some german they will be very nice to you. After we walked into Augustiner-Festhalle (what a cool tent). If you have 2 people much easier to get into places with a slip of some euros. Also at night (especially weekends) if your not drunk, watch the ground...I found a large sum of money that had fallen from someone who was drunk.
-Bathrooms were actually very impressive - fast lines, very clean, always had toilet paper. Make sure you take 1 or 2 euros with you to drop in the tip jar for the workers.
-Do dress up! I order my husband lenderhosen and myself a beautiful drindl to be delivered to our hotel and we pretty much wore that the entire Oktoberfest. Everyone else is dressed up & I found it didn't hurt to be/look german (by heritage) when trying to get into places. You can wait to buy clothes when you get there, but they don't markdown stuff until the last day.
-When you have reservations at big tents they give you 1 mass liter drink ticket and a meal ticket. We had Hendl (hen) some had what looked like ribs. The Wein tent had the best food by far - but all was really good. Lowenbrau had the best beer, but all of it was still really good.
-Lastly - everyone is there to have fun. Drinking age in german is like 15 or 16 so you will have some really young kids, but the majority of the crowd was surprisingly middle age and boy do they like to party! Be a good drunk and have fun, take in the crowd, people watching is amazing! This crowd is such a mix and everyone is so eager to chat and make new "friends" for the time you are today. You by far do not have to make reservations to have a good time - but it certainly helps. We plan to return for 2016 and already have our tents/reservations picked out. Enjoy and Party like it's 1999!
Written October 21, 2014
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j s
Two Rivers, WI138 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
OMG! We were here for Oktoberfest and it was soooo much fun! Nearly everyone is dressed in traditional outfits, the crowd is absolutely enormous, yet everyone is so friendly - and with the amount of beer being consumed no one was unruly. The beer tents are packed and if you wish to sit inside them after 5pm you need to reserve a table in advance, however you can sit at a table outside in the beer gardens by each tent. You must be sitting at a table in order to be served a beer (super sized mugs). Lots of food vendors serving whole chickens, fish on a stick, brats, huge pretzels, etc. Much to do for kids as well - many carnival rides. We actually had a few beverages at a carousel bar that spun around slowly the entire time. Music everywhere and much loud singing by the crowds. Super fantastic fun. You can take the underground train to and from the park so you don't have to drink and drive. Definitely a must. Remember that Oktoberfest is only 2 weeks long starting the last week in September and ending the first week of October. If you can't travel during this time the Hofbrau House has a similar experience nightly all year long.
Written May 21, 2014
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LCM1968
Budapest, Hungary55 contributions
Sep 2019
HUGE! Amazing! Crowded. Someone told me 6 million+ people in16 days. I believe it. There were huge crowds of people but so much to see and do. Great for families during the day. There are a lot of people who drink way too much so be prepared as they are stumbling everywhere and yes,.. throwing up on the streets. (not pleasant to see). Amazing to experience and meet people from different countries.
Written September 29, 2019
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sconsi87
98 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Oktoberfest has both it's good and bad sides, but as long as you show up with the idea that you're going to have fun, you will. There is good beer, food, music, great people, but it's also overly commercialized with large crowds, awful drunks, and plenty of rude people. Here are a few tips to make your experience better:
1. For the true experience, don't go to anything Hofbrau because it's overly commercialized to foreign guests. It's more of the Disney version of Oktoberfest. For the true experience, stick to Augustiner and Paulaner.
2. You must be sitting to get a beer, food, etc. The tents only take cash.
3. Don't go on the weekend. The crowds are aweful and you can wait for hours just to get into the beer garden, much less the tent.
4. Get there early--seriously as soon as it opens. You'll beat the crowds and be able to get a seat and get out before the huge crowds get there.
5. Don't step on anything covered in saw dust. It's vomit.
6. Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge. The lines can be huge and that's something you don't want to be waiting for.
7. Don't go to Lowenbrau. The beer is awful.
Written January 19, 2016
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Maggy L
Paris, France22 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
If you want some "Oktoberfest" atmosphere with people all gather around, greeting and welcoming you in German (Bavarian). Come here once in your life and you will feel this atmosphere as well as we do every year.
Beer, sausage, typical clothes, and good mood. (Be careful, 10 euros / beer this year, not less than this).
Written January 22, 2015
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