Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest, Munich: Address, Phone Number, Oktoberfest Reviews: 4.5/5

Oktoberfest
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A raucous celebration of Bavarian culture, Munich's Oktoberfest is one of the world's oldest, biggest, and longest parties. Dating back to 1810, the event these days kicks off when the mayor taps the first keg at noon on the third Saturday of September. Some 6 million revelers spend the ensuing 16 days clinking and drinking 1-liter beer steins, eating sausages and doughy pretzels, and swooshing through the air aboard carnival rides. Technically a folk festival rather than a beer festival, Oktoberfest features plenty of merrymakers in traditional lederhosen and dirndl dresses belting out old Bavarian songs in giant tents and beer gardens. Regardless of attire, though, anyone is welcome to link arms and join the fun.
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Need To See It All
Perth, Australia956 contributions
Great vibes
Apr 2020
Well worth it, the atmosphere is great. The beers are good, and very lively atmosphere. We came during the week following the opening day, and it was busy pretty much right from gates open in the morning. Service was very efficient, and we met a group of locals on our table that made it an excellent time. We tried two tents and found Schottenhamel to be the more enjoyable experience - more traditional, more local crowd, and lively without being absurd.
Written March 17, 2021
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Mike C
Glasgow, UK59 contributions
"Beer at a Carneval" marketed by genius business strategist
Sep 2019
You drink your large beer in a big noisy tent packed to capacity of people shouting german songs. What's there not to like? Kidding aside, its an absolute waste of space. Without all the branding and the fake take on tradition, if it was just labelled for what it is (a beer at a german carneval), then that would be honest. But in doing so, nobody would pull out the huge amount of cash needed for the table, the beers, the snacks, etc. So a beer has to be disguised as a premium drink (a fancy octoberfest beer), a seat at a wooden bench (tradition) and drunk songs you could hear in any karaoke dive bar in the uk (culture). Add to that rubbish over priced rides and bingo. Welcome to the Octoberfest. Luckily I was already in the city for work, but I felt genuinely sorry for people travelling from abroad for this nonsense.
Written February 10, 2020
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greengirl68
Nashville, TN704 contributions
Great time, crossed off the bucket list
Oct 2019
We went with a tour group, which I recommend. We did have a great time but it's a LOT of people and can get a bit overwhelming walking around.

It was perfect while we sat at the table and ate the best crispy skin chicken I've ever had. The beer was wonderful (I can't believe how much I drank) and the shandies (Radler) helped lighten the alcohol consumption. Just make sure you eat! You'll need th good base for all that good beer.

We were at the Hofbrau tent, which was a lot of fun and beautiful with all the edelweiss flowers hanging from the ceiling. All the music and singing was perfect.

If you want to dress up in the traditional clothes, here's what I recommend, buy it well ahead of time. Don't wait until you get to Germany to do it. There are crazy long lines and things get picked over. Sure, buy a hat or purse while there, but you don't want wait an hour to try on clothes. We ordered our outfits from Germany, you can also get them from companies in the US who import them. We had authentic clothes and it showed. We were actually used as examples during the tour and we felt like we fit right in, so fun!
Written January 28, 2020
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Trackrunner321
56 contributions
Worth Doing At Least Once
Sep 2019
I went to Oktoberfest with friends this year. It was on my friend's bucket list and it was worth our time. You probably do not need to spend much more than 2 days at the actual festival. Munich is also worth exploring.
Written December 30, 2019
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Thomas K
Monte-Carlo, Monaco1,034 contributions
The one and only
Oct 2019
You have to visit the Oktoberfest at least once in a lifetime but better is two times. First, go during the day for all the rides and food stall and then come back at night for one of the "Bierzelte". You should have a reservation. Do it well ahead also for a decent hotel. My favorite is Kaeferzelt but without connection, it seems impossible to get a table. Try the outside on a sunny afternoon.
Written December 29, 2019
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AyGee
Wisconsin20 contributions
Fantastisch
Sep 2019
A great experience, went with w group, definitely felt safe, used the buddy system for bathroom breaks. Ladies, comfy shoes and small purses are your friend, cash is king. Didn’t go on a weekend, so can’t comment on the crowds then, but manageable during the week. Want a seat in the beer tents...reservations needed most evenings. No seat, no service. You can walk through all the tents though and you should, each has its own vibe. Loved it!
Written December 10, 2019
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Iapotar
Denali National Park and Preserve, AK24 contributions
Nice people, great experience, bucket list
Sep 2019
To avoid crowds, we went on a Tuesday morning. We had a reservation at the Hofbrau tent, in the balcony. I dressed in Lederhosen and felt like a local! Not all the tables in the balcony were purchased, although all the tables on the floor were occupied. We enjoyed the chicken and the beer, and stayed 11 AM to 4 PM, when the table was cleared for the next seating. It was Family Day, and we saw groups of little kids walking hand in hand.

We came back a week later, without a reservation, and found seats for 4 in the Augustiner tent at 2 PM. We enjoyed a beer there, then were ushered out as the wait staff re-set for the 5 PM reservations.

It is a pleasant, clean venue, the people and wait staff were nice. We lodged about an hour away by train.

On a future trip, I would get a hotel within walking distance and spend a full day on the grounds.
Written December 5, 2019
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Chris H
St. Pete Beach, FL79 contributions
Bucket List Destination that I will definitely return for.
Oct 2019
I have always wanted to visit Oktoberfest in Munich and boy was I not disappointed. What an amazing time and great place to visit. We sang, danced on tables, met locals, met other tourists who soon became friends for the evening, and just genuinely had a good time. What a great experience that everyone who is even consider doing should do!
Written December 5, 2019
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aviatingmidwife
Dallas, TX53 contributions
Unforgettable 19th anniversary
Sep 2019
We didn't know what to expect for this experience... we aren't huge partiers, but enjoy a good time. We were at a table with other Americans who had also purchased tickets/tour that we had been on that morning. We enjoyed it SO much. It was great getting to know a whole table of people from different areas and also experience the true Bavarian culture.
Written December 1, 2019
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Sharkhunter2010
Saint Paul, MN348 contributions
Cant miss this
Sep 2019
Make sure to see both parades on opening weekend. the tent owners/beer wagons are a wonderful site, perhaps only outdone by the costume parade. Such color and pageantry! Expect long lines to get into a beer tent without a reservation, which require 10 people and must be made a year in advance and only in a short time slot I am told. Walking the grounds in fun, but be prepared with cash and slightly overprice food. The spectacle of it all is still well worth it.
Written December 1, 2019
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