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Top 5 Tips for Visiting Oktoberfest – And Surviving.

Oktoberfest 2013 is coming up in Munich, and around the world. We want to share our top 5 tips for visiting Oktoberfest 2013, and surviving it.

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This weekend is a big deal for lovers of beer. We wanted to share our top 5 tips for visiting Oktoberfest 2013, and how to make the most of your time from our own experiences last year.

5 Tips for Visiting Oktoberfest 2013

5 tips for visiting Oktoberfest 2013

Tips for Visiting Oktoberfest 2013

Top 5 Tips for Visiting Oktoberfest 2013

These are our top 5 tips for visiting Oktoberfest 2013!

When to Go

We went for the last 4 days of Oktoberfest (Thursday – Sunday). We had grand plans to go visit the tents at least 3 of the days.

Unfortunately we only managed to find an unreserved table on the Thursday, before getting kicked off a reserved table on the Friday at 4pm.

Having no table means no service. A good rule so the beer tents don’t get overrun, but it does mean you need a seat.

A few brave souls tried to go on the Saturday morning. They gave up after arriving at 9am and joining a queue of over 400 people trying to get into one of the tents. Nightmare.

Bonus tip: Go once during the day, from around 10am/11am. Then also try to get in one night after 7pm (or stay all day). They are two completely different atmospheres with a family affair during the day, before the party really gets going during the night.

5 tips for visiting Oktoberfest 2012

Tips for visiting Oktoberfest 2013 – Get there early for a seat

Finding Accommodation

If you are reading this now and looking for accommodation… well, good luck. It is probably too late. However, there may be last minute accommodation so check out the campgrounds here.

Bonus tip: Print out your address so when you stumble out of the Oktoberfest grounds you can pass them to the taxi driver or people around you so that you make it home safely.

Spending

Oktoberfest is not cheap. We budgeted $50 a day each but ended up well over that.

Each stein costs $10 (with a tip). While you only drink a few that does add up quickly. Especially when you hang out with the locals and offer to buy them all a drink!

Unfortunately, there really isn’t any way you can save money. You don’t want to pre-drink as you will be drunk enough as it is. Just pace yourself and stick to a budget.

Bonus tip: Take a limited amount of cash with you, and no cards. This way you won’t overspend.

5 tips for visiting Oktoberfest

Tips for visiting Oktoberfest 2013 – Dress Appropriately

Getting into Character

We made the mistake of trying to fit in by buying a pair of cheap lederhosens on eBay.

Don’t do it.

They looked exactly like they cost. Cheap. Either fork out for a proper pair of real leather Lederhosens ($100+). Or just wear jeans and a shirt.

Girls are able to just wear a nice long dress (below the knee) and a shirt. A few ribbons in the hair and you will be set.

Bonus tip: Don’t get caught staring down the girls tops. They look nice, but may not appreciate your over eager stares.

Drinking (and Eating) at Oktoberfest 2013

Beer is generally delicious. Oktoberfest beer is ridiculously delicious. And twice as strong as the beer women carrying them!

Take it slow. There is no need to chug the beers as if you are at your local tavern down the road. Sit back, relax and follow the locals example. They are quite happy to chat, sing and share the odd toast.

No one wants to see you throwing up in the garden outside. Nor do your friends want to have to leave early just to look after your sorry ass.

Luckily the delicious beer is equaled by scrumptious food. Don’t expect miniature portions of dainty food. Just expect meat. And lots of it. For example, when you buy a half chicken that’s what you get. No salad, no potatoes, no sides whatsoever. Elegance simplified.

Bonus tip: For every stein you drink, grab something to eat. Pretzels are cheap and perfect at soaking up booze.

Take it easy and we hope you enjoy Oktoberfest 2013 as much as we did.

Prost!

5 tips for visiting Oktoberfest

Tips for visiting Oktoberfest 2013 – Take it slow!

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22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Laurence

    September 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    I’ve never been to Oktoberfest, and oddly, it doesn’t really appeal. I love my beer and all, but I’m not sure sitting in a tent drinking from enormous glasses is my sort of thing. I prefer a chilled bottle on a quiet beach or hillside somewhere. Could just be me 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      September 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      It is ridiculously chilled out though. Well if you don’t go in the tents with the Aussies and Kiwi’s haha. We stayed with the locals and loved it. Very fun.

  2. Tash

    September 18, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    A ha ha ha – so sensible! Could you really recall these tips after 5 steins!
    It’s kind of a one in a life time experience for travellers – so pace yourself and don’t make a dick of yourself are very good tips.
    I don’t recall having any trouble getting a non-reserved table when we went (a few years ago now) – my tip would be to keep trying different tents until you find one. Even the quieter tents sell beer and you are mixing with the locals – in fact it’s a more authentic experience, cos you are not surrounded by the tour groups of drunk idiots….much, much better!

  3. Jess | GlobetrotterGirls

    September 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Great tips – couldn’t agree more with these. Eat pretzels, yes yes yes! Also – bring cash so you can’t spend more, that is again really true.
    Get ready to drink at 9am!

    • Cole Burmester

      September 28, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Great extra tips thanks Jess 🙂 We couldn’t start drinking at 9am so settled for a moderate 10.30am haha.

  4. Jade - Ouroyster.com

    September 19, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    good tips – i have never felt inclined to go to Octoberfest, but this post might have changed my mind – I think I would prefer the more laid back day time atmosphere though

    • Cole Burmester

      September 28, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Oktoberfest is one of those experiences you just have to try I think. Not sure that I would go back every year though!

  5. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    September 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Never been to an Oktoberfest celebration but, perhaps, we were just waiting for these tips.

    Another bit of Oktoberfest randomness: Oktoberfest was created in Munich in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Theresa.

  6. aliana

    September 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Finding last minute accommodation is impossible as well. For this reason, advanced booking is not only recommended, but it is practically mandatory if you wish to stay a few days in Munich

    • Cole Burmester

      September 28, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Accommodation is so expensive for those 2 weeks. We were lucky we found an apartment for 8 of us when we went. But we also booked it 4 months in advance haha.

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  8. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    September 21, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Wow, this sounds like a beer marathon!

  9. Stephen Schreck

    October 15, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    I am going next year and can’t wait!Do you know how to reserve tables? Great post

    • Cole Burmester

      October 15, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      You have to go over to the official Oktoberfest website to reserve tables. Sign up there and I guess they will send you an email about it!

  10. Jeremy (TheTravelApprentice)

    October 15, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Nice, looks like we went to the same tent… I can’t remember the name, I was there in 2007, got a table at 10:30am and stayed all night. I drank 4 of those Maß beers and stood, danced on the benches nearly the entire night… epic party in there for sure… very good times and the people at our table were really fun too.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      Good effort starting at 10.30am and staying out all night! When I tried that I was home in bed by 6pm haha. I had at least 2 more steins than you though 😉

  11. isaacoomber

    November 5, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Thank you for posting and sharing these tips with us.Thanks for such an interesting article here.

  12. johnnysupertramp

    August 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Haha, great post!
    I especially emphasize the stick to your budget recommendation if you have further travel plans.
    Definitely Oktoberfest is a once in a lifetime experience for foreign visitors. Not my piece of cake but to be honest I never met a traveler who was there and agreed with me 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      August 28, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      You really only need 2 days there because you do get over it quickly! Especially when you are a cheap ass like me haha.

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  14. Toby

    April 2, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    Hi Cole,

    I am currently planning to stay in Munich for the first two nights of Oktoberfest which is expected to be extremely crowded.

    Do you recommend me to stay in munich for another day to avoid the crowds?
    Or will the first two days be enough to have a good experience of Oktoberfest?

    Thanks.

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Vacations are a great way to leave our everyday lives behind to spend some stress free time with the one we love. Travel in itself can be quite romantic but there are definitely ways you can spice up your holidays even more.

Follow these helpful tips to make sure your romantic holiday gets off on the right foot and continues to head down the tunnel of love and passion. You can easily turn any part of your travels into a special romantic affair.

Choosing the Right Destination

A romantic trip starts with selecting the right destination. There are definitely cities and regions which are much more prone to sparking romance than others. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but generally destinations such as popular European cities, beach getaways, Asian resorts, luxury ski resorts, or tropical islands make for a good choice.

Couples should pick a destination which they both will enjoy as this will of course make it far easier to express their love for each other.

Choosing the Right Time

It is a good idea to select a time that will be most appropriate for your holiday. Choose a time that is easy for you in regards to taking time off work or from household duties. This will make it far easier to feel relaxed while on your holiday, allowing you to focus more on fuelling the romance.

You may also want to research when the best time is to visit your chosen destination so as to avoid peak crowds or unideal weather conditions.

Choosing a romantic date to travel such as an anniversary, honeymoon, or birthday can also turn any holiday into one filled with more passion. Travelling during Valentine’s Day can make for an especially romantic holiday of which there are many perfect Valentine’s Day destinations.

Fly Business Class

Although your destination may be exhilarating, the flight or flights to get there can be stressful. Minimise the stress of flying by booking business class where you’ll enjoy the VIP treatment with far more comfortable seats which many times convert into a bed allowing for a decent rest while in the air.

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Private Transportation

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Choose a Nice Hotel

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Eating Out

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Seek out popular restaurants that offer a romantic setting, quality service, and mouth watering flavours that will leave you passionate for more than just satisfying your hungry stomach.

Get Dressed Up

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Log Off and Put the Phone Away

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Reduce the Risk of Stressful Situations

Stress can kill romance very quickly. When we are stressed we can easily find ourselves getting into silly arguments or bouts of criticism. Your holiday is supposed to be an enjoyable experience so don’t let it turn sour by making the possibility of stress to creep on in.

Don’t try to overload your itinerary with too much and avoid setting too rigid of a timeline. Prior planning is important to avoid any unwanted surprises or disappointments when it comes to securing reservations for flights, hotels, or activities.

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If you have ever heard the amazing stories about Iceland, they are all true!  If you’ve come this far into doing research about how to plan a trip to Iceland, I’m here to help you cross the bridge and fill in gaps so you can make your dream a reality.

As someone who has done this trip, I’m able to assist in every step of the journey.  I’ve boiled this down into cliff notes so you can do your own research after reading them and dig deeper into tours that will fit your personal preferences and budget.

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The best tip I can give you is to leverage the various Facebook Groups about Iceland.

Resource:  When In Iceland Facebook Group.

Next, you’ll want to decide when to visit Iceland.

The winter months will allow you to have more freedom as the tourism numbers are down.  However, this comes with the caveat that it will be below freezing and there will be very little sunlight!  The sun is only out for approximately six hours during the month of December!

On the positive side, this allows you a great opportunity to view the Northern Lights, which is a marquee attraction in Iceland.

Conversely, the Fall and Spring will bring you better temperatures and less snow, but there will be a much slimmer chance of viewing the Northern Lights.

Lastly, there are the Summer months.  While you will see a greener country and experience a lot of beauty on that end of the spectrum, it does come with a much higher price tag.  Be prepared to spend more money if you choose to visit Iceland in the Summer.

Also, you’ll want to have an agenda.  If you are one to take things in on your own and adventure into the wild, Iceland will be a perfect escape for you.  There are also guided tours that you can hire and they will accommodate to your every need or desire.  Simply ask anyone in the aforementioned Facebook group and they can steer you in the right direction.

You can of course, do public transportation in Iceland.  It’s entirely safe and used by many people.

Iceland is a fantastic, unique place to visit.  If you need any help planning your trip, please visit my Iceland Tour guide resource and leave a comment.  Happy Travels.

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Here’s a quick list of places to possibly include in your next European itinerary. 2018 is the year of the underrated vacation spot in our humble opinions, and we want to honor it.

Basque Country:

This place is in this author’s humble opinion easily and hands-down the most underrated little corner of Europe.

And honestly, between the two, the Spanish side of Basque country is going to cost you probably around 50% what the French side will, and most people in the know will agree that the Spanish side is at least 100% more fun!

 

Canary Islands:

There are two ways to do the Canaries: simply fly in and enjoy them, or treat yourself and a loved one to a romantic Canary Island cruise.

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Siena, Italy:

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Brussels:

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Istria, Croatia:

This is one of the world’s best summer beach destinations. It’s incredibly beautiful, and by Western European standards, almost outrageously cheap.

Hipster tourists are starting to come in and drive prices up, but it still remains a great bargain by any standards, and most importantly, it’s a bargain without really having to give up any of our beloved amenities.

 

Budapest:

Budapest could be called the poor man’s Prague, but in reality that name isn’t very fair. For one thing, Hungarian culture and Czech culture are actually extremely different (for one thing, the Hungarian language isn’t in the same family as the rest of Europe, it’s its own thing completely, like the Basque language).

Prague is gorgeous, but it’s getting almost as expensive as the rest of Europe too, and honestly Budapest’s history and culture is much more interesting, especially for the seasoned traveller.

 

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