Top 5 Tips for Visiting Oktoberfest – And Surviving.

| September 17, 2012 | 20 Comments

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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We originally posted a few similar travel tips on TravelDudes, but they really needed updating for this year.

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  1. Laurence says:

    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 ;)
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  2. Tash says:

    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!
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  3. 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!
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  4. 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
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  5. 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.
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  6. aliana says:

    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

  7. Wow, this sounds like a beer marathon!
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  8. I am going next year and can’t wait!Do you know how to reserve tables? Great post

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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 ;-)
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