This time last year, Aryan & I were en route to Munich to check Oktoberfest off of our bucket list. Although we won’t be able to make it back to Germany this time around, you can be sure that Aryan & I will be celebrating the Oktoberfest kickoff this weekend by opening a nice cold beer, looking at our pictures from last year, and crying about how we aren’t there this year.
Both in window seats to catch up on sleep so we could hit the ground running
Oktoberfest will probably go down as one of my favorite/craziest weekends of all times. Thankfully, we had the best tour guide (aka my best friend Alex) to provide us with an unforgettable experience. Check out her itinerary for practical information about the festival.
the ying to my yang + my very own germany tour guide
Below are some of my own tips if you plan on attending Oktoberfest… or you can just skip below to the photos, which is my favorite part.
- Book accommodations way in advance. Stay with a friend if you can, because they will know how to navigate the craziness. If you don’t have friends nearby, make sure you know exactly where you are in relation to the festival/how to use the subway.
- Read about each tent’s different culture before you book your tables.
- Speaking of, book tables! Trying to get into a tent can be really burdensome. Thankfully, Alex’s family had a table, which comes with carbs, meats & cheeses (my fav!).
- Packing tips:
- Wear a lederhosen (men) and dirndl (women)… you will feel like an outcast if you don’t
- Don’t bring anything you wouldn’t want to lose
- Make sure that you bring a bag that is easy to carry all day long
- Wear comfortable shoes — just in case you have to walk back home after the long night
- You need 2-3 days maximum at Oktoberfest.
- It’s a marathon, not a sprint. I remember Aryan Instagramming that advice during our first hour in Munich. Unfortunately, we didn’t listen to ourselves, which we regretted the next day.
- Load up on coffee/tea before you head to the tents, because Munich has some really cute coffee shops/wonderful pastries. Also, you will want to carbo-load because getting at food at Oktoberfest means wading through thousands of people. This shop was recommended by Alex & it didn’t disappoint (see photo below).
- Don’t pee. The lines are so long. I don’t know what you have to do to make sure you don’t have to pee, but do it or else you will spend half your day in the bathroom line. If you are a woman, buy this.
- Make sure to check out other parts of the city, because Munich is stunning! Our favorite non-Oktoberfest activity was watching the surfers at Eisbach.
- Try the local cuisine- my favorite was Spaetzle (egg noodle), but everyone else loved Schnitzl.
marienplatz walking around munich before we headed to oktoberfest exploring the hofgarten local german cuisine of spaetzle building up our tolerance at the english biergarten coffee + pastries at Standl 20 before the festival aryan rocking a lederhosen (if you aren’t wearing one, you will be questioned) before the madness ready to take on the tents drindls + comfy shoes when they bring you pretzel, you eat pretzel once the sun starts going down, dancing on tables & singing begins day 2 begins at the hofbraus house because #tourists & when you are over drinking beer/dancing on tables, you ride the carnival rides
What is on your bucket list that you recently checked off? I am always looking for more to add to my list.