Why Everyone Should Add Oktoberfest to Their Bucketlist

Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, Germany, from mid-September through the first week of October.

The festival predates the founding of Germany itself, with the first recorded event taking place way back in 1810 as the 5-day marriage celebration between King Louis 1 and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen and included horse races.

Now each of the breweries in Munich puts up a beer tent that can seat up to 6000 people. The two-week experience includes festival-type rides like Ferris wheels, daring drop rides, bumper cars, games and food stalls with all the bratwurst and pommes, (or ‘sausages and fries') you could want.

Attending Oktoberfest

The festival itself is free to attend. You only have to pay for the beer, food, rides, and games. Entering the beer tents is also free. However, you need a reservation to get served inside the tents.

You can find traditional German food in food tents scattered across the fairgrounds. These food options are generally bratwurst, currywurst, or pommes (fries). There are also pretzels, crepes, sandwiches, and other options for eating while walking around.

Oktoberfest Food

What to Wear to Oktoberfest

You can, of course, where whatever you like to the festival. Given the time of year, it will be chilly out, so keep that in mind and layer up. If you want to get into the Oktoberfest spirit, consider delving into traditional German attire. For women, this means wearing a dirndl, and for men, it's lederhosen.

Hotels sell out quickly and can get expensive; however, they are a trusted option for your travels. Be sure to look into Airbnb, Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), or home exchanges. These options are handy if you're traveling in a group.

Where to Stay

Oktoberfest goes on for two weeks. If you need a break from the party, take the time to explore the countryside. Germany is a beautiful country with plenty to do and see. Renting a car is simple, and German rules for driving, including on the autobahn, are easy to follow.

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