Okay the death part in my title is a little harsh, but kinda sorta true.
If you’re ever in a situation where your friend asks you to go to Oktoberfest with them you should most definitely 100% say “YES”!
BUT you should then read my tips below so you leave Oktoberfest with all of your limbs and also have the best time of your life.
I promise you won’t regret it and who doesn’t want to cross that off of their bucket list!?
I ended up going to the closing ceremonies which are held end of Sept and beginning of Oct. I had an absolute blast with a big group of friends. It was the perfect way to begin my around the world trip. To see our experience, check out the video below that my friend Kurt from the blog, A Pint for Two, created from our adventure!
Oktoberfest: How to have fun & not die.
(1) The most “German” tent is arguably the Schützen tent. The line outside of this one is crazyyy. I would recommend going to this one if you’re actually with a German person. 🙂 Other popular ones for travelers or foreigners looking to meet people and have a fun time are: Lowenbrau, Hofbrau & Hacker-Pschorr tents. All tents are awesome if it’s your first time so don’t worry about getting into the ‘hottest’ tents.(2) To get a table you need to make a reservation. Sometimes if you just go early you’re also likely to get a table. We had a huge group so we started at one of the less popular tents and then ventured to a few others including Schützen.(3) Wear a real lederhosen and dirndl. Or don’t wear anything. Not naked you dirty mind… Go in plain clothes. People who wear the ‘halloween costume’ version of the lederhosen and dirndl get weird looks from the Germans. (4) If you can go on the closing ceremony, do it! I had a blast watching the whole thing end and each tent has their own closing ceremony tradition. I’m sure this is similar to opening ceremonies.
(5) It’s really hard to get water throughout the day so try and get your fill before you go. Sometimes they do bring you water though but you have to payyyy. 🙁
(6) Once you leave a tent, good luck getting back in.
(7) The people snorting the white stuff aren’t snorting cocaine…It’s peppermint that apparently makes you get a bit more energy and wakes you up for about 20 seconds.
(8) Everyone stands on the benches, so if you do decide to sit be careful of shards of glass from broken mugs.
(9) Mugs break easy when you’re prost-ing. I broke a guys mug because I clinked from the top. Always cheers and hit the two bottoms of the glass.
(10) I learned this the hard way, but if you have a new beer and a small bit of beer left in your other mug, don’t drink it. German’s call it the ‘shit beer’ and you will look totally American or Australian or from another country that finishes their entire beer before going for their new one (lol).
(11) Get a pretzel AND the half chicken. Both are a must to stay alive.
(12) Tip your waitress well so that she comes back!
(13) Go on the rides! I loved them even though I was tipsy while I was on them and probably shouldn’t have. Honestly surprised I didn’t vom, but they were so fun.
(14) Some people seem to think you need tickets to get into Oktoberfest, but you don’t! Only if you want a table then do you pay in advance to get one. Other than that you just show up and get your PROST ON! But, I do advise you to book your accommodation early because hostels sell out. Airbnb is another good option.
(15) HAVE A BLAST!
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