Germany’s most popular festival, the Oktoberfest, is one of the most incredible parties on the planet and the good news is that this is one of the best you can possibly attend. For those that have never experienced it, Oktoberfest is a beer festival that’s organized every year and it is now a yearly tradition that dates back to eighteen ten when Prince Ludwig’s marriage was celebrated by Bavarians with great festivities. This is a sixteen day event that attracts more than six million people from all over the world every year and it’s a massive drawcard for many international tourists. Therefore, if you want to come here to celebrate and have a great time, here is what you need to know about it.
Where does the Oktoberfest take place?
The festival takes place in the city of Munich in Germany on the popular Theresienwiese that’s also known as the Festwiese as the locals will tell you. The massive tents where thousands of people are going to drink at are erected in the summertime. It takes about 3 months for all the tents to be completed which is just in the nick of time for the Fest’s opening ceremony. What’s even better is the fact that you can easily access the Fest area from anywhere, since there are gentle and green hills that can be easily traversed.
Are there any fees assessed to the festival?
What’s great is that unlike other festival out there, you don’t need to pay anything in order to attend the Oktoberfest. This means that you can enter the beer tents free of charge and you can also sit down at a table without having to pay for it. However, for souvenirs, food and drinks, you do need to pay, so be prepared for that.
There is one exception to this rule though, which is the Historical Wies’n. In order to gain access to this place, you need to pay a small fee. It’s a great chance to learn more about the way Oktoberfest was celebrated in the past. In general, it’s best to pay with cash only, since they may not accept credit cards.
How much money do I need for an evening at Oktoberfest?
Well, last year a typical evening for one person was about forty eight Euros or about 53 dollars, which is a fair price. Here’s a breakdown of the prices of food, drinks and more:
- For 2 trips using public transport, you need to pay 6 EUR.
- For one Brez’n or similar food, you need to pay 5 EUR.
- For one chicken or similar food, you need to shell out 15 EUR.
- For 2 beers or similar drinks, you need to pay 22 EUR, so 11 EUR a pop.
It’s not like the Oktoberfest is cheap, but if you really want to have the time of your life here and create some amazing memories, then you need to be prepared to pay the price.
Getting to the festival
If you want to use your own car in order to get to the Oktoberfest, then you may want to think about that for a second. It’s not a good idea to do that, because there’s going to be lots of traffic jams and finding a place to park during this time of year is almost impossible. Instead, you should consider taking a cab. They are not only cheap, but you also don’t have to worry about having your car towed away. From this point of view, the festival is a real fest for anyone running a towing business. Also, remember that you’re going to come here to drink some great beer primarily, meaning that getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks is not a good idea.
If you don’t like the idea of using a cab though, then you can go ahead and use the public transportation system to get there. You can get to the Oktoberfest either by taking the U-Bahn or the S-Bahn (suburban train). If you have no idea where you need to go after the train has stopped though, then don’t worry about it. All you need to do is follow the large crowds of people that wear traditional Bavarian clothes and they’ll take you to the festival.