Date of stay: 3 nights, September 2009
Where you stayed: Tour accommodation
Travelled with: Euro Encounters
Tour or pre planned:Pre planned & tour accommodation
Oktoberfest is one of those festivals in Europe that you just have to do if you get the chance. It has something for everyone from traditional food to roller coasters & other theme park rides and let’s not forget… lots and lots of beer. “They say approximately 7 million litres of beer gets consumed during the festival” Oktoberfest starts early September and lasts roughly 16 days through to the first week of October. On average 6 million people attend every year and it is an important part of Bavarian history.
You can organize your own trip to the festival but bear in mind Hotels/Hostels book up to a year in advance. Literally millions of people head to Munich for Oktoberfest. Some tour companies have accommodation only packages or even budget camping options for those on a tight budget. Our particular tour was booked through Euro Encounters and we took the accommodation only option, staying at a centrally located Hostel that was roughly 15-20minutes walk from the beer halls/tents and theme park. The Hostel was good and our group of 6 had a bunk bed dormitory with our own ensuite. It’s best to book flights in advance, the airlines will soon start increasing prices as it gets closer to the festival. Click here to see low cost flights.
Finding you're way to the beer halls/tents is fairly easy, Hotels/Hostels will have maps and will be only to happy to point you in the right direction. If all else fails, just follow the crowds/noise. It’s best to try and get their early as queues form fast and the halls fill fast. Security is very tough inside and bouncers don’t take any trouble. Be prepared to be thrown out if you act up. The beer is free flowing once inside and seeing the Frolines carrying up to 10x 1 litre steins is quite amazing. I myself tried to carry 4 steins on either arm and I struggled with those. The Oktoberfest music is very traditional, brass bands and folk music can be heard from afar. Food inside the halls/tents is very good, half Chickens, Pork Sausages, Pork Knuckles and Bratwurst rolls to name but a few. We thoroughly enjoyed the festival, a disney land for adults with lots beer you could say.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to comment on this blog. Remember have fun and enjoy the festival which has been running for over 200 years.
Click on the following link to see the Oktoberfest tours on offer through European Encounters. Remember to enter the promo code oetravelblogs for a further discount when booking.
Points to highlight: Make sure you pre book your tour/flights in advance. It’s strictly forbidden to steal beer steins and so many people try each year. Steins can be purchased in the tents as souvenirs but make sure you keep your receipts. Police do look for stolen mugs and will stop you if you’re seen carrying one in the streets and you may face a fine up to 50 Euros! A beer costs roughly 8 Euros and you normally tip the Frolines a Euro or two. There are cash machines at the festival but try to carry cash on you, once you leave the tents you may have to queue to get back in again.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Would you recommend your tour: Yes – Tour accommodation (Euro Encounters)
Would you recommend your hotel/hostel: Yes
Overall rating: 4 out of 5