Date of stay: 4 nights, September 2011
Where you stayed: Campingplatz Thalkirchen
Travelled with: Festival Adventures
Tour or pre planned: Accommodation only tour
Oktoberfest is without doubt the best party in Europe and this is the third time I have attended the yearly beer drinking festival. As we did not allow much time to book in advance and all the hostel/hotel packages had sold out so we stayed at the Thalkirchen Camp Ground with the tour company Festival Adventures.
Upon arrival we were given a thorough site orientation, with the camp ground having its very own bar, so you can start drinking 1 litre beers as soon as you arrive!
Numerous tour companies operate in the camp site during the festival, however a few things set Festival Adventures apart:
- Full English breakfast every morning - this was welcomed every morning after suffering the side effects of the previous days drinking!
- Optional tours to Dachau concentration camp and Andech's Monastery
- Air beds (not all tour companies provide these)
The oompah bands then came on stage to get the party started. Some of the beer tents we visited during the course of the weekend included:
- Hacker- Festzelt - Very popular tent for young Germans.
- Hofbrau - Festzelt - Tent which attracts antipodeans and has the most tourists.
- Lowenbrau - Festhalle - Another tent popular with Aussies and Kiwis.
- Braurosl - This tent has its own yodeller!
- Augustiner - Festhalle - Noted for having a more family orientated and fun atmosphere.
After an exhausting 3 days of this, we also did a Reich walking tour, which leaves daily from the information centre at Marienplatz, which gave a fascinating insight into the history of this period.
Points to highlight:
- Book accommodation well in advance, especially if you intend on coming opening weekend.
- Do not attempt to steal the beer glasses - first you porbably won't get away with it and they can be purchased relatively cheaply (6 euros) in Munich city.
- If you intend to do any trips around the Barvarian region during your stay, purchase a Bayern ticket, which will allow you to use the public transport with a heavy discount, especially on group bookings.
- Each 1 litre beer, as of 2011, costs approximately 10 euros with tip.
- Come prepared for all weather conditions, as you can have four seasons in one day at this time of year.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Would you recommend your tour: N/A – Accommodation only
Would you recommend your hotel/hostel: N/A – Stayed in a tent!
Overall rating destination: 5 out of 5