The Oktoberfest starts in the late September and closes on the first Sunday of October. The festivity of the fest continues for 15-18 days and Munich turns into the Party city. You can see the people all over the city in traditional Bavarian dress.
The Parade started in 1810 for the wedding celebration of King Ludwig I with Princess Therese of Saxe- Hildburghausen and since 1850 the Parade has taken place every year and later on turned into a huge festival.
In the beginning, the people within Bavaria were participating in the festival . Later on it gained popularity worldwide around 6 million people attend the festival every year.
Where does it take place and how to reach Oktoberfest?
The festival takes place on the big field near Munich City Centre in “Theresienwiese”. It’s better to walk from Munich Central Station because the U-bahns are fully crowded. The nearest station to the festival is “Theresienwiese”.
How to dress-up for the Festival:
The traditional Bavarian dress called “Dirndl” for women which is ruffled apron dress with blouse and skirt and “Lederhosen” for Men which is short or knee-length leather breeches or kniebundhosen which is the longer leather breeches.
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There are various shops near Munich Central central and pedestrian between Karlsplatz and Marienplatz from where you can buy Dirndl and Lederhosen. The Dirndl with good quality costs around € 100 and Lederhosen costs around € 150. But you can also find cheap Dirndl and Lederhosen for € 50 on sale. You can also rent it for a day if you are only visiting the Oktoberfest for one day.
You can also wear normal clothes but of course you are gonna feel missed out or missed match in the crowd.
Our Experience in Oktoberfest 2019:
The festival starts every year with the traditional opening of the first beer barrel at 12 PM on opening day by the mayor of Munich and opens the Wiesn with a scream of “O’zapft is”.
People normally went crazy after the start of the Wiesn. The tents were fully crowded with the people. We would really prefer to visit the festival on week days rather than on opening or weekends.
We would say, It is better to plan 2-3 days maximum for the Wiesen else it would be too much.
Tents in Wiesn:
There are in total 30 tents which are being placed in Oktoberfest among them 15 tents are the massive ones with a capacity of 10,000 people and also outdoor beer gardens. If you are in a big group, it's highly recommended to reserve your table in advance.
The booking starts 6-9 months before the Wiesn. The cost for 10 people is € 300. You can reserve the table for lunch, afternoon and evening slots.
The tents also keep some seats for the people to get the seats on the day of the festival but in that case you need to wait for 2-3 hours. In the tents, you can also get an opportunity to eat the traditional Bavarian food.
On the weekdays, the opening time is 10 am - 11.30 pm.
On weekends, the opening time is 9 am - 11.30 pm
The Käfer Wiesn-Schänke and Weinzelt are open until 1am.
Stalls in Wiesn:
There are lot of food and drinks stalls, you can smell the gingerbread “Lebkuchn”, Currywurst, Pommes etc. The food is a bit cheaper than the food offered in tents. It’s more like street food and snacks.
Amusement Rides in Wiesn:
The Wiesn has turned into a dreamland for the adventurous and adrenaline junkies. All of the rides are transportable and we promise you that it will be one of the most exciting experiences of your life.
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The Wiesn has rides for all the age groups, they have Carousel rides, krinoline and merry go around for the kids, the Sky wheel where you can see the view of Wiesn from the top, the thrilling 5 looping roller coaster, the tallest sky drop, Ghost palace, Posiden, the famous Kettenflieger Bayern tower and many more rides.
It’s totally impossible to take all the rides. All the rides have long waiting time and are fully crowded with people. It’s highly advisable to go on weekdays so you can enjoy the fest to max.