Helpful hints for visiting and surviving Oktoberfest

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Entrance to Oktoberfest
Entrance to Oktoberfest

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Every year, millions of visitors from at home and abroad flock to Munich for Oktoberfest. People the world over know that visiting Oktoberfest is the thing to do when you want to indulge in culture, great food, and of course, everyone's favorite drink. The whole experience can be a bit dizzying for newcomers, but not to fear. Here are some tips for visiting and surviving this very lively festival.

Plan In Advance

In fact, plan way in advance. First of all, Oktoberfest actually starts in September with the ceremonial tapping of the first keg. Second of all, you will have to book in advance to get good seats in a beer tent. Without seats the servers won't serve you! Individual eateries run each tent, and seats usually sell out as early as March. If you have no reservation, then try to arrive as early as possible to try and snag a seat. If you don't get one then you'll have to wait in line for one. To reserve seats check out the Tents page and contact the tent you're interested in, or ask your travel agent to assist you.

Dress Comfortably

It goes without saying, but wear comfortable shoes if you are planning on hopping from tent to tent (and honestly, who doesn't?). The weather in Munich tends to vary during the event. One day it might be warm and sunny, and the next it could rain. Bring comfortable clothing for both scenarios, and dress in layers.

Plan Where To Stay

Again, plan in advance when planning your trip as Oktoberfest is a very busy time of year for area hotels. Those wishing to stay close to the action should book a hotel near Munich's central Mariensquare train station. If you can't snag a hotel in time for Oktoberfest, or you are on a tight budget, book a hotel a bit further from the grounds. During the festival you can get back and forth around the clock using Munich's public transit system. We have also many vacation rentals nearby (but outside of Munich) that could be a good option and might be priced cheaper.

A Family Affair

It's not uncommon to see people who have brought their kids along to join in the fun. You will find carnival rides and other kid-friendly attractions while visiting Oktoberfest, so bring the whole family and make some memories.

Overall, have fun at the world's biggest beer party. Admission is free and you only pay for what you drink and eat. With some planning ahead you can make your Oktoberfest experience a great memory for years to come.

If you're looking for an affordable place to stay in Munich or surroundings when visiting Oktoberfest check out our list of Munich vacation rentals on Live Like a German.

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