Conjuring up images of fresh faced maidens in Bavarian costumes, dishing out litres and litres of beer, thousands of very merry people, and well, an outrageous abundance of food and plenty of song, Oktoberfest in Munich, is the legendary 3 week party, brought to you by, to all intents and purposes, beer.
Every single year, between the end of September and the beginning of October, visitors literally pour, quite like the beer, into the city, where a celebration of epic proportions rocks Munich to its core. The historic event is unbelievably popular and holiday accommodation should never be left to book at the last minute.
The capital of Bavaria, is an historic city, seeped in the mystery and intrigue of ancient times and the almost surreal parallel, when Oktoberfest comes to Munich, is an almost an assault on the senses. Their motto of make friends be merry, but above all enjoy yourself, has made Munich a name for being the premier party host in the world.
There is lots of holiday accommodation located all around the Oktoberfest destination and all easily accessible within a few minutes walking. If you are here for the beer, then walking back to your holiday rental will definitely be an excellent and, probably the best option.
2014 Oktoberfest Schedule
The official opening of the 2014 Oktoberfest will be on Saturday 20th September, when at midday, the mayor of Munich will have the very first tap of the very first barrel of beer, and then the party is on! Once this ceremony has taken place, everybody will be allowed to start their party. Especially important for the first day, you will need to get to the venue as early as 9am, to get a good seat - even getting a seat at all can be considered a success. It’s another good reason to book your Oktoberfest holiday rental near to the venue, especially if you need to return to your accommodation at midday, for a little beer nap, after all those early morning festivities.
Don’t even bother ordering less than a litre per person; your hosts will think you don’t take their beer seriously and more than likely ignore you. Tip nicely and your friendly Bavarian waiter may take a liking to you and maybe even look after your level of beer throughout the day. Smoking is strictly prohibited in the tents and other demarcated areas, as it probably will be in your holiday accommodation as well. Beer will be served at the following times during Oktoberfest.
- Monday –Friday 10am- 10:30pm
- Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays 9am-10:30pm
- Only the tents "Käfer Wiesn-Schänke" and "Weinzelt" are open later, with last rounds being 12:15am. All the other tents close strictly at 11:30pm
VENDORS – Gifts, souvenirs etc.
- Monday –Thursday 10am – 11:30pm
- Friday 10am- Midnight
- Saturday 9am – Midnight
- Sunday and bank holidays 9am -11:30pm
- Monday to Thursday 10am-11:30pm
- Friday & Saturday 10am – Midnight
- Sunday and Bank holiday 10am -11:30pm
Every Tuesday from 12pm – 6pm there is a discount for the families on the entrance price to the venue and a discount for souvenirs. If you are travelling with your family, it may be a good idea to get out of the venue and back to your holiday accommodation before the crowds become overwhelming later.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of 21st July 2014.
(photo courtesy of Ethan Prater)