I went to Oktoberfest in Munich last week and it was spectacular! It was only a two hour train ride from Passau, so it was an easy day trip – no need to worry about accommodation and purchasing the Bavarian train ticket for the day meant limitless travel in Bavaria for only 15 Euros! Cheap as chips, really.
The Oktoberfest is the largest Volksfest in the world and runs for 16 days from mid-September to the first weekend of October. Volksfests are held all throughout Germany and is a beer festival and funfair rolled into one event.
The Oktoberfest is held at the Theresienwiese every year, which is also known locally as the Wiesn. It was a short 15 minute walk from the Munich Hauptbahnhof (main train station) and I found the grounds easily by following the signs and people dressed in traditional costume.
There were fourteen HUGE beer tents throughout the Wiesn which were each run by a different brewery and had different themes and decorations. I purposely went on a weekday afternoon so it wouldn’t be so crowded and although there were a lot of people there, it wasn’t a jam packed I-can’t-move-or-breathe sort of situation like it would be on weekends (which was fine by me!).
Entrance to the fair grounds and beer tents was free, but it you want to save a table for you and your friends in advance, you have to book them beforehand by contacting the respective beer tent, otherwise you will probably not get a table.
Seeing everyone dressed up in the traditional Bavarian costume of Dirndls and Lederhosen was awesome! It really added to the atmosphere of the event.
And of course, how can you go home without getting an iconic Lebkuchenherz or gingerbread heart for your sweetheart? (I bought a ‘Schnucki’ one, naturally).
Other than tasting beer, you can eat classic Bavarian meals in the tents and stalls like Weißwurst (white sausage), Sauerkraut (sour cabbage), Hendl (roast chicken), Knödel (dumplings) and my personal favourite – Käsespätzle (cheese noodles).
Even though the Oktoberfest begins in September nowadays, it used to be held only in October, hence the name. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 in honour of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. In recent years, the festival started to be held from September because the weather conditions were better and the nights were warmer.
So, did you enjoy my Oktoberfest post?
Were you or anyone you know able to go to this year’s one as well?