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Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

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Ranked #27 in Munich things to do
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Munich, Germany
+49 89 23300
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The event of the year for many and the event of a lifetime for some, Oktoberfest and its legions descend upon Munich every fall. Despite the name, this celebration of German beer, food and music ... Read more
usually starts in late September and runs until mid-October. The beer gardens, often inside a huge tent or at least under an awning, is where the magic happens. Each of Munich's traditional breweries sponsors a tent where beer is served and brass bands play from noon onwards. It's best to reserve a table, but if that's not possible show up early for one of the few tables set aside for first-come, first-served.

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Ottawa

I can’t express enough how much fun celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich is. The tents open in the morning and I suggest getting there early as they fill up quickly. There’s so much to do on site, you can easily spend a day on the grounds and not see everything. And considering a good chunk of the attendees are drinking beer, everyone is in the best spirits! I highly suggest investing in lederhosen/a dirndl as almost everyone is dressed up in the Bavarian traditional attire for the occasion, and make sure to tip the ladies bringing you a stein - they’ll remember you and be quick to make sure you never run out of beer!

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Los Angeles

Best party I have ever been to! Met the most amazing people and had so much fun it was unbelievable! So great for all families and all ages!

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Santa Monica

I watched a girl pour her beer into her boot and drink it.

Highly recommend spinning circle game tent.

Tips: Buy your food outside of the tents to get it for cheaper.

If you're in a small group (2-4), it won't be hard to find outdoor seating for drinks. If you're a bigger group or want indoor seating, you should arrive early or make reservations.

Go to the bathroom before you really need to. The girls line is guaranteed to be insane.

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Singapore

A beer festival happening in Germany every September-October, the Oktoberfest is a Bavarian culture and often accompanied by games and traditional food.

If you are here in March, there is also an annual Strong Beer Festival called Starkbierfest, which is smaller and more local version of Oktoberfest.

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The San Francisco Bay Area

I love Oktoberfest! I've been twice, albeit ten years apart, but had an amazing time, both times! I love the lively atmosphere, the songs and of course the outfits!

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No need to mention Oktoberfest realy - except it is in September. Best tents include Augustiner, Himmel der Bayern and a few others. Weekdays are quieter.

We are 15 min walk away, 4 mins by metro!

Taxis near impossible to get in the evening + overpriced.

Enjoy.

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Sydney

Oktoberfest in Munich is fabulous. They really do wear leaderhosen and the busty bar maid outfits everywhere. It's a crazy happy time.

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The San Francisco Bay Area

Octoberfest lasts from the 3rd week of September to the first weekend of October. Plan ahead and plan to drink before 11am. Tents open at 9am but everyone waits in line from 6am. Remember to always tip your waitress generously and dont forget to wear a dirndl or lederhosen

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Winter Park

We have been to the Oktoberfest 3 different years in Munich and several times each year. We love the festival. The food and beer cannot be beat, but our favorite parts are the beer tents/halls. The Ox tent is the best but they all are good. While inside, particularly at night, the atmosphere is high energy, loud. Whats really cool is nations from all around the world are in there and they are singing together and partying together, there are no politics here. All of the people leave the disputes at the door. It is fantastic. If you have the chance to go, do it. The memories will last a life time. And, I bet you will go back again.

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Interlaken

To put the scale of it in context, take the population of London, migrate them to an already populated city for about two weeks, give them eight million litres of beer, construct about 108 square acres of beer tents and throw in several thousand classically attired, beer vending, Bavarian ladies.

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Foster City

I had a chance to stop 1 night in Oktoberfest back in 2009. Hotels were all booked up so for 1 night I stayed at a hostel. Most of the night, we were out at Oktoberfest, which was at a park not far from the train station. Its about 8 to 10 hug beer tents filled with music, food and of course beer! (by the stein).

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Pyeongtaek

If you like beer... Well, then it'd be a nobrainer for you to want to check out one of the biggest festivals in the world. Half of the fairground is dedicated to beer tents and the other half is for the many rides. Tons of friendly drunks and great food. If you get lost or loose a friend, you're more than likely to find them on the infamous Hill of Shame, haha. Just beware that it's usually very cold and anticipate it to rain.

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Porto

If you're going in September, plan your way to München in the end of the Month to get the chance to go to Oktoberfest! Even if you're not a beer fan, it's worth the visit! An hilarious party with traditional popular/ Schlager music, all dressed with bavarian clothing. Something you won t forget for sure!

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The most iconic and popular celebration in Germany! It's all about beer and Ein Prosit! Great ambiance and lots of fun! More than 8 million people from all around the world in 12 days of extensive party!

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Los Angeles

For Germans, Oktoberfest often involves heading to the beer halls after work and taking in the festive atmosphere a few days over the course of the festival. For tourists, it usually means spending an entire day (or three) on the festival grounds. I would highly recommend picking out one or two beer halls - my favorite is the Hofbrau-Festzelt - and hanging around there for a while, since it gets difficult to find a seat later in the day. And remember to enjoy all the festival rides!

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Cambridge

Oktoberfest in Munich has always been on my bucket list, and I am glad to say I finally checked it off this year! Each tent has a different "personality" and decor inside, but they are all super crowded so you have to stake out a spot early. I personally visited both the Hippodrom (known for being a yuppie tent) and the Augustiner beer garden. Outside the tents, there is basically a giant carnival with rides (including full-sized rollercoasters), games and lots of food. If you go, you should definitely rent a dirnl/lederhosen outfit -- you'll have great photos and lots of fun memories that way! (Not to mention the locals also wear those outfits, so you won't look out of place at all).

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huge carnival! however as i'm not a fan of beer, it's a bit difficult for me to enjoy the beer there. but it's quite a sight to see and immerse yourself in.

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Longmont

It started out as a big party celebrating what would be the unhappy marriage of a Bavarian royal couple. Today it's the biggest carnival in the world.

In 2009 I was lucky enough to take in Oktoberfest. It was far grander than any American imitation. The beer is poured by the liter. They roast whole oxen. The dirndls come in all colors from white to hot pink but always low cut.

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Baton Rouge

Well its is simple. If you love state fair atmosphere and BEER you going to love this international event. Just step into any big beer vendor tent and find a fraulein (waitress) and they will sit you down with complete strangers who will become your friends before you can finish your first large cold beer. We sat with some fun but fiesty Italian guys and immediately I was challenged to a beer drinking contest. I won of course and they bought the next two rounds.

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Local from Munich

If you're in Munich in september, of course you should visit Oktoberfest. But you should come with a filled purse. It's not easy to hold the Bavarian's drink ;)

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