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A Guide to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

The capital of the state of Bavaria, Munich is a typical German city: happy people, a lot of beer, music, sausage, beer gardens,  and sauerkraut.  Here the most famous and largest Oktoberfest happens.

Every year it brings together millions of tourists and Germans. The city also takes the title of richest of Germany, and is one of the places with the best quality of life in the world.

Points of interest in Munich:

Walk around Marienplatz:

Where the Neue Rathaus or City Hall building is located.  This is a gothic style building with a clock that rings, while the dolls dance at 11:00-12:00pm and 5:00pm everyday.

Climb the City Hall Tower:

Across the square is the old city hall building (Altes Rathaus), which was destroyed in World War II and rebuilt after.

Shopping in Munich:

Check out Neuhauser Strasse and Kaufinger Strasse, these are the main shopping streets of the city.   Other major shopping streets around there are Pettenbeckstrasse the Weinstrasse, the Maximilianstrasse and Residenzstrasse. These last two are the most glamorous, full of designer labels, fine shops and cafes.

Check out Hofbrauhaus:

It is the most famous beer hall in the city. Here you can taste the German dishes such as sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels and our favorite, the pork knuckle. You will also enjoy listening to traditional German live music from the onsite band.

Visit the Museum Verkehrszentrum: 

it has a collection of very interesting old cars.  Also the BMW Car Museum has a collection of old and luxury cars.

Visit the Deutsches Museum: 

The biggest Science Museum in the world. It is over 100 years old and the collection is dedicated to technology and natural history.

Visit St. Peter’s Church (Peterskirche): 

The oldest church in the city, built in 1158. The tower has a view considered the most beautiful in Munich.

Visit Frauenkirche Munich Cathedral:

It is a beautiful church, with two towers and the  symbol of the city. Built in the 15th century.

Let’s talk about Oktoberfest:

The world’s largest beer festival begins, in fact, in September. The date changes every year, but it usually happens between the second half of September and the first week of October.

The Oktoberfest takes place in an amusement park in Munich,  built just for the event, called Wiens.  It has wheel-giants, game stalls, souvenirs, food and huge typical Bavarian brewery tents.  Entrance to the park is free.

How to get there:

To get there, go to Theresienhöhe station on U4 and U5 subway lines.

Arrive early. If you arrive late, you risk not getting into the tent, especially on Saturday and Sunday.

Drinking beer and having fun!

You can make a table reservation directly with the tent which you plan to stay, at the brewery site of your choice. You have to book months in advance and a minimum of 10 people is required to close the reservation.

Tip: If you are traveling solo or as couple, and you don’t have a table reservation, don’t worry just ask for a seat. 

We highly suggest you, booking your accommodations a few months in advance, to get better prices on hotel rooms. 

How much does beer cost at Oktoberfest?

Beer prices at Oktoberfest change every year, but usually cost about 10 Euros for 1 liter.

What to eat at Oktoberfest?

The tents inside and outside, sell typical German foods , such as roasted quail, apple pies, and sausages with sauerkraut. Pretzels can easily be bought there along with heart-shaped biscuits, for you to give to someone you love.




What to wear to Oktoberfest?

The Dirndl (pronounced Durn-dull) is the dress worn by women, while the Lederhosen is worn by men. The two words describe the traditional clothing of Bavaria, used during Oktoberfest.

The dress originated in the 18th century, made of cotton and leather.  It was practical and easy for peasants and servants to wear. In 1870, the nobility decided they liked the fashion, and began to use such clothing from that time, made with the finest materials.

And for a long time this was the traditional Bavarian style, but it fell out of use after World War II.

The new generation of young Bavarians recovered the custom, and returned to use the dresses and leather pants, all as a symbol of good times.

The set of women’s clothing has a short white top. A dress well marked waist with full skirt and apron.

The goal is to tune the waist and enhance the bust. There is also a code to tie the apron: the loop on the left means that the woman is single, while a loop on the right, means she already has a man.

To complete the look, wear half transparent pants (or skin color) and black shoes.  As for men, the most common set includes a white blouse, leather shorts with suspenders, a hat and boots.

German Style!

The Dirndl and Lederhosen costumes are not mandatory, but very interesting.  Buy  clothes, to be part of the experience, even if you don’t plan to use them again.  Save them as a souvenir or wear them as a Halloween costume. There are several places that sell clothes in Munich, and the prices vary depending on the fabric and quality.

We bought the clothespin Munich, and we felt more comfortable, walking around with the traditional outfit.

We loved Oktoberfest in Munich. It was pretty fun!






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