How to survive the Oktoberfest pt.2

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Some tips on how to enjoy a visit of the Oktoberfest…and survive! (Part 2)

5. When preparing your suitcase, keep in mind that the German autumn is rather chilly and rainy. Even if the temperature inside the tents is very warm, opt for layer clothing and do not forget to bring a sweater and k-way!

  • a. Remember to bring a piece of identification proving your age (due to rules on alcohol consumption)
  • b. Bring your camera with you: inside the tents it is permitted to take pictures and videos, but remember to ask for permission before taking pictures to people.
  • c. Leave cumbersome rucksacks and valuables at home (they are not allowed in the tents).
  • d. Prepare a paper with your basic personal/health information.

6. Oktoberfest is a disabled-friendly area, so it can be accessed also by people with physical disabilities: wheelchairs are available at the luggage deposit of the subway station “Theresienwiese” and many tents are provided with access ramps and barrier-free washrooms. The ferry-wheel includes two cabins for disabled people and the presence of help staff.
The event agency “Veranstaltungsagentur Georg P. Huber” offers guided visits of the Wiesen for disabled people (tel: +49 (0) 89 /23 23 900 e +49 (0) 89 /500 77 500). For further info visit:

7. If you chose an organized trip with tour leader, remember to note down his/her phone number and leave yours to him/her.

8. If you join an organized tour by coach, make sure you memorize the vehicle before leaving it. Don’t be ashamed of taking a picture of it. You will be grateful that you did so, when, after yet another beer, your mental faculty will abandon you!

9. If you haven’t reserved a seat in a tent, just be very patient. In order to access some of the tents at Munich Oktoberfest you will have to start queuing from lunch time on weekdays, and on weekend be prepared to a long wait from early morning.

  • a. Reservation is not compulsory, but it is highly recommended. If you don’t take a seat you won’t be able to drink!

10. There is no a best tent, but surely there is one that suits you best. In Munich you will find:

  • a. HOFBRÄU-FESTZELT HB: HB Beer is a veritable institution, just like this Bavarian-style tent, always packed with a crowd of international visitors. This is the only tent where beer is also served to standing people, so consider this if you weren’t able to find a place elsewhere. Rock music and pit guaranteed.
  • b. HIPPODROM: not one of the biggest, but surely one of the fanciest and most colorful. It is especially appreciated by a youngest clientele.
  • c. PAULANER and LOWENBRÄU (the “lion cove”) are both characterized by a traditional atmosphere and are mostly preferred by the Italians.
  • d. SCHOTTENHAMEL SPATENBRÄU: one of the largest tents, with a stunning 10.000 seats! Every year in this tent takes place the inaugural ceremony host by the Munich mayor.
  • e. HACKER PSCHORR: this tent displays a ceiling painted with blue skies and white clouds, the official colors on the Bavarian flag. This is the favorite place for the young Germans.
  • f. AUGUSTINER: quiet and laid-back atmosphere suitable for families.
  • g. WEINZELT: have you had enough of beer? Then either you quit the Oktoberfest or you come here and allow yourself a glass of wine or sparkling wine.
  • h. WINZERER FÄHNDL: simply a must.

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