How to survive the Oktoberfest pt.1

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Some tips on how to enjoy a visit of the Oktoberfest…and survive! (Part 1)

1. Choose the Oktoberfest that best suits you and plan your trip with a little advance.

  • a. First of all decide with whom and when to go. The Oktoberfest goes on for several weeks. If you love chaos, and the prospect of long queues doesn’t bother you too much, then you might want to be present at the suggestive inaugural or closing ceremony.
    Quiet-seekers and visitors on family trip would better opt for a mid-week visit, which ensures more tranquil rhythms.

2. Choose how to reach the location.

  • a. Own vehicle means complete freedom, but also higher costs and risk of accidents/fines.
    While organized coach trips may be a little binding, on the other hand they allow you to enjoy the feast without worries (only make sure you get on the right bus on the way back…).
    Also, you can count on the presence of a tour leader, which is definitely a bonus for lonely travelers and neophytes.
    But you must reserve early, as seats are limited and go fast!
  • b. Train is recommended only for those going to Munich, since the German railways (DB- Deutsche Bahn) offer very competitive ticket prices. Once in Munich you can take the U4 and U5 subway lines which connect the train station with “Theresienwiese”.
  • c. low cost flights – they are not the cheapest and most practical option when it comes down to departure/arrival time and connections from/to the airport, so better to consider alternative ways.
  • d. If you are planning to move by camper, you can count on reserved campsites provided with all facilities. In Munich we recommend the parking place De-Gasperi-Bogen, in the neighborhood of Riem, situated in proximity of the New Exhibtion Area. In Stuttgart you can park in the Fernesehenturm parking area on Jahnstrasse, while in Rosenheim you will easily find the Marienbad camping.
  • e. Remember that camping or temporary parking is absolutely forbidden outside the designated camping areas, on the sides of carriageways and in any unauthorized area.

3. If you choose an organized coach trip, you can select either the “journey” or “journey+hotel” option, or even an “all inclusive” package, which includes the reservation of a table (this is a very limited service since booking a table inside the tents is almost impossible, unless you reserve with years advance. Like said, no mistake, “years advance”…

4. If you plan to book your own trip and hotel, do so in advance. Booking a hotel a few weeks before the event means you will only find either expensive accommodations or in faraway locations.

  • a. Youth hostels are a good and cheap alternative.
  • b. Campsites are not recommended: it is very cold at night and sometimes they offer poor hygienic standards. The youngest and adventurous travelers may rent a tent for 59-69 € at the Wies´n Camp – close to the Riem exhibition area.

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