Tal’s Guide to Oktoberfest
Like the majority of my trips, Oktoberfest was planned pretty much last minute when another flight attendant friend told me she wanted to go this year; so I decided “why not?”
We flew directly into Munich from Atlanta on Delta.
The main reason why I would suggest planning for Oktoberfest as early as possible is because hotel selections are slim picking the closer it gets to the event; not to mention, they prices skyrocket to catch those last minute planners, like me. We stayed at the Leonardo Hotel & Residenz Munich. We did have to catch a train to the festivities, so this wasn’t the closest hotel, but remember that the closer you get, the more expensive the hotels. We fit 4 people into a pretty small room and still paid around $300 per person! Also, watch out for hidden fees from the hotel. Our room was smaller than promised; read the fine print during booking!
Tables in the tents are pretty much impossible to reserve last minute. You can try to get there super early, like 7am, when the tents open or just hope you get lucky and find a seat somewhere. Traveling as a group of girls had its perks and we were invited to join a group at their table before the opening ceremony! We were so thankful!
Where to get your dirndl or lederhosen
- department stores
- train stations
- Ludwig & Therese — a little more pricey, but they are authentic and beautiful!
Don’t be cheap when buying your traditional Bavarian attire. The Germans appreciate when your outfit does not look like a costume.
Things to know before you go to Oktoberfest
- Larger backpacks and bags are not allowed in the Oktoberfest grounds. If there is space, there is a bag check, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
- Download the Oktoberfest app so you can easily navigate your way around the grounds and visit all the tents you want to see.
- Don’t worry about bringing a coat to Oktoberfest. The tents are about 10 degrees warmer than the outside temperature because of all the bodies!
- Learn the lyrics to the songs and you should fit right in.
- Don’t put your foot on the tables in the tent unless you are ready to chug your whole stein of beer! If you can’t finish the stein, the whole tent full of thousands of people will “BOO” you!
Ein Prosit Lyrics
Ein Prosit German Lyrics to Ein Prosit Oktoberfest Song:
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit; Der Gemütlichkeit; Ein Prosit, ein Prosit; Der Gemütlichkeit; OANS ZWOA DREI! G’SUFFA!
Ein Prosit (A Toast) English Translation to Ein Prosit Oktoberfest Song:
A toast, a toast; To cheer and good times; A toast, a toast To cheer and good times; ONE TWO THREE! DRINK UP!