oktoberfest, the real deal
Guys, one of my biggest dreams was finally accomplished with two awesome human beings! Last February we toyed with the idea of going to Germany and crashing Oktoberfest. No one ever thought we were serious until…we bought our plane tickets. Things started to great real as we dove into the travel guides, websites, conversation with friends and so on. There were so many mixed messages about Oktoberfest and the survival guide and we were getting clouded; we didn’t know what to think. The last thing I wanted was to be scammed. We wanted to have a great time, and spend the least amount of money as possible, after all this trip had a beer fund.
If you have the tiniest inkling to hit up Oktoberfest read the following. Now after being, yes I would go back in a heartbeat–but I want to experience a few more things before heading back.
1) Whatever anyone says, you DO NOT need a reservation to be inside a beer tent.
2) However…if you want to guarantee yourself an unreserved seat on the weekend, it is best to arrive by 8 am.–so this is what everyone says. I don’t by it.
3) Be aggressive, yet fun! You need to get into a ten/garten, so do it. Just flash that smile and show your confidence, act like you belong and head straight to the middle section. The middle section is the unreserved section– you will notice it right away, because it will be PACKED and everyone is standing.
3) Know that the Biergarten tables fill up by 11 am both on the weekdays and weekends.
4) A huge myth is that you need to be seated inside a tent or in a biergarten in order to be served a beer.– this is wrong! You do not need to be seated. You need to be at or close to a table. Find a waitress and tell her how many beers you want, she will fetch them.
5) In Europe it is customary to not tip your waitstaff, but here at Oktoberfest, I would recommend you tipping your waitress. She will keep bringing you beers until you tell her to stop.
6) Find a hostel that is close and cheap. We found a hostel 4 blocks from the grounds, we didn’t have to mess with a cab or public transportation. Note, hostels get reserved FAST– we booked in June.
7) Don’t bother eating in a ten. You will find: wiener schnitzel sandwiches, bratwursts, crepes, and anything else you can think of outside of the tents. Not to mention they are all 5 euro.
8) Talk to everyone! Make sure to be friendly and talk to everyone. Almost 15% of attendance at Oktoberfest are travelers, find out their story and make new friends.
These are just a few tips for Oktoberfest we used and I would suggest looking at them as well. I cannot wait to go back and enjoy myself again now that I know the ropes. While I was in Germany/Oktoberfest, one thing I didn’t do and probably should have done was eat: pork knuckle. A few people told us how amazing it was and what a true German tradition is is, but I couldn’t get myself to order it. Alas, I suppose this means another trip to Oktoberfest is in my future!