Oktoberfest: Doing the German Festival in Style

Are you planning a trip to the world-renown Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany?  Before booking your vacation, read this handy guide to the basics of this amazing festival.  We let you in on the most luxurious hotels, the most authentic garb, and more so you can do the German festival in style.

About Oktoberfest

In the early 1800s, the crown prince of Bavaria celebrated his marriage by inviting all the citizens of Munich to a lavish party.  From that year on, Munich has held a festival to commemorate this day and celebrate Bavarian culture.  This celebration came to be called Oktoberfest.  For a few weeks from mid-September to early October each year, Oktoberfest takes place on the “Theresienwiese” in Munich.  Millions of visitors attend Oktoberfest annually.

Where to Stay


Mandarin Oriental Munich where to stay during Oktoberfest in Germany
Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Munich


Munich offers plenty of comfortable accommodations, but there are a few luxury hotels that stand out from the crowd.  The Mandarin Oriental is a luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of old Munich.  The Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski is also located in the Altstadt (old town) sector of Munich.  Book their Oktoberfest package for a 2 night stay, a reserved table in a beer tent, and a detoxifying massage for the morning after your night of revelry.  Finally, the gorgeous Hotel Sofitel is a mere 5 minute walk from the Oktoberfest grounds.  It is also conveniently located near Munich’s main train station.

No matter which hotel you choose, be prepared to make reservations well in advance.  The entire city books up early, and premium rooms tend to go first.

What to Wear

Yes, men attending Oktoberfest really do wear lederhosen!  While wearing traditional Bavarian costumes is not required, it will certainly help you get into the spirit of the festival.  Instead of opting for cheaply made costumes, check into traditional Trachten.  Ludwig & Therese is a Munch-based company specializing in beautiful Bavarian garments.


Oktoberfest: Doing the Germany Festival in Style
Photo courtesy of Ludwig & Therese


Ladies, chose a traditional dirndl to wear to Oktoberfest.  Just be sure you tie the dirndl apron correctly!


Oktoberfest: Doing the German Festival in Style
Photo courtesy of Ludwig & Therese


Men can choose from lederhosen, knickers, or pants.  Pair them with vests or traditional jackets.

What to Do

Obviously the most well-known Oktoberfest activity involves sitting at a table inside one of the festival’s 14 beer tents.  Entrance to the festival and the beer tents is free, but seating can be hard to come by.  If you plan well in advance, you can reserve tables within each of the tents.  Reservations sometimes start as early as February, so do not delay in making reservations!  When in the tent, plan on enjoying some delicious German beer from one of the festival’s 6 official breweries.  The tents will be full of music, food, and new friends!


Oktoberfest: Doing the German Festival in Style


Oktoberfest is more than just the beer tents, however.  The festival features a full fair, complete with carnival rides, games, souvenirs, and food kiosks.

Book a Tour

If planning an Oktoberfest trip seems too daunting, you can always reserve a spot on an Oktoberfest tour.  This Zicasso tour provides you with an authentic Oktoberfest experience.  In addition, you will explore Munich and the surrounding region of Bavaria.


Oktoberfest: Doing the Germany Festival in Style
Photo courtesy of Zicasso


Customized for 2018, this beer and Oktoberfest-focused walking tour of historical Munich will launch you into a time, long ago, when Bavarian royals ruled the land and beer shaped the course of history more than once. You’ll learn of the beginnings of Oktoberfest and become better acquainted with its culture, as you undertake a traditional costume shopping expedition, an authentic Bavarian cooking class, a trip to the historical town of Landshut and an excellent brewery tour in the village of Aying.


Can’t attend Oktoberfest this year?  Celebrate at home with one of our luxury craft beer picks.

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