You can’t miss this one
Parades, Fairs, Rides, delicious food, Mindblowing music, Loads of fun, Loads of beer and guess what? An experience of a lifetime! 7 Million thirsty visitors in over 2.5 weeks is no Joke.
The people in Germany, wait for it all year. But if are a newbie and totally a first timer you are in for some absolutely wonderful insights into this awesome Bavarian culture. Quite a lot of adjectives there, but you’ve got to see it to believe it. And once you experience the youthful environment, no matter how old you are you just stop ageing and that’s just the beginning.
A bit about the grand Fest:
The oktoberfest began way back in 1810 to honour the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese, with just a series of horse races. But the people were way more indulged in it than just as a one-time event and it only made sense to make this annual event with more activities popping up every year, and finally, by the late 19th century, sausages and beer were served. And thereafter the Bavarian festival could no more be an event without the keg.
Good to know:
You want numbers? Well here it is… almost 7 million litres of beer are and 95,000 litres of wine. But it’s not just the numbers you need to know about, there are some lingos you should be aware of…
Like Dirndl – A traditional Bavarian dress wore by the Waitresses and a lot of women who also visit the fest
Lederhosen wore by men
Masskruege gigantic frothing beer mugs. One thing you definitely need to watch out for is how many Masskrug is carried at one time. You won’t believe the numbers when you see it.
What about the grub:
There is something definitely for everyone. If you are a red meat eater with no restrictions then its world on a platter. However for the others who’d like to stick to white meat or the vegetarians, who still end up with a few drool-worthy options. Don’t miss out on the pretzels and a traditional shredded pancake dish called Kaiserschmarrn.
Some entertainment and then more:
Ready to feel like a kid again. The various amusement rides, parades, puppet shows, traditional Bavarian folk music shows will definitely give you that little glimpse of your childhood memories.
A word of advice or several:
What to do:
• Don’t feel the pressure to wear Lederhosen and Dirndl, but if you can get your hands on them they are absolute fun. But if you are not upto it, go fully casual. Casual mode is just the party mode in Oktoberfest.
• Another thing about the dirndl. Look where you’re the bow on your dress is. Different positions of the bow mean different things.
• Who likes to stand in a queue right! Then just book your table in advance. The lines can run for miles that you will never see the end of.
• We all live in the modern age of course, with credits and apple pay there is very less to worry about. But that’s definitely not the best option here. Take the right amount of cash you think you may need because ATMs aren’t really common sight here, yes and don’t forget the coins with you. Euros 10, that’s your number for a mug of beer.
• Partying is great. But don’t lose sight of your health. Keep yourself well fed, else there is very less chance you will get through it without getting yourself sick
• Always a good thought to keep an eye on your belongings.
What not to:
• Never try the rides in the Amusement park after food and drink
• Waiting for the change after the bill you just paid? No, just let it go. The waiters have a tough job even without having to return your change and more than that, they just deserve the tip.
• After several drinks and sausages, do not visit the bumper cars or amusement rides. This should go without saying, but you won’t want to be strapped into a seat 30 feet in the air when your beer decides to come back up.
• Its all in good spirit, wanting to dance on the table after a few mugs, and maybe you’ll see some of them doing it. But it’s a bad idea, that’ll attract the guards right by your table.
• Better late than never doesn’t exactly apply here. Want a tent book it now. Don’t leave it for later.
There is an extremely famous misconception that Oktober fest is all about drinking. But don’t be fooled. Oktoberfest is really about celebrating Bavarian culture, as a first timer and an outsider it’s so easy to indulge yourself in the culture. So ready for the best party ever?