Munich Oktoberfest Information, Accommodation and Tours
Munich Oktoberfest 2019
The Munich Oktoberfest (Munich Beerfest) is one of the most famous events and the world's largest fair. Oktoberfest 2018 will be no exception. With some six million people attending every year, it is an important part of Bavarian culture. Think Disneyland for people of adult age. Think must do!
Munich's Oktoberfest began life as a wedding for the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig to princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen (hence the name of the Theresienwiese) on October 12, 1810 and attended by the local community. Today the Munich Beerfest traditionally takes place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October with Oktoberfest 2019 starting on Saturday, 21st of September until Sunday, 6th of October. Read on about the history of the Munich Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest DatesOktoberfest 2019 : Saturday, 21st of September to Sunday, 6th of October
Oktoberfest 2020 : Saturday, 19th of September to Sunday, 4th of October
Getting to Munich for Oktoberfest
With literally millions of people turning up for Oktoberfest, Munich becomes a very busy place. Even though Munich is a major tourist destination and European transport hub, available accommodation and flights become non-existent prior to the opening day of Oktoberfest.
One of the easiest ways to enjoy Oktoberfest is to join one of the many Oktoberfest Tours on offer. With your accommodation and transport taken care of all there is for you to do is to enjoy the Munich Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest Accommodation Options
Large range of Munich city centre hotel, hostel or pension options. All are within walking distance of the Oktoberfest grounds and book out very quickly.
Camping Thalkirchen is an institute in its own right and nearly as famous as the Munich Oktoberfest. Situated only a short shuttle ride from the Oktoberfest ground it makes for great value Oktoberfest accommodation. Included in the price of camping is hot and continental breakfast, regular shuttles to and from the Oktoberfest grounds, accommodation in either dorms or pre-erected tents. If you are staying over the weekend the price also includes a day trip to Dachau and Andechs.
Coach (Bus) Tours ex-London
Excellent valued coach tours departing London for every weekend of the Oktoberfest. Includes camping accommodation a short shuttle from the Oktoberfest grounds, daily breakfast plus a day trip taking in Dachau and Andechs Monastery.
Don't want to camp? Then stay in the beautiful Tyrolean town of Kossen. Includes return coach from London, ferry, chalet-style accommodation, breakfasts, transfers to Oktoberfest as well as Dachau concentration camp and our Tyrolian day-party tour. All the fun of the Oktoberfest with cosy Austrian beds!
How to Enjoy Munich Oktoberfest ... without Beer
There is a fairly general misconception that Oktoberfest can be pretty lame or fairly boring if you are a non-drinker or don't actually like beer, but seriously, nothing could be further from the truth. Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volkfest (Meaning People's Fair or festival) so it goes without saying that if it's for the people, then it can't just be about drinking right? Well .... that is actually right. The famous German beer festival to end all beer festivals is gargantuan in size, over 40 hectares in fact, and only about half of it is covered in beer halls and beer tents so there is much to do besides guzzling beer.
Munich Oktoberfest - The Veteran and the First Timer
When Mayor Dieter Reiter tapped the first barrel in Munich and passed a stein to the President of the State of Bavaria last weekend he was kicking off something that is seriously BIG. Not only was the size of the beer in his hand extremely large, he was beginning an event that is so enormous in scale that it really must be seen to be believed. Europe's biggest festival - and it's all about beer, or bier as the Germans spell and drink it.
Why is Bavarian Beer So Good
Throughout Germany, beer is extremely popular, so much so that it is now an interwoven and intricate part of German daily life and culture. Maintaining over 1,300 breweries, Germany has more breweries than any other country (except for the United States) and the highest density of those breweries can be found in the Bavaria Region, in the South East of the country.