20 Essential Tips for Your First Oktoberfest

I was surprised by how much I loved Oktoberfest. I don’t know if it was the liters of golden lager or all of the handsome German men in lederhosen, but Oktoberfest was an absolute blast.

Being my first Oktoberfest, I did a few things right (see: buying a dirndl) and a few things wrong (making my hostel reservations in June). So I wanted to put together a guide of Oktoberfest tips on everything you should know before your first Oktoberfest, so you can get it right on your first try.

For those who don’t know, Oktoberfest is a beer festival and carnival held in Munich, Oktoberfest. It lasts for three weeks; from mid-September until early October.


1. If possible, go during the week.

Like many festivals, Oktoberfest is much more crowded on the weekends. So if you can, go during the week — It will be much easier to get a table without a

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