While I was studying abroad in Berlin, I asked a local for tips on Oktoberfest and they said they “wouldn’t touch that place with a stick.” Although Oktoberfest is stigmatized to be a bit of a wild time, it is a cultural phenomenon I will never forget, as well as being an amazing time for all ages. So, from an American living in Berlin, here are my top tips on how to survive Oktoberfest in Munich.
2. Make a meet up spot
Halfway through Oktoberfest, I got lost in the crowds separated from my friends. I roamed around for quite a while before finding them again.
3. Bring a power bank
While lost from my friends, my phone died. Bring a fully charged external charger so you can get a hold of your friends and post on social media.
4. Get to tents early and stay at one
When you arrive to Oktoberfest, pick a tent and stay there. If you leave your tent, not only will you not be able to get back in, but you won’t be able to get in anywhere else. Once a tent is full, security does not allow you in. I recommend the Pilsner tent.
5. Tip your waitress
In each tent there are thousands of people all wanting two things: German pretzels and drinks. If you want to make sure you are not kept waiting, tip your waitress a euro or two each round to keep her coming.
6. Get a pretzel
Pretzels are one of the main things associated with Oktoberfest. Rightfully so, because having a giant pretzel in one hand and a drink in another is a match made in heaven.
Oktoberfest is an amazing time for people of all ages. With the right amount of time and tips, everyone can have an amazing time meeting new people from all over the world, riding roller coasters, and eating gingerbread hearts. Prost!
The world awaits…..discover it!