We have been in Germany for almost a year now and I’m gearing up for my very first Oktoberfest! Two of my sisters and my brother-in-law are flying in for the occasion and I can’t wait to explore this famous festival for the first time. This year Oktoberfest runs from September 19th through October 4th and as usual they are expecting upwards of 6 million visitors.
So! I have searched the interwebs for the best info on Oktoberfest and here is the best of the best:
How To Survive Oktoberfest by Nomadic Matt
His best tip: Don’t reserve a table for daytime hours unless you plan to be sitting down the whole time! He does recommend booking a table for the evening hours since that’s when it’s nearly impossible to find seats.
Oktoberfest: Everything You Need To Know by the Economical Excursionists
“In many parts of Europe, including Germany, sharing a table with strangers is no big deal. If you see a table that has people on it but think you can squeeze in, just ask if those spots are free. If they are, you are in luck! Pop a squat, order a beer and start chatting it up with your fellow table mates! Most people at Oktoberfest will be able to speak English, but if the people at a potentially free table are clearly German speaking, just ask, ‘Ist das frei?'”
19 Essential Tips for Celebrating Oktoberfest by Samantha Angell
“Bring plenty of cash. Most-if not all- of the tents will only accept cash, and even at that the exact change is preferred. On top of wanting to have cash to purchase food and drinks, you will also want cash for the various attractions at Oktoberfest grounds, transportation, and tips.”
Gearing Up For Oktoberfest by the Oxford Dictionary Blog
Here you will find 18 essential German words and phrases for Oktoberfest! Here’s a few of them:
Bayern (das) German name for Bavaria, formally the Free State of Bavaria. It is the largest of the 16 German Bundesländer (states), with Munich as its capital.
Lebkuchenherz (das) A gingerbread heart. These are very popular at Oktoberfest and also generally at German fairs and Christmas markets.
Prost German for ‘cheers’ (not only useful for Oktoberfest). Alternatively, you could also say ‘Zum Wohl’ (‘To your health’).
Maßkrug (der), short Maß (die) A Maßkrug is a beer jug, either made out of glass or stoneware, which contains exactly 1 litre of beer. All you have to do is order a Maß.
Oktoberfest With Kids by Must Board First
“Go on Family Day! Tuesdays during Oktoberfest are family days, which means rides and games cost less. This doesn’t mean that the beer-loving crowd won’t be there, but it does mean there will be tons of other kids there as well (so you won’t feel so guilty bringing your own) and you won’t spend as much keeping the kiddos entertained as on the other days.”
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