Munich without the Oktoberfest is impossible to imagine. Months before the largest festival in the world opens its gates, the „Wiesn-Fieber“ begins. Already in mid-July the structures for tents and rides are put up and everywhere in the city costume- and souvenir shops opens. Cities are built up by tents and wastelands transforms into parking spaces.
Everyone waits in excitement for the official grand opening of the Oktoberfest in Munich, with the grand entrance of the inkeepers and the breweries, and the mayor’s official „O’zapft is“. Directly translated this means „It is tapped!“ and is the first tapping of Oktoberfest-beer done in a ceremonial manner. After this a 18 days bustling celebration over 31 hectares begins, with over 100 000 joyfull visitors in more than 30 small and big beer tents. In the largest beer tent, the Hofbräu tent, and the beergarden alone 10 000 visitors are entertained. During the celebration 6 million residents and tourists from all around the world devours 7,5 million litres of beer, 500 000 roasted chickens and 120 oxen.
The Oktoberfest dirndl and costumes
One of the highlights with the Munich Oktoberfest is the Costume and Riflemen’s parade. Ever since the tradition was revived in the 1950s, this spectacle has been held annually on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest. Here over 150 intenational groups present themselves in costumes, accompanied with carriages and flag throwers in a procession from the Maximilianeum to the Oktoberfest grounds. However not only the 8000 participants of the parade come in costumes. A large part of the audiences also appears in lederhosen and dirndl. For several years it has been en vouge to wear costumes at the Oktoberfest. Australians, Americans and Italians have all worn the dirndl and the lederhosen just as proud as the Munichs.
Accommodation during the Oktoberfest
Because finding available hotels in Munich
during the Oktoberfest is difficult, it is recommended to start your planning early if you are thinking about attending. Booking a hotel a little bit outside of the city centre gives you a quiet base during the festivities. The Park Inn by Radisson Munich East Hotel is an excellent choice with easy access to the city centre. Just a short walk from the hotel guests can find the S-Bahn Johanneskirchen station from which there’s a direct route both to the airport and the Munich centre. At the hotel guests can enjoy spacious rooms at a 4 star standard, sauna and fitness room, as well as great meals and drinks in the hotel restaurant.
When planing your visit to the Oktoberfest, book your accommodation in Munich
at the Park Inn by Radisson Munich East Hotel.