Oktoberfest is the best festival of beer in the world, yes, everybody knows that. What not everybody knows is how to get the most out of this party that only happens once in a year.
“Oh but I didn’t plan to go this year, maybe next year”, if you have this in mind, you can still change your mind if you are near Germany and know someone who lives there to a crazy last minute trip! If you don’t, you can save these tips to next year (and even get a reserved table in October – yes, they open the reservation as soon as the festival ends).

27.09.2013 Dortmund Wischlingen - Eroeffnungsabend zum Oktoberfest im Revierpark Wischlingen ?Copyright Stephan Schuetze -
Germans drinking at Oktoberfest via kreativerdafunterricht

So let’s go to the tips, shall we?

If you don’t have a booked table, arrive early

More than 6 million people go to Oktoberfest every year, so that aren’t enough beer for everyone! You will only be able to enter the tents if there are enough seats for everybody. Otherwise, you have to stay at the Biergartens or around the park, which is less fun. If you choose to go on a weekend, especially the last weekend of the festival, prepare yourself to wake up with the birds and arrive at the queue around 8, maximum 9 am. Or book a table well in advance (almost a year before the actual festival). Always have in mind that week days are less crowded than weekends (saving you an extra hour to sleep!).

Inside one of the tents

Book your accommodation in advance

As you can imagine, if even a table has to be reserved a year in advance, you can tell how hard is to find an accommodation near the event. Or even in Munich. The cheapest sells really fast so is better to book your hostel/hotel around 6 to 4 months in advance for the best location. You don’t have to be close to Theresienwiese, though. Any metro station can take you to the entrance of the party.

If you are not German, prepare yourself to have beer for breakfast

When I said that people who doesn’t have a booked table has to arrive early, the first thing to cross your mind might be “Oh God, how weird is to drink beer at 8 am?”, especially if you come from a country where this isn’t a “regular” thing to do like mine. I  thought that I would arrive there and just drink something around 10 to 11 am minimum, but they will always look at you, waiting for a order, until you feel a little embarrassed to not ask for anything. This or your friends will ask for a beer for you before you can imagine. But you know what? That was one of the best breakfast I ever had! And speaking of breakfast… try their chicken and prepare yourself for the best chicken you will ever eat.

Amazing “breakfast” at the tents, via blondewelltraveled

Take cash with you

They don’t accept cards and there are only ATM’s outside the tents. If you don’t have sufficient money with you, you won’t be able to come back to the tend, as they only let people in when there are free spaces. Also, try to take small change to facilitate.

A waitress presents the official Oktoberfest beer mug during a presentation in Munich...A waitress presents the official Oktoberfest beer mug during a presentation in Munich August 27, 2013. The Oktoberfest, the world's biggest beer festival, runs from September 21 until October 6 this year. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A waitress presents the official Oktoberfest beer mug via Michael Dalder

Extra saving tip: food from outside the tents are cheaper and you can have a long list of options to choose from!

Wear your Dirndl (or Lederhose)!

There aren’t any other way to enjoy Oktoberfest the fullest if you are not dressed like this. I know some places can sell really expensive ones, but there are plenty of options on the internet, even on Aliexpress, if you don’t want to go bargain around the city. I promise you, it turns the experience even more especial!

Men wearing Lederhosen

“Ein Prosit, ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit! Ein Prosit, ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit!”