Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Event of the Month: The Munich Oktoberfest

Wouldn't it be great if all weddings led to a 16 day boozer where 8 million litres of beer are drunk?

The Munich Oktoberfest (Beerfest) is the world's largest fair and it all kicked off back in 1810 with the wedding of the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig to Princess Therese. 200 years later, this important part of Bavarian culture sees over 6 million people attending Munich every year!

The Munich Oktoberfest takes place during the sixteen days up to, and including, the first Sunday in October – this year running from September 22nd to October 7th.

The drinking commences once the first keg of the festival is tapped by the Mayor of Munich, in the Schottenhamel tent, at noon. After that, the clock’s stuck at beer o’clock and before you know it... there are bras flying everywhere!

Entry to the festival and all the beer tents is free – try to reserve your place beforehand or get there early though as the tents fill up very quickly!

Typically, a litre of beer will cost you around 9.50 Euros, but it varies from tent to tent.

There are 14 large tents (see my take on them below) and 20 small.

The Tents:
  • Hippodrom: Where all the cool kids and celebs hang out
  • Armbrustschützenzelt: Fancy a cross bow competition?
  • Hofbräu-Festzelt: Could be mistaken for a She Bu Walkie
  • Hacker-Festzelt: Screw traditional, this tent has a live rock band
  • Schottenhamel: Where everything kicks off!
  • Winzerer Fähndl: You have to climb a tall tower to get to the beer!
  • Schützen-Festhalle: A more chilled out, traditional atmosphere
  • Käfers Wiesen Schänke: Open til 12.30am (other tents close at 11pm)
  • Weinzelt: Huge selection of wines and champagnes
  • Löwenbräu-Festhalle: Look out for a 15ft alcoholic lion
  • Bräurosl: Home to a very talented yodeller
  • Augustiner-Festhalle: A friendly, family vibe selling the locals fave beer
  • Ochsenbraterei: The huge ox on a spit says it all really
  • Fischer Vroni: Fischer = fish (I've got some serious German skills!)

Getting there:
For major airline flights to Munich: opodo.com
For train travel to Munich from Europe: bahn.de