Where to go and what to do during Oktoberfest
One thing Munich is known for is the annual Oktoberfest, where beer lovers all over the world gather for a two-week-long festival.
The festival runs for two weeks, from the end of September to the first weekend of October.
Whether you’re a beer lover or not there are still plenty of things to see and do while you’re in Munich.
1. Visit the Oktoberfest site
Oktoberfest is held at Theresienwiese in Munich’s Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt neighbourhood.
For a guide to picking an Oktoberfest beer tent (reservations are often made six months in advance!) check out this guide to the tents and scoring last-minute seats.
Getting there: Taking a cab or driving aren’t advised as the traffic will be bad. You have the following options:
U-Bahn train line: take the U4 or U5 to Theresienwiese or Schwanthalerhöhe or alternatively, get on the U3 or U6 to Goetheplatz or Poccistraße
S-Bahn train line: If you don’t mind a 10-15 minute walk, take the S1-S8 to Hackerbrücke
If you’d rather take a bus or tram, check out the full guide to public transport on the official Oktoberfest website.
2. Skip the beer, enjoy the rides
You’re not a drinker? Then get your highs elsewhere as the huge festival grounds also host a few amusement park rides. There’s a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, swing carousel, toboggan as well as the tallest mobile drop tower in the world.
Getting there: The rides are all on the Oktoberfest grounds but head early in the morning if you want to beat the queues.
3. Enjoy the serene English Gardens
If you’d rather just enjoy the cooler weather of Autumn, then the English Garden is the place to go. This 900-acre park is one of the largest in the world and is even bigger than New York’s Central Park.
There’s plenty to see and do in the park. It houses the oldest beer garden in the city as well as a Japanese teahouse that hosts traditional tea ceremonies.
If you’re an avid surfer, you can even try riding the wave at a dedicated man-made surfing spot or just watch people surf.
Getting there: Take the U-Bahn 3,4,5 and 6 to Marienplatz or S1-S8 on the S-Bahn to the same stop.
4. Take a stroll in Marienplatz
The heart of Munich, this beautiful town square attracts plenty of visitors with its historical and cultural landmarks. These include the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) and its unique clock tower, the Glockenspiel.
Try to visit during 11 am, noon and 5 pm: this is when the Glockenspiel clock tower has a life-size mechanical puppet show which is a must-watch if you’re in the city.
For local food at fairly affordable prices, there’s the Viktualienmarkt, a food market that has been around since 1807.
Getting there: It’s a dedicated stop on the U-Bahn and S-Bahn, which are the most convenient ways to get there.
5. Party at the Wiesnzelt
If you’d rather party in the evenings, the Wiesnzelt event in the evenings held at Stiglmaierplatz offers an alternative.
Besides beer and fun at the Lowenbrau permanent beer haul, there’s also a DJ that plays from 10 pm if you’re the type that fancies clubbing.
For schedules and bookings, you can check out the official website.
Getting there: Take the U1 or U7 directly to the Stiglmaierplatz stop or take the 20/21 tram there instead.
As you can see, there’ll be plenty of things to see and do during the Oktoberfest season.
With flights heading directly to Munich via all major airlines, it’s definitely a destination to put on your travel bucket list.
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