Why You Should Experience Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, Germany, from mid-September through the first week of October. Germans have their unique way of enjoying this festival, distinct from celebrations in the United States.

The two-week experience includes festival-type rides like Ferris wheels, daring drop rides, bumper cars, games and food stalls with all the bratwurst and pommes, (or 'sausages and fries') you could want.

If you plan to look into Oktoberfest for your next European experience. Here are some tips that will help you make the most of Oktoberfest

How to Enjoy Oktoberfest

Attending Oktoberfest The festival itself is free to attend. You only have to pay for the beer, food, rides, and games. Reservations open up months prior and get scooped up pretty quickly. So, if Oktoberfest interests you, plan and check websites in advance!

Alternatively, there are tents with outdoor tables. Again, you must be at a table to get served, so if you find an outdoor table to your liking, grab one! The outdoor ones run on a first-come, first-served basis. Each glass of beer is one liter and requires two hands to lift and drink. Be sure to take a friend with you to help out!

Oktoberfest Food You can find traditional German food in food tents scattered across the fairgrounds. These food options are generally bratwurst, currywurst, or pommes (fries).

There are also pretzels, crepes, sandwiches, and other options for eating while walking around. Come prepared with cash to pay for your meal and look for booths with local specialties for a more authentic experience.

What to Wear to Oktoberfest You can, of course, where whatever you like to the festival. Given the time of year, it will be chilly out, so keep that in mind and layer up.

If you want to get into the Oktoberfest spirit, consider delving into traditional German attire. For women, this means wearing a dirndl, and for men, it's lederhosen.

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