6 Reasons Why You Must Go To Oktoberfest

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6 Reasons Why You Must Go To Oktoberfest

I think it’s a little bit obvious how much I love Oktoberfest. I love it! I think it’s fantastic! And I think you should go. No, not should, you have to go.
Oktoberfest welcomes over five million eager visitors every year to participate in the festivities, and drink their body weight in beer. You should be one of those people! And here are six reasons why.
There will be a few tourists knocking about, but the majority of people around you will be Bavarians. Drinking with these people makes the experience so much more authentic, fun and enjoyable. Germans are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Maybe that’s the beer talking though…
If you want to drink along to a huge brass band and raise your glass to some ‘oom pah pah’ music, then Oktoberfest is a must for you. The bands start playing at 12 o’clock inside each tent and instantly change the mood and atmosphere. Super!
You’ll be spoiled for choice with the options of eating traditional German pork knuckles, whole chickens, schnitzel, bratwurst, duck and a whole lot more. The food system at Oktoberfest is truly impressive. They’re serving thousands upon thousands of hungry drunken stomachs and carrying humongous trays of food through the crowds.
The tents start getting built 12 weeks before Oktoberfest, and it takes the same amount of time to take them down afterwards. These ‘tents’ aren’t like your typical beer fest marquee, these are wooden buildings filled to the brim with traditional decorations, rows and rows of tables and excited festival goers. Even the outsides of the tents are something to admire. There are 14 of them to explore, too! (Augustiner is my favourite).
Seeing everyone dressed up in traditional Bavarian clothing really gets me excited. It’s admirable how much their tradition is embraced and is still kept alive. It’s definitely worth it to invest in a dirndl or lederhosen if you’re going to be at Oktoberfest for a few days or more, as the prices range from 70 to over 100 Euro, which isn’t ideal for us travelers on a budget. If you don’t want to fork out that much for an outfit, I’d recommend buying a hat or a little vest at the fraction of the price. This will help you feel the part while making little effort and not breaking the bank.
This stuff is good. Real good. Each tent (the 14 that I mentioned before) is a famous brewery from across Bavaria. So, you have fourteen different beers to try. Hello?! Heaven? Is that you?
If you think Oktoberfest might be a bit much for you, then there are other festivals to go to throughout Munich and Germany that aren’t as touristy, and would be a whole lot cheaper.
However I think everyone needs to attend Oktoberfest at least once in their life. It is a fantastic experience with too much fun to be had. Beer, food, music, incredible people, an excuse to go to Germany, what more could you want? Prost!
Written by Katherine Reynolds
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