Oktoberfest lastly returns this 12 months: a first-timers' information to all merry mayhem

After two years of canceled festivals, Oktoberfest returns September 17 – October 3, 2022 for what guarantees to be the most important, most-joyous celebration in its historical past.

Yearly, greater than seven million thirsty guests descend on the German metropolis of Munich for a two-and-a-half week celebration that includes parades, honest rides, conventional meals and music, and naturally, a lot of beer.

Oktoberfest might be an thrilling occasion for outsiders to expertise Bavarian tradition, however it may be hectic and tough to navigate for the uninitiated, significantly after a number of liters of Löwenbräu. Particularly this 12 months as extra crowds than ever will pack the competition grounds. Don’t fret – we’ve acquired you lined with this information to the competition of all festivals.

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Folks within the colourful ‘Spaten’ beer tent © FooTToo / Shutterstock

Milling the grain since 1810: a short historical past of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest started again in 1810 as a sequence of horse races honoring the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. It was such an enormous hit that it turned an annual occasion with extra actions popping up yearly. It wasn’t till the late nineteenth century that sausages and beer have been served. These days, the keg-tapping and numerous meaty morsels on supply are probably the most recognizable side of the occasion, together with the standard Bavarian garb.

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'Prost' is how you say 'cheers' in German
‘Prost’ is the way you say ‘cheers’ in German © kamisoka / Getty Pictures

The primary attraction: the hundreds of thousands of liters of beer

The very first thing to say is the sheer quantity of the alcohol – almost 7 million liters of beer are served yearly, together with 95,000 liters of wine. Waitresses adorned with the standard Dirndl and waiters donning Lederhosen ferry big frothing mugs, known as Masskruege, of beer to thirsty attendees. Even this straightforward act is a spectacle as they’re usually carrying an unbelievable quantity directly – the present world document is for 26 full Masskrug!

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Carrying on the traditional dancing at Oktoberfest
Carrying on the standard dancing at Oktoberfest © FooTToo / Shutterstock

All the good meals that’ll accompany the beer

The second most fun attraction is the meals – Bavarians will sometimes start a day on the Oktoberfest with some Weisswurst, a white sausage consisting of veal and bacon meat. Lunch is perhaps half a rotisserie rooster (Hendl), a roasted pork knuckle drowned in gravy (Schweinhaxen), or much more sausages. All through the day, guests who really feel the pang of drunken starvation can snack on pretzels, roasted almonds or a conventional shredded pancake dish known as Kaiserschmarrn.

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A marching band walks through the street during the Brewers' Parade at the start of Oktoberfest in Munich
A marching band walks by the road through the Brewers’ Parade firstly of the competition © Jesus Fernandez / Shutterstock

In the event you can nonetheless transfer in any case that beer and meals, the competition additionally has varied amusement rides, conventional Bavarian folks music exhibits, puppet exhibits and several other parades to observe. Regulars have additionally began a convention of rolling down a big hill whereas inebriated. Partake at your individual threat.

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The famed Marstall beer tent at Oktoberfest
The famed Marstall beer tent at Oktoberfest © FooTToo / Getty

Oktoberfest etiquette necessities

To ensure you don’t make an Arsch of your self at your first Oktoberfest, observe locals and common attendee’s easy do’s and don’ts.


  • Put on the fitting garments. Lederhosen and Dirndl should not obligatory, however in the event you’re going to commit, you must go the entire hog. Carrying your common garments received’t get you any undesirable consideration, and neither will the standard garb, however in the event you present up in a low-quality bachelor-party-style fancy gown costume, you threat offending fairly a lot of the competition’s attendees.
  • Eat earlier than you begin ingesting. There’s a motive the meals served within the tents is so hefty and filling – it may be arduous to trace what number of of these one-litre Masskruege you’re getting by.
  • E-book a desk. You’ll have a a lot nicer expertise and also you received’t want to attend within the infamously lengthy strains.
  • Goal for the tents’ aspect entrances to keep away from the strains. You’ll nonetheless want to attend, however possibly not as lengthy.
  • Take note of the way you tie your dirndl. There’s a historic code primarily based on the position of the bow; front-right means you’re married or in a relationship, front-left means you’re single and able to mingle, and entrance center means you’re a virgin. Sure, that is nonetheless a factor regardless of it being the twenty first century.
  • Take money. There are only a few ATMs out there, and you’ll anticipate to attend a sobering period of time to withdraw some money, so that you’ll need to have some notes and cash with you. Keep in mind that every beer is more likely to price round €11.
  • Be ready to listen to Angels by Robbie Williams rather a lot.

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Oktoberfest's fairground
A stroll by Oktoberfest’s fairground © FooTToo / Getty


  • Regardless of how a lot of a good suggestion it might sound through the eight airing of Angels, don’t stand on the tables. You don’t need to be on the incorrect aspect of an Oktoberfest safety guard.
  • The Lebkuchenherzen (gingerbread hearts) might look cute, however you’re a lot better off grabbing some Kaiserschmarrn in the event you’ve acquired hankering for one thing candy.
  • Don’t anticipate change from the wait employees. They’ve severely hectic jobs, so any the rest from the price of your drinks is assumed to be a tip.
  • Don’t depart it too late to guide lodging. With seven million individuals in attendance, the rooms are booked up rapidly. Tenting is an alternative choice, or you can think about staying a bit farther from the town and commuting to the competition.
  • After a number of drinks and sausages, don’t go to the bumper automobiles or amusement rides. This could go with out saying, however you received’t need to be strapped right into a seat 30 toes within the air when your beer decides to return again up.
  • Don’t drive. Parking is a nightmare and in the event you’re planning to pattern the area’s lovely beers, you received’t be capable to drive residence anyway.
  • Don’t be stunned by individuals snorting issues throughout you – sniffing tobacco is kind of frequent in Bavaria and, since smoking isn’t allowed within the tents, you’ll usually see individuals having a bit sniff.

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Aerial of the Marienplatz, New Town Hall and Frauenkirche in Munich
Make time to expertise different elements of Bavaria’s tradition in your Oktoberfest journey © S.Borisov / Shutterstock

Useful suggestions:

  • Watch out for the Kotzhügel. This affectionately named space, actually which means Puke Hill, is the place individuals who’ve overindulged go to alleviate themselves.
  • Control your belongings and ensure your pockets are safe. Like many giant public occasions, Oktoberfest can inevitably appeal to opportunist thieves.
  • It’s not all about ingesting beer, imagine it or not. Oktoberfest is admittedly about celebrating Bavarian tradition, so outsiders can be taught rather a lot from merely visiting varied sights and experiencing the vibe. You too can brush up in your brewing data, with varied methods to search out out extra about how the beer was made.

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How do I get there?

Munich’s Hauptbahnhof, the central station, is a brief stroll from the Oktoberfest celebrations, or the closest U-bahn stations are Theresienwiese or Schwanthalerhöhe. In the event you’re driving, it’s a good suggestion to go away your automotive at a Park & Journey or in a carpark and use public transport to get to the competition.

The wonders of Oktoberfest have unfold throughout Germany and throughout the globe. The second largest Oktoberfest celebration on this planet is definitely in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. You too can discover comparable copycat occasions in Berlin, Hannover, Blumenau, London, Pretoria, and numerous cities in america.

If you wish to attempt extra of Germany’s well-known beer, try our information to brewery hopping across the nation. You might additionally take a while to see extra of Munich, Bavaria, and the gorgeous Black Forest.

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