Do you hear that?? “CLANG” The most beautiful sound in the world! The sound of liters of beer clanging together in a giant tent filled with 10,000+ people from all over the world! The sound that will forever change your life.
Oktoberfest is more than just a festival.. Its paradise, and I’m not talking about palm trees on a beach sipping margaritas paradise. No, picture you died and went to heaven, and there was a giant party when you got there.. That kind of paradise! Or as I like to refer to it as Disneyland for adults! Everyone dressed up as Bavarians wearing lederhosen and dirndl, dancing on tables, and singing songs with strangers. What more could you ask for..
I decided to stay in a tent at a campground during the festival and if you’re a solo traveler like myself its not only the cheapest but the best way to make friends! Immediately upon arriving I received a welcome beer and became friends instantly with a group of people from Australia, USA, and France who all just met that day. We all proceeded to go down to the festival and find us a table. The moment we arrived it was madness! Now if you are shy Oktoberfest might not be for you. Getting a table is somewhat hectic. Aussie(I forgot his name) and I decided to split from the group since it would be easier for two people to get in a table vs 15 of us. We immediately got invited to a table by a group of German girls and from then on it was nothing but pure happiness! A couple of my friends from my hometown that I haven’t seen in 4 years later joined us.
For the remainder of the weekend we decided that the Paulaner Festzelt tent, would be OUR TENT! We were there from morning to close. Now all tents have a different vibe and scenery, and if you are a party animal like us.. This is the tent to be at! Dance parties on top of tables, clanging beers yelling prost, and singing songs with strangers. Weeks after coming home you will still hear the “clang” and people chanting “oh oh oh ohhhhhh oh.” I still wake up randomly thinking I’m there. The vibe of this tent had everyone smiling from ear to ear.
Our last full day we decided to go down early and experience the festival fully by getting our own table, riding rides, and eating pretzels and sausages. Well due to the fact that their was a huge after party at my campsite the night before I was up until 3am seeing what other countries I could explore.(wink) By the time we made it down it was 10/11am and we were hurting so we figured what other way to fix a massive hangover then some jagerbombs followed up with a espresso. We finally made it to “our tent” around noon and it was packed! So much that we couldn’t even get a table to order beers. We found these two Australian girls standing off to the side so we decided to join them. We partied with them for the remainder of the night. We introduced them to jagerbombs, ate dinner with them, and even went on rides together. If there’s one ride I recommend doing its the swings from 100m up above! The view of the whole festival is out of this world! I would probably say that those 60 seconds 100m above swinging around was the happiest moment of my life.
Being with four girls you think it would be easy to get a table.. So I told them to stick their chest out and maybe we will get lucky. Well we got lucky but it was because of my friend’s ravishing hair.. who would of thought. After hours of clanging beers, falling off tables, and screaming “ozi ozi ozi, Oy Oy Oy” the tent closed down.. But the night was not over for us. Far from over! Around 11pm the tents close and everyone proceeds to go to these parks with picnic tables to drink and eat a snack before continuing to drink like theirs no tomorrow. After some wieners and more jager we decided to find a bar to dance at. No clue where were at we decide to follow the crowd.(when in doubt follow the locals) The rest of the night was a shitshow.. We danced the night away and clearly we looked like foreigners so the whole club was loving us. I wish there was more I could tell you about the night besides us losing my friend for a little and me waking up with my shoes gone but after drinking for 12-14 hours we were all gone..
So here are a few Do’s and Don’ts if you plan on attending Oktoberfest!
- Dress up! Buy a lederhosen or dirndl trust me its half the experience and you’ll also look out of place if you dont
- Party at the Paulaner tent at least one night!(you wont be disappointed)
- Bring cash! Lots of it! Beers average around 12-15 euros for a liter.
- Utilize the metro. Prices for taxis and uber are tripled during this time of the year.
- Experience the breathtaking views from the swings and Ferris wheel.
- Be rude to the ladies giving out beers. They will purposely skip you and make you wait.
- Stand on top of the tables. Easy way to get dragged out.
- Be a badload. Don’t be that person that pukes everywhere and ruins it for everyone around them!
- Most importantly! Don’t be a dick!
**Bring a thirst for beer and your smile and you are sure to have a life changing experience. You will meet some of the friendliest people there. We all have one purpose during Oktoberfest! Drink and have a great time! PROST!!!!!**