Last month, I was lucky enough to experience one of the greatest German traditions of all time…Oktoberfest, or as the locals call it, Wiesn. Beer in giant mugs, even larger pretzels, fair rides, treats of all kinds, women in Dirndls, and men in Lederhosen everywhere.
The first part of the day was spent exploring the traditional Festzelts (Festival Tents). Listening to the bands playing polka and folk music set a perfect mood for a bit of beer drinking and socializing. I learned to sing along to one of their most famous songs, Ein Prosit, which is a toast or cheers in German.
I also joined in the tradition of wearing an authentic dirndl and picked out my very own Herzl. These heart shaped cookies are everywhere you look at Oktoberfest, all with unique sayings and decoration.
Oktoberfest at night takes on a whole new vibe. This becomes the more modern and younger scene. Neon lights from all the fair rides fill your view and the music turns to something like that of a club. You can’t help but feel excited and giddy like a kid. I was probably most excited to find Cotton Candy, or as said in German, Zuckerwatte Bitte!!
My advice for getting the full Oktoberfest experience- make a reservation with a Brewery tent for dinner. It gets very crowded at night and if you don’t have a reservation, chances are you won’t get in. There are multiple brewery tents such as Hofbrau Munich, Paulaner, Marstall, Lowenbrau, and Augustiner. The Hofbrau tent tends to be where many tourists from Australia, Ireland, and the UK go to party and dance.
Visiting Munich and Oktoberfest is a must if you come to Germany. Prepare yourself for an all day party and don’t forget to wear a Dirndl or Lederhosen!!
Tschus! Until next time!