Today in New Delhi, India
Dec 12, 2018-Wednesday
New Delhi
  • Humidity
  • Wind

Top 10 things to do at Oktoberfest

Want a holiday with a punch? Head to the Oktoberfest in Munich, and do as we say!

india Updated: Sep 15, 2010 03:04 IST

Every autumn, millions head to Munich to celebrate that hoppy concoction that we all know as beer. Oktoberfest, the grand German fete for the beverage made from fermented barley and yeast, starts September 18. If you, too, are planning to get high the German way, here’s a list of the top 10 things to do in Munich during Oktoberfest.

The biggest tents

If you’re going for the festivities at the Wiesn (the main area), be sure to check out the big hitters that are well-known and highly anticipated each year. ‘L wenbr u’ can’t be missed — enormous in size and known for its gigantic lion, it takes the intensity of beer consumption to a higher level.

BeerLearn a few phrases

You don’t want to be stuck in the tent, clueless about how to connect with people. Learn a few German phrases to help you stay on track.

Biddscheen: Please

Heisl: Toilet

Bierdimpfe: Notorious beer drinker, or "tavern potato." (Hint: don’t become one)

Ma : One litre of beer. Not your mother!

Public transportation

Parking at the tents is nearly impossible, and all experts on the subject recommend taking public transportation.

Check out bike tours

Munich is arguably one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Mike’s Bike Tours provides four-hour tours through the city. They are safe and fun.

Explore Marienplatz

The city’s centre is a 12th-century wonder, and is known as the heart of Munich. Great for sight-seeing, shopping and dining.

Shop at Viktualienmarkt

After you spend time in Marienplatz, walk over to Viktualienmarkt, a daily farmer’s market where you’ll find a massive variety of fresh and regional food.

Beer at Hofbr uhaus

If you want a taste of authentic Munich brew, but don’t feel like braving the storm of the Wiesn, head to the most famous beer hall in the world — Hofbr uhaus. Built in 1589, it’s filled with old, long wooden tables with age-old engravings.

Take a hike

Burn those beer calories by climbing up the 306 steps of Munich’s oldest church, St Peter’s (called Alter Peter). The summit holds some of the most memorable views.

Get back to nature

One of the world’s largest urban public parks, the English Garden has an artificial stream where surfers can to ride the small waves.

Go see a castle

In the woods of Bavaria stands a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace — Neuschwanstein Castle. Don’t miss it.

Reuters Life

Interesting facts about Oktoberfest

First Take: The first Oktoberfest took place in 1810 in Munich, and it was actually a celebration to honour the wedding of the Bavarian prince Ludwig and princess Therese.

Change in month: The Oktoberfest begins in September for a very simple reason. In Germany, the evenings and nights can get very cold in October, so to ensure high attendance, authorities decided to move the celebration to the end of September, keeping the name same.

Name Game: The local name for Oktoberfest, ‘Wies’n,’ is derived from Theresienwiese, the name of the field on which the festival is held.

Double Century: Oktoberfest will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2010.

First Published: Sep 14, 2010 17:16 IST