Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival that focuses on beer, community, and culture. The Munich festival draws locals and visitors from around the world who come to celebrate and enjoy the attractions, parades, food, and beer. Follow these tips to ensure a smooth trip to visit Oktoberfest 2017.
Planning Your Travel Dates
Oktoberfest 2017 will take place from September 16th to October 3rd. You can stay for the whole festival or only plan to spend a few days enjoying the beer tents and attractions. Planning a longer stay will allow you to spend more time seeing all the festival has to offer, although a short visit will not leave you disappointed. You can use these special event dates to help you plan your visit:
- Saturday, September 16: 11 am parade followed by the Opening Ceremony at 12 noon
- Sunday, September 17: 10 am parade of traditional costumes
- Tuesday, September 19: Family Day #1 (lower cost for performances and rides)
- Thursday, September 21: 10 am Traditional Religious Mass
- Sunday, September 24: 11 am Traditional Brass Bands concert in front of the Bavaria statue
- Tuesday, September 26: Family Day #2 (lower cost for performances and rides)
- Tuesday, October 3: 12 noon traditional Gun Salute on the steps of the Bavaria monument
Book Your Travel Early
Whether you decide to travel by plane, train, or bus, it is important to book your travel as early as possible. Visitors from around the world travel to visit Oktoberfest, so you want to beat the rush and book as early as you are able.
Where to Stay
Throughout the city of Munich you can find many hotels and budget hostels. Hostels provide inexpensive lodging and a community feel that is popular for young travelers. Hotels provide more luxurious and private bedrooms with a higher price tag.
There are some hostels that provide lodging specifically for Oktoberfest visitors. Check out the Oktoberfissa Campsite to stay with other visitors and make friends while you are there.
Wherever you decide to stay, book as early as possible to make sure there is a room available.
What to Bring
While you want to have everything you need while you travel, make sure you don’t over-pack. You’ll end up having to carry around items you could have gone without, and you’ll have less room for souvenirs at the end of your trip. Make sure you have these essential items before you depart:
- Clothing: The fall weather in Munich can be cool during the evenings, so bring layered clothing that allows you to make adjustments as needed. Bring shorts, long pants, 2-3 tee shirts, 2-3 long-sleeved shirts, and a warm sweater or jacket. Don’t forget your good walking shoes.
- Toiletries: Make sure you bring along extra sunscreen and lip balm for the time you’ll spend outside each day.
- Travel Documents: Bring your passport and a photocopy, printed information for your transportation arrangements, and the address of your hotel or hostel.
- Phrasebook and Map: Print a map of Munich and any other areas you plan to visit and keep this with you at all times. Bring a phrasebook to help you communicate with those who don’t speak English.
Enjoy the Festival
Make sure you take note of where your hostel or hotel is located before you depart for the festival. You’ll want to be able to find it even in the dark after a few beers, so write down any notes you might need. Once you understand the layout of the city, enjoy the festivities of Oktoberfest 2017. Take pictures, meet new friends, and talk to the locals for a full and enriching experience. Click here for more information on the attractions, events, and dates of Oktoberfest 2017.