Backpackers’ Tips for Oktoberfest 2018

Oktoberfest

Munich is famous for its beer-drinking culture, lively biergarten and quality brews – all of which is celebrated most spectacularly in the city at the annual Oktoberfest.

Munich is famous for its beer-drinking culture, lively biergarten and quality brews – all of which is celebrated most spectacularly in the city at the annual Oktoberfest.

Attracting millions of visitors from across the globe each year, the event (which actually occurs at the end of September, despite its name) is packed full of tasting, dancing and raucous Bavarian-style partying!

As the world’s biggest beer festival, there’s really nothing quite like it but it can be a little expensive and overwhelming, so here’s our tips on how to get the most out of this Oktoberfest.

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  1. Getting there on the cheap

    With low cost airlines regularly connecting Munich with most other European cities, it’s easy to find a flight to suit your budget. Booking well in advance (or sometimes right at the last minute) can produce further savings but a bit of research and price comparison goes a long way towards finding a great deal.

  2. Budget accommodation

    Luckily there are plenty of good, cheap Munich hostels concentrated in the city center within stumbling distance of the Oktoberfest site at Theresienwiesen. However, as the festival is so popular with travelers and backpackers, the quality hostels always fill up fast, so it’s advisable to book early for the best value. used expedia coupon code for  hotels cheap and Value

  3. Beat the crowds

    The scale of Oktoberfest can seem daunting at first, with thousands of people packed into the 14 tents filling up the tables. Heading down to the site at lunchtime (especially on weekdays) can offer some welcome peace and quiet to complement your pint. It tends to get busier and busier throughout the day so arriving early also helps you stake out some space for the rest of the evening’s partying!

    Oktoberfest

  4. Be prepared

    Unfortunately it’s not possible to take your own food or drink into the festival, and inside prices have soared thanks to the captive audience, with dinner working out particularly pricey. Eating a hearty breakfast can help line your stomach and cut down on costs, and you could even enjoy a cheaper pint or two before entering the festival as well!

  5. Budget realistically

    No matter how you approach it, Oktoberfest can work out rather pricey, even when staying in a cheap hostel and trying not to buy over-priced meals. Although great quality, the same six breweries are responsible for supplying the beers every year and they’ve pushed up the cost of a liter to around €8. So if you come expecting to splash out a bit – and budget accordingly – then you’ll be well equipped to fully experience the atmosphere and merriment of this unique event!