Just got back from a wonderful weekend in München. It was my second time at the Oktoberfest and it was even better than the first time! I reckon the more often you go the better it gets. They say, ‘good preparation is half the battle’ and that’s true. There are some things you can already take care of before heading to the biggest Volksfest in the world. Check my 5 tips below. These will definitely contribute to an even greater Oktoberfest experience!
Five Tips to have the Oktoberfest of your Dreams
#1. Send your luggage ahead
As I said, preparation is everything. Let me tell you about one of the cool things that I’ve recently discovered. Especially for all you busy, hard working moms out there this must sound like EUREKA!
There is this company called Travel-Light that collects your suitcase at your door a couple of days before departure and sends it ahead to your destination. Music to the ears, don’t you think? We all know the feeling and stress that comes with packing your stuff right before leaving for your trip. Still a million things to do, check and manage for your kids and hubby, before you can finally focus on your own bag. Arranging your own suitcase is always at the bottom of the to-do list. Check this video, there is no need to worry anymore, it’s possible to avoid stress and massive annoyance and still be the most lovable mom, before kissing your family goodbye for the weekend. Once you’re in the car heading for the airport, you will only be carrying your handbag. Both hands free for some serious tax-free shopping. Yeah!
#2. Learn the Wiesn songs by heart
The typical Wiesn songs, I love them, my true guilty pleasure. Learning them by heart is something you can start doing weeks in advance. Such a fun thing to do! There is this kind of shortlist with songs that comes back each year. If you like winter sports and have been to the Austrian mountains, you know the songs I’m talking about. Check it out here and you will rock the Oktoberfest. The Germans will definitely be proud of you!
#3. Invest in the Dirndl & wear it with pride
You guys know that I am a huge fan of wearing the traditional Dirndl Tracht. In earlier posts I’ve shared pictures of me wearing the most beautiful designs. I love going to the Oktoberfest, and party in the Zelts, but wearing the Dirndl is the thing that really makes me happy. Just like last year I got to wear 2 different ones of the Kinga Mathe Trachtencouture Fall-Winter Collection. A beautiful, classic deep red one and a stunning blue one, that I instantly fell in love with. Kinga is definitely one of my favorite designers and she did it again! She picked the most perfect ones for me to wear to the Wiesn.
I recommend investing in a beautiful Dirndl of the best quality. Even though it may be your first time and you’re not sure if you’re going to like it. Trust me, walking around and partying in a ‘to-die-for’ Dirndl is addictive, you want to go back to the Wiesn again, and again, and again….
#4. Relax, be happy and blend in
It’s actually quite simple and that’s what I love about it. The key thing about the biggest Volksfest in the world is friendship and having the best time while drinking and partying to the max. Relax, be happy and blend in. It’s a celebration of friendship.
#5. Go for the ‘Holy Grail’ Tents
So many great Zelts, so many nice places to go to at the Wiesn, but there are two ones that you should definitely try to get in. The ‘Holy Grails’ of the Wiesn; Käfer Wiesn Schänke and Kufflers Weinzelt. Both are very popular and everybody wants to get in there. As I mentioned earlier, Oktoberfest is about friendship and thanks to my newfound friends from last year and their commitment to get us inside, the doors of Käfer opened for us. A great experience! Käfer is well known for its delicious cuisine. One dish is even better than the other. You simply don’t know what to choose. We’ve tasted delicious things. The atmosphere and ambiance were truly beyond expectations. Inside you even forget that you’re in a Zelt. It’s beautifully decorated and all tables are covered with white tablecloths and fine glassware. The delicacies are served on large platters. Chic and sophisticated. I fully understand why they call it the gourmet temple. Kufflers Weinzelt is the other Grail. If you manage to get in, this is the place to party and dance. The band is great. They play all the hits, Hélene Fischer’s Wiesn hit Atemlos was even performed a couple of times. Unlike the other Zelts that all close at 23.00 hrs, this one is open until 00.30 hrs. A valuable extra 1,5 hour! Check this video to catch a glimpse of the vibe inside both Grails.
Let’s celebrate friendship and meet at the Wiesn, will you be there next year?