Ludwigs first encounter with the world’s largest Volksfest
Months ago I had already announced it in one of my earlier posts on Dirndl Trachten. I was planning to go to the Oktoberfest and definitely wanted to experience this event myself. Well, I did it! Booked a flight to Munich, stayed there for 2 days and just got back. I am deeply impressed by what I’ve seen over there. What a blast. So many people and different nationalities. All of them drinking, partying and having fun together at the biggest festival in the world. Great! And because I can still feel the rush of the Wiesn, I want to share my tips with you as soon as possible!
6 Golden tips to have a terrific Oktoberfest
For those of you who would like to experience this event the way I did, here are my 6 Golden tips for a terrific time at the Oktoberfest. Not only at the Wiesn, but also during your stay at the hotel and in the city.
#1. Dress to impress
Start with some serious research for the perfect Trachten outfit. I really think you should dress for this special occasion. It will give you that ‘gewisse etwas’ (certain feeling) you actually belong at the Wiesn. I know there are still loads of people who show up in jeans and sneakers. But trust me, do spend some money on a Dirndl or Lederhosen outfit. You won’t regret it. It will boost the fun factor and makes you feel a bit like a native Bavarian. If you need some inspiration, or want to know more about the best brands and online shops, check my earlier posts on Dirndl and Lederhosen Trachten.
I had the privilege to wear this gorgeous silk Dirndl, which was lent to me by designer Kinga Mathe especially for the Oktoberfest. This Dirndl has the perfect couture fit for me. Wearing it gave me the ultimate feminine feeling. Love the details and the beautiful color combination of deep purple, olive and the stunning ribbons in gold.
#2. If you have it: flaunt it, if you don’t: fake it!
The Dirndl dress is designed to show your femininity to the fullest. So flaunt it if you have it! Don’t worry if you don’t. Buy a push-up bra, it will give you that particular ‘balcony’ effect.
And for you guys. Make sure to complete your Lederhosen Tracht with ‘Loferl’ ( wool calf warmers ). It gives your outfit that real Bavarian finishing touch and makes your Lederhosen look a bit more edgy.
#3. Stay at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
This is the hotel where you want to stay if you are in Munich. The Wiesn and the city center are both within walking distance. The hotel offers everything you expect from a 5-star deluxe hotel. A janitor who arranges your tickets to the best tents, wonderful beds to recover from an intense day on the Wiesn, a relaxing spa for a nice facial or manicure and last but not least exclusive Hermès toiletries in your private bathroom. But perhaps most importantly during the Oktoberfest, the cosy hotel bar which is open until late at night. Have a glass of champagne to end your day in style. The staff does everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible. In particular trainee Wouter of the Hotel Management School in The Hague knows how to pamper his guests.
#4. Drink the Mass. But don’t forget to eat
Eating is perhaps even more important than drinking. Of course the beer brings you faster into the party mood, but to be able to sustain your stay in the tent as long as possible, it is very important to eat. The food in the tents is delightful. They serve delicious tender chicken or duck, sausage and cheese platters and also the famous Käzespätzle. All dishes are of very good quality and taste great.
#5. Walk around and discover the various tents
Have a look in the various tents. Each brewery has its own tent and own beer. And therefore each tent has its own style. We have been in the Paulaner Festzelt, Winzerer Fähndl. A huge tent with space for 8,000 seats and 3,000 standing places. A live band in the middle of the tent plays typical German ‘Schlager’ music. This tent has a very relaxed and international atmosphere and we enjoyed the delicious grilled chicken very much. Another tent that we’ve visited was Kufflers Weinzelt. This is my personal favorite, because it is the only tent where they serve excellent wines, Nymphenburg sparkling wine and champagne off all classes. Many visitors consider the Weinzelt as the most beautiful Oktoberfest tent. I totally agree! It’s the only tent that stays open late, until after midnight. All the other ones close at 23.00 pm. In Kufflers Weinzelt you can order beer until 21:00 pm. After that it’s all about wine and champagne. The band is great. They play all the hits you hope to hear. You simply keep on dancing ( had to walk back to the hotel barefoot! ) and singing.
Make sure to make reservations if you want to go there on the weekends. Otherwise you can’t get in and you have to stand in line for quite some time.
Paulaner Festzelt. Winzerer Fähndl
Champagne at Kufflers Weinzelt
#6. Do some sightseeing during the day
München is a beautiful, old city. I recommend to do some sightseeing or shopping to feel the vibe of this city and to distract yourself from the hangover. There are some very nice shopping areas and a number of high-end fashion and beauty department stores. We looked around at Hirmer, Ludwig Beck, Oberpollinger and last but not least Lodenfrey. If you like to shop exclusive brands, these are the stores to visit. And…make sure to take your credit card with you.
For those of you who want to have more background information from a Munich native, I recommend to read this Oktoberfest blog as well. Enjoy your stay in München, I am pretty sure you will be back next year!
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