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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Oktoberfest, Munich 2019: When is it, How to go and Where to stay

This year’s Munich 2019 Oktoberfest runs from Saturday, September 21 through Sunday, October 6

Oktoberfest is one of the world’s great seasonal festivals. It is held every fall in Munich, Bavaria, and in other locations around the world.

The first Oktoberfest was celebrated in Munich in 1810 in honor of Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began October 12, 1810, and lasted for almost a week, until October 17. All citizens of Munich were invited to a meadow (Wies'n) situated in front of the city tower, subsequently renamed the Theresienwiese in honor of the bride. The public celebrations ended with an exciting horse race. After such a spectacular party, the happy couple decided that the same type of festival should be continued annually. In the following years, the galas were repeated every October, prolonged and, eventually moved forward into September primarily because of the weather.

 In 1896, businessmen working with the breweries in Munich built the first giant beer tents at Oktoberfest, and beer drinking has been the primary focus ever since. Today, the Oktoberfest is the
best known beer festival around the world and has been replicated on all continents. In 2011, the Oktoberfest hosted 6.9 million visitors from around the world who drank 7.5 million liters of beer and ate the equivalent of 118 oxes and 522,821 roasted chickens. At the center of the spectacle are 14 large beer tents, which are set-up along the Wirtsbudenstrasse in the northern part of Theresienwiese. These have seating capacity of up to 8,500 inside the tent and additional hundreds or thousands of seats in the adjacent beer gardens.

The beer tents are still set up each year at Oktoberfest on the Theresienwiese, named in honor of the Crown Prince’s bride. Today the Munich festival also features a large midway and fair, and always lots of eating and beer drinking.

This year’s Munich 2019 Oktoberfest runs from Saturday, September 21 through Sunday, October 6, and it is expected that more than 6 million foreigners will visit the city. They will be there for the non-stop festivities — “endless rounds of beer, sausages, toasts, dances, parades and oompah bands.”

Bavaria is a distinctively Catholic area and carries on the Catholic tradition of celebrating the abundance of the earth with lots of jovial merrymaking, hearty eating, and unrestrained drinking.

Visitors come from all over North America and around the world to share in the spirit of Gemuetlichkeit. As in Munich, numerous Festhallen (large beer tents) are set up around the community, and the trademark eating, drinking, and celebrating takes place day and night for two weeks.

Getting There:

Munich has a big airport with plenty of direct connections to destinations across
the world. Munich (MUC) offers hundreds of international flights. It is well connected to the town center by public train or airport bus shuttle.  Cheapoair.com and Cheapflights.com are two of the popular websites offering great deals on flights to Munich (MUC). For travelers from the United Kingdom, great rates on Flights from London to Munich can be found at Skyscanner.net.

 Oktoberfest Accommodations:

It is suggested that visitors choose a hotel close to central station. This will allow you to walk to the
festival and back. The airport trains stop here, and the city and the region can be explored with ease.

Popular online hotel services such as Booking.com and Hotels.com offer a good selection of hotels in Munich, also close to central station.  Munich hotels encourage that you book early for Oktoberfest.

Here is a selection of popular hotels within walking distance to the fest:

And here are some of the finest hotels in Munich:

Another more lively accommodation option is Oktoberfest All Inclusive Camping

This campsite provides all-inclusive accommodation during Munich's Oktoberfest (September/October). Only 6.2 miles from Munich city center, Oktoberfest All Inclusive Camping is easily accessible by a bus that stops right outside.

For a daily additional charge of EUR 10, guests are welcome to help themselves to unlimited beer and sangria at the Stoke Open Bar.

A hot and hearty breakfast is provided each morning. Every evening there is a complimentary barbecue campsite party with a live DJ.

Oktoberfest All Inclusive Camping has a 24-hour front desk, WiFi access, a common area with music, an open bar and games. It is 1.9 miles from München-Pasing Train Station and 19.9 miles from Munich Airport.

Please note that the accommodation offered is a fun, loud and party-filled experience. Guests should not come here seeking peace and tranquility.

For more details on Oktoberfest All Inclusive Camping check out the special offers at Booking.com .

There are also a growing number of family and cultural events including presentations highlighting German traditions, language, clothing, dancing, music, and cuisine.

Oktoberfest is a festival full of life, fun, and energy. If you have the chance to be in Europe during late September/ Early October, this is a festival that you wont want to miss.

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