Oktoberfest Munich 2023 Tour
Join the most famous beer festival in the world – Oktoberfest Munich, and enjoy the cheerful Bavarian atmosphere!
Everything You Need To Know About Oktoberfest in Munich
The opening day of Oktoberfest is Sept. 16, and it lasts until Oct. 3. The beer festival typically lasts for 16 days, the last day being the first Sunday in October. However, if those 16 days fall before Oct. 3, it will last 17 or 18 days.
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What is Oktoberfest?
Munich’s Oktoberfest began as a wedding celebration 200 years ago when Bavaria’s Crown King Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Drinks, feasts, and horse races were held throughout the wedding celebration. Since then, the celebration has become an annual event.
There are Oktoberfest celebrations worldwide, but the main event is held in Munich, Germany, where the first Oktoberfest was held in 1810.
Oktoberfest is primarily associated with beer, but the festival’s traditions go way beyond that. While the beer tents provide drinks, they only play traditional Bavarian music. The original six Munich breweries still provide beer. You will also catch many people dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing – dirndls and lederhosen.
Easy Way to Attend the Famous Beer Festival!
If you are visiting Munich City in the second half of September, experiencing Oktoberfest is a must-do thing. The best way to attend the festival is by going on one of the Oktoberfest tours. That way, you will avoid crowds of people, and it will be much easier to find your way around many Oktoberfest beer tents.
Munich: Oktoberfest 2023 Tour Description
There’s nothing quite like Oktoberfest in Munich. It’s the world’s most extensive beer, and folk festival celebrated each fall in Bavaria for over two centuries.
Explore the festival grounds by joining this fun and unique tour. During your tour guide’s explanation, you’ll learn about the history of Oktoberfest and how to best appreciate the “Wiesn,” as it’s known locally. You will have a table reserved specifically for your group inside one of the massive beer tents after your guides give you an overview of this annual festival of beer and culture. The tour price includes a couple of liters of beer and a plate of food (usually a half chicken, the traditional Oktoberfest dish).
All of our Munich Oktoberfest tour groups are limited in size. That means that you will be able to enjoy your tour to the fullest. And your tour guide will be able to answer all of your questions. Your guide will be an Oktoberfest veteran who knows how to make the most fun out of the event and is also a master of ensuring everyone has a fantastic time.
- Transportation to the Oktoberfest venue
- Experienced, English-speaking tour guide
- VIP reservation at a table inside the beer tent
- Vouchers for 2 liters of beer and a half chicken (or other drinks/food of comparable value)
- Additional food and drinks (available for purchase)
- Guide gratuity (optional)
- Karlsplatz 4 (in the plaza, past the Sixt car rental office)
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Enjoy traditional Bavarian beer and have fun at Oktoberfest!
Oktoberfest Munich FAQs, Answered
What is the meaning behind Oktoberfest?The first Oktoberfest was celebrated to commemorate Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The celebrations started on October 12, 1810, and ended on October 17, 1810. The festivities concluded with horse racing. Following a successful party, the couple decided to make it an annual event. The galas used to be held in October every year until the weather prompted them to be shifted to September.
Who is permitted to drink alcohol?In Germany, the legal drinking age is 16. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the age of 18.
What about the Oktoberfest beer?Oktoberfest exclusively serves Reinheitsgebot beer with a minimum alcohol content of 13.5% Stammwürze (6% ABV). Beer brewed in Munich must be consumed. These features apply to Oktoberfest beers. Oktoberfest Beer can be made by these breweries: Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu, Löwenbräu, Spatenbräu, and Staatliches Hofbräu-München.
What can you do at Oktoberfest?At Oktoberfest, there will be drinking, eating, revelry, and singing. It is made spectacular by tradition, ambiance, and spectacle.
Is Oktoberfest kid-friendly?Children are welcome on the festival grounds. Even if accompanied by their parents, children under the age of six must exit beer tents by 8 p.m. Evenings in the tents are unpleasant for both youngsters and adults. During a fair, children can enjoy carnival rides.
Do I have to wear the Bavarian costume?We support it. It’s a cultural thing! Traditional Trachten is worn by locals and tourists of all ages, with men wearing lederhosen and ladies wearing the Bavarian dirndl.
Oktoberfest Isn’t Only about Drinking
If you need a break from drinking, the fairground that surrounds the beer tents has rides and carnival games. You may encounter odd things throughout your visit.
7,000 performers, musicians, horses, oxen, and farm animals parade through Munich on the first weekend of Oktoberfest. 400 musicians will perform an outdoor concert if the weather permits.
This was such an amazing experience! Munich is a great city but going on this tour made my visit even more memorable.
So much fun!
Bavarian people sure know how to throw a celebration. This Oktoberfest tour was an amazing experience. So worth it!
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Good to Know Before the Tour!
- Bring cash with you! Credit cards are not accepted at the Oktoberfest food and beer tents.
- Make sure you bring comfortable shoes because there will be a lot of walking, and maybe even dancing.
- Wear weather-appropriate clothing because the tour runs rain or shine, and parts of the tour happen outdoors.
The Oktoberfest Celebrations
Oktoberfest, like your cousin’s wedding, features eating, drinking, and partying. People will enjoy the fair while dressed in traditional attire and drinking beer. Here are the other celebrations in store:
- Tapping the barrel (Opening Ceremony)
- Parade of Oktoberfest Breweries
- Costume and Riflemen’s Parade (first Sunday)
Foods to Try during Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest offers beer, food, and activities you might not find elsewhere during the year. A beer costs between $12 and $14 on average, while supper costs between $12 and $20. 5-7 dollars for a sausage (German sausage).
Oktoberfest is the time to indulge in traditional German fare. If you’re not familiar with German food, you may be unsure of what to try or avoid. Here are some Oktoberfest classics:
- Schweinshaxe: Schweinshaxe is a light and delicate ham hock.
- Brezn: Brezn are popular pretzels that come with sauces.
- Weißwurst: Weißwurst is a filling and tasty white sausage that is a great breakfast-to-lunch option.
- Prinzregententorte: Prinzregententorte is a delicious chocolate sponge cake with apricot jam and chocolate buttercream.
- Sauerkraut: This condiment has a wide range of applications.
- Reiberdatschi: Like Jewish latkes, these potato pancakes can be savory or sweet.
Oktoberfest Tour Highlights
Explore the festival grounds
- Tour the Oktoberfest grounds with an expert guide.
Enjoy the great atmosphere
- Experience the world-famous Oktoberfest firsthand and enjoy the incredible atmosphere inside of the beer tents.
Skip the Line Access
- Pre-reserved tent access saves you time waiting for a table.
Try authentic Bavarian Beer and Food
- You can enjoy two liters of beer and a typical Oktoberfest meal.
Learn German Phrases
These few German phrases will help you blend in at Oktoberfest. Experiment and try to use the following German phrases:
- “Cheers!” This is great for when drinking with strangers or pals.
- Tracht is a term that talks about traditional costumes, dirndls (for women), and lederhosen (for men).
- Pronounced as “geh-moot-ly-kite”, this is a term that characterizes Oktoberfest’s conviviality.
4 Tips for Oktoberfest Newbies
Here are some tips for first-time Oktoberfest attendees:
Please arrive on time.
- A reservation is not required. If you arrive early, there are several open seats. Expect to spend more time standing than sitting during the day.
Bring enough cash.
- For this event, cash is more convenient than using e-payments and debit and credit cards.
Keep yourself hydrated.
- Avoid getting too excited. Carry a bottle of water with you to consume in between beers. Dehydration is common.
Opt for al fresco dining.
- The festival’s cuisine is excellent, but it is pricey. Eat outside the event grounds to save money.
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Munich: Oktoberfest Tour 2023
Explore the Oktoberfest grounds by joining this unique tour. Your guide will tell you all about the history of Oktoberfest. Have a seat at the reserved table inside a beer tent and enjoy traditional Bavarian music, refreshing beer, and delicious food. Get the whole experience of this annual festival of beer and culture.