The Ultimate Guide To Celebrating Oktoberfest In 2019

Munich’s Oktoberfest is famous for being the biggest and best beer festival in the world and also one of Germany’s most popular tourist attractions. This year it starts on Saturday, 21st September and finishes on Sunday, 6th October. We’ve rounded up the best tips for Oktoberfest, from the perfect outfit to what else to see in Munich and how to get in the right mood even when you can’t make it to Germany…

1. The Outfit

The typical outfit at Oktoberfest is the Dirndl, a very feminine dress which is based on traditional clothing of Alps peasants. If you want to go for something a bit more casual or are planning to leave the Oktoberfest grounds to explore the city, you can’t go wrong with checks. Mix and match with satin pieces and add some colour pop accessories.

2. What else to do in Munich



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The Marienplatz is Munich’s central square. It is filled with little shops and has a great view of German architecture. Grab a few snacks and just wander around for a bit to escape the Oktoberfest madness for a bit.

The English Garden


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The English Garden is a huge public park that spans across the city. Go to one of the many restaurants and beer gardens (if you still fancy beer) and eat some traditional German food. There are also many unique buildings, such as the Chinese Tower.



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Eisbach is a surf spot on the river where people can surf on the continuous wave that appears. The water moves pretty fast so it is not recommended for beginners but it is also fun to just watch!

Neuschwanstein Castle


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Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the world’s most iconic castles and it has even been used as an inspiration for many Disneyland parks. It only two hours away from Munich, so if you have a bit of time, make sure to go there for the perfect instagram snaps.

Müller’sches Volksbad


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If you want to have some quiet time away from the crowds, check out Müller’sches Volksbad on the right bank of the Isar. Its beautiful architecture won’t disappoint, especially if you have a taste for Art Nouveau design…

3. Celebrations elsewhere in Europe

If you can’t attend Oktoberfest in Munich, there’s no reason to be sad. There are numerous celebrations happening elsewhere in Europe…

Cannstatter Volksfest, Stuttgart


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Interested in celebrating in southern Germany but want to avoid the crowds in Munich? Go to the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart!

Friday, 27th September – Sunday, 13th October

La Oktoberfest Madrid


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At this Bavarian weekend-take-over in central Spain you can expect to find your favourite Bavarian dishes and German beer. As this festival has become very popular, booking a table is recommended.

Thursday, 24th October – Saturday, 26th October

Oktoberfest London


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In Millwall Park in a giant tent for thousands of people you can experience everything that makes London’s Oktoberfest. There are also many more celebrations in London or, alternatively, you could go to the famous Oktoberfest Pub in Fulham that offers a huge selection of more than 60 German beers, endless Oktoberfest fun and authentic Bavarian cuisine all year round.

Thursday, 3rd October – Sunday, 6th October & Thursday, 10th October – Sunday, 13th October

4. Phrases you should know

Learning a few useful German phrases is an excellent way to make communication easier and to impress any Germans you meet along the way:

Servus – Hello! [Bavarian greeting]

Danke – Thanks!

Prost! – Cheers!

Ist hier noch frei? – Is this spot free?

Eine Maß, bitte – A beer, please.

5. Some additional tips

Stay hydrated

Remember to drink a lot of water while you’re at Oktoberfest, especially to feel fresh the day after the celebrations in order to enjoy Oktoberfest to the fullest…

Arrange a meeting point

The festival grounds are huge. It’s best to set a meeting point in case your group gets separated as you might not have a signal all the time.

Keep your stuff safe

Only bring the essentials of what you need and be sure to keep them. Also, remember to take cash because otherwise you will end up queuing at a cash point for ages and will miss most of the festival fun.

…And now: PROST!