Munich. It’s famous for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, and the world’s biggest and messiest beer festival: Oktoberfest.
It’s unlike anything you’ll ever experience in your life. Imagine 6 million people in a single square, all outrageously drunk, dressed like characters from the Sound of Music, and dancing stupidly to Bon Jovi on table tops.
And that’s not even half of what you have to look forward to.
As the festival is one of the most popular to ever exist, then you’re going to need to book ASAP to find accommodation. You only have 11 months and 2 weeks to get everything ready for the trip of your life.
If you’re still not convinced, then here’s 10 reasons that will instantly change your mind:
1) The beer
The beer comes in a huge Stein, and it’s deadly. I’m convinced the beer is stronger at Oktoberfest than a local German pub, you’ll only need 2 or 3 to set you for the night. If you don’t like beer so much then don’t worry, try a Radler (beer and lemonade) it’s much sweeter.
2) The Rides
The naïve may think that Oktoberfest is purely just for drinking beer. But they are so wrong. The rides even rival those at Thorpe Park. Ghost trains, walzers, roller-coasters… there’s basically a theme park in amongst the beer tents. Just make sure you don’t get on a fast one after a few Steins….
3) The Music
What more could you ask for than a live oompah-band playing classic hits. Make sure you learn a few classic German songs too – those ones get rather roudy and are SO FUN to get involved in.
4) Getting there
While you learn a German song, make sure you learn the German chant Allee Allee Alle (Eine Strasse Viele Baeume) for the journey to Oktoberfest so that you can join in with everyone, especially if you’re taking the underground. (You’ll recognize the tune.)
5) The beer
6) The dancing
It’s fun… It’s stupid and you have to try it.
7) The dressing up
They are SO worth the investment. But ladies, be careful when you tie your apron. If you put the bow on the right, then it means you’re taken. If you have the bow on the left, you are single. And if you have the bow in the middle then it means you’re a virgin.
Just a heads up.
8) The atmosphere
It’s rowdy and its buzzing. There’s no place else that you’ll get the Oktoberfest atmosphere. Everyone is happy and having a good time – even the police are seen to crack a smile every now and again!
9) The beer