Oktoberfest: The best of Beer & Pretzels

This year marked my first (but certainly not last) visit to Oktoberfest. A Beer festival located in Munich, Germany. The festival lasts around 18 days, so you have plenty of time to visit and it runs from the middle of September until the beginning of October. This year marked the 184th year of Oktoberfest, which began when Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. So many thanks to those two!

Many people spend a few days at the festival however having only spent the day there, I think it's the right amount of time to spend at the festival, it gives you plenty of time to see and do everything. I had no expectations leading to the event, but was pleasantly surprised when I arrived. The venue was huge and it resembled a carnival, with plenty of rides and halls where the (excessive) drinking and eating takes place. 

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Ok great, but why should l attend? 

Where do I begin? The experience is second to none. Majority of people are dressed up in Bavarian Clothes with guys wearing lederhosen, and girls, dirndls. Some of the costumes were really impressive. I'm definitely going to have to step up my game next time. Be aware the costumes can be quite expensive, if you're wanting to get a proper one. However there are ways to find cheaper ones, or borrow one from a friend, if you're lucky enough to find someone.

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Tent Themes. Each tent has a different theme, and is decorated accordingly. We spent the day tent hopping, seeing what each one had to offer, which I enjoyed, being surprised by each one we visited. If you would like to prepare and find out which ones to go to and what they mean, follow this link.

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Food/Beer. I mean you'd expect nothing less than to have great beer at the festival. Beer is usually bought by the liter, waiters are expected to be able to carry 6 of them at once, which is insane, because lifting one of them up to drink was hard enough. The cost of beer is between 10€ and 11€. The food is amazing! Pretzels are on offer at your every turn, and they are SO GOOD. Pretzels and Beer, perfect combo if you ask me. They also offer meals in each of the tents, from Chicken to Beef, to find out what else is on offer, follow this link.

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Oh, and by the end of the night, you will be dancing on tables, and you won't be alone, totally socially acceptable at this event. 

Tips?

Getting a table. Now you don't need to reserve a table, because before the early afternoon tables are available in each of the tents, however as it gets later it becomes busier and you'll notice the waiters running around setting up tables for those who have reserved them. So if you want to avoid standing and be reassured you have somewhere to sit, then I would reserve. We didn't reserve a table and it worked out well, maybe that was just luck. 

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Learn Ein Prosit. This will be the number one song you hear repeated throughout the day. With the live band in the hall stopping every so often to sing this song, reminding you it's time to drink. The song translates to celebrating the good times (and trust me you'll have plenty). So for those who want to get involved and learn for the upcoming Oktoberfest, here it is, and if you're like me and know zero German or how to pronounce words then the below pronounciation will definitely help:

German Ein Prosit Lyrics
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit. 

OANS! ZWOA! DREI! G'SUFFA!

Guide to pronouncing the words

Ayn praw-seet, ayn praw-seet
Dare g-moot-lich-kite
Ayn praw-seet, ayn praw-seet
Dare g-moot-lich-kite!
OWNS! ZWO! DRY! GE-SUFA!

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So who's planning to go to the next Oktoberfest?

J E S S I C A x