Ever heard of Oktoberfest?? Well, It’s pretty much Disneyland for adults. I was lucky enough to travel to Munich for Oktoberfest back in 2012. It is still to this day, one of the best trips I have ever been on.
Getting there: Flights from the US to Munich can be anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000. Luckily for me, I was already in Prague and took a quick 6 hour train to Munich. I believe we paid around $110 for our round trip ticket. The trains had private cabins that can fit up to 6 passengers. They served snacks, drinks and alcohol on the train.
Stay: Wies’n Camp – although this campsite is not in the same area as Oktoberfest (20 minutes away by train), a ton of attendees stay at this campsite! We rented a tent for around $50 a night for 4 people. The tent is provided but, you will need to bring your own blankets and pillows (you can rent them from the campsite) You can also rent RVs, containers and lofts. They also have showers and bathrooms to use. Oktoberfest usually ends pretty early (around 10pm) but, the campsite has a beer tent that is open until 4am!
Transportation: From the Munich train station you take the S-Bahn to the Riem station which is a 5 minute walk from Wiesn’ Camp. There will be a lot of people taking the train, almost everyone getting off at the Riem station is headed to Wiesn’camp so follow the crowd!
Day 1: Our first stop was the Hofbrau Festzelt (known for being one of the craziest tents). We were SO lucky to find a table of study abroad students that let us sit with them but, you must know they close off the entrance to the tents when all the tables are filled. My biggest piece of advice would be to get there early to secure a table! The steins are usually about 10 euros and 2 of them will definitely get you tipsy. Eat: Pretzels & Sausages!!
Day 2: When I said Oktoberfest was like Disneyland for adults, I didn’t just mean that it is the happiest place on earth – they also have roller coasters and rides! We strategically planned to ride some before we began drinking on day 2. After a few rides, we headed to the Armbrustschutzen – Festhalle which serves Paulaner beer. This tent was not as crazy as the other tent but, had plenty of food options! Eat: Roast chicken or knuckle of pork.
Day 3: There is PLENTY to see in Munich outside of Oktoberfest. We wandered through the English Garden for HOURS. Perfect place to pick up some sandwiches/adult beverages and have a picnic in the park. We came across some expert river surfers on the Eisbach at Haus der Kunst (edge of the English Garden). We also toured around Marienplatz and dipped our wallets in the “fish fountain” for good fortune!
If I had one more day in Munich, I would have definitely visited The Neuschwanstein Castle which is about 1.5 hours from Munich. This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle! Reserve tickets a few days ahead of time here.