Oktoberfest is a major beer festival which attracts approximately 7 million visitors every year to experience and enjoy a 16-days event which showcases and guarantees the highest quality Bavarian brews! All beer served comes from the 6 major Bavarian breweries as per the 16th century Bavarian Beer Purity Law which is still enforced. These 6 major breweries are: Augustiner, Paulaner, Spaten, Löwenbräu, Hacker-Pschorr and Hofbräu.
This year, six friends and I got organized and planned a visit to the 2015 Oktoberfest during our Eid holiday break back in the Sultanate of Oman. It was such a favorable coincidence and thus we took this opportunity and made it happen.
Qatar Airways was our airline of choice, especially as we flew into Munich on their comfortable Dreamliner; and boy, it was a treat to fly in such spacious comfort.
Great site to start off:
Our Airbnb accommodation:
We stayed at a really stunning flat with a rooftop deck just 10 minutes away from the Oktoberfest fairground. Although we were told that after our departure this apartment would be off the market for an entire year as someone was leasing it for that time, this is the Airbnb listing for your perusal.
Once settled in and ready to make the most of our Oktoberfest experience, we embarked on an early (11 a.m.) visit to ground zero. We followed this decision as we really did not make proper arrangements to book ourselves within any of the major or minor tents.
First stop ...
Nonetheless, we found quite a few empty seats within the Hofbräu Festzelt tent and we just stayed there, listened to the oompah band, ate some wieners, made new friend, locals of course while making sure we stayed away from the rowdy tourists from the U.S.A.
Do note that this tent is the most popular biergarten with foreign tourist so you will find many flocking here at any given time!
For more information on reservations and/or which tent to go to, head back to Oktoberfest.de for beer tent info.
As the fun can't last forever while on free seating, we finally got kicked out at 3p.m. as that was the time that the majority of the patrons who had previously RSVP-ed were scheduled to arrive ... and so, our beer tent hopping started ...
So when at the Munich Oktoberfest, make sure you raise your newly bought Stein while at the largest popular beer festival in the world! ... and do remember, if you are on the Masskrüge bandwagon, do pace yourself as those 1-litter mugs will certainly make your Oktoberfest experience quite memorable.