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The beer is tapped!
And just like that, another 16 days of partying is kicked off for our Opening Weekend Packages at Oktoberfest.
Known as the Largest People’s Fair in the World, Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is Europe’s largest beer-drinking affair drawing 6-7 million visitors each year that consume more than 6 million liters (1 million gallons) of Bavarian brews. The first Oktoberfest occurred in 1810 with a horse race and fair to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (who became King Ludwig I) to Therese von Saxe, after whom “Theresienwiese” (the Oktoberfest grounds) was named (known as the “Wies’n” to locals). Though beer drinking didn’t become a major part of the celebration until 8 years later, Bavarian brews and food are now the major focal point of the event.
Opening Weekend Packages at Oktoberfest are a little bit different than the rest of the celebration. Oktoberfest kicks off with a parade on the second or third Saturday of September and commences at noon when the mayor of Munich taps the first barrel and cries “O’zapft is” (It’s open) after which party-goers join the drinking fest with a Prost! (Cheers!). Girls and guys alike dress in the traditional Lederhosen or Dirndls, respectively, and sing along with the ever-popular Bavarian drinking song Ein Prosit ein Prosit.
There are 14 main Bierzelts, or beer tents, at Oktoberfest that serve brews by the Mass (a 1-liter stein) to eager drinkers. Only six breweries are represented at Oktoberfest—Späten, Augustiner, Paulaner, Hacker-Poschorr, Hofbräu and Löwenbräu—ensuring the caliber expected of a Bavarian beer. Most tents also serve hearty German food including sauerkraut, sausages, hendl (chicken), käsespätel (cheese noodles), and ox tails. Brass bands and traditional oompah music can be heard throughout the festival, which is also filled with rides, bratwurst stands and kids’ activities.
3 Star Hotel Package – $1,495
4 Star Hotel Package – $1,695
Arrive into Munich, greeted at the airport and taken down the autobahn to your hotel.
11 AM – Watch the opening parade featuring the host families, which lasts around an hour.
PM – Enjoy an authentic Bavarian dinner reservation
Enjoy on a low impact bike ride through Munich, seeing and learning about many of the main attractions of the city. There is even a stop in the middle for a beer in the English Gardens!
That night, get ready for the main attraction: a beer tent reservation!
Monday, September 18th – Day 4 Add On
Embark on a day tour into the Alps to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle.
Oktoberfest Tours is a part of the Bucket List Events family. We’ve been taking clients to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany every year since 2006 and are confident we take clients on the best Oktoberfest tour possible!