While it’s only just the middle of the year, it’s not that far from September, when the annual Oktoberfest festival will once again happen after last taking place in 2019.
If you haven’t ever gone to Oktoberfest and if you like festivals, drinking beer, and going on trips, going to Oktoberfest is a can’t-miss event that you should try to experience once during your life.
Also, because it’s the first time Oktoberfest will happen again after being canceled for the last two years, Oktoberfest 2022 is bound to be an incredibly fantastic, festive, and historical return.
If you still aren’t convinced, but you feel like it’s something you might consider, we’ll help you decide by giving you the top reasons why you should experience Oktoberfest.
Airports often have a somber and professional ambiance. On trips, you typically can’t wait to get away from the airport to experience the culture truly.
But, when you land at the airport in Munich, especially when it’s Oktoberfest, you can enjoy your trip immediately by going to Airbräu, Europe’s only full-scale brewery and beer garden, found in the airport. Of course, it’s only an intro, but it’s a great introduction to how awesome Munich is.
Once you get there, you can enjoy the covered outdoor beer garden where you can enjoy Bavarian food and authentic beer.
So, before the plane lands, make sure to be prepared to have a great time at the airport.
Beer is always great. Festivals are great, too. But, when you combine both of them in a festival of beer, it makes for a very incredible, unique, and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
It’s an event where you can drink your fill of all the best beers with different names, characteristics, and flavors. You can also drink your beer with the locals and other tourists, hear different stories from people from all over the world, eat delicious food, and have a different experience at every tent.
What’s not to like, right?
Of course, you’ve heard about an “Oktoberfest” happening somewhere near where you live, right? While it has the same name and you can drink a massive amount of beer, those might be the only Oktoberfest things about it.
When other organizers in different parts of the world do their own version of the event, they don’t come anywhere close to the original, most incredible, and authentic Oktoberfest held in Munich.
Sure, you can have an alright time at your local Oktoberfest. Still, it’s nothing compared to the real experience when you go to Germany and experience the real deal.
It’s not just about ludicrous amounts of beer. It’s about ridiculous amounts of delicious locally-brewed beer. Here’s a trivia, they have had regulations in place since the 16th century to ensure that the beer quality at Oktoberfest is top-class. It’s called the Bavarian Purity Requirements, which means brewers can only use water, hops, and barley to produce Bavarian Beer.
Furthermore, the quality of the beer is top-notch because not just anyone can supply the beer. Every Oktoberfest, the beer only comes from Munich’s six local breweries, namely, Augustiner, Paulaner, Spaten-Franziskaner, Löwenbräu, Hacker-Pschorr and Hofbräu.
It’s not just good quality. At Oktoberfest, when you drink, you DRINK. You can only order beer in a “Mass”, which is a liter of beer. Yes, a whole liter for a single order.
The Oktoberfest may be known more as a beer festival, but the food at the Oktoberfest is no slouch. Actually, people go to the Oktoberfest for the food as much as the beer.
When you arrive, you can enjoy Bavarian cuisine. That’s all kinds of sausages, chicken, pork knuckles, wiener schnitzels, and all types of hearty and tasty German food. The best thing about it is this kind of food goes great with beer.
After that, don’t forget to enjoy pretzels and sweet mustard for dessert.
One thing that makes the Oktoberfest really unique and extraordinary is that everyone dresses up for it. And no, we don’t mean dressing up as you would for nightclubs.
At the Oktoberfest, it’s a tradition for men to wear lederhosen and ladies to wear a dirndl. If you want an authentic experience, we recommend getting one in Munich before going to the Oktoberfest.
It’s not that expensive to get a really good dirndl or lederhosen, but it really spices up the experience. Usually, you can get a lovely outfit from €20 to €500.
Gemütlichkeit is a German term without a direct English equivalent. It’s because it’s something you can only realize and understand when you’re experiencing it. Generally, gemütlichkeit is a feeling of warmth you get when you’re having a good time with great friends. It’s feeling like you belong. Sure, you might never meet the other people you meet inside the tent again. But, as it’s happening, and you’re enjoying the beer and food, having stories with people, and listening to good music, gemütlichkeit is a priceless experience.
There are many reasons to go to the Oktoberfest. Still, the best one is that it’s an extraordinary experience that you can only authentically enjoy in Munich. Of course, make sure to talk to your Oktoberfest tours provider to be prepared with everything you need to know and plan the best Oktoberfest experience from the moment you arrive at the airport to the moment you leave.