CULTURE & EVENTS
"The best beer in the world is the one in my hand"
- team luxe List
There’s one thing about travelling to a country for leisure, but it’s a whole another thing for travelling for its festivals, and when it includes the Oktoberfest - the feeling is unmatched. The reason it’s a festival and not merely a beer drinking contest is because the Oktoberfest includes so much more than just consuming millions of litres of beer (which is absolutely true), you can expect mouth-watering dishes and activities that take place on the grounds prior or post your hogging or chugging experience.
The History of Beer Drinking:
A royal wedding celebration that took place in 1810 between Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony - Hildburghausen led to the invitation of all Munich people to come out and celebrate with them for several days, all inclusive of food and drinks and a big horse race. The place where it all took place was known as “Thereseinwiese” or Theresa’s Meadow.
A Luxurious Experience:
Apart from the fact that this festival attracts around 6 million visitors from around the world every year, spans over the duration of 2 weeks between 17th September to 3rd October this year, is held in a meadow outside Munich’s city centre.
The structure which is used to accommodate millions of visitors are temporary tents, now with colourful facades, long wooden benches and tables and frequently are on more than one level.
Each tent, big or small has it’s own beauty and charm - but if you want to get the most out of this would be to reserve these tents well in advance:
If you are here for the beer, then this is one to go to, for it is most famously recognised by the locals for serving the best Augustiner, from individually tapped wooden kegs.
This is the smallest of the large tents, and is frequented by most celebrities because of its good but expensive food. Unlike other tents that shut at 11pm, this one stays open until 12:30am.
Considered to be the most important tent on the Weisn, mainly because it is situated right at the beginning. The first Saturday of the event, is kicked off with the mayor as he taps the first keg at noon which follows with the other tents to start pouring and serving beers throughout the weisn.
Another tent which is famously known for its wines and champagnes, ranging from 25 different kinds while you can also choose to stick with beer.
Unlike other tents, this one offers exotic cocktails, prosecco, champagne, coffee, donuts, ice cream, pastries, and strudel of all kinds.
Since these are among the popular tents in the weisn, it’s best to book your reservation well in advance which confirms your seat in the festivities.
Things To Remember:
There are 12 big beer halls run by 6 Munich breweries namely: Augustiner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, Lowenbrau, and Spatenbrau. These beers are way stronger than the local ones with an alcohol percentage of 10% to the usual 7.5%. But the attraction is the Oktoberfest beer which is specially brewed for the festivities that is much stronger in concentration so you might have to take it easy and slow.
The best time to visit Oktoberfest is during the week and beginning of the festivities, and while any clothing is acceptable - if you are one to follow with the traditions you might want to get yourself a “taht”, which is the traditional attire for the Bavarian people.
Indulge Your Senses :
Our selection of stays will help you get the most of your trip and ensure a memorable and hassle-free Oktoberfest celebration.
Cuisine As You Like It:
Wirtshaus Rechthaler Hof
This old - world, multi - room wooden accents restaurant specialises in home cooked german dishes for the authentic German experience.
Restaurant Atelier Gourmet
A modern take on inventive French and Mediterranean cuisine with multi course menus paired with wines and champagne of your choice.
Get on the road with live shows on a sightseeing bus complimented with Bavarian, Italian, or Burger menus.
An interesting take on French dishes with Asian and Mediterranean twists, a polished fine dining experience.
A high-end restaurant with global cuisine.
Restaurant Sparkling Bistro
Stylish space with terrace, serving refined set course meals with specialised seasonal produce.
A place where all is merry, Oktoberfest opens its gates for the beer enthusiast or for the life that simply wants to be a part of the festivity. Use these tips for your next trip to Munich, and while you’re at the Oktoberfest don’t forget to Prost before you take the first sip of your beer!