Enjoy Yourself At Oktoberfest In Germany

By: Thomasburtonelli
The most obviously thing about Oktoberfest is it is in October, right? Umm, not really. The classic Munich festival actually starts in September and only ventures into the first few days of October. Do not show up in October expecting to visit the big tents.

This year, Oktoberfest will be held from September 20th to October 5th in Munich. In order to be a part of the festival, you must purchase tickets that will gain you a seat inside one of the many tents. Those that are not seated will not be permitted to drink, so make sure to plan in advance.

Most festivals start with a faux whimper. Not Oktoberfest. How about a 12 gun salute? Ah, beer and guns. The mayor of Munich will tap the first keg and the drinking begins. If you go, try not to become an infamous Bierleichen.

You can not just show up at Oktoberfest and throw back beer after beer. Tourists are famous for passing out left and right. They are called Bierleichen by locals, which means beer corpses! As you might expect, the Germans have a plan for you.

Once you are down and out from consuming adult beverages, you will be collected. You German hosts will haul you off to a medical tent where you will be checked out and steps will be taken to return you to the living again.

Beer is not the only thing served at Oktoberfest. Yes, there is food. It is a big time meat diet, so sausage and such is on the menu. If you are a vegetarian, well, there are pretzels and beer. Hey, beer is just a liquid sandwich, right?

Due to noise problems, Oktoberfest is no longer the all day beer rampage it used to be. The action does not get rolling until after six in the evening these days. That is okay. You can slowly get into the mood by hanging out outside before hand with thousands of others.

Prior to 6pm, the tents will be filled with soft traditional woodwind music. This is just one way that Munich pays tribute to its older population, since the town wants all people to enjoy this festival. Still, no matter when you get there, Oktoberfest is a fine time for all who want to enjoy life to the fullest.
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