SIX TIPS TO SURVIVE THE 2017 OKTOBERFEST
From the 16th of September till the 3rd of October the 184th edition of the Oktoberfest will take place. Here you have some useful tips about the biggest folk festival in the world.
During this period the demand exceeds the offer so be prepared to pay really expensive bills. If you haven’t booked your stay months in advance, go for the last minute options: it’s the only way for you to find a room for a reasonable price.
Are you finally in Munich? Then you should follow these simple suggestions:
1. Be there in advance before the opening of the tents. Try to be in front of your favorite one before the opening time, which is scheduled for 9 am. Otherwise, you will have to queue up at least 5 or 6 hours, and you won’t have a place for sure. And without a place where to sit it’s not possible to order.
2. Could you sit down? Hold to your seat tight! Remember, always leave somebody at the table if you don’t want to lose it.
3. Every line of the table has its own waiter: mollycoddle her! Always leave a tip and don’t take too much time to order something to eat or drink.
4. Couldn’t find a place? Don’t give up hope! Eye one or two free spots up and ask if somebody in your party can sit down. Then, people who find the place can order tankards for everybody. After they can leave and join the others in gardens just in front of the tents where there will be hundreds of people that used the same method.
5. If you’re fed up with drinking, and you want to change a little bit, you can move by bus or walking (Munich’s city center is only 15 minutes walking distance away). Avoid the use of the car, in the first place because you drank and second finding a spot for your vehicle will be like winning the lottery.
6. Don’t bring with you big backpacks (otherwise they won’t let you in) and don’t forget an analgesic.
Moreover, visit Munich’s city center. If you still want to drink, in fact, a visit to the Hofbrauhaus, the old brewery built in 1589 by William V, Duke of Bavaria, it’s an obligation.
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