Top Tips For Oktoberfest Trips 2014

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This year the incredible Oktoberfest in Germany will see more than six million people descend on Munich for the three-week long festival, which runs from September 21 to October 6. From the heaving beer tents to the fun-filled fairground, this is one event for the bucket list.

Dressing for the event, either by donning a traditional Dirndl dress or Lederhosen, has also become increasingly popular, so don’t be afraid to make the effort! Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit! (Cheers!)

We have put together some top tips to help you make the most out of your Munich trip, read on to find out the best times to book and what to expect when you get there.

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Top 5 Tips for Oktoberfest

  • 1. If you want to enjoy the Oktoberfest without too many tourists – avoid the “middle weekend” when a majority of them flock to Munich
  • 2. Book a flight & hotel package to save money
  • 3. Learn to say some Bavarian toasts: “Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit“ or „Oans, zwoa, drei – g’suffa!“ will win you hearts
  • 4. Beer only comes in litres so order a Radler (beer mixed with lemonade) to stay on your feet
  • 5. On the westside of the Oktoberfest is a cosy, inviting little slope. Never sit down to have a little rest. Because among Bavarians it’s called “Urin-Bergl”, which means “pee-hill”

oktober festStaying there

While camping is always an option at the worlds most famous beer festival, there is nothing like sleeping off a day of revelry in a nice comfy bed. Picking the best days for a flight+hotel package can actually buy you a Lederhosn or a Dirndl

The average cost of a Munich package including return flights from London and one night in a 4 star hotel close to the festival is currently on average £297* per person during the Oktoberfest, but you can end up spending over £350 if they stay during the busiest time from a Friday to Saturday or a Saturday to Sunday.

Savvy festival goers head to Oktoberfest on Monday, September 29 and Tuesday, September 30 where last minute deals are currently available from £230, saving over £120 compared to a “Wiesn” weekend on their flight and hotel package. Enough to buy a Lederhosn or a Dirndl, an essential get up at any Bavarian beer festival.

Thanks to the rising strength of the Pound against the Euro, those travelling to Germany will enjoy even better value for money. Brits heading to Munich can expect some brew-tiful savings this year, with £500 getting festival goers €625, compared to just €590 last year – that’s £28 for an extra three traditional beers.

Check out the Check out the latest Munich city break deals here.

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Find out more!

Visit the Oktoberfest official website to get all the information you need to enjoy the event. From the price of beer to more about each of the tents and all the entertainment on offer. All together now – “Oans, zwoa, drei – gsuffa”

*prices subject to availability

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Kirsten Beacock

Kirsten is the chief blogger here at lastminute.com. A former newspaper journalist (don’t hold that against her), having taken extensive trips to China, America and Australasia, she is now pouring her passion for travel into writing blogs and features for the lastminute.com website. Arriving in London via exotic Scunthorpe, Kirsten has made it her mission to try out as many pubs and restaurants as she possibly can in the capital.

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