HISTORYWhen Bavarian crown prince Ludwig married his beloved princess Therese in the fields in front of the town gates of Munich on 12 October 1810, he would have had no idea that his love would spawn the clog stomping, polka dancing phenomenon Oktoberfest. Over the years since then the festival has grown into Bavaria’s most famous - and the world’s largest - festival.
THE FESTIVALEach year around 6 million people attend the 16 day festival and its 14 beer tents consuming 7 million litres of beer, half a million chickens, over 100,000 sausages 100 oxen and 60,000 pork knuckles! Running over two weeks & three weekends from mid-September this is one European festival not to be missed!
FANATICS @ OKTOBERFESTFanatics first attended the Oktoberfest while backpacking through Europe in the 90’s. Realising that a two-week beer festival was just as much fun as it sounded we’ve been making the pilgrimage back ever since!
WHY DO OKTOBERFEST WITH FANATICS?
AccommodationIn Munich we offer the option of hostel and hotel accommodation. Both options are located in the heart of Munich within walking distance or a quick metro ride to the festival. Our hostels have a range of dorm options while our hotel has single, twin and double rooms available.
ServicesOur experienced crew are on hand throughout your stay to help you experience every aspect of Oktoberfest. They’ve all been there & done it before and know all the ins and outs to ensure you have an incredible experience in Munich.
We’ll make sure you get to the beer halls in plenty of time to get a table in prime location especially on the busy weekend days. Each day we select the best of the beer tents to base ourselves and head in together as a group. Of course you’re also encouraged to explore some of the many other beer tents through the day - all of which have a different atmosphere - as well as the rides, attractions and food stalls at Oktoberfest. If you’ve still got some energy at the end of the day join us for our traditional late disco-dodgems session!
Party!Of course the reason Oktoberfest is so popular is because it’s a party like no other. Each day and night of the festival you will be blown away by the Bavarian festive spirit! We also throw opening night parties at the Augustinerkeller - Munich’s largest permanent beerhall - for those people staying at our hostels and hotel. And naturally we'll be at Munich’s best sports bar for anyone interested in catching the AFL or NRL grand finals!
Local CultureIncredibly, Oktoberfest isn’t all about big steins of beer and low-cut Bavarian dresses and we encourage everyone to take the time to venture out from our daily base to see some of the other beerhalls, join some locals who’ll happily teach you how to belt out the most popular Bavarian anthems, try some of the local cuisine and variations of the local brew. Our crew will have advice on which of the tents are the best to check out for some variations in music, food or beer - just ask!
We have also lined up optional walking tours of Munich’s incredible old town centre including the famous Glockenspiel at Marienplatz, the Frauenkirche and Viktualienmarkt - Munich’s daily gourmet food market.
More Time At OktoberfestWe know that the reason you’re coming to Munich is to experience the madness of Oktoberfest which is why we pride ourselves on being first into the beerhalls each day to ensure you’ve got an excellent base for the day. Our superbly located hostels and hotel mean that you’ll spend less time on your commute and more time at Oktoberfest!
BEFORE YOU GO
Fanatics Facebook GroupSign up to the Fanatics Oktoberfest Event on Facebook to keep up to date with tour details before departure, ask us any questions or chat amongst the other guys coming along on tour!
Pre-departure InformationThree weeks before the festival we will update our website with details on getting to your accommodation, what to bring and any last-minute tips to make sure you get the most out of the festival. An email with links will be sent to each booking person, otherwise check out our website at that time for details!
GETTING THEREFares to Munich during Oktoberfest quickly get expensive so your best bet is to make your booking early. Flights between London and Munich are operated by EasyJet, British Airways and Lufthansa. Lufthansa also connects Munich with many other cities in Europe.
Munich is linked to other European cities by train and coach - see Trainline, Deutsche Bahn, Eurolines or Flixbus for details.
Flights into Salzburg, Austria and Memmingen (105km west of Munich) are available with Ryan Air. Trains from each into Munich Hauptbahnhof are around €20 one way or around €50 for a group of 3-5 people - see Deutsche Bahn. The airport coach from Memmingen to Munich is €20 from Allgäu Airport Express.