Oktoberfest - Munich Germany

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How long should I stay at Oktoberfest?

Most people like to enjoy two days at the Oktoberfest fairgrounds and beerhalls in Munich. Our coach tours and weekend accommodation packages stay in Munich from Friday to Monday giving you at least two days at Oktoberfest. We also have mid-week camping and hostel packages available. This will give you more than enough time to experience some different beer tents as well as the other Oktoberfest attractions and check out Munich’s historic town centre. Of course the festival continues for two whole weeks so staying for more than three days is a popular and well-rewarded option!

When is the best period to visit Oktoberfest?

No matter which period you attend you are in for an absolute treat, although there are some subtle differences.

The Oktoberfest Opening Weekend is certainly a major highlight of the festival with the head brewer ceremoniously tapping open the first keg in the beerhalls at midday on Saturday. The anticipation in the lead up makes that first stein taste all the better!

The Opening Weekend is more expensive across the board due to it being very popular with tourists. As such, the locals tend to prefer for the Middle Weekend and Closing Ceremony Weekend, plus mid-week days, as it offers just as much excitement but a much more authentic Oktoberfest experience.

Unlike the Opening Weekend where the beerhalls don't start operating until Saturday afternoon and tourist levels are at their heaving peak, at the Middle & Closing Weekends the beerhalls & Oktoberfest fairgrounds are in action from the minute you arrive in Munich.

Being the grand finale to the event, the true beerfest atmosphere is at its peak during the Closing Weekend. This is the biggest celebration of the year as the Bavarians come out in force see out the summer in style!

Can I reserve a table with Fanatics?

The beer tents have a mixture of reserved and non-reserved tables and reserved tables are typically booked by local families and corporates. We base ourselves in the general admission areas of the beer tents and get everyone in with plenty of time to get set up for the day. Rest assured Fanatics are the leader in organising the biggest and best party areas in the beerhalls, all you need to worry about is getting yourself to Munich and we take care of your Oktoberfest!

Can I share accommodation with my mates?

Of course! At our campsite tents are allocated on arrival so our check-in crew at the campsite will be able to place you together. For hostel and hotel, you can either book together on the same invoice and we'll group you together; or if you’d prefer to book separately & still share a hostel or hotel room with your friends just email us at london@thefanatics.com with everyone’s names and we’ll link your bookings and allocate you together in the same room (make sure everyone's booked the same size dorm room).

How far is the campsite from Oktoberfest?

Our Oktoberfest campsite is just 15 minutes on our coach transfers or by local transport so you’ll be able to spend the maximum amount of time at the festival. Transfers are included for everyone on our coach tours and weekend camping packages.

Where are the hostels and hotel located?

Our Munich hostels and hotel are located in the heart of the city. The 4 You and A&O hostels and the Ibis hotel are all a short walk from Munich’s main train station and the Oktoberfest grounds. Haus International hostel is just 2.4km north of Munich’s old town centre - we operate coach shuttles to & from the beerhalls, plus it is just 4 stops from Oktoberfest on the Munich Metro.

Can I book extra nights?

Extra nights are available at our campsite, simply select the dates you would like to arrive and depart when making you booking. At our hostels and hotels you can either select extra nights when making your booking or contact our office at london@thefanatics.com

What do I need to bring with me?

We’d advise you to only bring along what you’re going to need while at Oktoberfest. Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll need:

Clothes:

  • While days are usually warm, evenings do get cool so bring along a variety of clothing for warm, cool &/or rainy weather.
  • Closed shoes - those steins do break occasionally!
  • Central Europe combo passengers may also want to bring along a swimsuit for a dip in one of Budapest's thermal baths.

Essentials:

  • Passport (a visa is not required for Aussies & Kiwis)
  • Travel insurance documents - contact us if you’d like information on purchasing travel insurance
  • Some Euros in cash (there’s no ATM at the campsite)
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag & small pillow for campers (sleeping mats are included for camping passengers however sleeping bags are not available)
  • A small lock is advised for locking your tent zippers
  • Money belt to carry cash, passport etc. There are lockers available at the campsite capable of storing iPads & tablet/notebook laptops, however we advise keeping valuables to a minimum.

How do I get from Munich Airport to Fanatics accommodation?

Munich's metro system (the S-Bahn & U-Bahn) operates from Munich Airport directly to Munich's main train station (Munich Hauptbahnhof) located in the city centre. Upon arrival at the airport, purchase a day ticket ("Single-Tageskarte") for €10.40 per person (or €18.80 for groups of 2-5 persons "Partner-Tageskarte"). This entitles you to travel from the airport to the city centre and within easy reach of Fanatics various accommodations. This ticket also allows unlimited travel on public transport around the city for the whole day till 5am. Buying a one way ticket costs €9.60 so the day ticket above is well worth while.

Details for getting from Munich's main train station (Munich Hauptbahnhof) to your specific Fanatics accommodation will be on our tour website two weeks prior to the festival. All our accommodation is located within easy reach of the city centre.

Is it safe to store my belongings in my tent at the campsite?

Our tents are located in our own section of the campsite and we have supervision of our tent area whenever the group is in town. The campsite also has lockers available for a small fee. While we haven’t had any problems with theft in the past we would still recommend that you keep the valuables you bring with you to a minimum and keep any valuables you do have (wallet, phone, camera) on you when you go into town.

What size suitcase can I bring on the coach tour?

Every coach tour passenger can bring one standard size suitcase or backpack to be loaded in the luggage hold area of the coach. You may also carry a day pack on board with you and a travel pillow is also a good idea.

Can I park a van at the campsite?

All of our camping accommodation is in our pre-erected twin and single tents. Our campsite doesn’t have places for vans to park on site.

Is there anything I need to know before I come to maximise the trip?

All tour information is on our website and will be on our tour notice boards during the festival. We also have a mobile tour app available to download a few weeks before the tour including all the information you need to get the most out of your Oktoberfest experience. Finally our Facabook event page is the perfect place to link up with other people coming along on tour or ask our crew any questions you have about the festival.

If booking for more than one person what is the best way to pay?

Getting a group along to Oktoberfest? You can either make your booking together on one invoice by paying the deposit payment on one card and then making balance payments on as many different cards as you like, or you can simply make individual bookings and then email us at london@thefanatics.com and we will link your booking invoices together.

When is final payment due?

Final payments are due six weeks before the tour. When making your booking you can either pay the full balance or deposit amount. Bookings made within six weeks of the tour require full payment when booking.

How can I make my final payment?

Payments can be made online or by calling one of our offices. To pay online simply sign in at the top of this page and then go to 'My Invoices' and 'Pay'. Part payments can be made using multiple cards. Contact us to pay over the phone.
Oktoberfest - Munich Germany