Oktoberfest 2013 Munich : renewing beer goggles for the 177th time
Oktoberfest Dates 2013
September 21st - October 6th
PROST! which is German for
'I think I can drink this litre of beer faster than you can drink your one.'
This is usually followed by a 'chug-off' which locals disapprove of as it can lead to spillage of beer and staining of lederhosen.
Das Boot You are presented with a beautiful long glass/leather boot filled with beer and challenged to drink it all. This is difficult due to the capacity of the boot. Failure to complete or win the challenge is punishable by further Boots often accompanied by nudity.
Your Boot You are requested to remove one of your shoes/boots, fill it with beer and drink it down. This is difficult because you know that you will need this item of footwear for walking. Failure to use your shoe may result in using your friends shoe.
What to wear Easy, German Lederhosen. Always Lederhosen. The locals love it and it a sure fire way to pull if you are a girl or boy looking for either.
We suggest renting lederhosen before you go to Munich so as not to disrupt your oktoberfest drinking patterns. We looked into buying Laiderhosen in Munich but it was quite pricey. (it is suede, bells & leather you know)
Getting there You can fly to Munich international airport here. Ryanair have flights from 15 European cities (Including London, Dublin & Edinburgh) to/from Memmingen Airport (Munich West). It is a 45 minutes bus journey to the city centre and less than 40 minutes drive. Munich is also accessible by train from most major European city you can book a European train here.
Nightclubs Das Kunstpark Ost area, a taxi ride out of the city center and Theresienwiese. Be warned that most peoples night will end at the beer tent at around 6pm ! the tents close at 11pm.
Be prepared for... No phone coverage at the beer festival. Set a meeting point area if you're in a group. Oh and please try to pretend you're going to notice someone missing after 5 litres of beer.
Beer fest tickets Purchase your Oktoberfest tickets online.