Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are planning a trip to Europe for next fall. As it stands right now, we will be there during Oktoberfest so I thought adding Munich to our list of places to visit would be fun considering we’ve never been. Well, Darling Husband was talking to his business partner who is from France/lives in Paris and he said that Munich during Oktoberfest isn’t really all it’s cracked up to be. He’s been a few times and he didn’t think it was worth us going considering we have so many other places on our list to visit.
DH’s business partner is a lot like Darling Husband so I figure if he didn’t really care for it, neither would we. If it’s a “must see” then we may as well go since we’ll be over there during it but if it’s really not as awesome as it seems, we’d be better off either extending our time in the other locations we want to visit or tacking another country onto our list.
If you’ve been, I’d love to hear about your experience. Is it a must see or should we skip it?
Post # 3
Darling Husband and I origainally planed for that to be our honeymoon (but it ended up not working out). So, I obviously have not been, but it seems like it would be something to see atleast once in your life. I am so jealous of your trip and cant wait to hear what others have to say!
Post # 4
I spent 10 years growing up in Germany, so I’ve been to a few Oktoberfests.
It’s everywhere. You don’t have to hit up Munich. Every village, town, and city will have some sort of celebration, but especially the city squares. It’s definitely an experience and something you should attend, but by no means do you have to go to Munich to enjoy it. I’m from Kaiserslautern, and they have a nice one. Either way, you’ll have a fabulous time. Enjoy that Autobahn for me!
Post # 5
I would actually love to hear some opinions on this also – Darling Husband and I heading to Europe in late Sept this year and also considered this as a place to visit if it’s a must do type thing!
Post # 6
DH’s parents, and BIL & wife went a couple years ago and really enjoyed it. Don’t have anymore details than that, though!
Post # 7
@ieatunicorns: See, that’s my thing. I feel like if we’re in the vicinity while it’s going on, we have to go. Who knows when we’ll get the opportunity to go back so if this ends up being our only trip to Europe, I’d like to atleast say I experienced Oktoberfest. DH’s big thing is the transportation. We’re trying to stick to trains for most of our traveling while there and according to DH’s business partner, the train to Munich from Paris (where we’d likely be coming from) is brutal. Darling Husband is already worried about traveling once over there so I don’t want to add any more stress to him.
@VintageDivine: I’m such a newb when it comes to this stuff. I didn’t realize Oktoberfest happened all over Germany. Guess I have some more research to do! 🙂
Post # 8
I’d love to hear too.
One of the couples who was in our wedding party are going to Munich for Oktoberfest this fall. So we’re going to meet them there and celebrate our 1 year anniversary there.
My friend was telling me that when you reserve a table at some of the beer tents the reservation requires you purchase 2 steins and a chicken. I really hope that chicken is prepared to eat and roasted.
Although I keep having hilarious images in my head of all these live chickens running around trying to drink everyone’s beer.
Post # 9
@hisgoosiegirl: Well that’s something! lol
Post # 10
Where are you trying to go after Germany? Or where would you go directly after Paris if you didn’t stop in Germany?
A friend of mine went to Oktoberfest this past year & loved it! If either of you are beer lovers, then it would be a must stop. We were there during the world cup, and I’m sure that is just as crazy as Oktoberfest & we had a BLAST!
Post # 11
@KatNYC2011: Haha. Could you imagine?! You’re going to need to report back on that! lol
Post # 12
@AnnieAAA: As of right now we’re planning on flying into London then taking the train to Paris. From Paris we were going to Munich and then Amsterdam but that was until we heard about the long train ride from Paris to Munich. The order in which we go to these places is totally flexible. As long as we get there at some point during our trip (atleast the Amsterdamn, Paris and London parts), we’re good.
Post # 13
I have been to Munich for Oktoberfest and agree with the PP who is from Germany – don’t have to be in Munich to enjoy – towns all over Germany will celebrate. Also agree that the train ride from Paris would be VERY long. I took a luxery bus from Frankfurt to Paris and it was over 8 hours. Frankfurt is like 3 to 4 hours north of Munich, so I imagine it would be even further to Paris. Again, if you are staying in France mostly, I don’t think you have to go out out of your way to Munich. There are many places along the France/Germany/Belgium border that will have the similiar beer festivities going on. ENJOY YOUR TIME IN EUROPE! I love it there!
Post # 14
Ohhh okay, now that I know you are going north to Amsterdam, that changes everything, haha! You guys are almost following my path through western Europe to a T (we flew into London, then took the chunnel to Paris, train to Amsterdam, then to Berlin, down to Munich and so on!)
The train from Amsterdam to Berlin is not bad at all! Berlin is okay though, not super fun, but since Oktoberfest is throughout the country, I’m sure they will have many carnivals there too, plus the Berlin wall is cool to see. Or Frankfurt (never been, but I’m sure would be fun too,) that is, if you don’t think you will have time to go down south to Munich.
Post # 15
I lived in Germany for two years, been to Oktoberfest twice. It was fun and is a cool experience. You don’t need to be there all day and I think weekdays are the best. I LOVE Munich so I would consider getting to the tents an hour before they open, get seats, experience it then explore Munich.
Post # 16
It was one of our favorite stops of our honeymoon. Our honeymoon itinerary and timeframe was kinda built around being in Munich for Oktoberfest. But then my husband is a huge beer lover and I do like beer as well. And Oktoberfest is kinda on his bucket list. 🙂
The thing that surprised me the most about Oktoberfest is that it’s not rowdy and it’s actually really family friendly. There’s a separate section for the beer tents then another section for food, rides, much like a big county fair here. The wursts, OMG, the wursts. *drool*
We spent 3 days in Munich and Oktoberfest was always our first stop of the day. I had recommendations from people who have gone before to go early in the day. People are still in that “I’m happy drunk” phase. Everyone was just super nice and friendly. A lot of the tents also have food in them, those were sooo good as well.
Then in the afternoon we’ll do sightseeing. Save some money for beer steins and cuckoo clocks! We dropped $400 in a shop in Munich. But I’d always wanted a cuckoo clock made of wood from the Black Forest. And my husband being German wanted Beer Steins and we got a bunch as souvenirs.
If you do go I have a “hostel”/B&B to recommend. It was quite affordable, full breakfast included and walking distance of all major sights and Oktoberfest. We also took a day trip to Nurnberg. I wanted to see a old German town but a lot of them were too far for a day trip so we took a gamble and went there. It was actually a city but there was a old town center. We had lunch there and that restaurant was our top 3 best meals of our 3 week HM!
Feel free to PM me with specific questions!
ETA: The train ride from Paris to Munich is NOT bad at all. We took the overnight train and got into Munich bright and early. Walked around a bit, checked into our hotel then went to Oktoberfest.