Oktoberfest is known for attracting people from around the world to gather together and drink lots of beer. But what is it about Oktoberfest that makes it so much fun? Is it only the beer thant makes it worth going to this famous festival in Munich?
What is Oktoberfest about
Oktoberfest is much more than the beer! It is more like a festival than drinking at a pub, with massive tents that fit thousands of people at one time. There is Bavarian music being played and beer served in 1 Litre jugs. People from all around the world prepare by visiting Wiesn-shop and meet each other at Oktoberfest and have a great time with lots of laughter.
It is also catered for families, and is not just filled with young drunk people. Loud music is kept until the night time so that the old folks can enjoy themselves as well, and there are many rides and activities for young children to enjoy also. It is perfectly normal to see children with their parents sitting next to others who are downing great tankards of beer.
What to expect
To get the best out of the world’s largest Beer Festival, make sure that you book a seat at a table before going, otherwise you may find it hard to find a place! And don’t worry if you don’t speak German, after a few drinks it doesn’t matter anymore and you will make friends with people from all cultures!
Friendly rivalries are common and good natured ribbing is expected. The Germans will laugh at the drunk Irish, and the Irish will laugh at the tight Dutch. It is all a part of the experience and taken with much laughter. Football, the beautiful game, will also become a top topic, uniting all the nations in their shared love of this sport.
With hundreds of staff looking after everyone in the tents, another beer is simply a finger lift away. Raise your hand and within minutes someone will be serving you with another heavenly drink. Watch the impressive display of dexterity as the servers carry several of these massive mugs at any one time.
Entertainment at Oktoberfest
Dancing and singing on the tables is expected and actively encouraged, as it downing a litre of beer while standing on the bench. Anyone and everyone near enough to see you start will chant as you knock it back, though if you fail in your attempt you will be left hanging your head in shame in front of the crowd.
When you visit Oktoberfest, feel free to dress up in traditional lederhosen or dirndl, or simply put on a funny hat, as the whole town gathers to celebrate the serious business of drinking. With a mass of novelty shops set up in stalls, if you forget your fancy dress you will be sure to find something at the festival that you can wear.
With a strong spirit of camaraderie, there are very few fights or altercations. People are there to drink their beer and enjoy it, not to argue. Be prepared for a hangover the next day but otherwise enjoy the novelty of drinking in a large park with a group of internationally flavoured strangers! Nowhere else in the world would you experience anything quite the same.
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Filled Under: Entertainment Posted on: November 27, 2015