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Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival in the world and is attended by more than 6.5 million people annually. Although the name suggests that the festival is held in October, it already starts in mid-September. The 186th Oktoberfest in Munich will take place from Saturday September 21 to Sunday October 6, 2019.

Ozapft is! (the keg is open!). ”

To be precise it starts Oktoberfest the first Saturday after September 15 at 12:00 pm when the Mayor of Munich is “Ozapft!” shouts. The party ends on the first Sunday of October, unless the first Sunday of October falls before the Day of German Unity on October 3. Then the festival is extended.

During the Oktoberfest, normal life in Munich between 16 and 18 days almost completely stops. The Oktoberfest mainly takes place on the Theresienwiese, which is an open space in the Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt district of Munich. It serves as the official ground for the Munich Oktoberfest.

This site is free to enter, so you can have a fun day in the many different fairground attractions, eat the traditional German dishes and look out at the well-dressed men in Lederhosen and women in it Dirndl dresses.

Transport to Munich

It is a long drive to Munich by car. If you do not have a company lease car and you have to pay for the fuel yourself, it is probably cheaper to take the train or plane. We would also recommend public transport with a view to having to return after a good festive weekend.

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De cheapest train will already take you from Arnhem to Munich for 40 euros. When you do the same route with Flixbus if you want to do business, you are on your way from 30, - Euro.

It's a bit of a search and you have to get there early (8 months in advance), because the cheap options sell out quickly. You can fly with KLM, Lufthansa or one of the many other companies from Schiphol. Prices change every week, a return price of € 130 should be found.

In Munich you can rent a car, but whether you will find a parking space in the city during the festivities is the big question. Not recommended, perhaps traveling by public transport from the airport is the most appropriate means of transport.

Various transport tickets can be purchased for public transport. If you stay a few days at the Oktoberfest, the 3 days CityTourCard a good option (€ 15,50). This allows you to make unlimited use of all public transport (within Munich) for three days.

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