Festival Oktoberfest we wanted to visit for a long time. Especially Vladimir, after the stories of friends is not the first year attending this event, I would like to personally experience the charm of beer heaven. But to get to the event we were lucky just now. Overview article about the Oktoberfest, hours of operation, the tents, the rides and its history can be read here.
The festival takes place in Munich on the Theresienwiese. To visit the festival of Russian tourists need a Schengen visa. Therefore, obtaining a visa should be concerned in advance, from 3 months to 2 weeks prior to departure. Of course, you can do easier and to buy a tourist trip to visit the Oktoberfest. But we would be doing this is not advised for the following reasons:
1. The average cost of this tour for two persons costs 80 thousand rubles (flights, accommodation with Breakfast + a one day visit to the Oktoberfest). That, of course more expensive than independent travel.
2. Independent travel interesting and informative, than Hiking with a group, where for you already all solved - where to meet, where to go, what to see, etc.
Because during the festival, prices for accommodation in Munich to fly several times, we lived in Memmingen, and Munich went on the train. About how cheap to get from Memmingen to Munich, and what there is subtlety telling here.
The celebration of Oktoberfest is, of course, enjoy great beer, unforgettable tender grilled chicken and pretzels.
In the Theresienwiese (the venue of the festival) open-air pavilions with a variety of Bavarian beer (Augustiner, Paulaner, Spaten, Franziskaner , Löwenbräu, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu). Beer is dispensed and spread only in beer mugs, the volume of which is equal to 1 liter. Smaller volume at Oktoberfest you simply will not find. The festival organizers introduced special control over mugs of beer, as thousands of them trying to sneak out tourists as a souvenir-a trophy.
We hung down in the tent of our most beloved beer Paulaner. Sorry only in tents no unfiltered (live) beer, sell only filtered. After the rollercoaster on a small street stalls, we stumbled upon unfiltered beer.
On weekdays, beer tents poured from 10 am to 22-30. Weekend to enjoy the Munich beer at the "Oktoberfest" at 9 am.
In the tents you can also enjoy chicken grilled, pretzels, potatoes and Bavarian snacks. Each tent can accommodate up to 10 thousand people. In tents placed large wooden tables, each of which could easily fit 10-12 people. The same, to visit a company)). In the centre of each tent comes with a stage on which musicians in traditional costumes playing traditional Bavarian music. During breaks (rest) they, as well as all absorb beer, liter mugs.
It should be noted that almost all local visitors of the festival and special his fans are coming on holiday in the Bavarian national costumes, and after a few mugs of foam right in the aisles singing and dancing to national songs and dances. Thanks additionally develops a special atmosphere of celebration and fun. An exciting spectacle.
On the street everywhere with modern rides. We stood in line, turn by the way is moving very fast ride on a roller coaster with a dead loop with a length of 1300 meters and 60-meter tower free fall.
At each step you can see a small patch of street with Souvenirs, snacks, sausages, knuckle, Bavarian cotton candy, gingerbread, roasted almonds and an incredibly long hot dogs. Note, the most delicious we have ever tasted.
Although the people at the festival was extremely much, it is necessary to give due to organizers, the queues at the latkes not at all. Perhaps for the reason that a huge number of them.
In preparation for the train I learnt almost the whole Internet about the intricacies of the festival and his visit. Literally on all sites one and the same note is not true - copied word for word "Oktoberfest are a few rules that may surprise the "newcomers" of the holiday. For example, there are hours when the gate beer tents are closed in order to avoid unnecessary overcrowding. This is despite the fact that the tents there are always some seats that cannot be reserved. So you should always arrive early, namely, on weekdays until approximately 14-30, and on weekends until 11 am. There is also an unwritten rule that once left the tent hardly gets her back in the same day. Is that persuading the guards or showing evidence of reserve. But nobody can guarantee".
Now, in order:
1. No, those hours. All tents are open to the public until 17:00 hours. Hurry and come to the festival in the morning, as we did, there's no need. At any time from the opening of the tent and up to 17:00 hours you can come in any tent and occupy any available space, of which exactly to 17:00 hours always set. On each table is pasted a sign that the table is reserved from 17 hours or 17:30. It was after this time the entrance to the tents is by ticket only. Which can be bought in advance on the official website of Oktoberfest. There you can choose a tent, row and table. In online many sites offering these tickets, but buying them is not necessary - more will come. And they, as we concluded when you visit the holiday company. 2-4 people can do without them. Also, after an hour and a half these tickets are going to offer on the street, at a price of 5 euros per ticket. At least when we were offered five times.
2. The rule described above about once left the tent, is also incorrect. We left and went to the same tent a dozen times and not one guard and took. Still... imagine, to remember all the thousands of people leaving and coming back one guard is simply unrealistic. Besides, Smoking in tents is prohibited to smoke out on the sidewalk.
So, until 17:00 walk into any tent, occupy space. On each table is a menu, choose a beer of course)). Waitresses go between the rows, they make an order and literally within 2-5 minutes, your order is already on your Desk. By the way you need to pay immediately brought order, and so for each order, for each beer.
Beer in the tents is 9,80 euros. If you give 10 or 20 euros for two cups, the delivery of 20-40 cents nobody will bring. Better to worry about it and have a little money on the exchange.
After 17:00 in tents begins the real holiday! And here is entrance by ticket only and strictly for their reserved table. And it is only for the first 2 hours and then in the tent already includes all the passages just forgotten.
We took a seat on the street near the entrance to the tent. There are also menu and go to the waiters. By the way, did the right thing! Since when and at tables on the street the COP is already there, guarding the tent hangs a red ribbon, and then to come to the table in the tents was not possible. How many people stood behind the red tape...
After a couple of hours in the tents started to let everyone. We went into the tent with his liter mugs of beer, as well as hundreds of other visitors, stood at one of the tables. In the tent played a truly national music (was the song "Moskau" by the band - Dschinghis Khan), dancing on the benches at the table, standing on benches and dancing. At the table sat a group of boys of the Germans. All the alcohol and the celebration morale. With them we quickly met and had fun together. Although neither they are in Russian do not know a word, I English a bit at school, Mr German also from school. But it was fun and drunk. The Germans taught us how to sniff tobacco, and Vladimir them to dance)).