Oktoberfest Munich, Germany: Things to do and Attractions (Besides Beer that is…)

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is the largest beer festival in the world! But did you know that besides beer guzzling and more beer guzzling, there are actually alot of festivities and fringe activities all around the festival arena? In this post, we will show you the things to do and attractions at Oktoberfest Germany in Munich!

Interesting facts about Oktoberfest Germany

Did you know…

1. Oktoberfest DOES NOT start in October! Oktoberfest usually starts in the last week of September and ends in the first week of October. If you visit Munich somewhere in mid to end October thinking that you can catch the Oktoberfest, you’ll be in for a huge disappointment!

2. In 2013, Oktoberfest will be celebrating its 180th Beer festival! Although Oktoberfest was first started in 1810, there have been several festivals that were cancelled due to epidemics and war.

3. Oktoberfest is not only the largest beer festival in the world. It is THE LARGEST FESTIVAL in the world (beer left out in this sentence). Besides the 14 large beer tents (including famous brews such as Hofbrau, Lowenbrau and Augustiner), there are also 21 smaller tents selling their specialities such as roasted chicken (and beer of course). But there’s more to the 42 hectares (can you believe the size?!) Theresienwiese Oktoberfest area. There are MANY fringe activities such as games, rides and food that caters to the entire family!

 Oktoberfest in Munich Germany
Oktoberfest in Munich Germany

Beer guzzling and more beer guzzling

Oktoberfest gives people an impression that it is a beer festival. It sure is the biggest beer festival in the world. With millions of visitors all over the world drinking and guzzling millions more litres of beer each year, it is no wonder that people only think about beer at Oktoberfest.

 Lowenbrau and its moving (and growling) lion
Lowenbrau and its moving (and growling) lion

 Throngs of people in the beer tents - in the middle of the day!
Throngs of people in the beer tents – in the middle of the day!

Lining the Tummy – Oktoberfest Food!

Many a beer drinker would advise that you line your tummy with fatty foods before you hit the beer tents. There are indeed many variety of food available at Oktoberfest. Here are some of the foods we’ve tried!

 Pork Kunckle Sandwich Oktoberfest
Pork Kunckle Sandwich Oktoberfest

One of the fattiest street snack you can find at Oktoberfest has got to be the pork knuckle sandwich! The skin is crispy and flavourful while the fatty bits beneath gives you the lining that you need to survive the beer festival! While you’re trying out the street foods, why not give the crispy schnitzel burger a try as well?

At Oktoberfest, there are many tents selling roasted chicken. Tender, moist and well marinated, the roasted smell of the chicken can really attract its customers!

Do try the desserts at Oktoberfest, the waffle and apple pie were, “oh so good!”. Ask Kate and she’ll tell ya!

 Have you seen anything like that? - A full grown pig being roasted
Have you seen anything like that? – A full grown pig being roasted

 Pork Schnitzel Burger
Crispy Pork Schnitzel Burger

 pMoist & tender Roasted Chicken with vege stuffing
Moist & tender Roasted Chicken with vege stuffing

 Huge Pretzels anyone?
Huge Pretzels anyone?

 Freshly baked crispy fluffy waffle with sugar icing - Yum!
Freshly baked crispy fluffy waffle with sugar icing – Yum!

 Apple Strudel
Apple Strudel

Fun rides for the entire family!

As we have mentioned, there are many other games and rides at Oktoberfest. Games would include throwing balls or rings to win prizes. Or simply using a huge hammer to see if the indicator hits the bell at the top. Besides the game stalls, there are many other exciting rides at Oktoberfest!

 Crazy ride - with 3 axis of spin
Crazy ride – with 3 axis of spin

 Olympia Loop - A roller coaster ride!
Olympia Loop – A roller coaster ride!

Besides the crazy rides for the thrill seekers, there’s also a section of the fair dedicated to kids to have some fun of their own. Train rides for kids and slides are also available at Oktoberfest!

 Gnome Train Ride for kids
Gnome Train Ride for kids

Other things you can do at Oktoberfest

Check out rows of fish being roasted for the patrons – fishy smell at that!

 Roasted fish in the open air
Roasted fish in the open air

 Pictures with horses and beer barrels!
Take pictures with horses and beer barrels!

 How about a Leb Kuchen for your loved ones - remember to pay with a kiss!
How about a Leb Kuchen for your loved ones – remember to pay with a kiss!

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Oktoberfest Germany Munich

Oktoberfest Germany Munich

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Whatever your age or interest, you’ll definitely find your piece of fun at Oktoberfest Munich Germany!

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One Response to Oktoberfest Munich, Germany: Things to do and Attractions (Besides Beer that is…)

  1. Jason says:

    Wow! Oktoberfest is really more than just a beer festival!

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