Fall is here! This is my absolute favorite time of year. Despite living in Houston, where the only seasons that exist are summer and not summer, I grew up in Indiana where fall was done right. It has always been a dream of mine to go to Germany during Oktoberfest. I want to experience the crazy beer halls for myself. Although I have not done this yet, I have sent clients there and here are a few of my pointers!
- Purchase tickets to your tent ahead of time! Tourists make the mistake that they think they can just waltz (or polka?) their way into a tent. You can purchase these ahead of time through American websites such as Viator or ask your favorite travel agent (Heather Luckey with Brilliant Journeys). Some of the tent tickets include beer and food vouchers. It does make it a lot easier to get a package like this beforehand then trying to scuffle about and figure it out when you are there. If you try to visit a tent that is already full, you will be denied entry. If you are not sitting at a table, you will not be served any beer.
- It comes as no surprise that the beer tents are crazy crowded. If you would like to avoid the crowds, visit during the week and go earlier on the weekend.
- The dates for Oktoberfest are Sept. 22 – Oct. 7 for this year. Next year it is Sept. 21 – Oct. 6. Book your tickets and your hotel stays early. Rooms around the tents fill up rather quickly.
I hope everyone has a fantastic fall season filled with crisp air (or if you are in the south, not so humid air), cold beers, and delectable bratwurst. Ziggy, Zaggy, Ziggy, Zaggy, Hoi, Hoi, Hoi!