Oktoberfest 2014 Itinerary & Tips
Oktoberfest is that perennial celebration of all things Bavarian and all things beer. It’s the largest festival in the world and it would surely feature on many a bucket list.
If you want to take part in the world’s largest festival in 2014 you’ll have to ensure you book well in advance – in fact, the sooner the better.
Careful and early preparation is the name of the game for any seasoned Oktoberfest traveller.
If you wait until August 2014 you may well find that accommodation close to the grounds is in high demand and no one wants to be trekking around on public transport, no matter how efficient the Germans do it.
When you are talking about a beer festival it is of utmost importance to be as close to a comfortable place to sleep as you can.
Oktoberfest 2014 kicks off at noon on the 20th of September and ends on October the 5th. O’Zapft is the official opening ceremony and in 2014 it will be performed by Munich’s newly elected Lord Mayor. He will open the very first keg of beer of the festival in a traditional ceremony that basically says, “hey, let’s all start drinking and may the merriment and lengthy abandon begin.”
There has never been an entry fee to Oktoberfest and 2014 will be no different. This means there aren’t any gates at which you need to queue in order to enter the grounds. However, it is quite the classic case of the early bird gets the worm for any partaker. The best seats fill up very fast and it is advised to get to Oktoberfest 2104 as early as you can each morning that you are there. That means even before the beer starts flowing – which is 10am weekdays and 9am on weekends.
Weekends (in particular Saturdays) are the hardest days to find any seating.
In cases of bad weather being unable to secure covered seating can be a particular issue… soggy pretzel anyone?
October 3rd 2014 is a German bank holiday and this should be treated the same as a weekend – this day will be very busy.
You have to keep in mind an average of 6 million people attend Oktoberfest every year. Let’s just say that makes for quite a crowded fair ground in Munich. You’ll have to be prepared that Sat 20th, Sat 27th, Fri 3rd and Sat 4th will be the busiest days of all. Plan your trip accordingly and make sure you don’t wind up with a hangover on these mornings.
Oktoberfest 2013 was quite a cold one. While it’s hard to predict the weather months in advance it would be advisable to note that (although this festival occurs in Autumn) it can be quite chilly. No one wants to queue in the cold and rain without suitable attire – because even the best internal warmth generated from the consumption of alcohol can wear off given enough time.
If you’ve never been to Oktoberfest you will want to ensure you share your time around as many tents as possible to experience as much as the festival has to offer.
If you’re an Oktoberfest veteran you’ll probably have your favourite tents and days to attend and you may want to venture to some other attractions in Munich. There are of course many historical sites.
There are the upscale shopping precincts and the most well know tourist destinations, such as: Romantic Road, the BMW factory and Nymphenburg Palace.
You’ll also want an idea of what is happening and when at Oktoberfest 2014. Sunday 21st of September is the day to attend for the costume and rifleman parade which starts at 10am. The parade displays the traditional garb of the different regions of Germany and also of other European countries. Wrapping up at 12am, this drawcard event attracts a whopping 9000 plus participants.
Sunday 28th of September is the day to attend if you’d like to witness the official “Concert of the Oktoberfest”. It’s a traditional concert performed at the foot of the statue of Bavaria. If you like discounted rides and have children in tow then the family days will be for you. They take place on the Tuesdays of the festival. In 2014 the family days will be Tuesday 23rd and Tuesday 30th of September.
If you’ve withstood all the beer, carb heavy food and revelry that you possibly can – right through to the festival’s final hurrah on Sunday the 5th of October you will be able to watch the traditional gun salute. It heralds the end of the festival and the long 11-month wait until Oktoberfest 2015.
Ready to party? Join us at Oktoberfest this year!