When you don’t drink, but want to be a part of the largest beer festival because your friends are going, it sounds a bit crazy. Believe us, it isn’t. Thankfully, Oktoberfest has a lot more to offer than just BEER. In this blog, we’ll tell you how to have a great time without having to jump the beer wagon.
Wear the Traditional Outfit
Although there is no compulsion on what you can wear, people prefer wearing the Bavarian outfit when in Bavaria. If you’ve been reading about Oktoberfest lately, then Lederhosen and Dirndl are terms you’ve probably read before. For those who are visiting the first time, Lederhosen is a traditional outfit for men. It’s basically a short with leather suspenders. Women wear Dirndls, which is again their traditional outfit. Also, if you’re wearing the Dirndl for the first time, you should know where to place the bow. The bow gives a hint about your marital status. If you’re single, the bow has to be on the left.
While the beer lovers enjoy their Maß Bier, if you like to try some wine, your best bet is the Weinzelt (wine tent). They offer more than 15 different wines, along with different types of sparkling wine and champagne. The tent is open until 1:00 in the morning. At Weinzelt, you can enjoy the Prosecco and their live music even when the other tents are closed. If you neither like wine nor beer, see if the German Radler suits you. A German Radler is beer mixed with lemonade.
Relish the Knodels and Brezen
Germans love their beer, but they also love eating. If you’re a foodie, the must-tries include the traditional Würstl, Roast pork, chicken and the most popular Brezen (Pretzels). The food stalls are set up right outside the beer tents. To make sure your friends are not getting wasted drinking only beer, order some delicious pork knuckles and go for a binge.
Oktoberfest is a folk festival that starts from 21st September to 6th October. At Oktoberfest, you’ll find people from different countries and similar interests. You never know, you could make friends with another non-drinker. And if you do, simply take your backpack and set out to explore Bavaria. Munich is the capital of Bavaria and has a spectacular architecture to wow a first-time visitor. Take a walk at the English Garden or go for a day tour to check out the beautiful Linderhof Castles.
Oktoberfest has ways to entertain attendees of all ages. The fun begins when you see the beer fans do some crazy stuff after a few liters down. From dancing on the benches, singing the YMCA to falling off and getting wasted, you’ll witness it all. Entry to the beer tents is free. You’ll meet people from all over the world, strike a conversation and join them to do a Schuhplattler dance.
- The Wellenflug – Enjoy the view of the events as you ride up and down and go round and round. The swing carousel is for all ages. Children aged 4 and above can travel with their parents.
- The Ferris Wheel (Willenborg) – Considered the symbol of Oktoberfest, this ride has been there since 1979. Up to 400 people can ride on this rollercoaster at the same time. The ride offers a unique experience, from Bavaria to Munich’s old town, It’s a beautiful view you won’t get to see every day.
- The Toboggan – Whether you choose to watch others or ride it yourself, it’s fun both ways. In this ride, you have to glide almost 8 meters upwards before climbing the spiral staircase. The ride isn’t dangerous but is surely fun, as you watch people after a couple of pints show up the confidence to ride the conveyor belt.
- Skyfall – Love Bungee jumping? You should definitely try this. The SkyFall is the tallest mobile drop tower in the world: The ride rises 80 meters into the sky and has been drawing crowds since its premiere at the Munich Oktoberfest in 2013. If you have vertigo, DO NOT try this.
- Olympia Looping – Get ready to scream your lungs out. Being the largest transportable roller coaster in the world, this ride is sure to give you an adrenaline rush, you’ve been waiting for. The ride is 1,250 meters long with five loops. Speeds of up to 100 km/h can be reached by up to five trains, which can travel simultaneously and each seat 20 to 28 people
- Feldl’s Teufelsrad – In the middle of the wooden arena is a large disc that rotates. At the command of the moderator, the group sits down, then the disc sets itself in motion – slowly at first, then faster and faster. As the fun begins, You’ll hear the sayings and tales of the moderators, which are sometimes rough yet charming in a Bavarian way.
You have more than one reason to enjoy this Oktoberfest. Explore, party, sing and dance with your favorite buddies in the traditional Bavarian costume. If you’re not able to attend this year’s beer festival in Germany, lookup for a local Oktoberfest in your city. If you’re an event presenter, planning to host a local Oktoberfest, we’re right here for you. Set up your oktoberfest event with Yapsody and we’ll be more than happy to help you. Sign up today and avail a 25% off on using the promo code “OKTOBERFEST25”. Sign up NOW!