As the name itself explain, some of you may be wondering why I’m writing about Oktoberfest 2019 this week. It’s still September, isn’t it too early?
In fact, Oktoberfest 2019 – the world’s largest beer festival and traveling funfair, starts on 21 September and ends on 6 October. Therefore, I’m giving you enough time to book the flight ticket and accommodation should you want to make it as your autumn getaway 😉
Every year, around six million people from around the world will fly to Munich for the beer festival. It will be crowded, but don’t worry. You won’t be smashed like tuna in a can.
The queue may be long, but the table is arranged nicely and you’ll have ample room to move (or even dance!). Again, don’t worry about the crowd. Drinking beer with a group of happy-go-lucky strangers is better than alone.
The more, the merrier!
I myself isn’t a beer person. I’m a wine person. I got to experience Oktoberfest by accident and I feel so lucky because there’s SO MUCH FUN!
Oktoberfest, during the day
So, back in 2015, I booked a trip to Eastern Europe in September. Apparently, the tour started and ended in Munich. I had to agree with a saying ‘beer makes people happy’ as I felt the joyful, Bavarian vibe during my stay.
Germans are tall, tall, TALL… Like, 1.8m and above. Or maybe I’m just too short hahaha… Anyway. Perhaps because it’s Oktoberfest, nobody batted an eyelid or asked for my ID when I ordered a beer.
The photos above are taken on the first day of my trip. Besides Munich, you can find similar beer tents in other cities too during the festival.
Oktoberfest at Luna Park
Oktoberfest trip isn’t complete without visiting Luna Park at night. The amusement park turns into a massive beer festival! Got a favorite beer in mind? Try to find its tent 😉
If you don’t drink beer, why not sample some local street foods? Or dress up for fun and take some photos with strangers? Or have some thrills in the amusement park? There are plenty of attractions to try!
As someone who loves photography, I decided to part ways with the girls so I could capture a lot of photos. It was a good and not-so-good decision for a female traveler to wandering alone in the Luna Park during Oktoberfest though…
The Good Part
Since I was alone, it’s easier for me to get a seat at the beer tent. I just needed to queue for a while before the waitress showed me a seat. Coincidentally, my table was packed with people who didn’t know each other!
The Not-So-Good Part
There’re some bad guys in Luna Park! Be careful with your belongings and make sure someone accompanies you when you go to the washroom.
For my case, I was stalked by TWO young men.
So, I was choosing a fridge magnet when the shop owner asked me if the man who was standing at the back was my boyfriend. Surprised, I told her that I came alone. She advised me to be careful because the suspicious man seemed to be following me.
After I thanked her, I walked fastly and tried to find a crowd where I could blend in. I could see that he walked fast behind me, then to my right side. Apparently, his maybe-partner-in-crime walked fast too, at my left side.
Shoot! There were two of them??
But luckily, our distance was quite big. I wasn’t really sure why they stalked me but thankfully, they didn’t do any harm.
To conclude, Oktoberfest is a blast! I wouldn’t mind experiencing it for the second time should I win a flight ticket to Munich, hehe! You can find more details about the festival here.
Before you leave for the beer festival, here’s a very important tip for you: stay conscious so you won’t get hurt when drunk.
Research from ConsumersAdvocate finds your travel insurance won’t cover any damage or medical treatment resulted from alcohol use.
Yup! So if you dance on the table while being drunk, fall down then injured yourself, the medical bill is on you. So does the missed flight because you’re too drunk to wake up for your return flight.
Alright, freunde! Are you ready for Oktoberfest 2019? 🙂