How to Oktoberfest with Doodle

Over 200 years of tradition continues this weekend in Munich, and it’s not too late to start planning! Organizing your Oktoberfest plans is a piece of cake with Doodle.  Create a poll, invite all of your favorite Volksfest enthusiasts, and find the best date to meet.  The whole event starts on September 16th with the hosts tapping the first barrel, and runs through October 3rd.  There’s plenty of time to catch the festivities when everyone can attend.  Using Doodle, it’s easy to keep track of who can come and when.   

Oktoberfest in Munich

Oktoberfest in Munich

Here are a few other things to keep in mind… 

Hugeness – With millions of visitors every year, and the whole Theresienwiese grounds being as massive as they are, you can lose your mates in a blink.  So pick a spot to meet and stick to it!  There are so many tents, large and small, but the biggest is Winzerer Fähndl, which boasts seating for almost 8,500 people (inside!).  The 13 other large tents are of near-comparable size.  Most of the attendees are coming from Bavaria, but a large percentage are visiting from other EU countries or from overseas.       

Food – Traditionally, only local brews are allowed to be tapped and sold at the festival, but there’s much more than Paulaner (and 5 others) to be enjoyed.  We’re talking about all of the amazing Bavarian cuisine available to accompany the brew.  Aside from Schweinshaxe, a pork knuckle that’s marinated and roasted until the skin gets all crispy and delicious, there’s weisswurst (white sausage), roast chicken, pretzels, spaetzle (like mac and cheese), and much more.  Don’t forget to hit up the money machine beforehand, it’s cash only in the tents!   

Travel and Safety – It’s not really recommended to drive to the Wiese by car, because parking can be a bit of a nightmare.  No worries though, the grounds are easily accessed by public transit.   Once you arrive at the gates be prepared for a security check.  Everyone gets checked before coming in, and due to a recent ban, no big bags or backpacks are allowed beyond the gates.  Safety is taken very seriously; at the busiest times of the festival, there can be up to 450 security officials on duty (and some in plainclothes).  Best to avoid conflict with drunkies and keep an eye on your possessions anyhow!   

Have the best time at Oktoberfest!

– Your friends at Doodle

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