Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world, held annually in Munich, Germany, it pays homage to the world-class Bavarian art of beer brewing, and there is lots of fun to have outside the beer tents. The hallowed fairgrounds on which these beer tents lie, are over 100 acres in size and host dizzying assortments of carnival rides and side shows. Beer is the main topic of this brief but unforgettable tour, you will taste a lot beer types and get deep into the beer culture, but you will also have the chance to taste some German delights that get along well with a glass of beer.
You will spending 3 nights in a 3.5-star hotel, located at the Sendlinger Tor Gate, in Munich’s Old Town. Your hotel features free Wi-Fi, designer rooms, and a trendy lounge offering 24-hour drinks and snacks. This contemporary hotel was built in 2009 and features attractive turquoise interiors. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a flat-screen TV, a movable desk, and a granite bathroom with rain shower. The Oktoberfest is a 10-minute walk away, as well as the Munich Central Station and Munich’s Town Hall at Marienplatz Square. Sendlinger Tor subway station is a 2-minute walk away, offering travel via U-Bahn, tram, and bus to any part of Munich.
Join Spyglass Tours' Oktoberfest packages for the opening weekend (September 21-24, 2018) of Oktoberfest. This weekend only! Don't miss Saturday's Grand Entry Parade and the Traditional Costume Parade on Sunday.
Welcome to Germany! After checking in at the hotel and a brief orientation, you'll get the celebration started in one of Munich's legendary beer halls - the Hofbräuhaus! Raise a liter of liquid gold to the beginning of a weekend for the record books! Oktoberfest begins tomorrow!!
Watch the Grand Entry Parade of Oktoberfest Proprietors and Landlords as they make their way to the Oktoberfest grounds (Theresienwiese). The parade begins just outside of your hotel. Or choose to line up extra early (like 07:00) at the Schottenhamel tent to catch a glimpse of the Mayor tapping the ceremonial first keg of Oktoberfest Beer. When you hear the cannon blast at noon, "O'zapft is!" That means "it's tapped" and Oktoberfest has officially begun!
For a look into true Bavarian culture and tradition, one should not miss this morning’s Costume and Riflemen’s Parade. Don’t forget that Oktoberfest is not only about beer, it's a massive community fair featuring amazing carnival rides and attractions, surrounded by a city rich with history.
It's time to say Auf Wiedersehen to Munich as your tour comes to an end after breakfast.
This beer tour will take place in Munich, Germany.
On this Oktoberfest tour you will enjoy three daily delicious breakfasts. On your arrival day, you will have a pre-Oktoberfest toast in one of Munich's legendary beer venues. Beer is an integral part of Bavarian culture and everyday life, especially in Munich where the mood is always festive, even more so during the time surrounding Oktoberfest. Having fun is expected and encouraged, but public drunkenness is not tolerated. All Oktoberfest tents offer non-alcoholic beverages and many of them serve wine and spirits as well.
Please arrive at Munich Airport (MUC).
It is best to book a flight that arrives no later than 12:00, so that you may check-in to your room before meeting your tour managers.
You may purchase the airport shuttle bus online in advance, which departs every 20 minutes and takes you to the Hauptbahnhof (Central Train Station).