Oktoberfest 2022: The Best Tips For An Unforgettable Wiesn Experience

September 12th, 2022

The Oktoberfest, or Wiesn, is now celebrated in cities all over the world, but the original is and remains in Munich. After a two-year break, it’s finally starting up again and the city is already in the starting blocks. From the 17th of September to the 3rd of October, you can experience the spectacle. Secure a table in one of the marquees as early as possible and get ready for the best party of the year with our tips.

Travel to Wiesn Munich

View on the trains at Central Station in Munich
Munich is easy to reach by plane, train or car and has excellent connections.

By plane, you land at Munich Airport:

  • Berlin – Munich: 1h 10min
  • London – Munich: 1h 45min
  • Paris – Munich: 1h 30min
  • Amsterdam – Munich: 1h 25min

Would you rather travel environmentally friendly and take the train? Then you might be interested in these routes:

  • Berlin – Munich: from 4h
  • Cologne – Munich: from 4h 30min
  • Hamburg – Munich: from 6h
  • Paris – Munich: from 6h 30 min
  • Amsterdam – Munich: from 7h 45min

When you arrive in Munich, your main port of call is the Theresienwiese, where the annual Oktoberfest has been held since 1810. It is located in the Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt district and is therefore very central. Munich’s main railway station is just over 20 minutes away on foot.

Hotels near Theresienwiese

View on one of the tents on Oktoberfest in Munich
Munich has countless hotels, but why not stay close to the Wiesn? Check out the best hotels near Theresienwiese.

Cocoon Sendlinger Tor

Just a 12-minute walk away from the Wiesn, the Cocoon Sendlinger Tor is perfectly located. Apart from that, the hotel is right next to the Goetheplatz underground station, from where you can easily reach all the rest of the city’s sights. The 3-star hotel is modernly furnished and has an in-house restaurant and bar, what more could you want?

Vi Vadi Hotel Bayer 89

Also just a 12-minute walk away, you’ll find Vi Vadi Hotel Bayer 89, a centrally located 3-star hotel offering a choice of eight categories of rooms. The furnishings are modern and stylish and you’ll sleep like a baby in one of the box spring beds.

Bold Hotel Munich Centre

The Bold Hotel München Zentrum is located below the Theresienwiese and your walk is an unbeatable 8 minutes. It couldn’t be closer to the Wiesn. The hotel is stylishly furnished and the rooms face the inner courtyard, ensuring a peaceful night’s sleep.

Rides and Rollercoasters Munich Oktoberfest

Ferris Wheel at the Oktoberfest in Munich
There are more than 20 rides at the Wiesn, so there’s something for everyone. Whether it’s a Ferris wheel, a chain carousel or a real roller coaster, you’ll find it all here.

We have put together our highlights for you:

  • Calypso: Today called the Break Dancer, this ride was called Calypso in the sixties and here you will find the last original copy. It brings back nostalgia. You sit in a gondola that rotates around two axles and sits on an inclined disc. Is that not enough for you? Then dare to try the Break Dancer.
  • The Wellenflug: The chain carousel is a classic and therefore a must at this fair. What’s special about the Wellenflug are the uphill and downhill rides simulated by a wave-like spinning motion.
  • Menzels Münchner Zugspitzbahn: Here you also sit in one of many gondolas that swing freely sideways and are therefore movable. All the gondolas swing in a circle and your ride will be a rapid up and down.
  • The Krinoline: Another classic is the crinoline, a carousel with brass band from the twenties. It is the last original of its kind and can only be found at the Munich Oktoberfest.

The Right Outfit

Girl on the Carousel wearing a Dirndl on Oktoberfest in Munich
You’ve probably already guessed, but to have a real, unique Wiesn experience, of course, you have to come in traditional costume, called Trachten. For men, this is usually leather trousers (Lederhosen) and a white or checked shirt. For women, there is the Dirndl, a traditional dress that is still worn a lot in typical Bavarian regions.

When wearing a dirndl, there are a few rules you should follow as a woman. Namely, where you tie the bow of your apron has significance:

  • Left: You are single
  • Middle Front: You are a virgin
  • Right: You are taken
  • Middle Back: You are widowed

Nowadays, there are a lot of options for upgrading your traditional costume and making it more modern. Be creative and find your very own look in the Trachten.

What else you should know

Men Drinking Mass Of Beer at The Oktoberfest In Munich
The beverage of the Wiesn is beer – so be aware that everyone will drink a lot of alcohol at the Oktoberfest, so it can sometimes get a bit noisy and chaotic. But everyone is there to have a good time, which is why the atmosphere is usually very boisterous.

In the tent, you can sway to the music. You won’t be alone for long, you’ll quickly strike up a conversation with your table mates and by the next hit, you’ll be swaying and warbling along together.

Don’t forget to eat something in between. Most tents have snacks like pretzels.

Were we able to convince you to make a trip to Oktoberfest this year? Book your last-minute flights to Munich now.

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