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Imagine hundreds of blonde beauties dressed in lederhosen serving you the biggest jugs (of lager!) you have ever seen. Now picture sizzling bratwurst and crispy schnitzel. Yes, we’re talking about Oktoberfest.

It’s 7.30am and people are congregating outside the Löwenbräutent, ready for a day of solid drinking. They’re here early, keen to get inside because getting your bum on one of the sought-after wooden benches is the most essential step of procuring a stein (a massive beer glass) - and if you don’t get one of those, you won’t be served. Epic fail. Once a seat is found though, you’re sorted for the rest of the day and can focus on what’s important: downing, singing, eating and dancing.

Beer is served from 9am on weekends and 10am on weekdays. It’s a tad earlier than you’d normally crack open the first drink of the day (for most), but pretty soon you’ll be caught up in the raucous atmosphere of the festival, best described as ‘Disneyland for drinkers’. All the lagers served are regional and adhere to the strict 1516 Bavarian Purity Requirements, which mean only water, hops and barley can be used to brew them.

Names you’re likely to recognise include Augustiner, Paulaner, Spaten-Franziskaner, Löwenbräu and Hofbräu. Different beers are served at various tents, so pick your favourite and get right in among it, remembering the golden rule of drinking - buying a strange woman a drink is cool, buying them for her all day is dumb. But as good as the drink is, it’s not only the amber brew that’s tempting to visitors.

The tents are surrounded by a large fairground with rides - rollercoasters, bumper cars, carousels and games - meaning there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Indeed, this will most likely be the biggest and best party you’ll ever attend. Just make sure you go on the rides before the drink is already making your head spin. So, TNTers, we urge you to go forth and enjoy this 16-day glug-a-thon, do-before-you-die piss-up that chugs on from September 20 until October 5 this year, continuing a 204-year-old tradition. Eins, zwei, drei, DRINK!

Want to experience Oktoberfest for yourself? Book here with TNT Tour Search.


Festival guide: Oktoberfest
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