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A man pouring Maßes of beer at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

Surviving Oktoberfest

By Gap 360

Last updated: 22nd March 2017

It might still be 6 months away but we are already getting excited, because let’s face it – Oktoberfest is the greatest! Gallons and litres and pints of delicious German beer; salty pretzels, tasty meats; drunken dancing and singing – what more could you want?

Of course, a festival that is mainly about drinking loads of beer can easily go wrong…If you’re not careful, your Oktoberfest might turn into an Oktober-mess!

To ensure you have the best time possible, follow our top Oktoberfest tips before heading to the beer halls!

  • Enjoy the beer!

After all – that’s what you’re here for! The beer is beautiful and Bavarian, and according to purity laws only contains water, hops, malt, and no preservatives or chemicals! Pace yourself though – this is a marathon, not a sprint!

  • Drink water!

Make sure you’re taking in plenty of water between all the beer swilling! Drink a few pints of water in the morning and before bed. Drinking water between beers is also a great way to fend off nasty hangovers!

  • Eat some food.

For two reasons: firstly, because it’s so tasty – Oktoberfest sure knows how to do food. But secondly, you’ll need something to soak up all that delicious beer we mentioned!

  • Get some sleep.

Don’t burn out too quickly! It might be tempting to party for as long as you can, but pace yourself. It’s better that way! No-one likes a yawner in the beer halls!

  • Stay warm!

Munich in late September/early October can get cold. Yes, you’ll have that beer blanket effect, but a jumper will go a long way too!

  • Stay with your friends.

Look after each other and make sure you leave together! Don’t accidentally stumble into the wrong place after a night of beering!

  • Ride on the rides.

Not really a safety tip but trust us. They’re awesome!

Fancy hitting Oktoberfest this year? Plan in advance to avoid disappointment because this awesome festival always sells out early!

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