Why Oktoberfest Weekend 1 Is A Must

There’s something really special about the first weekend of Oktoberfest. Even though the first keg isn’t tapped and the tents don’t start pouring steins until after noon on Saturday, this is the weekend that Munich truly comes alive. Plus, this is the weekend where you can have your cake, err—stein—and drink it too!

Below, see our top 4 reasons why the first weekend is our favorite here at bus2alps.

1. In Munich, You Don’t Need A Tent To Drink Beer

source: hofbrauhaus.de

First & foremost, Munich is a city filled to the brim with beer gardens and breweries. In fact, on the first weekend, we take a bike tour to not only one, but two of the most famous: Hofbräuhaus and Chinesischer Turm in the English Garden. The beer culture in Munich is strong, and you’ll experience more of the real deal Munich at one of these locations than at a tourist-packed Oktoberfest tent. Plus, public drinking is allowed in Munich, so you can grab some brews and picnic, or walk around and look at all the sites there are to see! No need to have to pick sightseeing over a little party when you can do both at the same time!

Still not convinced? If a party is what you’re after, make sure to book our camping option. Even after the beer tents close, the party continues at our camp site with a bar and even a chicken nugget machine! Trust us, there’s no missing out on a party, even on the first weekend.

2.  The Official First Weekend of Oktoberfest Events

Get in the Oktoberfest mood by donning a dirndl or lederhosen, then make your way to the opening Ceremony Parade. Watch as over 1,000 people follow the carriage of the Munich mayor throughout the town on their way towards Theresienwiese, the festival grounds. The floats are a spectacle because each Wiesn landlord and their family, plus each brewery, have a flower covered carriage sometimes led by draft horses. Lastly, we can’t forget to mention the marching bands and live music. If you like events like the pride parade, where a city comes together to celebrate and watch as floats drift on by, you’ll enjoy this experience.

3. Higher Likelihood of Nicer Weather

Well, we aren’t exactly meteorologists and we certainly can’t control the weather, but it makes sense right? The closer it is to summer, the higher the chance is of having sunshine. Opening day of 2018 was sunny and warm, which meant that even if the tents were too full to get inside, we were able to have an amazing time in the outdoor beer gardens of each tent. It was marvelous to be able to soak up the sunshine as we sipped our steins, and we were able to show off our dirndls and lederhosen without coats over top. #Fashion! When the night was coming to an end, we were super grateful for the weather, because we were so comfortable in our tents that night as we camped out under the stars (and as the party continued)!

4. A Chance to Explore Munich & Bavarian Countryside without FOMO

Honestly, we think our favorite thing about the first weekend is that it allows us to have the best of both worlds.  We want to be able to see as much of Munich as there is to see without feeling like we’re missing out on some incredible story at the festival grounds. Since Oktoberfest doesn’t really kick off until Saturday, that leaves Friday prime for the bike tour we mentioned above and other festivities around the city.

Does this sound like the weekend for you? Let us help you decide!

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