Fall is coming fast and so is one of the most beloved international festivals of all time, Oktoberfest. Each and every fall millions of people from around the world travel to Munich, Germany to enjoy all the festivities celebrating that drink of fermented barley and yeast that everybody loves.
If you are one of the many people out there in the world who hasn't had the opportunity to experience their first Oktoberfest, then you may be at a loss as to what to do when you get there. That is why a list has been compiled of the top things to do at this year's Oktoberfest.
1.) Check out the most popular tents.
If you are planning on checking things out at the main area (otherwise known as the Wiesn), then you have to visit the tents of all the major brewers. Brewers like Lwenbru and Winzerer Fhndl can't be missed.
2.) Learn the Language
Obviously if you are going to another country, then you have to know how to talk the talk. Learning a few key German phrases could help you mingle with locals a little better. Words like Biddscheen (Please), Heisl (Toilet), Bierdimpfe (Notorious Beer Drinker), Ma (One liter of beer), and Ozapfa (To tap a beer barrel) are all useful phrases for navigating Oktoberfest.
3.) Take the Bus
Parking is damn near impossible at the tents and all experts on the matter suggest using any means of public transportation that you can find.
4.) Ride a Bike
There is a lot more to do in Germany than go to Oktoberfest and since the festival is 12 days long, you may need something else to do. Munich is probably one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. That is why you should check out a bike tour to get a real taste of Munich.
5.) Explore Marienplatz
The center of the city is a 12th-century wonder and is widely known as the "heart of Munich". There are many great places for sightseeing, shopping and dining making Marienplatz a perfect starting point for any Oktoberfest.
6.) Shop in Viktualienmarkt
After spending the day in Marienplatz, you could hop on over to Viktualienmarkt, a daily farmer's market where you can find a huge variety of fresh and regional delights. There are over 140 booths offering products from local florists, bakers and restaurants.
7.) Take a hike
Hike on up the staggering 306 steps of Munich's oldest church, St. Peter's (also known as Alter Peter). The summit holds some of the most memorable and beautiful views of the city. Inside the cathedral you can witness five Gothic paintings by Jan Polack, alters by Ignaz Gunther and a ceiling fresco by Johann Baptist Zimmerman.
8.) Have a Beer at Hofbruhaus
There is nothing like getting a taste of authentic Munich beer and there is no place better to do it than Hofbruhaus, the most famous beer hall in the world. Built in 1589, Hofbruhaus is filled with old, long wooden tables with engravings from people a hundred years ago. All beer is served in one liter steins and Bavarian bands play live all day everyday.
So there you have it, a list of the top things to do in Munich when visiting Oktoberfest 2010. So if you are planning on traveling to the biggest beer festival in the world, you now have a few ideas on how to pass the time.
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