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Munich Oktoberfest Questions

Old Oct 2, 19, 5:48 am
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Everything we did for the week in this part of the world worked out spot on fun and awesome. My group consisted of 7 people plus we did meet TravelTheWorld66 and he came out with us one day to the Hacker tent. Also we saw him at the Pats game in town Sunday night which was fun no matter what team you may like in NFL. Munich has a great core of sports fans.

But the key was the fest and the tents, and man this was a fun one! I had with me a long time miles friend with whom I have gone to Munich 6 times, a few skiing friends who I have known for 30 years. One guy lives in Ireland now so this is an easy trip for him timing wise, and the other back home in BOS area. I also had a college friend, an old neighbor and in the end, a core of 5 of us lasted the whole time. All of us pushing or over 50 (I am 54) and we did not stop.

I lost my voice, became the center attraction at the Devil's Wheel, Enticed cute Hoffbrau waitresses to drink from a plastic lizard and get an entire 4 sections going with this silly form of drinkery (don't knock it til ya try it!) and even had our hotel manager and some staff take us out on the last night and step it all up to the next level. That was fun, because having been to Oktoberfest 8 times now, I had a real local's experience that last night (Sunday) and of course we will plan 2020! My takeaway is that we all work hard and do what we believe to be right all year. Let us let go and do silly things when at a place like this and that resets you and all is well.

One friend and I had gone to Oktoberfest in 2000 and he was amazed at how many more people go now, and all dress up. Four of our core dressed up. I think going forward, you really gotta dress up and get fully into the spirit of things to make it most fun. Not that it is required at all, but I think for my group, going forward it shall be! That way the traditional Bavarians like you more anyway haha.

One of the best times of all of em. First time I was ever able to meet up with people when and where we said we would despite the amount of beer we were drinking.

For me, I thought the weather held out remarkably well. Some rain here or there but one example was Sunday. Picture perfect 75 degrees out.

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Old Oct 3, 19, 11:58 am
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Hi all,

I was originally going to create another thread, but thought I'd post here instead to keep all things Oktoberfest together. As it happens, a friend and I will be in Munich this weekend for the final weekend of Oktoberfest. We've managed to secure a table at the Schottenhamel tent for 10am on Saturday morning (5 Oct). If anyone would like to join us, please DM me and we can meet you there.

Cheers,
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Old Oct 4, 19, 4:28 am
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Originally Posted by global_b View Post
Hi all,

I was originally going to create another thread, but thought I'd post here instead to keep all things Oktoberfest together. As it happens, a friend and I will be in Munich this weekend for the final weekend of Oktoberfest. We've managed to secure a table at the Schottenhamel tent for 10am on Saturday morning (5 Oct). If anyone would like to join us, please DM me and we can meet you there.

Cheers,
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Dang, B, too late for me but thanks for this invite!... I wish i was still there and I would join you. What a great time it was! Already sussing out details for next year!

I did notice one thing different in tents this year... I know from previous years people like to get up and try to finish a whole beer.... in Hoffbräu for example, if you got there early, say 10am well before the band would come in, every once and a while someone would stand up and down a whole maß. If they failed, boo! If they succeeded, cheers! This got the place going early and by noon when the music started, this kinda ended and off to regular festing it would go.

This year, crickets. It was kinda quiet! I couldn’t put my finger on it as we stood there wondering why it was so sedate. Then one guy got up to chug one and security hauled him out. Another bloke half way across the tent did one and same thing. so less amped up over all because none of this was happening now. When in previous years you might see 50 people do it from 10am to noon, now maybe we saw 3 and they got taken.

Asked waitress about this and she said its always been against the rules. I said I had been to Oktoberfest many times and never seen em take people out. Weird. Maybe she worked for Marriott who also says things have always been a certain way when clearly, with the merger, they have not.

Anyway, a couple days later in Hacker tent we saw several people down litres and security took em too, it when the table next to me had a guy do it, the security were not rough (in fact they did not appear to be rough at any occasion in either tent) and then about 10 mins later they walked the guy back to his table and let him stay. Not sure what that was all about. Maybe to check if he was totally drunk now and an idiot or acting relatively fine. Apparently he was fine. He sat with his friends. Everything went on normally from there.

By 1pm of course, all tents amp up anyway and bands are going too.

I also had a mini run in with security... we had exited Hacker at about 3pm in back and were now directoy facing the drunk hill. So my buddies and I snapped a few general pics of the mayhem. Now, general shots, vids and such are fine but if one is perceived as taking a direct photo of someone who did not give consent, that is actually not allowed in Germany. I knew this but wasn’t thinking nor was I aware that three security people were just passing me and saw me pointing my phone right at some drunk guy staggering.

They stopped me and promptly said show me. I scrolled through. They said delete those. I did. Then they said go to the delete folder and empty it. I did. Then they asked, Why would you do this? I said, sorry, just trying to capture all the fun everywhere in the fest. They determined I was not a drunk idiot and moved on. I did of course sneak a few other pics in of the hill, but the point is, I guess it’s all about not being a drunk idiot too much.

This year was 50% busier than I have ever seen it. Places that had been baron at 10am were mostly full, crowds in the streets were full, by noon or 1 most tents were packed, one night at one tent you physically could not move, and on Sat am, we got to Hoffbräu at 9am and it looked like 5pm. Same at Hacker. We ended up getting a table that would become a reserved one at 4:30 so we stayed from 10-3 at Augustiner tent and when we were leaving, you could see out the now closed front door a sea of people 10 deep and 20 wide waiting to be let in.

On that Sat am I was in the lobby of my hotel early and 5 American dirndls who said a friend told them how and when to do everything told me they were headed to the tents at 7am and people had waited for them to open from 5am. When we got there at 9, which on a Saturday in the past would have still had room, the whole place had beers and was full. I had no idea of this and I wonder what happened. Band was going in all tents by 9am or before. Never seen that. We know Saturday is tough but 7am? Really? I guess next year we will have to rally and be there!

Of course we met many students who had a holiday from schools in Europe—mostly exchange students from the US, and it was Italian week.

I saw a few skirmishes but all ended with security calming people and letting them go. Up til 2018 fest I had only ever seen one... in 2018.

It is getting wilder. Will they start restricting things like Venice does with cruise ships?

We mostly went early on mid week days and stayed all day a few times watching our tables morph into huge crowds. We loved having people come and go and we like standing tables more than seated ones cuz you can move more easily.

We had decent weather most days and stellar weather on some. Saw a nice outdoor Bavarian concert by the Bavaria statue and that was packed too. Never seen it so busy and I tend to go the same week every time.

Anyway, enjoy it and on the days you do not have a table, get there very early! Have a four pack of your friends hold a table if you come late.

mm

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Old Oct 4, 19, 12:53 pm
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Drinking a mass on ex has always been a reason for immediate expulsion.

This year has been crazy both with the amount of people as well as with horrendously high prices. They are pushing the limits but people are still coming and paying. Curious to hear this year's statistics.
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Old Oct 4, 19, 3:59 pm
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I’ll be making a brief visit Sunday afternoon. Friends have not been too impressed with the Wiesn this year.
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Old Oct 6, 19, 6:51 am
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
Drinking a mass on ex has always been a reason for immediate expulsion.

This year has been crazy both with the amount of people as well as with horrendously high prices. They are pushing the limits but people are still coming and paying. Curious to hear this year's statistics.
Having been 8 times and often in the mornings when the stand on bench and gain cheers to drink a maß happens has never ever resulted in anyone being escorted out until this year

have I just been missing it? Have the hundreds I have seen do it (including myself a few years ago) been totally lucky? Or is it like Marriott?

marriott told me one day on a phone call that the rule has always existed within starwood that if a platinum member books a room, they get the benefits. But if that member does not come and instead, gifts it to someone else, say, a friend or a spouse, the hotel is not supposed to provide that benefit. But they have always done so and only recently has marriott now decided to enforce the rule that always existed. So how can a customer get upset with something they have been getting away with for years? My take on it was: I always thought it was ok and allowed so to me it looks like you changed the rules abruptly and make things up on the spot.

I hate that stuff
ia this like that?
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This year, crickets. It was kinda quiet! I couldn’t put my finger on it as we stood there wondering why it was so sedate. Then one guy got up to chug one and security hauled him out. Another bloke half way across the tent did one and same thing. so less amped up over all because none of this was happening now. When in previous years you might see 50 people do it from 10am to noon, now maybe we saw 3 and they got taken.

Asked waitress about this and she said its always been against the rules. I said I had been to Oktoberfest many times and never seen em take people out. Weird. Maybe she worked for Marriott who also says things have always been a certain way when clearly, with the merger, they have not.
She was actually right. Chugging down a whole Maß is normally the quickest way to be kicked out of tent. You might get away with it when the tent is very full and security is very busy.

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They stopped me and promptly said show me. I scrolled through. They said delete those. I did. Then they said go to the delete folder and empty it. I did. Then they asked, Why would you do this? I said, sorry, just trying to capture all the fun everywhere in the fest. They determined I was not a drunk idiot and moved on. I did of course sneak a few other pics in of the hill, but the point is, I guess it’s all about not being a drunk idiot too much.
Yes, security is not amused when people take pictures of "helpless" drunks at the "Kotzhügel" (translates to vomit hill)

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This year was 50% busier than I have ever seen it. Places that had been baron at 10am were mostly full, crowds in the streets were full, by noon or 1 most tents were packed, one night at one tent you physically could not move, and on Sat am, we got to Hoffbräu at 9am and it looked like 5pm. Same at Hacker. We ended up getting a table that would become a reserved one at 4:30 so we stayed from 10-3 at Augustiner tent and when we were leaving, you could see out the now closed front door a sea of people 10 deep and 20 wide waiting to be let in.

On that Sat am I was in the lobby of my hotel early and 5 American dirndls who said a friend told them how and when to do everything told me they were headed to the tents at 7am and people had waited for them to open from 5am. When we got there at 9, which on a Saturday in the past would have still had room, the whole place had beers and was full. I had no idea of this and I wonder what happened. Band was going in all tents by 9am or before. Never seen that. We know Saturday is tough but 7am? Really? I guess next year we will have to rally and be there!
Saturday is always the busiest day of the week. Normally tents do not open before 10am. But 9am is early enough I would say if you are not more than three to four people you have always good chances around noon. Only exception is the first Saturday when the Wiesn official starts. You need to be there by 5am to get in line and to be one of the first people on the festival ground by 10am when it opens but only if you want to join the "O-Zapft is" ceremony by noon. Best days for a Wiesn visit is during the week. It also helps if there is good weather an people can sit outside. I personally avoid the Wiesn on Saturdays.

Overall the Wiesn was a regular Wiesn and not a record setting one with about 6.3 million visitors. It was also a safe Wiesn with only 914 criminal offenses (less than last year). This is not much for a a festival with 6.3 million visitors.
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She was actually right. Chugging down a whole Maß is normally the quickest way to be kicked out of tent. You might get away with it when the tent is very full and security is very busy.



Yes, security is not amused when people take pictures of "helpless" drunks at the "Kotzhügel" (translates to vomit hill)



Saturday is always the busiest day of the week. Normally tents do not open before 10am. But 9am is early enough I would say if you are not more than three to four people you have always good chances around noon. Only exception is the first Saturday when the Wiesn official starts. You need to be there by 5am to get in line and to be one of the first people on the festival ground by 10am when it opens but only if you want to join the "O-Zapft is" ceremony by noon. Best days for a Wiesn visit is during the week. It also helps if there is good weather an people can sit outside. I personally avoid the Wiesn on Saturdays.

Overall the Wiesn was a regular Wiesn and not a record setting one with about 6.3 million visitors. It was also a safe Wiesn with only 914 criminal offenses (less than last year). This is not much for a a festival with 6.3 million visitors.
Wow that is amazing! Under 1k incidents for that many people!!! Awesome

as for first day... yah I may try it some day but that is way early haha
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I typically don't have much trouble with the crowds on the 1st Saturday. I am not looking to participate in the "O-Zapft", and by the time my flight arrives from USA and I drop off bags at hotel, it is early afternoon when I get to the Wiesn.

But this year, wow. The 1st Saturday was packed, to the point of struggling to find a place to sit, even outside. The weather was absolutely perfect, which probably accounts for it.
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I typically don't have much trouble with the crowds on the 1st Saturday. I am not looking to participate in the "O-Zapft", and by the time my flight arrives from USA and I drop off bags at hotel, it is early afternoon when I get to the Wiesn.

But this year, wow. The 1st Saturday was packed, to the point of struggling to find a place to sit, even outside. The weather was absolutely perfect, which probably accounts for it.
i think next year if we go for opening day I will be there at 5am in hosen to see that

otherwise not worth doing that sat

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Schuhplattler (slap dance)


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