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Oktoberfest 2019: Get Ready, Get Set and Go, Go, Go

Updated: Oct 4, 2019

Oktoberfest Munich, Germany

The smell of German bratwurst on the air, the sounds of traditional German music and singing, to the laughter of thousands hoisting a stein and the tapping of a thousand kegs of German beers, there is nothing like Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

With Oktoberfest 2019 fast approaching, I just took some time to reflect on being a young soldier stationed in Germany. Some of my fondest memories of being deployed to Germany was Oktoberfest with the beer tents, the great verity of foods with their lovely aromas (I can almost smell the bratwurst on the air now), the many carnival rides, the traditional German music and sing-alongs, the hoisting of a stein or two or three of your favorite German beer with the locals in their traditional dress and with my military buddies. As far as beer fests go, there is nothing else like Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Yes, you can enjoy Oktoberfest in other parts of Germany and the world, even in places like Helen, Georgia in the States (“which is a great one by the way”), but the Germans have it down pat and do they ever know how to host a beer fest.

If you will be in Germany on a business trip, a holiday, temporary duty status or even if you are stationed / posted there this October, then you need to plan a trip to Munich to partake in the Munich Oktoberfest that is held every year in late September and early October. Oktoberfest 2019 is scheduled from 21 September until it ends on 6 October 2019. Getting to Munich is easy, but you do need to plan it out and book a room as soon as you can. Munich is about a 4.5-hour drive from Frankfurt at 393 km or you can take a train and enjoy the beautiful German countryside along the way, or you can even just catch a short flight to get there. The weather in Munich during Oktoberfest can be a bit chilly at night, so do bring along a coat, not just a windbreaker, as you will need one for sure.

If you are thinking about the family, then don’t worry as a there is plenty to do with the family in Munich other than the beer tents. Family day will be on the 24th of Sept, there is a costume parade on the 22nd of Sept along with many other planned events during Oktoberfest that will entertain the whole family. There is a ton of great dinning, from restaurants to street foods in and out of the beer tents, did I mention the pretzels? No, then take my word for it, they are just simply lovely, I can’t say no more than that. There is an abundance of carnival rides to enjoy for the kids as well as an abundance of shopping in the street shops, and the thousands of gifts and souvenirs to choose from as well as concerts and many other attractions during the fest. So, no worries about taking the family, none at all, even if you do not partake of the spirits (beer), there is more to Oktoberfest than the tons of great beers. There is something for everyone.

A little bit of pre-planning and being open to the maybe a once in a lifetime experience, the experience that is called Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest in Munich needs to be on your list to do’s and go’s. Oktoberfest either this year or sometime in the future is what I would say is a must do adventure. It is an experience that you and the family will never forget and a great time for bonding with family, friends and even the new friends you will find along the way to a great Oktoberfest adventure. I can’t wait to go back to another Oktoberfest. Hope to see you there and as always -

"Happy trails my friends."

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