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In order for your first-time-visit to be a great experience, it may be a good idea to keep some things in mind and plan ahead.

Especially, when you’ve never been to the Oktoberfest, the following tips should help you to make the most of your visit.

  • On Friday nights and Saturdays, you may need a table reservations to enter a tent due to overcrowding. Check the beer tent crowd barometer before planning your trip.
  • Since 2016 bags larger than 3 liters have been banned. You need to leave them at the bag deposit outside of the fairgrounds.
  • Start looking for an accommodation early, as there will always be too few hotels in Munich during Oktoberfest.
  • When overcrowding is imminent, the main entrances of the tents are the first to close. Don’t forget to look at the entrances in the beer gardens.
  • The worst time to look for seats in the beer tents is late afternoon, early evening, during the reservation change.
  • The tent, which is often the last to close for overcrowding is the Armbrustschützenzelt.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask waiters for free seats, also in the boxes.
  • Wear proper shoes. Especially in the evenings there’s a chance you may walk over broken glass.
  • Don’t try to steal mugs. You’ll have to leave them at the exit anyway.
  • Lunchtime is way calmer than the evenings. If you like a more relaxed atmosphere, come early.
  • Tuesdays are family days and offer reduced prices.
  • On weekdays before 3pm, many showmen have specials offers.
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