World famous beer festival proves more popular than ever!


Latest figures released by the world’s largest online travel agent Expedia reveal bookings are on the rise for people travelling to Oktoberfest in 2013, with a 20% increase across Europe. Among them, many Irish are making the journey over to Germany with Expedia this year to enjoy all that the lively festival has to offer. Worldwide figures for the top five foreign nationals visiting Oktoberfest in 2013 reveal a couple of surprises: America, UK, Italy, Japan and Australia.

This hugely popular annual festival runs over 16 days in Bavaria, Germany from 21st September – 6th October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and it is the world's largest fair, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event annually. The festival is an important part of Bavarian culture, the first festival being held in 1810.

Andy Washington, Managing Director for Expedia Ireland recommends the following helpful tips for Oktoberfest.

Beer is for breakfast: Aim to join the queue to the most popular tents no later than 7.30am to avoid the rush. Additionally did you know that there’s Weisswurst-Breakfast? Its common – and not only during Oktoberfest. Germans eat Brezn and Weisswurst (with mustard) and drink beer. The perfect start to a long Oktoberfest-day.

Get intimate: The most popular tents tend to get very busy and can sometimes be closed due to overcrowding – you’re more likely to meet the locals and get free seats in one of the less crowded tents, such as "Fischer-Vroni" or "Weinzelt". If you’re looking for love - pay attention to where you’re wearing your apron’s bow. Tradition states that single ladies wear the bows on their left. So be mindful that you don’t get unwanted attention from friendly Bavarians!

Party mid-week: If you are planning on making a last minute visit, try booking a mid-week stay to improve the availability. 

Continue the party: Make a reservation at the Wiesner after parties to avoid long queues. Popular after parties include: Almdudler after Oktoberfest Party, 089 Bar, Baby, P1 and Wiesnclub in the Congress Hall.

Oktoberfest kicks off on the 21st September but the busiest period is from the w/c 23rd so if you book early you have more chance of getting a good spot. Book a Bavarian Beer and Food tour through Expedia to learn the basic history and what to watch out for before the festival kicks off, or get to the heart of the brewing industry with an Expedia tour of the Paulaner Brewery.

And did you know:

Every year nearly 7 million litres of beer are consumed at the festival.

118 oxen and 53 calves are eaten over the course of the two-and-a-bit weeks.

The massive heavy one-litre glasses called “Masskruege” by locals often attract the unwanted attention of tourists! In recent festivals 226,000 “Masskrugs,” were recovered by security staff before they were stolen as souvenirs by festival-goers!

Over 1,000 passports were handed into the festivals lost & found department in 2012.

Whether you’re looking to sample the local beer and traditional Bavarian delicacies, visit the Wiesn funfair or just explore Munich, Expedia has all of your travel needs covered, so for plenty of Oktoberfest package holiday ideas – go to Oktoberfest on the Expedia website now! Example packages below.

Flight & Hotel

Stay at the four star NH München Dornach for two nights from approx €610 per person, based on two people sharing a standard double room. This price includes return flights with Lufthansa from London Heathrow, departing 4th October.

Hotel Only

Stay at the three star Vi Vadi Hotel from just €225 per night for a double or twin room.

 Stay at the two star Hotel Monaco from €70 per night for a double room with a shared bathroom – perfect for a group stay!


Beer Hall and Brewery Tour – get a real taste of the fun-loving Bavarian culture. Tour a brewery then sample the final product as your guide takes you to a selection of watering holes, ending with the most famous of them all – the 4000 seater Hofbräuhaus.

Munich Bike Tour– find your way around this great city as you pedal along with experts. Finish up of course at Hofbräukeller beer garden and quench your thirst with a nice cold pint.

Bavarian Food Tasting Around the Viktualienmarkt– come with a big appetite to this unique food tour through Munich’s historic district. The day begins with a typical Bavarian brunch and continues through the Viktualienmarkt, Munch’s oldest open market – a foodie’s paradise!


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