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What No One Tells You About Oktoberfest in Munich

December 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Posted by: Samuel Phineas Upham

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival that encompasses the entirety of Munich. The festival has been a staple of Bavarian culture since 1810, and it has spawned sister celebrations the world over. If you’re planning on attending, here are some little known facts that will help the tourist blend in with the locals.

Bring Cash

You will need cash to buy refreshments. The good news is that ATMs are everywhere, but they carry hefty fees for the unprepared. If you don’t want to pay the convenience fees for withdrawals, hit a bank ahead of time.

Pace Yourself

The point of Oktoberfest is to drink and eat, but if you don’t pace yourself you’ll end up passed out on the sidewalk. Don’t worry, it’s totally normal your first time, but there is so much to see and do that you will want to pace yourself to get the most of your experience.

Reserving Space

As you walk the grounds of Munich you’ll notice tents everywhere. If you want a spot at these tents, book it now. Spots go quickly, and people from outside Munich book their seats years in advance.

Looking the Part

Everyone will be in Liederhosen, so if you don’t want to be the oddball, plan to pick up some traditional Bavarian garb and get in the mood. Don’t be shy about singing either, you’ll find that something about bellowing off key helps your drunk.

BONUS: Transportation

You can choose to get home from the underground or the cabs. Cabs may also be booked at last-call, so be sure to flag someone down before the festival calls it quits for the day. The underground will be full of some very drunk, and very sick people.


About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or LinkedIn.

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