Top 5 things to do if you fail to get seats at the Oktoberfest

Events, Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Mike Richardson on September 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

It’s the last week of the World famous Oktoberfest.

The Oktoberfest is half over, but many of you are still arriving.  So far this year the numbers appear to be above last year, but not bad at all as far as getting seats in the tents.  Between six and seven million people visit the Oktoberfest in Munich every year so that getting a seat is never easy, but even if you fail there are lots of things to do in Munich.  So here are a few alternative things to do if/when you fail to get seats:

  1. Visit the Hofbräuhaus …a similar atmosphere to the fest, in the most famous beer hall in the world.  You really can’t claim to have visited Munich if you don’t go to the Hofbräuhaus.
  2. Go to the Augustiner Keller.  The Augustiner Keller is only a fifteen minute walk from the Oktoberfest, has the same beer, and over 5,000 seats inside with another 720 inside.   It’s arguably the most impressive beer garden in the city.
  3. City tours
  4. Weihenstephan brewery is located about forty minutes from Munich, near the airport, in a town called Freising.  It is the oldest brewery in the world and gives tours if you book ahead, otherwise it’s just a lovely beer garden with some of the best beer you can find anywhere.
  5. Andechs Monastery is nearly an hour south of Munich on the S-bahn (local commuter train).  Located on a hill overlooking one of Bavaria’s largest lakes with a view to the alps, it is a place the locals hope you don’t find.  It’s a brewery, beer garden, and working monastery  that’s worth a day of your time.