Tip #1 – Wear checkered shirts if you want to blend in.
A checkered shirt of any colour! The majority of the men wear them with the traditional lederhosen’s, and the woman wear checked pattern shirts/dresses at Oktoberfest. Don’t buy any traditional Oktoberfest outfits unless you plan to come back again, regularly, or have the cash to afford them; they’re quite expensive to wear for a weekend.
Tip #2 – If you visit the city centre of Munich, you need to visit Old Peter Church!
You have to pay 1 euro to go up to the very top of the church tower and you can have an entire view of Munich! As well as the Alps on a beautiful day that we were lucky to have! It was so worth the 310 steps we had to climb to get to the top! Magnificent view!
Tip #3 – Most of the streets in Munich end with StraBe and instead of pronouncing B, you actually pronounce the s sounds.
The B is actually a “double s”! This is useful if you are trying to look for a street and ask a local where “HofbrunnstraBe” street by replacing the B sound with a double S sound; they may look at you funny or look confused when you ask them where Hofbrunnstrabe is and not Hofbrunnstrasse (speaks with a fake German accent).
Tip #4 – If you get the opportunity to ride bikes through Munich, do it!
Munich is one of the few cities in Germany that have created bicycle paths within the city limits, so you don’t have to worry about getting hit my cars; most of the time! Riding through the city is beautiful and an amazing opportunity to see the city.
Tip #5 – Maybe I have just gotten use to driving on the left side of the road, but I was surprised to see that the vehicles drive on the right side of the road, as they do in North America. I think I just assumed that the rest of Europe drives on the left side of the road; but they don’t. So that’s a good tidbit of information.
Tip #6 –
If you don’t like the taste of beer, then order a drink called a Radler.
Basically, it’s beer and lemonade mixed together, and it tastes extremely good. I’ve been told the Radler was designated for woman who don’t like the taste of beer, and can tolerate it with the mixture of lemonade. I’m no woman, and I loved it! I’m being honest when I say that it tastes good; so don’t NOT go to Oktoberfest because you don’t like beer; they have other options, often tastier ones.
Tip #7 – It’s extremely useful if you know some of the German language seeing as how most things are in German and not English. You would think that a vast amount of things would be in English, but it isn’t.
Tip #8 – If you get lost, or need help find places, ask younger individuals; as opposed to elderly people, even if they look like they can be of help.
Most older people who I came across didn’t know an ounce of English, nor were they nice enough to help English folk out. Avoid old people and ask for help from people your age.
Tip #9 – In terms of Transportation, Ryanair seems to be the cheapest way of flying to Munich, Germany (outskirts, remember), and taking the train into the city centre. My ticket from Edinburgh, Scotland to Munich, Germany (including round-trip) was £100 and it was a last-minute trip. *Ryanair is not sponsoring me in any way; this is my personal opinion on saving money. From the airport to the train station, use the website for the Germany train system (http://www.bahn.de/) and take a train into Munich. This seems to be the cheapest way into Munich.
In terms of cheap accommodations and without using hostels, or couch-surfing, I would recommend using Airbnb to find a place to stay the night. Great customer service and excellent prices.
Tip #10 – Other places in Munich to visit include: Marienplatz, Alter Peter, Odeonsplatz, Old Town hall, Viktualienmarket and basically exploring the rest of the area around these beautiful locations. However, the highlight of the trip should revolve around Oktoberfest.
P.s. Although it’s called Oktoberfest, the festival actually begins in Late September and ends the first week of October.
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