Mary
Savvy March 2019

Munich Oktoberfest Honeymoon?

Mary, on December 6, 2017 at 9:42 AM Posted in Honeymoon

I've been brainstorming honeymoon ideas, and the one I've been thinking about most is Munich for Oktoberfest. My fiance and I are part of a German dance group, and he's always wanted to go. I've never planned a trip outside of the US, so this would be a whole lot of new.

I'm wondering two things:

1) Has anyone been to Munich Oktoberfest? Any tips or must-sees?

2) Does anyone have advice for planning a trip abroad? I've been looking at prices for 2018, though we would go in 2019 (flights/hotels aren't available that far out), but any reputable travel sites other than expedia would be welcome!

Thanks in advance to anyone who has any advice

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  • Mary
    Savvy March 2019
    Mary ·

    Hah, yeah I'm fully expecting many drunks. Even some Oktoberfests here get a little crazy, though surely not as crazy as the real deal will be.

    We'd also be going for much more than just Oktoberfest because obviously there's more to see in Germany than just the fest! That would just be the highlight

    Thanks for suggesting Trip Advisor!

  • Kate
    Dedicated December 2017
    Kate ·

    We had to delay our honeymoon until next fall and while we haven't booked anything yet, we're planning to do this for part of the honeymoon. We're going to fly into Frankfurt and spend a couple days there then take euro-rail down to Munich. After that we'll head to Switzerland for a few days and then onto Italy and wine country

  • Kristin
    Dedicated July 2018
    Kristin ·

    Yes! In fact that is where FH and I met abd we are doing an Oktoberfest themed wedding as a result. The biggest piece of advice I have is that you need to book seats in beer tents and you need to book them EARLY.....like close to a year in advance. When we tried to do it 6 months in advance there was literally nothing available in any of the tents on the fairground, but we did get tickets for one of the big bierhall's Oktoberfest celebration which was essentially the same thing. If you don't have tickets you can still go in the tents, but you have to get beer in the biergartens outside and then in the tent it is standing room only and you can't order food in it (but food is available in the biergartens as well)

  • Mary
    Savvy March 2019
    Mary ·

    That sounds amazing, Kate! How long is the trip total?

  • Mary
    Savvy March 2019
    Mary ·

    @Kristen, an Oktoberfest wedding sounds so fun! That should be an awesome party. I definitely want to figure out something to incorporate into ours

  • Kate
    Dedicated December 2017
    Kate ·

    It's going to depend on how many days FH can take off but absolute ideal would be 3 weeks, may end up only 2, that will dictate our stops. I figure we won't get another chance to go to Europe anytime soon so may as well do it up right!

  • Mary
    Savvy March 2019
    Mary ·

    That definitely makes sense! I'd love to be able to do that, but I don't think I'll be able to save up quite enough to take on multiple places and weeks in Europe. I hope you post something about your trip after you get back because I'd live to hear about it!

  • Mary
    Savvy March 2019
    Mary ·

    @Jennifer, that definitely sounds like the consensus among y'all and the rest of the internet to get a reservation. And the shit show part haha. Glad you two had fun!

  • Mary
    Savvy March 2019
    Mary ·

    Yes, absolutely! We will definitely take time to explore plenty. The Oktoberfest part would just be the reason for the specific destination. We love hiking as well, so I'm sure well fit in a short hike along with scenery, plus some time in the city outside of the fest. I hadn't thought of castles, but duh! Great ideas, thank you!!

  • C
    Dedicated November 2018
    Cristen ·

    Love the idea! I've done Oktoberfest and it is a total blast. I think it's a good thing that you have some hikes, maybe castle visits, and other destinations in mind... because my only negative thought on the idea is that Oktoberfest is anything from a "just the two of us" kind of spot. We were constantly talking to strangers, making friendly with people, etc. Was a blast for us on our vacation but for me personally, I wouldn't have wanted that on my honeymoon. If you're an extrovert who loves the idea of making lots of new international friends, then go for it! I will add though - if it's just the two of you, you most definitely do NOT need reservations. All of the tents have non-reserved tables, and even reserved tables are unreserved for portions of the day. It's very easy to find a spot for two to squeeze in, especially if you hit some of the larger tents by lunch time.

  • Mary
    Savvy March 2019
    Mary ·

    Yeah, the fest would only be two days max out of at least a week long trip, and the rest of the time would be just the two of us. Plus, we can always go dance together! Do you have any suggestions for things to see outside of Oktoberfest?

  • Kristin
    Dedicated July 2018
    Kristin ·

    For things other than Oktoberfest, the beer and brewery tour is fun. As well as the bicycle bar tour. And the park....I forget the name.....but there's surfing in it and a big beer garden. And.....omg all we did in Munich was drink. Oops

  • Mary
    Savvy March 2019
    Mary ·

    Hahaha sounds like a good trip to me!

  • Kristin
    Dedicated July 2018
    Kristin ·

    I went with my dad, lol. I met my FH in a beerhall there and the rest is history lol

  • Mary
    Savvy March 2019
    Mary ·

    @Kristin that's adorable

  • Mary
    Savvy March 2019
    Mary ·

    Thanks, @Christy! We both have tracht, so I know we'd definitely go with that for clothes. I was thinking about that for hotels. I feel like I'd either want to go the cheaper route and stay in another city like you suggested, or just go all out and be in walking distance, which (at least for 2018), doesn't seem to be so bad when bundling with flights this far out. It's certainly still more expensive than the option you suggested though.

  • Mary
    Savvy March 2019
    Mary ·

    Well, I still consider it to be super expensive also, I guess I'm just willing to splurge a little for our honeymoon Thanks, and will do!

  • Stephanie
    Devoted October 2018
    Stephanie ·

    Ahhhh I so badly wanted a September wedding so that we could go to Oktoberfest for our honeymoon! I didn't read previous comments so I apologize if I'm repeating.

    You definitely need to book your hotel quite far in advance if you're planning to stay right near the event. I'd also recommend looking at the actual Oktoberfest website- they have recommendations for where to stay, and a variety of other cool things! When I was looking into it, I found that it was significantly less expensive to fly in elsewhere, and use other forms of transportation (train mostly) to get to Munich.

  • Mary
    Savvy March 2019
    Mary ·

    Thanks, @Stephanie! I'll definitely look into flying into other places. We're getting married in March, so it'll just be a delayed honeymoon, but he'll love it so much that it would be worth the wait! We actually talked about it last night that we want to wait a little bit afterwards anyway, so this would definitely fit that

  • J
    Just Said Yes September 2018
    Jennifer ·

    That would be so fun! While you're in that area and if you do get to go three weeks you HAVE to add Prague to your list to visit! We only did 3 days in Prague, 4 days in Austria, then 7 days in Germany, ending with Oktoberfest. Most of our time was spent seeing the amazing castles--completely worth it, but everyone's favorite part was Prague. Oktoberfest was fun, my thought was it is a huge drunken Texas State Fair except with way better food and beer lol. It was really fun and definitely an experience we were happy to be able to have!


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