The largest beer festival in the world, Oktoberfest is a must for your fall semester abroad. Travel with Bus2alps to make sure you don't miss a thing. We'll take you to find the lederhosen or dirndl and head to the festival search of liter steins of beer, tables to sing and dance on, mouthwatering traditional Bavarian food and carnival rides spinning into the night!
- Accommodation at top rated hostels
- Breakfast every morning
- Bus2alps Trip Leader
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*Note: There will be a Bus2alps information table set up in the lobby of our accommodation throughout the weekend with a trip leader present to answer any questions and assist you.
What’s Not Included, Optional Costs
- Lunches and Dinners
- Beerhall reservations
- Museum and site fees
- Munich Bike Tour*
- Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip
- Local busses, trams, and subway tickets
*The Bike Tour is only included on the September 14th weekend
What to Bring
- Closed-toed shoes
- Jacket (cold at night)
- Identification for entrance into beer halls (i.e. driver’s license)
- Extra money
Day 1 (Friday)
This trip meets at the accommodation anytime on Friday. You will receive detailed instructions on how to get to the hostel from your trip leaders prior to the trip. We will be waiting at our information table in the hostel lobby or you can check-in with the Hostel Staff. After you arrive to the hostel, your trip leaders will be taking groups to the festival or into the city center to explore Munich.** If you are interested in purchasing the traditional dirndl or lederhosen, your trip leaders will let you know where to buy them in town. You also have an option to book the famous Munich Bike Tour*** that will bring you past the main sights in downtown Munich, through the expansive English Gardens, and make a pit stop for sausage and steins! Other places to see while in Munich include the Dachau Concentration Camp, Deutsches Museum, Munich Zoo, Olympic Park, and the BMW Museum. Consult your Bus2alps Trip Leader for how to navigate Munich and visit each site.
The night is yours to explore! Most of the festival beer halls shut down around 22:00. Munich has a diverse nightlife, so if you have the energy, it is worth checking out Munich’s bars and night clubs. If you find yourself in need of a quiet night in, most of the accommodations in Munich have great in-house bars. Please keep in mind that we will be heading to the festival early Saturday morning.
**For the September 14th weekend, the festival does not begin until Saturday, September 16th at noon when the kegs are tapped.
***Please note the Bike Tour is included for the September 14th weekend.
Day 2 (Saturday)
If you are interested in a day trip to the Neuschwanstein Castle, Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, we offer a day trip to the castle departing Saturday morning. This can be booked online before the trip begins or with your Trip Leader upon arrival.
Saturday is the busiest day of Oktoberfest. Bus2alps will organize a departure time for you to accompany your guide to the festival as early as 7:30am. Bus2alps does not make a formal reservation for beer tents. The spots are first come, first serve in the most popular tents so we recommend arriving at the festival grounds early in the morning. At 9:00am, the doors open and the first beers of the day are served!* You will then be taking part in the largest beer festival in the world, surrounded by people from all over the world and singing the traditional songs of Bavaria. Consult your Bus2alps Trip Leader for which tents are the most popular. If you arrive late and are not able to enter the tents, it is recommended to grab a spot in the outside beer garden until they start allowing more people to enter the tent. Bus2alps also suggests exploring Munich and going to the Dachau Concentration Camp, Deutsches Museum, BMW Museum, Olympic Park, and Munich Zoo. The night is yours to explore. Most of the festival shuts down around 22:00. Munich has a diverse nightlife, so if you have the energy, it is worth checking out Munich’s bars and night clubs.
*For the September 14th weekend, the festival does not begin until Saturday, September 16th at noon when the kegs are tapped.
Day 3 (Sunday)
Check out is at 10:00am. You can store your luggage in the hostel’s luggage room, or lock them up in private lockers until you depart. Sunday morning is yours to explore Munich, or to head back for one more day of partying at the Theresienwiese. Sunday at the festival is more subdued and obtaining entrance into the beer tents at the Oktoberfest is easier. There is enough time to check out any of Munich’s great museums.
Your Bus2alps Trip Leaders will be organizing times early on Sunday morning to Dachau Concentration Camp. Entrance to Dachau is free as it is now a memorial site for those who lost their lives at the camp, which was the first concentration camp in Germany.
Be sure to consult your Bus2alps guides for directions on how to get to the airport or main train station for departure back to your city.
Munich Bike Tour: Hailed by travelers as the best bike tour in Europe, Mike’s Bike Tour is the ideal way to cover all of the major city sights, be entertained and learn about the city. Stops on the bike tour include Marienplatz, Hofbrauhaus, English Gardens, Chinese Tower, Surfer’s Bridge, and Bavarian Parliament.
Dachau Concentration Camp: Located a 40 minute ride on the train from downtown Munich, this humbling experience brings into perspective the atrocities that occurred during Nazi rule in World War II.
Deutsches Museum: This interactive museum is the largest technological museum of its kind and is known for its historic artifacts that mark important steps in the field of science and technology.
BMW Museum: The museum’s exhibitions, remodeled every few years, takes visitors into the motoring world of yesterday. Almost every vehicle produced by BMW is represented. The section devoted to the present day includes both BMW’s current models as well as demonstrations of modern production methods.
Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip: Located in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, this beautiful castle became Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. It is only possible to enter the castle on a guided tour.