You’re in for a ride if you’re set to visit Munich during Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest runs from September 22 to October 7 and you will be amazed at the number of activities that you can enjoy during the festivities!
Get the most out of Munich’s Oktoberfest by making it a point to do the following fun activities during your visit! We promise that you’d feel ever enriched and rejuvenated! Are you ready for more beers, giant pretzels, grilled sausages, and wild oxen that your life can handle? Well, go ahead and plan your activities away! Enjoy!
Activity # 20: Check out Bavarian foods!
Visiting Munich will be a waste if you won’t get to try Bavaria’s classic dishes! Please make it a point to have a Weißwurst, Käsespätzle, pork knuckle, and candied almonds during your visit. They go perfectly well with beer so we promise that your beer will taste ever different and more enjoyable if you have it with such dishes.
Activity # 19: Enjoy musical shows and traditional dancing!
Oktoberfest is a folk festival so it’s the best time to enjoy people performing traditional dance and music in actual costumes. You can also check out Oide Wiesn if you’re after performances with a chill vibe.
Activity #18: Go all out and attend the parades!
Get the most out of Oktoberfest by attending its grand parades! Massive parades with marching bands and people in traditional costumes take place every first Saturday and Sunday of the festivity! Don’t miss out on the fun so make sure to reserve those days!
Activity # 17: Ride a festival roller coaster!
You should check out festival rides before enjoying the tents! Oktoberfest is home to the Olympic Rings Rollercoaster that has five loops that can have anyone go screaming from too much fun and thrill. It’s a must that you try it out before going all out with the beers.
Activity # 16: Witness the flea circus!
Yes, you can watch an actual flea circus during Oktoberfest. And by flea, we mean actual fleas pulling small wagons, spinning rides, and playing soccer. If you’re after unique life experiences, this one is definitely something you shouldn’t miss.
Activity # 15: Enjoy a relaxing stroll at the English Garden.
Leisurely strolling around the English Garden is the perfect way to take a break from all the festivities. The English Garden is one of the biggest parks in the world and you will surely enjoy its 900-acre space where you can go for a walk, a jog, and even ride a bike. You can also watch soccer games here.
Activity # 14: Shop away at Viktualienmarkt!
If you’re after gourmet products, you should check out Viktualienmarkt that has over 140 stalls. You will definitely find one or two interesting items that you’d love to take home with you!
Activity # 13: Take beautiful photos at Marienplatz!
Marienplatz is located at the heart of the city. It is a beautiful area to explore as it has many famous sights like the Carillon, the New Town Hall, the Old Town Hall, the Mariensaule, and the Fischrunnen. You’d enjoy taking snaps after snaps in these sights.
Activity # 12: Try river surfing!
Yes, you can surf in Munich! All you have to do is visit the Isar River to catch the Eisbach wave! It is in a river, yes, but it’s still surfing! It’s one of the locales’ favorite risky pastimes since the 70s and it’s only in 2010 that it’s been made legal! Yes, it used to be illegal, it’s that exciting. So yes, you wouldn’t want to miss checking it out.
Activity # 11: Watch a puppet show!
While at Marienplatz, you can also watch a 15-minute puppet show performance on the Tower Hall. The show takes place three times a day every 11 am, noon, and 5 pm. PRO TIP: The best view of the show is across the road on the third floor of a bookstore.
Activity # 10: Go coffee crawling!
You can also go coffee crawling by checking out numerous coffee shops in Munich like Man Versus Machine that serves handmade brew.
Activity # 9: Swim at Munich’s most beautiful swimming pool!
Munich is home to Müller’sches Volksbad, one of the world’s most beautiful swimming pools. You could give it a visit and enjoy its breathtaking decor while leisurely swimming.
Activity # 8: Enjoy a cake at Dallmayr Delicatessen!
If you want a break from all the pretzels and sausages, you should have a cake or some sweets at Dallmayr Delicatessen. Dallmayr Delicatessen is Munich’s most popular delicatessen that houses a great deli, a champagne bar, and a gourmet restaurant all in one hub.
Activity # 7: Tour the Deutches Museum!
Dip into Munich’s historical and cultural side by visiting the Deutsches Museum that houses 28,000 exhibits.
Activity # 6: Explore and visit The Olympia!
Munich hosted the Olympic games in 1972 and the Olympia is still around for visitors and explorers.
Activity # 5: Test drive cars at the BMW Museum!
Munich is the only city in the world that has a BMW museum. There, you can test drive BMW cars all day!
Activity # 4: Party at Kunstpark!
After you’ve checked out all activities that the Thirsty Swagman Oktoberfest article has suggested, do know that after all the tents have closed by 11 pm, the party continues at Kunstpark! There you’d find bars and clubs that will be open all night long!
Activity # 3: Visit and wonder about The Residenz Royal Palace!
The Residenz Royal Palace with its Crown Jewels, Residenz Theatre, Egyptian Art, and Herkulessaal concert hall is a must-visit!
Activity # 2: Enjoy the Modern Picture Gallery!
This sleek gallery is a must-see at it exhibits exciting works of modern art, architecture, and design. Children of 17 years of age and under are admitted for free.
Activity # 1: Buy your very own Oktoberfest outfits at Kleidermarkt!
Nothing says you’ve been to Oktoberfest more than having an actual pair of lederhosen! Visit Kleidermarkt to get your own pair to have the total Oktoberfest experience! PRO TIP: Visiting on a Tuesday at around 10 am to 3 pm will get you a 30% discount on all bought items!