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!
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*Note: There will be a Bus2alps tent set up in our campsite where you will be able to find a Bus2alps trip leader or representative to answer your questions or assist you with anything you need.
This trip meets at the Campsite anytime on Friday. We will be staying at Campingplatz Obermenzing. You will receive instructions on how to get to the campsite from your trip leaders prior to the trip.
After you check in at the campsite your trip leaders will organize groups to the festival* or into the city center to explore Munich. If you are interested in purchasing the traditional dirndl or lederhosen, they will be for sale at the campsite or your trip leaders will let you know where to buy them in town. Friday is also the optional 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! We suggest that you book this ahead of time on the Bus2alps website under Munich activities, as spots are limited. 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! Munich has a diverse nightlife, so if you have the energy, it is worth checking out Munich’s bars and night clubs. If you prefer, the campsite always has a great after-festival atmosphere and party. Please keep in mind that we will be heading to the festival early Saturday morning.
*For the September 20th weekend, the festival begins on Saturday, September 22nd at noon when the kegs are tapped.
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 on Saturday. This can be booked online before the trip begins or with your Bus2alps guides while on the trip.
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 6:30am. 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, Deutches 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. If you prefer, the campsite always has a great after-festival atmosphere and party.
Sunday is yours to explore Munich, or to head back for one more day of partying at the Theresienwiese before departure. Sunday at the festival is more subdued and obtaining entrance into the beer tents at Oktoberfest is easier. There is enough time if you wake up early 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.
You will be able to check out from your campsite at anytime on Sunday in order to reach your transportation back to your city. Check with your Trip Leader for detailed directions on how to reach the airport or the main train station.
Location: Campingplatz Obermenzing, West of Munich Center
Amenities: Showers & bathrooms, breakfast each morning, private bar, public transport easily accessible from campsite to the festival grounds, two dinners
Tents: 2 person occupancy,* one sleeping bag & mattress provided per person
*Solo Tent upgrade available. Select "Full Package - Solo Tent Upgrade" when adding the trip to your basket to enjoy a tent to yourself for the weekend.
*Glamping upgrade also available. Select "Full Package - Glamping Upgrade" when adding the trip to your basket to camp in luxury. Glamping tents include a roomy tent you can stand in, a bed with an inflatable mattress, pillows & sheets, free Wifi, unlimited coffee & tea, power & lighting, mirror for freshening up, and a festival survival kit. Glamping tents fit groups from 1-4 people. For all members of your group to be in the same tent, all must have purchased the Glamping upgrade individually. You will receive a rooming request form from Bus2alps prior to your trip's departure in order to request your tent-mates.
What to Expect: Camping is a fun and unique way to enjoy Oktoberfest; outside in the woods, with your friends, trading stories of your day at the festival with a beer or sangria in hand. The atmosphere is unparalleled as visitors come together to experience the world’s most famous party. The campsite has a bar on location, warm breakfast every morning, and dinners on Friday and Saturday nights. Transport to the festival in the city center from the campsite is by public transportation and a metro ticket will need to be purchased. This campsite is the perfect location to enjoy the group experience and mentality of Oktoberfest.
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 20 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.