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 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.
The trip departs Barcelona from Placa Catalunya. The meeting point is right outside the Hard Rock Cafe. Please meet your trip leader 20 minutes prior to departure. Travel to Munich is by private coach bus with DVD and A/C. Approximate travel time from Barcelona to Munich is approximately 18 hours.
On Friday we arrive at our accommodations in Munich where you can store your luggage until you check in later in the afternoon. Trip leaders will then 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 20th weekend, the festival begins on Saturday, September 22nd at 12:00 (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 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 7:00am. 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 20th weekend, the festival begins on Saturday, September 22nd at noon when the kegs are tapped.
Please meet in the hostel lobby at the designated departure time back to Barcelona as detailed by your Trip Leader. We will make a 45 minute stop for dinner.
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. Entrance is free to all visitors.
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.