It starts in September, but Oktoberfest is one of the best times to visit Germany. Although it is centered in Munich, Oktoberfest 2014 also happens in Berlin. Prepare for massive pints of beer (one liter is Ein Mass) and plenty of people dressed up in the traditional Bavarian clothing. If you’re in Berlin between the 19th September and the 5th October, don’t hesitate to get a taste of this magnificent celebration.
This Bavarian tradition started when Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese on October 12th in front of the whole community in the city of Munich. Since then, it is tradition to celebrate Wiesn, or Oktoberfest in Theresienwiese (Munich); a park named after the bride. Tents are set up, beer barrels are prepared and locals dress in Bavarian traditional gowns: Lederhosen for men and Dirndl for women. A traditional dish that is usually served during the Oktoberfest is roasted chicken and a pretzel, which you can accompany with a Mass. It is also tradition to give heart-shaped gingerbread cookie which hangs on many people’s necks during this period.
Don’t expect the big crowds and attractions of Munich if you want to experience Oktoberfest in Berlin; but you can still get the essence of this party.
Like in Munich, you’ll find a big tent with long, wooden tables and many women in Dirndl carrying crazy amounts of Mass. The party tent in Berlin is 1600 meters and has traditional Bavarian music. It is advisable to go on weekends as it is not worth it if there’s hardly anybody there to sing along with. Also note that fees vary depending on the day.
As well as the party tent, we can also find outdoor food stalls where you can buy your Bratwurst or Weisswurst and lots of rides for all of the family to enjoy.
If you prefer staying in the center of Berlin, head for Alexanderplatz, where you’ll find a Biergarten that gets pretty crowded during Oktoberfest.
The venue is quite far away from central Berlin in Zentral Festplatz in Kurt-Schumacher-Damm. If you’re aiming to go, follow any of these two suggestions:
Take the U7 metro line to Jakob-Kaiser-Platz and then take any of these buses: x21, m21 or 128.
Take U6 metro line to Kurt-Schumacher-Platz and then take any of these buses: x21, m21 or 128.