People have been celebrating Oktoberfest for hundreds of years.

At least, some of us have. 

But if you haven’t been to Oktoberfest yet, that’s okay. Don’t let the idea of going to this world-famous festival overwhelm you. We’ve put together these Oktoberfest tips for beginners to help you survive your first one. 

So let’s get started!

Book Your Hotel Early 

If you don’t live near the Nashville Oktoberfest, you’ll want to book your accommodations early. The longer you wait, the more expensive they’ll get. 

And they can get pretty expensive.

Make sure you do your research ahead of time. Before you start planning your Oktoberfest activities, you need to have a place to stay.  

Go During the Week (If Possible)

The weekends are, obviously, more crowded than the middle of the week. Because of this, it’s always better to attend Oktoberfest during a weekday if you can. 

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll only spend a few hours at Oktoberfest. You’ll get caught up in the events and end up staying a lot longer. 

So give yourself plenty of time. 

Get there right as Oktoberfest opens (or earlier if you want to dodge the crowds), so you have all day to explore. You should also give yourself at least two days to celebrate Oktoberfest so you don’t miss out on anything!

Wear Comfortable Shoes 

You’ll be doing a lot of walking (and waiting in lines) during Oktoberfest. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. If you get blisters right away, you’ll have a hard time enjoying the rest of your day. 

Bring a Small Bag and Cash

Many Oktoberfests don’t allow big bags. Only bring items you absolutely need in with you so you can keep your bag as small as possible. 

You should also make sure you have plenty of cash on hand. It’s a lot easier and faster to buy your drinks and food with cash.

Try New Things 

Don’t let yourself be afraid to try new things. Otherwise, you’ll miss a lot of the enjoyment and excitement of Oktoberfest. 

Try traditional German foods like schnitzel or strudel. Enter an eating contest (or at least go watch). Listen to some German music—even if you don’t understand the words. 

Most importantly, talk to people and make new friends. You’ll have a lot more fun if you meet new people you can share the experience with. 

Have Fun!

Oktoberfest should be a place you can have fun. 

Don’t get so distracted with the planning or itinerary that you forget to enjoy yourself. Visiting all the vendors and trying all the events isn’t the important part (although you should do it if you can!). The most important part of Oktoberfest is to let have fun! 

Oktoberfest Tips: Making It Back out Alive

If you stick with these Oktoberfest tips, you should make it through your first Oktoberfest without a problem. If you’re planning to attend Oktoberfest next season, you need to start planning now. 

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