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Top 15 Tips for Celebrating your First Oktoberfest in Munich

We are SO sad that for the first time since World War II, Oktoberfest has been canceled for 2020 due to Covid-19. We were fortunate enough however, to have gotten to experience Bavaria’s world famous festival back in 2019 and we had the time of our lives. Even though there will be no Oktoberfest in Munich this year, it’s never too early to start planning your trip to the infamous German celebration. So, let’s dive in to some tips to help you have an amazing time at Oktoberfest like we did!

**More than 6.5 million people from around the world come to Oktoberfest each year, so planning ahead is a must! Everything from travel arrangements, to lodging, to tent reservations (if you have a large group), and everything in between should be booked 6-12 months in advance.**

1. Download the Oktoberfest App

This app has everything that you will need to get around and make the most of your Oktoberfest experience! From the festival ground map, to the schedule, to current seating availability for each tent, to location sharing with friends, and so much more, this app will be your best friend during your visit.

2. Make Reservations… or don’t

While making reservations isn’t necessary, it will definitely give you the peace of mind knowing that you have a table at the tent of your choice, especially if you’re coming with a group of 8 or more, and you want to visit in the evening, you’ll definitely want to make reservations. Before 3 p.m. on weekends and public holidays, 50% of the tables cannot be reserved and are left available on a first come first serve basis. After 3 p.m. 35% of the tables are not reservable. There is no centralized portal or consistent method for booking reservations, since each tent handles their own reservations. Some can be made online, others over the phone, and we’ve even heard that some ask you to fax in yo