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Oktoberfest

German beers by law, are made from only 3 ingredients - water, hops and barley

Oktoberfest

[ When ]September/October, annually

[ City ]Munich, Germany

[ Good For ]Beer lovers

[ Weather ]Generally warm and dry

[ Crowd ]7 million over 3 weekends, from all around the world

[ Cost ]$$$

[ Sex Work ]

Legal and regulated

[ Sexy Score ]  

Oktoberfest is a 3 week long festival held annually in Munich, Germany. The festival actually begins in September and runs until the first Sunday in October. There are many attractions at the fair, but let’s be honest, it’s all about the beer. Around 6-7 million people consume approximately 7 million litres of beer during the festival, which means there are some serious beer goggles at work!

Getting There

Making your way to Munich is the hard part - after that it is easy. Munich’s public transport system is German efficiency at its best. If you are staying in central Munich you’ll be able to follow the crowds on foot, otherwise jump on a U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Street car or bus. The majority of the locals speak English and are very friendly so if you get stuck – just ask!

There are many tour groups offering guided trips to Oktoberfest, including the big names like Contiki and The Fanatics, plus many smaller companies. The majority of tours for Aussies start from London, so why not make it part of big European tour?

Where to Stay

There are heaps of options for a bed in Munich – any city that welcomes 7 million visitors over 3 weekends every year should know where to put them! Many of the tours include camping facilities. These are big, clean grounds, not far from the festival and contain all of the amenities you’ll need. The more expensive option is to book a hotel room in the city. This will be closer, cleaner and more private than the camping grounds so it’s something to consider. Keep in mind you will likely be drinking plenty and nursing a hangover more than once on this trip!

The most important thing to remember about booking accommodation for Oktoberfest is BOOK EARLY!

Sexy Score

Oktoberfest means heaps of beer and lots of strong women carrying a lot of beer around, whilst wearing a dirndl with often eye-popping cleavage on show. Although this sounds like the perfect recipe for sexy time, you’ll be too busy drinking, eating and singing for shenanigans. Not to mention the beer goggles and drinkers droop to contend with…

At the Festival

Whether you love beer or not – you’ll have the time of your life at Oktoberfest. Where else can you buy beer by the litre, pretzels bigger than your head, dance and sing-a-long to oompah music with 8000 of your closest mates while wearing lederhosen or a dirndl?! 

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  • Get there early. You need to be seated at a table to be served and to get a table you need to get there before Midday if you intend to settle in for the day. Make that 10am if you are there on opening day. Tables do open up during the day but snaring one is tough. The beer halls pack in up 8000 people each.
  • There’s no need to be fussy. The beers are all made to strict Germany purity laws and don’t vary much in taste. Just pick the best looking tent and get amongst it!
  • Bring plenty of cash. Steins of Munich’s famous beer will cost you around €10 each (about $15. The food will cost you around €10-20 ($15-30) as well.
  • The meals are enormous. You can easily share between two and still be full - another good cash saving option.
  • Tip your waitress and she will look after you. DON’T re-order from another waitress if your order is taking too long. Both may demand payment. They operate by purchasing the beer and selling it on to you so play fair.
  • Girls, start thinking about going to the toilet before you really need to – the queues can be huge.
  • Pace yourself. That’s a litre of 5-6% beer you’re holding – one per hour is a good pace.
  • Observe local customs. It’s considered rude not to look someone in the eye while saying PROST (cheers).
  • Security will stop you from souveniring a stein glass. They belong to the beer hall and the bouncers take their job seriously! You buy one from any of the stall around the festival grounds.
  • Need a break or something different? There are stalls, rides, spirit bars and so much more to see at Oktoberfest, so explore them. Just make sure someone is saving your spot at the table!
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What could go wrong

With all that beer and cleavage on offer, there’s sure to be plenty of hormones running around. Generally the crowd is well behaved and good natured, but there is always the chance of a fight kicking off over spilt beer or cultural misunderstandings. Be polite, be courteous, try to laugh off any trouble and you should be ok.

Where to get help

The festival site is teeming with security, police and the German Red Cross, so finding help is easy. Outside the grounds, the city is full of people and feels pretty safe. Ask a police officer if you need urgent assistance. Information on the festivals Lost and Found Service can be found here

If you need an STI test , there is a clinic in the centre of Munich: Landeshauptstadt München (City of Munich) Gesundheitsschutz, Infektionsschutz (Health, Infection Control) Bayerstraße 28a 80335 München Tel.:089 233-23333

Want to know more?

Sex on holiday happens. Whether planned or not, away from home we lose at least some of inhibitions and may take more risks than we would at home. This is ok, it’s what makes travelling so exciting – and just accepting it before we go is the first step to planning.
 
To help you get home with no more than a bruised bank account and awesome memories, here are some useful tips:

  • Carry condoms. Pack condoms before you leave home. Condoms aren’t always readily available or good quality so grab some before you leave and carry a supply in your handbag or wallet. Holidays and a sense of freedom doesn’t make you less susceptible to STIs so take care every time you have sex.
  • Have an STI test before you go and after you get back. Click here for testing locations.
  • Sex workers in other countries are not always in a safe environment or hold the same standards of safer sex and STI testing as they do in Australia. Use condoms and insist on using them.
  • Holidays can encourage us to try drugs and drink more alcohol than we might at home. Your body is still your body, regardless of where you are – know your limits and keep to them. Drugs and alcohol can impair our ability to keep our wits about us and recognise dangers – in a foreign place this becomes even more important. 

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  • Comment Link anonymous Tuesday, 02 December 2014 03:36 posted by anonymous

    oktoberfest is a whole lot of shenanigans ;)

  • Comment Link anonymous Tuesday, 02 December 2014 03:34 posted by anonymous

    PROST!! such an expensive holiday experience, but defs worth it - have been able to re use my dirndl as well!