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Old 05-21-08, 11:22 PM   #1
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Anyone ever been to Oktoberfest in Deutschland? How does it work?

Here is some inspiration for how awesome I think Oktoberfest is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTcGh...eature=related

Anyways, I have never been and have a couple questions.

The first is, how is the beer served? In the tent above it's quoted as having 10,000 people in attendance. Do you buy beer buy the mug or do you pay something like $30 to get in for infinite beer? Are waiters just walking around with mugs and you hail them? How do you serve 10,000 people beer in a timely fashion to keep them toasty? In the same line of thought, do they serve food to you and how?

Another question I have is security. I get the feeling something like this would not fly in America unless there was security visible always; especially since people are drinking from glass mugs. I've been to several mass drinking events in america and it almost seems like a police state. Are the people and the mood that great across the pond that security isn't really a pressing issue in events such as these? I can't see sort of security in that video.

Lastly, is it as amazing as it appears?
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Old 05-22-08, 11:27 PM   #2
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Wave down a waitress and order..Always seems to be one nearby in the tents. I only ever see security when someone gets unruly. Then the polizei come down on them hard. Most people are there to have a good time. It is that amazing. You cannot concieve how big the beer tents are. I managed to get tickets two years running.
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So then how long does it take to get a beer; especially your first?

They must have a team of 500 running around serving beer. How do they manage to make you pay? Is it a ticket in that gets you unlimited beer and food or do you pay per deal?
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Old 05-23-08, 06:33 AM   #4
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Thumbs up to the OP. Ya gotta have a plan for serious drinkin'

Seriously, this sounds like a pretty cool experience.
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Security: Generally on the Continent, they aren't all uppity about having plenty of visible security as we are in the 'States. I'll bet you dont see any security/police at whatever event you're going to. But, they do have plenty of surveillance & other methods to make sure people don't get out of hand. I'd be more concerned for my personal saftey at a beer event in the States than in Munchen any day.
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Hmmm...I spent two months in Munich and attended Oktoberfest but it's all very fuzzy now. It was a long time ago. And many beers ago. I seem to remember just hailing a waitress. One thing that was for sure was that the Germans were far more orderly than we Yanks ever would be. If there was going to be trouble it was likely Americans, Brits, or Australians. Yeah, hmmm... I remember more clearly that it closed up relatively early (11:00-ish maybe?) and we ended up at this place called 55 Beers where I had a run in with some Brits who were hitting on the girl I was with. We crashed in the car that night (we brought sleeping bags) and when I woke up in the morning the hub caps and headlights had been stolen from my freakin' car. I actually prefered the smaller fests that every town had and of course Fasching but you'd really have to be living in Germany to take advantage of that.
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Fasching was a great time every year, everywhere in Germany. I remember some older lady snipping of a police officer's tie right below the knot with scissors, and the officer almost fell down laughing.
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I did the fest in '89 and '90 while stationed in Augsburg. I don't remember having any trouble getting a fresh beer, but then again I don't have many clear memories of the event. Fighting never seemed to be a big issues either.

And yes, it is pretty amazing to be a part of such a crazy event.
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I'm tentatively planning on going to Germany this year-- or maybe next for the fest.

A worthy substitute is Oktoberfest in LaCrosse, WI. (Or on an extremely small scale to any fellow Minnesotans, Gastof's! Can't beat their boots 'o beer.)
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Here in TX, Wurstfest in New Braunfels can come close... well, as close as you can get while in the states.
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drink beer, eat sausages. you need an instruction manual, or what?




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The insides of most tents are reserved way in advance. Unless you get there in the wee hours of the morning, you will be only able to sit outside in one of the tent's beer gardens. Security is different because 95% of the visitors act like they have some sense. Security's main job is to keep people without reservations from sneaking in the tents. Once inside, or in one of the beer gardens. Beer is about 9 Euros for a liter and the food is from 5-20 Euros. You pay as you go, no tabs are allowed. They are more attentive to the inside guests, so you'll have a chance to reload every 45 minutes or so. More than regular enough, as it is a marathon not a sprint!
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