Oktoberfest is calling
With an average of six million visitors each year, it’s no surprise that Oktoberfest is the world’s largest folk festival. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, shares their top picks during Oktoberfest. Based in Munich Germany, it is the number one destination for beer lovers, braided beauties, lederhosen, colourful parades, fairground rides and giant pretzels.
This year the festival spans over two weeks from the 17th September to 3rd October and is held in a beautiful meadow just outside of Munich’s city centre (as well as celebrated throughout the city). The popularity of Oktoberfest has grown worldwide with Booking.com listing Americans, Chinese and Australians as some of the top nationalities that booked accommodations in Munich during last year’s festival. It’s no surprise the top endorsements for Munich include beer, sightseeing and shopping, but worth noting that if you can’t make it to the festival, other top destinations endorsed for beer include Andechs in Germany, Humpolec in Czech Republic and Savignone in Italy.
The Wombats City Hostel is the perfect destination for the avid Oktoberfest fan on a budget, with the Theresienwiese venue of Munich’s Oktoberfest beer festival just a 15 minute-walk away. The hostel caters for everyone, offering modern rooms, ensuites, balconies and an all you can eat breakfast buffet is served each morning, a great remedy after all that Bavarian beer tasting.
For something a little more luxurious, travellers to Oktoberfest will love the Hotel Metropol, situated alongside a quiet road just a mere five minutes-walk from Munich Central Station. Guests can enjoy bright, modern rooms, large daily breakfasts, an elegant dining room and a 24-hour bar. The location means you a short walk away from Thereisenwiese, where Oktoberfest beer festival takes place every year.
Travellers looking for a calmer scene will love this historic four-star Hotel Torbräu. Boasting a central location just a five-minute walk away from Marienplatz square, this family run hotel offers guests classically furnished rooms, a rich daily breakfast buffet and fine cuisine made from regional products at the Schapeau restaurant. Guests staying at the Hotel Torbräu can have it all, a peaceful luxurious stay while located under five kilometres away from the fun of Oktoberfest.
Maximilian Munich is the perfect relaxing getaway, with modern spa facilities including a fitness room, Finnish sauna, steam room, Kneipp foot basin, relaxation room and massages available on request. The hotel is ideally situated just 500 metres away from the Bavarian State Opera and Isartor S-Bahn Train Station is just a five-minute walk away. Maximilian Munich offers luxury apartments, a pretty courtyard with rose gardens, a fully equipped kitchenette, as well as full buffet breakfast and Mediterranean specialities at the Kleines Max restaurant. Once guests are fully rested and relaxed they can opt for an enjoyable day out at Oktoberfest.
The Vi Vadi Hotel offers guests a welcoming and stylish stay with spacious, modern rooms, a terrace, restaurant and bar. Travellers to Oktoberfest will love the location with Theresienwiese and Central Station Munich not far away.
This design hotel lies in the Au-Haidhausen district of Munich, just 700 metres from the German Museum and offers a trendy 24-hour bar, stylish modern rooms and rich breakfast buffets. München Rosenheimer Platz City Rail Station is a five-minute walk from the Motel One Deutsches Museum and trains run to Marienplatz Square and the Kaufinger Straße shopping street in just three minutes, making this the perfect base for exploring the city.
Trudering-Riem is a great choice for travellers seeking a home away from home when visiting Oktoberfest. It’s also in a great location for exploring the city – you’re not far from Riem Arcaden Shopping Mall – and if you’re tired of shopping and beer tasting there is plenty of things on offer in the area such as skiing, golfing and horse riding.