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Things to do in Oktoberfest 2023 besides drinking beer

Discover the best non-beer activities in Oktoberfest 2023! From traditional Bavarian cuisine to thrilling rides and cultural events.

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Oktoberfest amusement park.

Oktoberfest in Munich is often synonymous with beer, but this iconic Bavarian festival offers much more than just a chance to hoist a stein. Beyond the frothy mugs and lively beer tents lies a vibrant carnival atmosphere that beckons visitors from around the world. From thrilling amusement rides to scrumptious traditional cuisine and captivating cultural performances. Oktoberfest 2023 is a celebration of Bavarian culture that promises a memorable experience for everyone.

Grand Opening and Closing Parades of Oktoberfest

Before the beer begins to flow, Oktoberfest throws this fantastic Grand Opening (Einzug der Wiesnwirte) parade on the first Saturday of Oktoberfest, and the fun is about to begin. It’s like a huge festival welcome celebration. On the final Sunday of Oktoberfest, it’s time to say goodbye. The final parade, or Verabschiedung der Wiesnwirte, bids a fond farewell to all the fun and festivities.

Eat Bavarian Delicacies

When it comes to eating in Oktoberfest, you’re in for a treat! In Oktoberfest 2023, you must try these 3 traditional Bavarian foods.

  • Weisswurst – Bavarian veal and pork sausage.
  • Schnitzel – a very thin and crunchy boneless cutlet from meat.
  • Pretzel – a salty heart shaped pastry.

Food trucks and beer tents feature authentic Bavarian cuisine that will satisfy your culinary desires while also keeping you powered for all the dancing and partying. In addition, reservations for tables in tents are always made through the corresponding tent, check how to reserve tables in Oktoberfest information.

Pretzel and Beer
Prost! – German version of “Cheers!”

Feldl’s Teufelsrad

If you’re seeking a whirlwind of amusement and laughter in Oktoberfest, look no further than Feldl’s Teufelsrad. Here, you’ll hop onto a spinning contraption, and as it gains momentum, the objective is to hold on for dear life. As it accelerates, the ride becomes increasingly exhilarating, and you’ll find yourself in a fit of laughter, tumbling and thoroughly enjoying every moment. It’s a comical spectacle that unites people of all ages, fostering new friendships and spreading infectious delight. Since 1910, Feldl’s Teufelsrad has been an integral part of the Oktoberfest celebration.

Olympia Looping

This is the roller coaster of your wildest Oktoberfest fantasies! This isn’t your typical funfair attraction. Picture looping upside down 5 times, twisting through the air, and enjoying an adrenaline rush as you conquer its enormous twists and turns. Olympia Looping is the ultimate adrenaline coaster that will spice up your Oktoberfest experience. So, whether you’re a roller coaster enthusiast or just seeking to have some fun, buckle up and take a spin on this thrilling ride – it’s a roller coaster masterpiece that’ll have you grinning from ear to ear!

Olympia Looping
Olympia Looping roller coaster.

Traditional Costume Parade

If you’re looking for a burst of Bavarian charm and style, don’t miss the Traditional Costume Parade. It’s like a fashion show with a massive dose of fun thrown in! The Traditional Costume Parade is Oktoberfest’s most fashionable event. People from all around the world dress up in their best authentic Bavarian dress. The parade is an opportunity to celebrate Bavarian heritage while also having fun. Men typically wear lederhosen (short leather pants) and a shirt with suspenders. Women wear dirndls (a traditional Bavarian dress) with a white blouse and apron.

Ferris Wheel in Oktoberfest

It offers a spectacular panoramic view of the entire festival grounds, with beer tents, rides, and the city of Munich. The wheel stands 50 metres tall and includes 36 cabins, each holding up to ten people. The Oktoberfest Ferris wheel is more than just a funfair ride; it’s a key part of the festival experience. Whether you’re with your friends, your sweetheart, or just enjoying some solo time, hopping on this towering wonder is a must-do. 

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“Dr. Archibald – Master of Time”

Hold onto your lederhosen, because Oktoberfest 2023 just got a time-twisting upgrade with VR adventure coaster “Dr. Archibald – Master of Time!” This attraction is like the TARDIS from Doctor Who, but with a Bavarian twist. Imagine stepping into a world where you’re not just in Oktoberfest; you’re on a time-traveling quest to solve puzzles, unlock secrets, and save the day. Get ready to unlock your inner time-traveling genius and create some epic memories that’ll transport you to a whole new level of festival fun!

Test Your Muscles with “Hau den Lukas” Strongman Game

Take a swing with the mallet, trying to hit the base with enough force to send the puck racing up the pillar. The goal? Ring that bell at the top, and you’re officially the Oktoberfest strongman or woman!

Do Some Shopping in Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is a fantastic place to do some shopping. Here are some of the things you can buy in Oktoberfest:

  • Beer steins: Any Oktoberfest guest should own a classic Bavarian beer stein. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and some even have hilarious sayings or drawings on them.
  • Dirndls: A dirndl is a traditional Bavarian dress for women. It’s made of a long, flowing skirt and a tight-fitting bodice.
  • Lebkuchenherz: Gingerbread hearts are icing-covered gingerbread hearts. They are a popular gift that can be customized with messages or names.
  • Cuckoo clocks: Cuckoo clocks are a traditional German souvenir. They are made in the Black Forest region of Germany and are known for their intricate craftsmanship.
Oktoberfest gingerbread
Perfect souvenir from Oktoberfest 2023.

Remember, Oktoberfest offers a diverse range of experiences, so you can tailor your visit to your interests and preferences. Whether you’re a foodie, music lover, thrill-seeker, or culture enthusiast, there’s something for everyone to enjoy besides the beer. So, make the most of your Oktoberfest adventure and savor the rich Bavarian culture and fun-filled activities that await you!

Oktoberfest 2023 in Munich
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
September 16 – October 3 2023

Oktoberfest 2023 in Munich is open to the public free of charge.

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