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    Oktoberfest for Beginners

    With Oktoberfest just around the corner, it's the perfect time for the Oktoberfest Mini Dictionary! This year's edition of the world's largest folk festival will take place from 17 September and will last three weeks until 3 October. The festival will traditionally begin with the parade of the Oktoberfest landlords and breweries, people wearing Bavarian outfits and beautifully decorated horses. Learn a little bit of Bavarian German or test your knowledge about Oktoberfest with our special mini dictionary!But first things first!

    Some basic information:

    Oktoberfest takes place in the very centre of Munich! The place is called Theresenwiese, it's a large (4,500,000 sq ft!) open-air place.

    How to get there
    There are four underground stations around Oktoberfest:
    Theresienwiese: U4, U5
    Schwantalerhöhe: U4, U5
    Goetheplatz: U3, U6
    Poccistrasse: U3, U6

    Railway Station
    Hackerbrücke: S1, S2, S3, S4, S6, S7, S8

    Opening time
    Weekdays 10am-11.30pm
    Beer serving hours: 10am-10.30pm

    Weekends 9am-11.30pm
    Beer serving hours: 9am-10.30pm

    Except for Das Weinzelt, and Käfer's Wiesnschänke (popular with celebrities) where you can buy drinks till 00.30 am. Das Weinzelt is a wine tent, selling sparkling wine, champagne or wine. These tents close at 1 am.

    New Safety Rules

    In light of the recent unfortunate events in Western Europe, Oktoberfest organizers have decided to step up security measures during the famous event. Please be ready to have your bags checked at all entry points. It is strictly forbidden to bring in any bulky items, large bags, heavy backpacks or any bags whose capacity is more than 3 litres. A mobile security fence will be placed at Theresienhöhe which will prevent visitors from entering the fairground without getting checked first.

    Underground stations near Oktoberfest will also undergo certain temporary modifications in order to prevent crowds from getting to the fairground at the same time.

    For obvious reasons, we recommend leaving your car hire in Munich at your hotel as the parking options near the fairground are scarce. This, of course, means you will be able to enjoy all the beer and festivities at the event.Alternatively, you could use one of the numerous Park & Ride car parks around the city and hop on the public buses and metro to the fairground.

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