Ah, Oktoberfest. So much tradition. All the rides and games. And we can’t forget to mention the food. It’s no wonder some 6 million people are attracted to Munich each fall to celebrate this annual event. But wait, let’s be honest. It might not be the traditional food, costumes, and carnival rides that are inspiring you to head to Germany this month… There’s one real star when it comes to Oktoberfest, and that’s the beer. Not just any beer, but locally produced batches deemed official Oktoberfest material and served up extra frothy in oversized 1-liter glaskrugs to locals and out-of-towners.
Whether you’re going to Munich to enjoy a drink (or 20) at Oktoberfest, to tour the BMW Museum, or to explore a larger-than-life palace, don’t forget to book your accommodations in advance. Here are a few top hostels where you can rest up while avoiding the high prices that come with many traditional hotels:
This top rated hostel offers both shared and private rooms, making it a great destination for all types of budget travelers. Here’s a pro tip: If you’re headed to Munich with a group of friends, consider getting a shared room for 6 people and you’ll save boatloads over what you’d pay for 3+ separate hotel rooms. There’s enough space to move around comfortably, with picnic tables, fans, keycard lockers, and individual reading lights making the rooms extra homey. Private rooms have little balconies with a table and chairs–a perk rarely seen in the hostel world. Wombat’s Munich is located about 5 minutes away from a major train station, making the location perfect for those who prefer to skip the rental cars or taxis and enjoy the thrills of mass transit.
If you’re looking for a crowd that loves a good time, check out the Euro Youth Hostel. Guests tend to congregate in the on-site bar for late night biers and story telling. If you stay here, make sure to go on the free walking tour of the city or sign up for a pub crawl. Once you’re settled in for the night, you’ll really appreciate amenities like privacy curtains on the bottom bunks and free WiFi. Even shared rooms have sinks so you can freshen up without having to risk a wait in one of the hall bathrooms.
The super contemporary feel at MEININGER is as equally inviting as it is visually appealing. With plush chairs, cushioned bar stools, oversized sofas, and bench-style seating, you’re always able to find a comfy spot to sit, whether you need a quiet area where you can catch up on emails or are looking to strike up a conversation with some fellow travelers. And if you need a night off after living it up at Oktoberfest for a few days straight, you can always stay in and play a few rounds of pool in the game room!
Make sure you know what to expect with our top tips on surviving the festival, before making your hostel reservations, and falling in love with Germany! And what better way to take advantage of that new found energy and enroll in German lessons? You’ll have plenty of time and incentive to learn the language so you can go back next year and chat it up with the locals! Contact us today to learn more about one-on-one or small group lessons in your area.