If you haven’t heard about Oktoberfest, here’s a little history and background on this global festival. Firstly, Oktoberfest doesn’t start in October as the name suggests but in September. Celebrated in Munich, Germany, the festival starts in mid to late September and ends in the first weekend of October. The folk festival lasts for 16-18 days and more than 6 million people from around the world attend the event every year. This year Oktoberfest will last from September 21 to October 7, 2019.
Why is Oktoberfest celebrated?
Oktoberfest has a 200-year long history. It was first celebrated on Oct 12, 1810 (that’s why they call it Oktoberfest) when Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The wedding was celebrated with five days of feasting, drinking and horse races. Germans have continued that tradition for the last two centuries and today it is a global annual celebration.
How to attend the Oktoberfest from India?
Before you start booking your tickets to Munich, you should know that Oktoberfest is a festival for beer lovers. If you don’t love beers or don’t drink alcohol, there are better places for you to enjoy. Most importantly, you must have travel insurance before you attend a crowded place like Oktoberfest in a foreign country.
Loss of passports, visas or even money or possessions are common in Oktoberfest. Therefore, even if you are travelling with your friends, buy an individual or family travel insurance online before you start your trip. With Bajaj Allianz travel insurance available on Finserv MARKETS, you can protect yourself from losses or expenses incurred on trip cancellation, flight delays, loss of checked baggage and loss of passport. With this unique travel insurance plan, you also get personal accident coverage up to $25,000, emergency cash benefit and hospitalization coverage up to $1 million, which is the highest in the industry.
Your flight ticket to Oktoberfest
You can take a direct 8-hour long flight from Delhi to Munich which will cost you between Rs. 35,000-40,000. A flight with a layover in Abu Dhabi or Rome will last between 12-18 hours and cost you in the range of Rs. 19,000–25,000 per person.
Also when you buy air tickets for your visit to Oktoberfest, it’s a wise idea to buy standalone travel insurance directly from an insurance company rather than buying a travel insurance plan with the airline.
Travel insurance coverage provided by the airline is considerably lower than what you can buy from Bajaj Allianz travel insurance on Finserv MARKETS. When you buy travel insurance online from an airline’s website, the customer has to bear the cost of the commission paid to the airline by the insurance company. But when you buy directly from Bajaj Allianz travel insurance at Finserv MARKETS, there are no middlemen and you get higher coverage by paying a lesser premium.
How to reach Oktoberfest or the Theresienwiese grounds
Munich has an excellent train system to get you to the Oktoberfest grounds. You can also take streetcars or a bus to reach the place. Entry to the park and tents is free but you have to reach early to reserve seats at the table as they start filling by 11 am on weekends.
Don’t carry large bags and backpacks because they are not allowed inside. Just carry the bare minimum with you as you leave your hotel. And don’t forget to carry enough cash because they don’t accept credit and debit cards at the grounds. C’mon, it’s a folk festival!
What to do at Oktoberfest?
Well, contrary to popular belief, it’s not just all about drinking beer. There’s dancing and colourful parades to enjoy. There are also a variety of ground rides and you also get a chance to wear and get your photos clicked in traditional Bavarian attire.
Apart from all the drinking and revelry, there are spectacular rides, amazing food for meat lovers and good music. There is a lot of scope for family fun as well.
Don’t forget the lederhosen and dirndls
One of the highlights of Oktoberfest is the traditional attire known as lederhosen for men and dirndls for women. A lederhosen may cost you around Rs. 7,500 and dirndls around Rs. 5,600.
According to the Oktoberfest Lost and Found office  approximately 4,000 items are lost and found during the festival every year. Passports, wallets and mobile phones top the list. Another reason why you need to buy travel insurance online and protect yourself and your family from contingencies such as loss of passport, trip delays and cancellation, hospitalization, and even natural and man-made calamities.
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