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Come to Oktoberfest with Contiki and Travelettes

Written by 16 September 2012 27 Comments

“Ein Bier bitte” – there are few non-Germans who don’t know what this phrase means. German culture is intricately linked to the yellow brew that finds worshippers across the globe and we, who we live in Germany, will go as far as dedicating a 16-day party to it – the Oktoberfest.

Historians might be appalled at this description, because the truth is that the Oktoberfest initially started as an annual celebration of the wedding of Prince Ludwig and Princess Thérèse in 1810. With regularly attracting more than 6 Million visitors each year, it is the biggest fair in the world and therefore not something you’d want to miss!

During the course of 2 weeks in late September and early October people in Munich essentially celebrate the existence of beer, because frankly, no one cares about those royals from 200 years ago any more. Nothing wrong with that, you may think and we wholeheartedly agree. When it comes to large gatherings of crowds who join in to sing along in unity to cheesy pop songs while getting shitfaced – we’re there!

Last year it was Contiki, the world’s largest operator for group travel for people under 35, who invited us down for the all you can drink festivities and this year will be no different. A group of about 20 people from different parts of the world got together and partied like Bavarian rockstars. This year will see a replica of same events, except for one tiny difference that could mean a big difference to you. Because we are inviting you!

Contiki will provide one of the Travelettes-readers with 3 nights accomodation at a central Munich hotel from October 4th to 7th and treat them to an all expenses paid Oktoberfest experience on Friday the 5th. And before you’re wondering – yes, you even get to bring a friend.

If your eyes are glowing right now, then just make sure you meet all the conditions:

1. You need to be able to know all the lyrics of Robbie William’s ‘Angels’ by heart and shout it at any level of alcohol.
2. You can hold a 1-liter jug of beer during the course of 8+ hours with only rarely sitting it on the table.
3. You will proudly wear the prettiest dirndl you can find, push-up bra and everything. Boys wear a pair of Lederhosen.
4. You have to get to Munich during those dates – transportation is not provided unfortunately.

Check, check, check, check? Well then all you have to do now is give a little like to our facebook page and leave a comment below this post as to why you really want to experience Oktoberfest this year. The winner will be announced on Friday, September 21st.

Only one can win, but if you’re still looking for other ways to experience Oktoberfest with a great group of people, have a look at Contiki’s 7-day amazing Oktoberfest package deal for under €400!

We look forward to reading your comments as we get studying Robbie Williams song lyrics.

Oh, if you’re not sure Oktoberfest is for you, have a look at this video I made last year, you’d have to be in a coma not to smile at these guys.

UPDATE: the winner to this one is Mimi! An email has been sent. Thanks to everyone for taking part. Cheers!

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  • Alex @ ifs ands & Butts said:


  • Catalina said:

    I sound amazing! always wanted to do it, but never got the chance because of exams, no money, all places booked etc!
    And this has been a really good year for me. Traveled a lot…so it would be an excelent: check on my “to do list”.

  • katherine said:

    ! ! ! ! I wanna go :)

  • Michelle said:

    Because I live to travel. Save me from the office.

  • Marie said:

    I don’t wanna be an Oktoberfest-virgin anymore!
    So please let me join your exciting company, drink the yellow brew together and have a damn good partytime!

    As I don’t wanna come naked I’ve already bought a pretty bavarian dirndl @Hallhuber.

    Although I’m no kind of every-day-Angel I’m sure about singinging the Robby Williams song in a delirium.

  • kati said:

    it would be awesome to win this :) all my new buddys from america i found this summer on vacation are there and i want to show them a real bavarian experience!!!

    and yes: i definitely can hold a 1-liter jug of beer, have a new pretty dirndl and can shout “angels” at any level of alcohol :) i´m a true german girl!

  • Regi Na said:

    I’ve never been there before which is a shame o.O Plus i just recently got a Dirndl and I really need some place to show it off!! So, pick me :D

  • leeni said:

    This would be a great chance to close the summer with a awesome experience!!

    The Dirnd´l is already ready to wear :)

  • Denise said:

    Ready to party at Oktoberfest :)))

  • Kate said:

    Would love to go someday! I had heard the festival in Munich was the best.

  • Kristina said:

    Here are the reasons you sould choose me for the trip:
    – I went to a Robbie Williams concert, so I can always sing “Angels” with heart and soul!
    – I am doing an interrail trip with a friend at the moment and it ends on october 4th, therefore this would be a perfect ending for our trip!
    – we are both germans and have never been to Oktoberfest- that’ a shame!
    – we are both member of a german folklore dancing group and own Dirndl!

    Please pick us :)

  • Sarah said:

    Sooo…. the reason I should get picked for this trip.
    *I have a small chest so I think it’d be great for my self-confidence to see the girls pushed up in a Dirndl
    *I found my love of beer while visiting the Czech Republic this summer
    *I also found the foreign love of my life who will be at Oktoberfest as well.

    Make all my dreams come true and pick me! and my super cool best friend who just needs to get away from work for a few days!

  • Ina said:

    Oktoberfest! Seeing it happening in Munich has been a dream of mine for at least 10 years. I’ve celebrated pseudo versions of it in the USA and even India but have yet to see the real one in Germany. I promose to dance on any given table, perform countless international chart hits of the past 3 decades and drink endless jugs of beer all while looking at my Bavarian best in my dirndl and braids. I want to party like a Travelette!

  • Elizabeth Porter said:

    I have always wanted to go to Germany. It is where my ancestors are from and I have also wanted to experience Oktoberfest.

  • Clemence B said:

    I would looooooooove so much to go! Just moved back from Berlin to my old France and I miss Germany so much already!! Would be so awesome to celebrate some true German spirit (and beer!!!) in Munich for the Oktoberfest!! Danke schön Travelettes :)

  • kati said:

    I am ready to party at the Oktoberfest in Munich because I bought a my first Dirndl two weeks ago and this would be the perfect oportunity to wear it the first time.

  • lulu said:

    Leaving to travel around the world the week after. What will all the people from around the world say if I, as a german girl have never been to the Oktoberfest?

    P.S. I do have great Party-song-singing-skills, after years of obsessing about karaoke.

  • Alexis said:

    Coincidentally, I’ve been training pretty hard for this for years! I live in Madrid so I’d love to hope over for a few (dozen) drinks.

  • Angenella said:

    I am in a whirlwind of change! My “9 to 5″ assignment ended, so I am downsizing the THINGS in my life to LIVE more EXPERIENCES…and travel is a top priority on my list :) Let me be honest, I can count the number of beers I’ve had in my lifetime on both hands and still have a few fingers left! YIKES!! Recently I went to a beer and bacon pairing event to expand my beer palette …but what better way to do it than an Oktoberfest immersion experience, right?!

  • Irene said:

    I do own several Dirndls and – if I may say so – I am a real insider when it comes to “Bierzelt-Musik”!
    But what’s more, I would take my best friend with me and as she’s stuck in dead-end village at the back of beyond right now it would really be a treat for her!

  • Käthe said:

    Brother, cousin, best friend: all my lovelies will be there. Except me who did a trip around the world and who is now poor as a church mouse. If you would help to reunite, my heart would turn a sumersault!

  • Karola said:


  • Anna said:

    I want to go to the most beautiful event of the year, because i just looove it!
    I love it to wear my “Dirndl”, to see all the “Münchner Kindl”, to enjoy the atmosphere and – of course – to sing “Angels”!
    My friend and me acually thought about going there one day the next weekend so it would be a great surprise for her if we went there the whole weekend :)

  • Jen said:

    Oktoberfest……..it has be done! Its time to let my hair down (even though I’ve just cut it short I’m sure I can work something out haha) and enjoy some beer while working my muscles, dance on tables and sing till my voice goes and then to get up and do it all again the next day :) Plus my good friend is going back to New Zealand in November so this would be a great last trip, we could make a few more memories of us being kids going on the giant swings :)

  • Michelle Wong said:

    I wore an orange Indian saree to Holland’s Queen’s day this year.
    Dirndls is a new challenge and standing with a litre of beer is just the best way to keep the beers going down the system welll!
    Octoberfest! This is a great experience. I’m willing to suffer through 17 hours of flight to be there! :)

  • Mimi said:

    Grüß Gott!
    Let me start by saying I can hardly type because my hands are shaking with excitement just at the thought of attending Oktoberfest.

    Here are some reasons you should choose me:
    -I have excellent balance and strong arms (perfect for standing/swaying on benches while holding a maß!)
    -I vow to sing Robbie Williams’ “Angels” at full shower-singing volume
    -I’ve never been to Oktoberfest and REALLY want to go!!
    -Going to the real Oktoberfest in München would be much preferable to the “Oktoberfest” here in Tennessee, where everyone drinks watery American beer and quotes the movie Beerfest… (Real Germans do not drink out of “das Boot” !!)
    -My beautiful dirndl looks lonely in my closet but if I were it to class at my uni, I would get some strange looks!
    -i kann a bisserl bayrisch :)

    Vielen Dank!

  • KATKA said:

    This would be so much fun! I definitely fit all the criteria ;) Love Contiki too!

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