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Oktoberfest Survival Tips
Submitted by M18499
Planning on drinking in the beer tents of the world's biggest festival? Here's a few tips to ensure your survival :)

You absolutely must tip the Fräuleins (the girls who bring you the beer), or don’t ... view more expect repeat service from them – about 1 Euro per Stein is normal.

Wear good shoes, which completely cover your feet (don’t even think about wearing flip flops or sandals). Broken glass is common on the floor.

Dancing on tables is common, but don’t be a complete idiot – the security guys are massive, and absolutely brutal if you don’t behave. And there are more of them than you!

Pub Crawl & Party Travel Tips
Submitted by M18499
Heading to Europe for a pub crawl or party adventure? Then think "light"...

A few days before you travel, lay out all the clothes and all the money on your bed - take half the clothes, and twice the money.
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Ensure you have the right clothing for your tour. Temperatures in Europe can vary greatly during most times of year, and a good jacket is highly recommended.

You need only 1 pair of good shoes… dress code in Europe isn’t formal, and in the beer tents of Oktoberfest you WILL get covered in beer… don’t take your most expensive designer shoes :)

Rule number 1 of travelling: travel light! You’re pub crawling, not climbing Mt Everest (there aren’t any bars up there, are there?)

Avoid getting lost in major cities.
Submitted by M15075
When you check into your Berlin hotel take a business card for each member of your group. You should all carry them at all times. If you become lost show the card to a taxi driver so he knows where to take you. This overcomes the language problem.
Travel Insurance
Submitted by M15075
Before traveling check your travel insurance. Do so in plenty of time to renew it if necessary. Read the small print carefully. Make sure it covers all medical expenses including repatriation. Make a separate note of the ... view more insurers hot line number. If you find it necessary to make a claim, do so immediately on your return home. Failure to do so may invalidate your claim.
Money Saving while Traveling by Train in Germany
Submitted by M09434
Don't pay the full price if you don't have to! Deutsch Bahn (the German National Railways company) has 3 days - 5 days pass that are much cheaper than if you take a regular ticket. If you are not from a EU ... view more country, it's even cheaper.

But be aware, German trains are not always on time any longer!

Oktoberfest 2010
Submitted by M18662
During Oktoberfest in Munich hotel rates triple. If you are traveling on a tight budget you might consider staying in Nuremberg for the night and taking the High-speed ICE train to/from Munich. They run frequently and ... view more travel time is about an hour.

Thomas Giesick
TOEUROPE GmbH

Which tent suits you best at Oktoberfest?
Submitted by M18662
There are smaller or larger tents, from the "Gloeckle Wirt" being the smallest tent at the Oktoberfest to the "Hofbraeu Festhalle" with 10.000 seats. Tents with a long tradition are run by the same ... view more family by the seventh generation ("Braeurosl" run by the Heide family) and the "Hippodrom" which is "hip". On the "Wiesn" (grounds of the Oktoberfest) you find the celebrity meeting point "Kaefer´s" as well as the family friendly "Augustiner".

There are tents specializing in roasted duck and chicken, veal, sausage or ox barbeque. There are even tents with bakeries and tents for pastry lovers. You thought Oktoberfest is all about beer? You will also find a wine and cheese tent on the Oktoberfest!

Thomas Giesick

Traveling in Germany: Coach, Rail or Self-drive?
Submitted by M18662
If you decide to book a Self-guided tour in Germany: should it be a Rail- or a Self-drive tour? If you travel by car you are very flexible, you do not have to worry too much about your luggage along the way and you – ... view more for example along the Romantic Road or within the Alps – can visit places which can not be reached by rail (at least not very conveniently). On the other hand most clients – especially from the United States who have been on a rail tour with us – are surprised how well a rail tour works.

In Germany we have High-Speed Rail (ICE) – trains which run up to 160 mph. You are able to be on a tour which allows you to visit multiple cities in a short time without wasting too much time in between. The Rail stations are in the City Center – you do not have to worry about parking and you are right there – where the major sights are. So the question Rail- or Self-drive tour really depends on your preferences. We offer a "7-Day Gourmet and Castle Self-drive tour" which can not be arranged by Rail.

You will stay in medieval Castles and Palaces, some located on top of a hill. If you are interested in a tour like that there is no option: you have to book it as a Self-drive tour. If you are looking for a tour which covers major cities (and some medieval cities which all can conveniently be reached by rail), like the 9-Day Romantic Road, Bavaria and Salzburg tour, a Rail tour might be the better option.