Netherlands to Munich - Ride With Us
What’s not to love about Oktoberfest? It’s the world’s biggest beer festival, attracting more than six million people every year from Munich, Bavaria, Germany and all over the world. The beer is the tastiest in the world, and it obeys German purity laws, meaning no preservatives or artificial additives.
We hope you’re as excited for Oktoberfest as we are!
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AN IMPORTANT NOTICE ON COVID-19 (the coronavirus): as per local government and international health body recommendations, this trip will be going ahead as normal. We do advise that all travellers follow the recommended protocols and maintain a high level of hand hygiene, avoid touching their mouths, and to stay at home if you have a fever, cough AND difficulty breathing. Let’s not panic, let’s keep on travelling, but let’s but sensible with our health, the health of our fellow travellers, and that of the greater community too.
Be A Guru (Should knows)
*Not applicable for the Bike Tour only package
- Stoke Travel campsite opens on September 16th and closes October 4th
- Opening ceremony September 19th. At 12pm on that day the mayor will tap the first keg, signifying the start of Oktoberfest
- 24 hour check in
- Check-out is by 11am
- Bottomless brunch times 8am – 11am
- Bar times 8am – 11pm
- Merchandise / Stoke Threads (Swag) tent tours 8am – 10pm
- Guru tent hours 8am – 11pm
- Meal tickets – When meal time rolls around, you’ll need to head over to the Guru tent to grab a meal ticket. The lovely staff will mark your wristband and give you a ticket and you’ll be good to go and lineup for your food. It’s super important you do this because if you don’t, you’ll get to the front of the line and they won’t be able to serve you, meaning you’ll have to go and get your ticket and line up again, which no one wants to do.
- Sharing a tent with a friend on a separate booking – If you and a friend have booked separately, but want to share a tent, it’s super important that you check in together. It is the same if you’re in a big group and want your tents to be next to each other. You need to be at reception together so that check in crew can tent you appropriately and everyone wins!
- Sharing a tent with a member of the same sex – Our tents are twin share, so unless you have upgraded to a solo tent, you will be paired with someone of the same sex to be your tent buddy. All our customers are like minded and down for a good time, so you might just meet your new best friend, but if you like your personal space, or think you’ll be needing the whole tent later, it’s best to upgrade. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this for €20 a night.
- Hot showers – It can get a little chilly in Munich around this time of year and what better way to warm your bones (and wash away your sins) than with a hot shower. In order to do this though, you need to purchase shower tokens. This can be done at the Guru tent for €1 per token, cash only.
- Phone charging – If you didn’t bring a portable charger (which we highly recommend) you can charge your phone at the Guru tent, for €1. All the proceeds from phone charging goes directly to the 3 charity programs in Greece that we support, which help feed, educate and improve the quality of life of refugees on the island. It’s a win-win, your phone gets charged and you do your good deed for the day all at the same time!
- Cups – Here at Stoke Travel we are trying to reduce the amount of single use plastic we have on sight. This is why we have reusable cups available for €2. These can be purchased at the Guru tent and it’s super important you keep them safe, otherwise you’ll have to purchase another one. Once the festival is over you can take your cup with you as a souvenir, or you can return it to the Guru tent for your €2 back. If you choose to keep your cup, 100% of the profit will go straight to the refugee programs mentioned above. Drinking never felt so good!
- Bus times and departure locations – If you’re on a Ride With Us package, you need to make sure you’re thoroughly checking your itinerary for the exact departure times and locations. The same goes for when you’re leaving the campsite. It’s your responsibility to make sure you’re up, packed and checked out in time to make your bus. We won’t wait!
- It takes about 25 minutes to get to the beer halls from the campsite and it will set you back a couple euro each way. We’d recommend buying group tickets as they work out cheaper per person. While you wait, you can stay at the campsite and pre-party, then head in when with the different groups heading in throughout the day
- Expect to pay around €11 a stein. Remember to tip if you want to be served again!
*Not applicable for the Bike Tour only package
AT THE BEERHALLS:
- The beer halls double as huge restaurants, serving thousands of plates of delicious, hearty German drinking food
- Shared bathrooms/toilets
- First aid
- Carnival rides
- Security, if you have any issues
AT THE CAMPSITE:
- Hot showers (€1 per token, cold showers are free!)
- Pop up food stalls – our Stoke Eats food trucks will be up and running ready to serve you some delicious snacks when our kitchen isn’t running
- Our open bar of unlimited beer and sangria for when you’re not inside the beer halls (€10 per person per night)
- Laundry facilities – €5 laundry token from campsite reception
- Kitchen and hot plates to cook your own food
- Bus and metro tickets – you are able to buy from the campsite reception (don’t risk not buying one, if you’re caught the fine is hefty!)
- Vending machines
- A little essentials store
- Chicken nugget, chip and pizza machine at the campsite
- Public transport close by to get you to a huge shopping centre (not open on Sundays)
- First Aid station at the front of the campsite
STOKE TRAVEL’S COMMON SENSE GUIDE TO STAYING SAFE IN THE FESTIVAL
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Some of the festivals that we attend obviously come with some risks attached. Fear not though, we’re pretty much pro’s at this point. We’ve put together a list of our hot tips, follow them closely and in a perfect world, we all leave the festival unscathed.
- We are living through a health epidemic, and while it isn’t of any particular danger to us, the greater community can really benefit from us being sensible. Wash your hands, cough into your elbow, avoid touching your face, and don’t stop living your normal life unless the local authorities, or health specialists, advise you to do so. And if you come down with a cough, fever AND shortness of breath stay home, call the hospital, and await further instructions.
- Wear closed toe shoes – Inside the beer halls there’s always a lot going on. People are dancing and jumping around, and sometimes smashing stein glasses. Please protect your toes by wearing appropriate footwear.
- Don’t smash stein glasses – Smashing stein glasses is pretty dangerous, for obvious reasons. Imagine thousands of people in an enclosed space, throw lots and lots of pure German beer into the mix, add in smashed glass and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.
- Only take what you need into the festival, leave the rest behind – Festivals like this can be a goldmine for pick-pockets. While you’re busy drinking beers, they’ll reach in and steal your phone from right under your nose. Be savvy and keep your wits about you and you’ll be fine.
- Keep an eye on your friends – It’s a big, big festival with looooots of people around. No one likes losing their friends and things like this are way more fun with people you like. When you enter, stick together and even choose a meeting point incase you get lost. There’s nothing worse than being lost in a crowd of thousands of people drunk off German beer when all you wanna do is find your pals.
- Don’t stand of the tables – As tempting as it may be to jump on the table and start up a singalong, it’s frowned upon to do so. Some tents will let you stand on tables during certain times of the day, but standing on the tables is a no-no. Don’t be that guy.
- Tip the waitress – It’s super important to tip the waitress on the first round of steins. It only has to be €1- €2, but feel free to tip more if you’re feeling generous. If you don’t tip her on your first round, she will ignore your table for the rest of the time you’re there.
- Pace yourself – Oktoberfest is a marathon, not a sprint. We’ll often head in anywhere from 10am – 12pm and the beer halls don’t close until 11pm. You’ll be there awhile, so pace yourself accordingly.
- If you get hurt inside the festival, head to the medic onsite straight away – Don’t wait until you’re back at the Stoke campsite to get fixed up, make sure you get it done straight away so you can party again sooner!
- Don’t be scared to ask for help – If you’re feeling unwell, your friend is not responding or you think you’ve had more than just beer notify, one of our onsite First Aid crew at the front of the campsite or any of our onsite security who are trained to respond to all kinds of situations. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
STOKE TRAVEL’S COMMON SENSE GUIDE TO STAYING SAFE AT THE CAMPSITE
*If at any time you feel unsafe, please don’t hesitate to contact the onsite Noble Security team, or any member of the Stoke Travel crew who will radio for security.
As far as situations go, a Stoke Travel trip is amongst the safest. Unlike in the ‘real’ world, everybody here is intent on having a good time with new and old friends – your fellow Stokies are way more likely to hold your hair back while you puke than steal your wallet.
That being so, we’re more in danger of hurting ourselves while on a Stoke Travel trip than falling foul of our fellow travellers. Here’s a quick little guide to partying safe with Stoke Travel.
- Drink plenty of water.
You’re going to drink heaps of beer and sangria, and you’re going to have a plenty big hangover, but you can really limit it by smashing a few cups of water throughout the day and evening.
- Remember to eat!
We’re going to hook you up with a bottomless brunch each day, and as the bare minimum that should keep your stomach lined and engine running. Do not skip this meal, even if you are suffering horrifically from one of the aforementioned hangovers. We also strongly advise getting a lunch and dinner in there too, maybe even every day.
- Zip your tent up when you’re in it and when you leave it.
Seems basic, but you’d be surprised how often drunk us forgets to do this. When you get in your tent at night make sure you zip it up to prevent unexpected rain showers from disturbing your slumber. Same goes for when you leave your tent. It’ll take two seconds to zip it up, but that’ll save you from wet clothes, chafe, and maybe even pneumonia. If you also brought your favourite pair of socks and want to make sure they’re safe, you can purchase a lock from the guru tent for only €5.
- Don’t be a creep.
Like, seriously, has that ever worked out for you? Similarly, if you see somebody being a creep and making people uncomfortable let us know and we’ll have a friendly word to them. Sometimes they just don’t realise how gross they are.
- No means no, consent matters.
At a very basic level if you hit on somebody and they say no then you’ve just got to cop that. They’re just not that into you. It sucks for about three seconds, but you’re literally surrounded by hundreds of young, like-minded travellers. Suck it up and move on. When you do find somebody who’s into you and you want to move through the bases, make sure you get consent. It really, really, really, really, really does matter.
- If you see somebody having a bad time, make sure they’re ok.
We are all brothers and sisters and gender non-specific relations out here. If you see somebody struggling in any way, check on them, grab a Stoke staff member and just do what any decent human being would do.
Staying safe at Stoke Travel is super easy, but sometimes we get a little out of control and forget the basics. If you ever find yourself in any kind of situation do not hesitate to contact Stoke staff, or security, and we’ll sort you out immediately. We’re here to help – help you have the best time possible. Mwah.
What to Bring
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- Cash. There’s only one (and not the most reliable) ATM on site, so you may not be able to get cash out until you’re in the city centre
- We need your passport details! Either send them through to us with your booking number to email@example.com, or bring your passport with you to camp so we can check you in
- Try to bring a small bag if possible – The tents are cosy and we don’t have onsite lockers. To make sure you have enough room for activities, make sure you minimise what you pack if at all possible
- Your dirndl/lederhosen. You can purchase these onsite from the swag tent, or you can add them to your booking beforehand. PRE-PURCHASE AND GET 20% OFF!
- When you arrive follow the signs to the Stoke Travel check in desk
- Phone charging is available at our guru tent for €1. This is cash only. Our charging stations are often at capacity. We’d recommend bringing a portable charger to ensure your phone stays charged, so you can get all those snaps!
- Tents are allocated on arrival. If you want to be in the same tent as your friend please check in together
- If you are travelling solo we will tent you with someone of the same sex
- We can cater for dietary requirements, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you have any
- Your best party shirt – If you don’t have one, don’t worry! Check out our Stoke Threads store for some absolute doozys!
- Warm clothes (it can get a quite chilly at night, and sometimes even during the day)
- A towel (we don’t sell or rent them on site)
- A pillow if your backpack won’t do
- Condoms (better safe than sorry, right?)
Since 1950, Oktoberfest has officially started at noon on a Saturday, in the second half of September. The celebrations don’t kick off until the tapping of the first keg happens and you can’t drink until it does. It’s traditionally done by Munich’s Mayor, in the oldest tent of the festival, the Schottenhamel tent. The beer served at the Schottenhamel tent is Spaten-Franziskaner. A gun is fired then fired to let everyone know they can eat, drink and be merry!
The worlds biggest beer festival is officially underway, and along with it come more than six million people every year from Munich, Bavaria, Germany and all over the world. The beer is the tastiest and it obeys German purity laws, meaning no preservatives or artificial additives. It also comes served by the litre. The beer halls double as huge restaurants, serving thousands of plates of delicious, hearty German drinking food. Outside the halls there are carnival rides, huge roller coasters and swings and fun houses designed to test even the strongest of stomachs. Above all Oktoberfest is the best thanks to your fellow beer lovers and party animals. You’re going to be surrounded by thousands of new best friends, cheersing steins and dancing on tables to the German party bands.
Prepare your body and ears as we put on a show for you, right at your doorstep. There will be DJ’s, bands, live entertainment and heaps more. Here’s a wee sneak peek at some of the acts we’ll have at Stoketoberfest in 2023!
Originally from the east coast of Australia, this dynamic duo has every town/city in the country eating out of their hands. After only 6 months on the internet, Bread Gang had clocked more than 100,000 followers and over 50 million views across Facebook, YouTube and Instagram thanks to their debut tour and hit YouTube series ‘Loosest City in Australia’. Fast forward 2 years and over a billion views, Bread Gang are closing in on 1 million followers! Living inside of an unpredictable and exciting adventure-comedy, the Bread Gang boys embrace every step of their journey with contagious humour and a unique outlook on life. The Gang treat each day as an opportunity to travel, laugh and entertain. After an enormous 2021 touring Australia as a headline act alongside artists such as Sneaky Sound System, Timmy Trumpet, Will Sparks, Jungle Giants, Hooligan Hefs, Bliss n Eso at the biggest clubs and festivals in the country, the boys are booking out 2022 right the way through while events such as Lunar Electric Music Festival, Liquid Kandy Music Festival, Oktoberfest Germany and many more are fighting to get them on their lineup.
See more of their antics here
One of Indians youngest, finest and fastest growing DJ and Producer Ravetek has recently grooved into the Solo project and is in a big way killing the electronic demand in the musical arena. His humbleness has never bothered him to play in a big or a small show, as he has always believed in raving along with crowed being a part of the rhythms in unison with loving crowed. He was earlier working as a duo where he played and opened along with Tiesto, Oliver Helden, Nucleya Nikhil Chinappa, Anish Sood and much more desirable name in the industry, his last major presence and Participation was in VH1 Gig at IIM where he performed alongside Lost Stories and Tawang Festival. Ravetek though skillfully delivers all Genres but specializes in progressive house, Electro House and Trap. He has played at the best clubs across the country. Concurrently, Ravetek is producing his own original music and will also be launching a Track in collaboration with Bakuboy and Austin Blake in the coming year.
See more of his stuff here
Large Mirage is a fresh rock group from Sydney, making waves in the Australian rock scene with their unique vintage sound and image, their virtuosic musicianship, memorable repertoire, and energetic live act. Taking influence from the psychedelic hard rock sounds of the 60s and 70s, the trio have shown their flare with their earliest releases ‘Going Insane’ and ‘Dream Machine’, but with their most recent projects are now pushing their own limits in songwriting and production.
Their latest single ‘When The Morning Shines’, released on May 5th, is their best-produced work to date. Composed, recorded, mixed and mastered entirely by members of the group, the third Large Mirage single is a unique demonstration of the band’s power pop attitude with a classic rock ‘n’ roll sound. The lineup consists of bassist/vocalist Blake Rochester, guitarist/vocalist Kolya Chan, and drummer/vocalist Daniel Croft.
Somewhere on the outskirts of the Central California coast lies the dirty garage and rehearsal space of three Best Buds known as The Moonjacks. Originally formed in 2019 shortly after the trio graduated high school and inseparable ever since; the DIY youths have shared stages with the likes of Mexican Slum Rats, Hot Flash Heat Wave, and The High Curbs to name a few. Their infectious live show and ability to write digestible sun drenched ear-worms caught the attention of Indie Record Exec Brian Witkin, who signed them to San Diego’s Pacific Records in 2020. Their first studio single “Sk8 Hi” was released In August of 2022 and gained traction organically before being picked up and placed on on “New Music Friday” And “Surf Rock Sunshine” by Spotify’s Editorial Playlist Curators. Their debut studio LP titled “Bad Guy Stuff” was released the following month to warm fan reception, underground acclaim, and major network television placements.
See more of their stuff here
Blank Space is a collective of multi-instrumentalists Ryder Schwartz, Jackson Gilbert, Elijah Pressman, and Danny Cozmos. The Blank Space boys have created an energetic and loyal following all around California and have curated a sound that blends classic rock, indie, and jazz with their separate talents and styles meshing together. The four best friends met in college at San Diego State University in early 2022 and have now begun their journey of recording the music everyone has already fallen in love with. Whether it’s climbing rooftops, driving down the coast, or a peaceful night alone at home, Blank Space has a song or two for you.
See more of their stuff here