Although Oktoberfest is now full swing, it’s not too late to get in on the fun and celebrate with a stein of beer, German food, and fun music and dancing. Munich and Berlin in Germany are always top Oktoberfest destinations, but there are lots of other great places to celebrate throughout Europe and the United States. To make your last-minute trip more affordable, more social, and more of a party scene, you might opt to stay in a hostel. Fortunately, there are some great ones near this year’s events! Here are some hostel recommendations in the world’s best Oktoberfest cites.–
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If you’re looking for the most authentic Oktoberfest experience, then head to Munich and book a bed at the Euro Youth Hostel. With beds starting at $138 per night, you can come here with a friend or plan a solo trip and have a blast at the festivities between September 21st and October 6th. Most hostel guests are between ages 20 and 35, but everyone is welcome. In addition to the big and small tents at Munich’s Oktoberfest, there are also some really exciting rides, like the swing carousel and SkyFall.
Head to Congress Center in Stockholm for the Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival, which is known as the local Oktoberfest celebration. This tasting event takes place over the weekends of September 26th-28th and October 3rd-5th. Also, you can check out the Oktoberfest at Rosendal’s Garden in Stockholm on October 11th and no reservations are required. During your trip, stay at the STF AF Chapman/Skeppsholmen hostel, which has beds starting at just over $27 per night, a central city center location, and opportunities to stay in cabins on a restored sailing ship.
Berlin has a fun Oktoberfest scene that runs through October 14th and is a bit tamer than the festivities in Munich. However, it is pure German authenticity here in a place that’s an ideal mix of city and culture. Circus Hostel is a great hostel pick because it has its own microbrewery on site. This is a good starting point before you head to the Oktoberfest Biergarten at Alexanderplatz at the city center. Beds start at just over $30 per night.
There are some great Oktoberfests in the United States too, including three-weekends of fun in New Orleans. This celebration just goes to show that NOLA can party it up for more than just Mardi Gras. Starting on October 4th, this celebration and all its beer and bratwurst are complemented by a stay at the Auberge NOLA Hostel. This hostel is situated right in the French Quarter so you’ll never be far from a good time. Beds start at just $37 per night.
You can also plan your last-minute Oktoberfest trip to London to party with the locals and see the sights. You can enter the event for free on all Thursdays and on Sundays for families too. A great hostel is Hostel One Camden, which has beds starting at just over $36 per night. The hostel is built inside and around an old English pub that offers two-for-one drinks for happy hour. This is a sweet deal for Oktoberfest and any time of the year. It’s in the trendy Camden area and offers delicious free dinners for guests each night.
New Yorkers definitely know how to party during Oktoberfest season too, especially considering that there is actually two months’ worth of Oktoberfest activities here! The super-cool NY Moore Hostel is a hip place to stay in the East Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. The local Brooklyn Brewery has Oktoberfest craft beer, while the Watermark Bar in Manhattan offers an immersive Bavarian experience.
Krakow hosts a great Oktoberfest celebration with traditional beer halls, C.K. Brower and Bierhalle. Here you’ll find festive folk music in the streets and even more fun at the local hostels. A top recommendation is the Greg & Tom Beer House hostel that offers free beer during happy hour each night for its Oktoberfest party. Meet other travelers and have a blast while you’re exploring Poland. With beds starting at just $14 per night, it’s very affordable to stay and party too.
Barcelona is one of the top travel destinations at any time of the year for American travelers, and the city hosts multiple Oktoberfest celebrations across town. Festivities run from October 3rd to 13th and feature live Bavarian music, traditional food and beer, a large tent, and VIP area. TOC Hostel Barcelona makes a great home base because of its high ratings and good location. It also has a swimming pool, game zone, and multiple accommodation options depending on how social you want to be.
Another German destination for Oktoberfest is Frankfurt, and there’s a large festival held here each year. Festivities run through October 6th and feature delicious beer, celebrity guests, and live acts. The Meininger Frankfurt/Main Messe is a top recommendation for your Oktoberfest trip, with beds starting at around $63 per night. This stylish hostel is quiet but still close to the city center and has a bar with a pool table.
You can also celebrate Oktoberfest in Chicago during the September 27th-29th weekend, and this city definitely knows how to host a great event. There’s an indoor/outdoor festival with traditional music, a beer hall, pretzels, bratwurst, and lots of performances to keep you entertained. After the festival wraps up at 10pm, you can keep the party going if you’re staying at HI Chicago, The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Hostel. This is a fun and social hostel with beds starting at $43 per night. Meanwhile, Hofbräuhaus is a fun place to be during Oktoberfest to watch or participate in the “Masskrugstemmen” stein-holding contest.