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7 Oktoberfest things you have to do before it's too late.

1. Ride the giant ferris wheel
The absolute classic ride for getting a great view of the Oktoberfest. A ride after sunset will let you rise above the hustle and bustle and will let you enjoy a few romantic moment with a sea of lights below you.

2. Eat roasted almonds
You’ll probably find every kind of sweets at the Oktoberfest, which you won’t indulge yourself to during the rest of the year like cotton candy or chocolate coated fruit. The most iconic thing to eat while strolling across the Oktoberfest, however, are freshly roasted, crunchy roasted almonds.

3. Visit the Bavaria statue
The patron saint of Bavaria watches over the festival grounds all year since 1850. The stairs leading up to her are an excellent place for a little break with a great view of the Oktoberfest. If you want to go even higher, stairs inside the statue will lead you into her head from where you can watch the festival grounds, just like Bavaria does.

4. Lose your head at Schichtl’s
Since 1869, Schichtl’s offers a very special variété show at the Oktoberfest with a truly unique highlight: The mock beheading of a guest by guillotine. But no worries: All beheaded volunteers were just fine and back in one piece by the end of the show.

5. Visit the Oide Wiesn
Meant to be a unique event at the 200th anniversary Oktoberfest, the Oide Wiesn was so popular with the visitors that it was continued and has developed into a real people’s favorite. Less of a party and more of a traditional way of celebrating in the tents and with historic fun rides, it attracts mostly local guests.

6. Let the Devil’s Wheel spin you around
Established in 1910, the Teufelsrad (Devil’s Wheel) is an entertainment classic. The goal is to stay on a spinning platform in the centre of the tent as long as possible, even with balls and obstacles like ropes coming at you. Of course, it’s your decision, if you want to take part or just watch.

7. Give away a gingerbread heart
At the Oktoberfest, a gingerbread heart is a lot more than just sweets. It is used to deliver a message, usually written on the front. There are countless variations, ranging from a classic “I love you!” to a less romantic “Greetings from the Oktoberfest!” and the occasional raunchy proposition as well. Usually, the recipient loves the gingerbread heart so much that they don’t eat it but keep it until t crumbles away by itself.

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