Blast-off to Oktoberfest in a Spaceship!
Posted on 06/09/2019 by Mike Salmon
If you want a fantastic European road trip and event, blast-off to Oktoberfest in a Spaceship!
We’ll tell you all you need to know about Oktoberfest and give you an itinerary to make the most of this epic 730 mile road trip. Plus, we’ve got another amazing free competition for you.
Win 7 days Campervan hire for 4 with free camping and admission to Oktoberfest!
In our fabulous free draw, you could win a custom designed Spaceships Voyager 4-berth campervan for 7 days, so you and your friends or family can visit Oktoberfest on us. On top of that, our mates at Stoke Travel will give you campsite accommodation, food, drink and admission to Oktoberfest, as well as a night to remember at their Stoketoberfest party!
Your prize includes:*
- 7 days hire of a Spaceships Voyager ultimate 4-berth campervan for up to 4 people
- 2 nights free accommodation for 4 (1 campervan pitch) at Oktoberfest, courtesy of Stoke Travel
- Free Stoke Travel hot breakfasts for 4
- 2 days admission for 4 into Oktoberfest
- Dinner for 4 at the Stoke Travel Oktoberfest campsite for two nights
- Admission for 4 to the Stoketoberfest party
- Complimentary Stoke Travel bar – free bar of beer, sangria, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee
*No cash alternative
To enter the draw, simply follow, like or share Spaceships UK on one of our social media channels. You'll find them at the end of this blog. Winners will be drawn at random and notified on social media on Friday 20th September.
You can find out more about Stoke Travel and book our special campervan and Oktoberfest free bar Stoke Travel deal here at just €75/pp per night (19 September- 7 October, 2 nights minimum stay).
Your guide to Oktoberfest
On 12th October 1810, Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildberghausen in Munich. In classic Bavarian style, the wedding was celebrated with days of drinking and feasting. And so “Oktoberfest” was born.
The 186th official Oktoberfest takes place in Munich between the 21st September and 6th October this year. It’s a huge festival of attractions, parades, fairgrounds, rides and of course, beer. Lots of beer. Over 7.5 million litres of beer were drunk at last year’s event.
Dress to impress
For men, it’s the traditional Lederhosen. But if short leather breeches aren’t really your thing, don’t worry. They may be traditional, but they are not compulsory.
The Dirndl is the traditional dress worn by women. It’s an Alpine country-style dress with an apron. If you go for the classic Bavarian look take care how you tie your apron. It may tell the locals more than you think…
If the bow is tied on the right, it means you’re “spoken for”. If the apron is tied on the left, it means you are single. The bow tied at the back of the apron indicates a server, widow or child. And historically, if the bow was tied in the middle, the wearer was a virgin. More recently however, the bow tied in the middle simply says, “mind your own business”!
A Spaceships road trip to Oktoberfest in Munich
A 7 day road trip to Oktoberfest in a 4-berth Voyager is available to book from just £122.50 per person hire charge. (Based on 4 people from London - London, excluding insurance)
If you want to blast-off to Oktoberfest in a Spaceship, we’ve found a route that will make the most of your road trip across France and Germany.
Spaceships London – Eurotunnel Dover. 90 miles, 1 hour 40 minutes
Try to avoid rush hour on the M25 and M20 from Spaceships London to Eurotunnel at Folkestone.
Calais, France – Cambrai, France. 95 miles, 2 hours
Head south-east on the A25 to Cambrai in the Nord department. “La Ville aux Trois Clochers” (The City with Three Steeples) will give you a taste of provincial France.
What to See
What better way to warm up for Oktoberfest than with a trip to a brewery? Originally a Benedictine Abbey, Cateau Abbey brewery was built in 1910 and restored in 2000. Taste the beer, grab a snack and see the old brewery.
What to eat
The local charcuterie is not for the faint hearted. Andouilles is made from just about every part of the pig and encased in a cow’s intestine. The local sweets, Bêtises de Cambrai are a mint or fruit flavoured and would be great for the rest of your road trip.
Cambrai, France – Reims, France. 91 miles, 1 hours 30 minutes
Follow the A26 south to Reims in the heart of France’s champagne region.
What to See
For culture vultures, it’s Reims Cathedral, where French Kings were crowned for 1000 years. For petrol heads, The Musée Automobile Reims Champagne is home to the history of French car production with an extensive collection of cars, motorcycles and toy cars on display.
What to drink
If you get a kick from Champagne, you’re in the right place. Top Champagne houses like Veuve Clicquot – Ponsardin and Tattinger are open to the public.
Your Spaceship is your home on wheels
If you want to camp overnight, our campsite finder has a choice of up to 79 campsites in and around Reims, with a further 38 sites close to your next stop at Metz.
Reims, France – Metz, France. 118 miles, 2 hours
Head east on the A4 to Metz situated on the picturesque Moselle and Seille rivers.
What to See
The spectacular Centre Pompidou-Metz opened in 2010 and is home to a collection of modern art. The building itself is as impressive as the works. Dating back to 1220, Metz Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Etiene de Metz) has more stained glass than any other cathedral in the world earning it the name “La Lanterne du Bon Dieu” (The Good Lord’s Lantern).
What to eat
A traditional Quiche Lorraine, a tart of eggs, bacon and crème fraiche from the covered market.
Metz, France – Strasbourg, France. 103 miles, 1 hour 40 minutes
Continue south-east on the A4 to Strasbourg on the River Rhine. With its French and German influences, it is the home of the European Parliament.
What to See
Another town, another magnificent cathedral. Strasbourg Cathedral was the tallest in the world until 1874. Don’t miss the cobbled streets of the Petit France district and the beautiful Barrage Vauben and Ponts Couverts on the River Ill.
What to eat
Strasbourg was the capital of Alsace and the German influence is clear. Get your first taste of sauerkraut (fermented cabbage with sausage) or a Tarte Flambé, a tart with onions, lardons and fromage frais.
Strasbourg, France – Stuttgart, Germany. 96 miles, 1 hour 45 minutes
Cross the Rhine and head north on the A5 then south-east to Stuttgart, one of the principal cities of the German motor industry.
What to See
There are Mercedes-Benz and Porsche motor museums for car enthusiasts and the Wilhelma Zoo & Botanical Gardens is set in a 70 acre park near to the River Neckar. If you need some retail therapy, stroll along the Königstrasse, a 1200m straight shopping street divided in two by the majestic Schlossplatz (Palace Square).
What to drink
Enjoy Stuttgart’s café culture. If you are near the Königstrasse, California Bounge is a cool café to enjoy a coffee, cocktail or milkshake.
Stuttgart, Germany – Munich Germany. 145 miles, 2 hours 30 minutes
The last leg to Munich takes you further east on the A8. You could break your journey at Ulm on the River Danube. It is 57 miles from Stuttgart and features the charming Fisherman’s and Tanner’s quarter, with narrow, cobbled streets and small bridges where the Blau Stream meets the Danube in a series of waterways.
Then it’s time to pitch your campervan, enjoy Oktoberfest and party!
While you are in Munich, you could travel just over 100 miles south-east into Austria to experience the breathtaking Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Discover more in our blog here.
Finally… please be Drink Aware – have a great time but we would recommend that the campervan driver has at least one alcohol free day before the return journey back to the UK.
Don’t forget, for your chance to win 7 days campervan hire, admission and accommodation for 4 at Oktoberfest, just follow, like or share Spaceships UK by clicking on the icons below.
So get liking and following and good luck! The competition closes and the winner will be announced on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn on Friday 20th September.
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