- Plan how to get home: Don’t leave the Oktoberfest alone or with someone you met there. Before going to the Oktoberfest, arrange a meeting point with your friends or tour group, for example at a specific ride (the giant ferris wheel is easy to spot) or at the Service Center (Servicezentrum).
- Wear a wristband: You can get a wristband for free from your hotel or campground with their address and details about the Security Point. Wear the wristband throughout your stay in Munich.
- "Survival kit": Take your mobile phone, some money, your keys, and your address with you. It is best to secure this on your person, not in a handbag, which could be lost or stolen.
While at the "Wiesn" (Oktoberfest)
- Don’t drink too much: German beer is much stronger that what you are probably used to at home. One ” Mass” is enough. It is important that you are always able to take care of yourself and respond to any situation. In the tents, order a ” Radler – say “rudler”, which is half-soda/half-beer, or bottled water.
- Be comfortable saying ” No thank you.” Even if somebody buys a round of beers,
- you don’t have to drink one.
- Watch your beverage: There have been cases of drinks being spiked at the Oktoberfest.
- Say no: If you are asked to do something you are uncomfortable with, trust your feelings and say no.
- Tents may be closed: Keep in mind that tents may be closed because of overcrowding. So don’t leave the tent alone to visit the restrooms – you may not be allowed back in! If possible, use the washrooms inside the tents.
- In case of an emergency: Call out to other people for help. Speak to someone directly. Use any means you have to defend yourself. If possible, call the police (112).
- Don’t sleep at the Oktoberfest or nearby: If you are drunk or tired or lost, go to the Safe Oktoberfest Security Point.
- Have you become separated from your friends?
- Don’t remember the name of your hotel or campground?
- Are you drunk, lost or tired?
- Have you been threatened?
- Have you been harassed or abused?
- Have you been raped?
Come to the Security Point – we’ll help you!
SECURITY POINT FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS
located below the Bavaria statue in the Service Center (Servicezentrum in German), next to the police and at the same entrance as the Red Cross
daily from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., additionally, every Saturday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
phone +49 89/ 50 222 366
All help is free and multilingual.