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Traveling to Germany for Oktoberfest? These Apps Can Help

Cities around the world hold Oktoberfest celebrations, carrying on the German traditions established by the original Oktoberfest held in Munich.

Whether you’re traveling to Germany this fall or calling relatives in Germany while you celebrate Oktoberfest closer to home, learn more about the holiday’s traditions and which phone apps can keep you connected.


Calling Germany during Oktoberfest

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Celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich

Dating back to 1810, the Oktoberfest tradition began with a daylong festival honoring the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig. More than 200 years later, the festival has evolved into a two-week event that’ll be held in 2018 from Saturday, September 22 to Sunday, October 7.

The festival has grown quite significantly. In 2016, 5.6 million people attended and drank 6.6 million liter-sized mugs of beer (or nearly 14 million pints) from the six traditional Munich breweries.

More than the beer, the German festival has many attractions that continue traditions dating back a century or more, including fair rides, illusionist performances, a flea circus, Munich puppet theatre, and games that include a two-story glass maze.

Each festival tent has its own set of musicians that play anything from German folk music to Oktoberfest-style interpretations of chart-topping hits. Don’t forget the traditional German foods of roasted meats, potato dishes, and pretzels.

Phone Apps for your Trip to Germany

For those visiting Munich for Oktoberfest, the right phone apps can help you have smooth travels so that you can spend more of your time enjoying German culture and experiencing the traditions of Oktoberfest.

Previous recommendations for must-have phone apps for international travels included Google Translate to help you navigate the language barrier and Uber to help you get from the Munich airport to your hotel with ease.


best phone apps Oktoberfest Germany

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For those attending Oktoberfest, download the official Oktoberfest app for navigation information, info on common Bavarian language terms, and crowdsourced info about what’s happening at the tents. Not only can you stay in the loop about festival activities, but you can also learn the right way to order a beer.

The other app to use during Oktoberfest is Ooma’s free calling app, a smart way to stay connected while you’re traveling in Germany. With the app, you can take your Ooma VoIP phone services with you to easily make calls while abroad. Subscribers to Ooma Basic or Ooma Premier can make unlimited outgoing calls at the same rates of their Ooma phone service.

Using the app when traveling internationally has many benefits. You won’t have to swap your phone’s SIM card, and by placing calls while connected to Wi-Fi, you’ll avoid international data charges. You can also use the app to make free phone calls back home and listen to voicemails. Those who subscribe to the Ooma Premier phone service have the additional functionality of being able to accept incoming calls on the app too.

Can’t Travel to Germany This Year?

If you aren’t taking the trip overseas this year, perhaps you’re celebrating Oktoberfest at a local festival or with one of your favorite Oktoberfest beers. You can also use our two recommended apps to connect to the Munich festival.

With the Official Oktoberfest app, the webcam feature can put you in the middle of the event, even if you’re in another country. One app reviewer said, “For those of us somewhere else, this is the next best thing.” The reviewer even asked for more webcams to be available in 2018.

calling Germany with Ooma app

Users of the Ooma Telo home phone service can also stay close to the action by calling friends and family members who are in Germany. Whether using an Ooma-connected home phone or Ooma’s free calling app, the low international rates to landlines in Germany are just 2.2 cents per minute.

Rather than paying per minute, those who want unlimited international calls to Germany can subscribe to the Ooma World international plans for unlimited calling to landlines in over 60 countries and to mobile phones in over 10 countries. For a limited time, this plan is available for $9.99 per month for the first 12 months.

Interested in using Ooma for international calls to Germany or during your trip to Munich? Get started today!

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Dennis Peng

Dennis is the vice president of product management and technical advisory board member of Ooma and is responsible for creating an intuitive, compelling user experience. Prior to joining Ooma, Dennis worked at Cisco Systems for 11 years where he began his career as a customer support engineer. He later joined the Escalation Team where he focused on fixing the most technically challenging problems, as well as supporting the design, rollout and operations of the largest remote access and broadband aggregation networks worldwide. He was honored with the title of Distinguished Support Engineer because of his expertise in networking protocols, isolating and fixing highly complex issues, and leadership among his peers. Dennis holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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