Beer O’Clock In Munich! German Wimdu host creates a beer tent in his garden as alternative accommodation for Oktoberfest

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As Brits flock to the German beer festival, one Munich resident has found an ingenious way of cashing in on the accommodation shortage.

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Renting out the tent on Wimdu is a great way to get additional income but more importantly, it’s a nice way to meet new people. I know I'll certainly be having a couple of beers with my guests!

For residents in the UK, October can mean a variety of things but for Germans it means one thing – Oktoberfest.

Stats from home rental site, http://www.wimdu.co.uk reveals that more Brits are flocking to Germany than ever in order to enjoy the country’s most popular beer festival.

Wimdu have experienced a huge jump in British guests booking accommodation for Oktoberfest, with a 20%* increase on last year.

With over 6 million guests expected to attend Oktoberfest this year and hotel prices seeing an increase of 850%** during the festival period, finding a suitable and affordable place to stay will be a priority for many guests.

To cash in on Oktoberfest fever, one Wimdu host has come up with an interesting hotel alternative.

Stefan Schmidt, of Munich, has created the ‘Oktobertent’ - made from over 500 beer bottles, the two-person tent has two sleeping bags, a flashlight and guests are provided with slippers. Access to Stefan’s bathroom is also provided during the stay.    

Stefan created the tent due to high accommodation demand and at just 10 minutes away from the Oktoberfest tent site, the beer tent provides easy access to the festival.

Wimdu host Stefan says: "The spare rooms in my house were already booked out but I know how difficult it can be to get somewhere to stay, so I thought this could help people who were struggling to find something.”

“Renting out the tent on Wimdu is a great way to get additional income but more importantly, it’s a nice way to meet new people. I know I'll certainly be having a couple of beers with my guests!"

Founder and Wimdu CEO Arne Bleckwenn states: "The idea is great. Nowhere else can you experience the intense feeling of Oktoberfest as much as here. Through Wimdu, not only can you experience the real Munich but you can have a unique stay like no other.”

One night’s stay in the Oktobertent is £96 and available to rent on Wimdu.co.uk https://www.wimdu.co.uk/offers/5BJ5QW84

*Figures from Wimdu, September 2012
** Source: http://www.themenportal.de/wirtschaft/oktoberfest-hotelpreise-spielen-verrueckt-aufschlaege-bis-850-prozent-31729

About Wimdu
Wimdu is a social accommodation community that brings together travellers and hosts from around the world to enable consumers worldwide to travel like a local.
Wimdu enables hosts to generate additional income on their spare rooms, while guests can search for a room and a rate that suits them. The site lists a range of over 50,000 properties internationally across over 100 countries with everything from boltholes in Berlin to English castles.

Wimdu was founded in 2011 by serial entrepreneurs Hinrich Dreiling and Arne Bleckwenn who wanted to harness social media to transform the way consumers are travelling worldwide. Wimdu’s Managing Director in the UK, Karim Hardane, manages a team of over 30 and lists over 3,000 properties nationwide.

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