Oktoberfest

22nd Sep keyboard_arrow_right 7th Oct 2018

Overview

Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, is held annually on the grounds of Theresienwiese in the city of Munich, Germany. The festival spans 16-18 days, running from mid/late September till the first weekend of October. The first Oktoberfest was celebrated when Crown Prince Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. This incidentally led to the venue for the event being called Theresienwiese; even today the locals in Munich refer to Oktoberfest as "die Wiesn" because of its location.

With more than six million people attending the festival annually from all over the world, Oktoberfest fest is undoubtedly one of the most awaited events on the planet!

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Venue

Theresienwiese

Bavariaring, 80336 M

Guide

Ticket info


Tips

  • While you can enter the beer tents without reservation, you should consider coming early since the tents fill-up very quickly.
  • Once a tent is full, you will not be allowed to enter.
  • On weekends the tents often close before 11:00 am because of overfilling. During the week the tents are normally open until afternoon.

Inside the venue


Food & Beverages:

  • Food:
    • Vegetarian:
      • Creamy Sauerkraut
      • Vanilla Bean Custard with German Sour Cherry Sauce
      • Pepper Brie and Radicchio Salad
      • Oktoberfest Strudel
      • New Potato and Bierwurst Salad
      • German Sauerkraut or Pickled Red cabbage as a perfect, heat-and-serve side dish
      • German Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Black Cherry Preserves
      • Cherry, Quark and Pumpernickel Trifle
      • Sauerkraut Soup
    • Non-vegetarian:
      • German Ham-Wrapped Figs with Marinated Bean Salad & Hazelnuts
      • Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Mustard Crust, Potato Pancakes, Brussels Sprouts Leaves with Black Forest Ham and Dark Beer Sauce
      • Schnitzel in Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Beer Stein Noodles
      • Pork Wiener Schnitzel
      • Schweinebraten
      • Beef Stew
      • Half Chicken
      • Schweinshaxe
      • Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick)
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  • Alcohol:
    • Beer is the most common alcohol served in the tents.
    • You can try Weinzelt, if wine is your choice of drink as it is the only place that doesn’t serve beer.
    • Following are the six Munich Oktoberfest-breweries that provide beer at Oktoberfest-
    • Augustiner: Augustiner-Festhalle, Fischer-Vroni
    • Paulaner: Armbrustschützenzelt, Winzerer Fähndl, Käfer's Wies'n Schänke
    • Spaten-Franziskaner: Marstall, Schottenhamel, Ochsenbraterei/Spatenbräu-Festhalle
    • Löwenbräu: Schützen-Festzelt, Löwenbräu-Festhalle
    • Hacker-Pschorr: Hacker-Festzelt, Pschorr-Bräurosl
    • Hofbräu: Hofbräu Festzelt

 

  • Cost: A "Mass", one litre of beer, was priced at about EUR 10.00 for the last edition of the Oktoberfest.

 

Inside the Venue:

Item

Allowed (Yes / No)

Comments

Alcohol

 

 

Animals (Service Animals)

 

 

Bags

Yes

Only for bags with volume less than 3 litres

Cameras (Still Photography)

Yes

 

Cigarettes

Yes

Separate Smoking balconies in most of the tents

Strollers

Yes

 

 

Other Amenities:

  • Restrooms
  • ATMs
  • First Aid
  • Lockers
  • Shops

 

Activities:

  • There are a number of rollercoaster and amusement rides at the Oktoberfest.
  • These rides range from comfortable carousels like the old and beloved "Krinoline" and the timeless chairoplane and Ferris Wheel to breathtaking overhead experiences in the "Top Spin" and from children' rides with fairytale heroes to spooky ghost trains.
  • You can also demonstrate your skills at shooting with air-guns or popping balloons with darts.

Schedule Timing


  • Beer Serving Hours:
    • Opening day 12:00 noon – 10:30 pm
    • Weekdays 10:00 am – 10:30 pm
    • Saturday, Sunday & holiday 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
    • Daily closing hour 12:30 am 'Käfers Wiesnschänke' and 'Weinzelt' open until 1:00 am
  • Opening hours of stalls:
    • Opening day 10:00 noon - midnight
    • Monday - Thursday 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
    • Friday 10:00 am – 12:00 midnight
    • Saturday 9:00 am - midnight
    • Sunday 9:00 am – 11:30 pm
  • Fairground attractions & sideshows:
    • Opening day 12:00 noon - midnight
    • Monday - Thursday 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
    • Friday, Saturday 10:00 am - midnight
    • Sunday 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
  • End of Oktoberfest:
    • Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 11:30 pm

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Banner image credits: Heribert Pohl