Date 2018: 22nd September to 7th October
Opening hours Octoberfest Munich
Drinking hoursMonday to Friday from 10:00 a.m to 10:30 p.m. (between 10 and 12 am only non-alcoholic beverages and small snacks)
Saturday, Sunday and holiday from 09:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
"Käfers Wiesnschänke" and "Weinzelt" open until 01:00 a.m., last drinks at 12:15 a.m.
Sales stands are openOpening day from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Friday from 10:00 a.m. to midnight
Saturday and October 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to midnight
Sundays and and October 3rd holidays 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sideshows and attractionsOpening day from 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.,
Friday, Saturday and October 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to midnight
Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Please note: At the weekends the beer tents are often closed as of noontime due to overcrowding!
Family days Oktoberfest MunichBoth "Family Tuesdays" offer reduced prices of admissions and attractions - from 12:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
Midday OktoberfestMonday – Friday (except holidays) from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., (the sign “Mittagswiesn” means discounts for attractions, admissions and prices).
It’s party time in the Oktoberfest beer tents!Whether you go into one of the huge beer marquees or one of the smaller tents a party atmosphere is guaranteed and the beer tastes great wherever you are! You will be spoilt for choice!
Old favourites and white knuckle ridesThere is something for everyone with a whole range of brand new white knuckle rides definitely not for the faint-hearted!
What’s the history behind the Oktoberfest?It all started with a horse race which the national guard staged for the people on 17th August 1810 to mark the wedding of the Ludwig Crown Prince of Bavaria (later King Ludwig I) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The race was such a success that it was staged again the following year on the Theresienwiese – the meadow named in honour of the Princess. From 1870 onwards the number of stalls began to increase and in 1896 the very first beer tents were erected which sold only beer brewed in Munich – a tradition which has remained to the present day. Due to lack of space the horse races with which it all began were staged for the last time in 1936.
The large brewery tents
Seven enormous beer tents line the so-called “Wirtsbudenstraße”. The beer is brewed by Munich’s six largest breweries and has an extract value of some 13%.
The price of a „Maß“ (a litre of beer) is somewhere around € 10,00.
- Augustiner This is the only tent still serving the beer from large wooden barrels rather than from the steel ones used elsewhere. The tent seats a many as 8,500 people.
- Bräurosl (Pschorrbräu tent) Four years ago Pschorr celebrated their 100th anniversary with a specially brewed beer. The tent seats 8,400 people.
- Hackerbräu tent This is the only tent with a revolving stage in the middle. The tent seats 9,300.
- Hofbräu tent As this is the tent tourists are most familiar with it is the one with the most international flair. Party till you drop is the order of the day here! You will even get served with a beer if you haven’t got a seat. The tent seats 9,350.
- Löwenbräu tent This tent is the traditional meeting place for fans and players of 1860 Munich football club. The tent seats 8,500.
- Ochsenbraterei - Spatenbräu tent This is a must just to see the ox on a spit! Some 70 to 90 oxen are consumed during the 16 days of the fair. The tent seats 7,400.
- Winzerer Fähndl - Paulaner tent A tent with real Bavarian charm and the occasional celebrity. Players from FC Bayern Munich can sometimes be seen here. The tent seats 10,900 .
The smaller Oktoberfest "Wirtezelte"
These slightly smaller tents are run exclusively by Munich based publicans all of whom are under licence to the larger breweries.
- Armbrustschützen tent (Paulaner) This tent is all about hunting and visitors can sit in the themed boxes (pheasants or badgers) and admire the hunters’ trophies. The tent seats 7,430.
- Fischer-Vroni (Augustiner) This is a small and cosy tent located right next to at the entrance which offers grilled fish as well as sander, whitefish and salmon trout. The tent seats 700.
- Festhalle Schottenhamel (Spatenbräu) This is the oldest tent at the Oktoberfest dating way back to 1867. It is extremely popular with the younger visitors. The tent seats 10,000.
- Hippodrom (Spatenbräu) Last year the Hippodrom had two reasons to celebrate: the 100th anniversary of the tent taking part in the Oktoberfest and the 50th anniversary of serving Spaten beer. The gallery is always full of celebrities from the worlds of film, sport and business. The tent seats 4,200.
- Käfer's Wies'n-Schänke (Paulaner) Meeting place for the rich and famous. Because of the extended licensing hours to 1 a.m. there is always a real crush to get in here after the other tents close at 11 p.m. The tent seats 2,900.
- Schützenfesthalle (Löwenbräu) Old Bavarian specialities such as Boeff Lamotte or suckling pig are served here. The tent seats 5,442.
Beer lovers have to make do with Weißbier or swap to one of the many excellent wines served here. The is a tent which always has far more women in than men so it is considered to be a tent with a high flirt factor! The tent seats 2,400.
Traditional food at the Oktoberfest
Visitors also eat huge amounts of traditional hearty fare such as Hendl (chicken), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Haxn (knuckle of pork), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezn (Pretzel), Knödeln (potato or bread dumplings), Kaasspatzn (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian traditional food as Obatzda (a fatty, spiced cheese-butter concoction) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).