Munich Germany's Oktoberfest
The first Oktoberfest in 1810 was, in fact, a universal national celebration on the occasion of the wedding of Prince Ludwig. Initially, Oktoberfest is mainly linked to horse racing and archery. There was more whirlpool and fun stuff than beer. It was not until 1896 that the livery hearts, amusement parks, archers, and torn horses went to the sidelines, and the megalomaniac tents came into the scene, which still house about 11 million liters of beer annually to this day.
Our recommendation is to stay as far away as possible from the city center, on the outskirts of Munich or in the surrounding villages. That way you could save some money. If you are located in the city itself, everything will be quick and easy. If you are on the outskirts, as we suggested above, public garages near the Munich intersection are a great option. And from there you could travel by public transport. Daily ticket costs € 6.60. However, there is an option to buy a group ticket for the price of € 12.60, which is valid for 5 people. The price of a single three-day ticket is € 16.50 and group tickets are € 29.10.
On weekdays, a more relaxed atmosphere can be expected, as on the weekends mostly media teams, Bayern football players and other celebrities come to drink and to enjoy the atmosphere. The atmosphere is more sophisticated as these are largely corporate bookings. It is still phenomenal, but it is not like spending weekdays when young people are just under the tent, thousands of them, thirsty, hungry and eager to party.
The more important question is when to come during the day. Our recommendation is to banquet early in the morning. You don't need a reservation and it doesn't matter if you two or thirteen are coming. Arriving in the morning is no different than going out in the evening. Everything is full, the music is shaking. It is fast and hard to drink. The atmosphere is lively. There is room both on the ground floor and on the balconies, but it has to be taken into account that tents fill up incredibly fast, so be on time to take your place, or you will be located in some small tent away from the center of the festival.
In the 14 main tents the conduct is quite similar. None of them require of you to pay the entry fee. Because of the large crowds and the difficulty of finding a place to sit, it is best to stay under one tent for one day. In addition to the large tents that can accommodate up to 10,000 people, you can choose one of the smaller tents that can accommodate only a few hundred. There are 20 of them and most of them are on the main Wirtsbuden promenade. Whether large or small, each tent is serving beer made in accordance with the Munich Beer Purity Act of 1487 and the German Act of 1906. Drinking exclusively pure beer for the Germans is a matter of pride and identity. Craft beer with, say, ginger is not something you can find in this place.
This is the main tents list, if you want to book a place in one of them, or if you decide to stop by:
Hacker-Festhalle - 9,200 seats. Hacker-Pschorr beers are served.Käfer's Wies'n-Schänke - 3,300 seats. Paulaner breweries are served. Käfer is also a food brand, so the tick is more original here. It works longer than the others (01:00h) and is often the meeting place of jet set.
Löwenbräu-Festhalle - 8,500 seats. They serve Löwenbräu breweries. This tent is known for the formation and gathering of the German Celebrity Society which began in '89. Hofbräu Festzelt - 10,000 seats. If you are in a fest for the first time this tent is a great choice. It will adequately introduce you to the insanity that is common to Oktoberfest. About 600,000 liters of beer are drunk in this tent alone during Oktoberfest. Fischer Vroni - 3,800 seats. Augustiner brews are served. The Fischer family was licensed in 1949. This tent is also known for bringing together the LGBT community.
Armbrustschützen-Festhalle - 5,800 places. A Paulaner beer is served. Pschorr-Bräurosl - 8,500 seats. Hacker-Pschorr beers are served. Weinzelt - 2,500 places. Paulaner brewery, wine and champagne are served. Schützen-Festzelt - 5,300 seats. They serve Löwenbräu breweries. It is also known for archery competition. Winzerer Fähndl - 11,000 seats.
The official tent of the Paulaner Brewery serving beer of the same name. Schottenhamel - 4,000 seats. Spaten – Franziskaner beers are served. This is the tent where the mayor rams the tap into the first barrel and officially opens Oktoberfest. It is also the host of numerous student associations, which is why there are several coats of arms on the facade.
Marstall - 4,500 places. Spaten – Franziskaner beers are served. Ochsenbraterei (Spatenbräu-Festhalle) - . Spaten – Franziskaner beers are served. This tent is also known for roasting oxen and the bizarre custom of writing the name of every single ox on the board, while the orchestra accompanies the entire ceremony with a death march. Augustiner-Festhalle - 8,000 seats. Beer Augustiner brews are served. Whenever you show up, there will be queues in front of this tent.
Please note that reservations also mean that you will probably need to drink or eat a certain amount of beer and food. Of course, there is the price of the reservation itself. It is recommended that you give the waitress a good tip. There are several thousand of you in the tent, if you want the next tour to arrive at all, motivate the girls to pay attention to you.They say the song that is sung at Oktobarfest is a song that will be eternal. There are already quite a few folk and few world hits. Tradition requires the orchestra to play the Oktoberfest anthem at the end of each segment. It's called Ein Prosit. If you don't know it, you'll learn it. It quickly gets into peoples head, because it has a catchy tune.