A DAY AT THE OKTOBERFEST MUNICH
MEMORABLE AND RICH IN VARIETY
At the Oktoberfest Munich every day is different. There is plenty of stuff to discover and you will experience even more than you expected. We collected some Oktoberfest highlights and put them all together to create a perfect day – just for you. Nothing is going to hold you down during your visit!
In case you are looking for some facts to impress other visitors, we created an interesting summary of the Oktoberfest history.
To avoid the sheer masses of Oktoberfest visitors we strongly recommend an arrival by subway. Do not use the station at the Theresienwiese but travel to the main train station (“Hauptbahnhof”) or the Schwanthalerhöhe instead. From there you will get to the Oktoberfest in less then 10 minutes by foot. Upon arrival, use the side entrances to avoid the crowd at the main entrance of the Oktoberfest.
A rich breakfast makes a good start into the day – and at the Oktoberfest you will definitively find something you like. Moreover, you will get to experience the Oktoberfest flair during the opening of the big Oktoberfest tents, which marks a great spectacle each morning. The tents will open at 10:00 AM from Monday to Friday and at 09:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Below you will discover our suggestions for the best breakfast locations.
Sugar-sweet & Motley
Bodos Cafezelt spoils its guests with a variety of sweet cakes, pies and tartes as well as Bavarian doughnuts and strudels. Every gourmand will find something to fulfill their wishes. In addition, various tea and coffee specialties are served. You will find Bodos Cafezelt just between the Ochsenbraterei and the Augustiner Festzelt. It is open from 10:00 AM till 11:30 PM. A visit will be worthwhile.
Tradition & Craftsmanship
The Cafe Mohrenkopf looks back onto 65 years of family tradition and offers home-baked specialties by master hand. It is the only Oktoberfest tent with its own confectionery directly located at the Theresienwiese. For breakfast the Café Mohrenkopf will serve tea and coffee as well as classic cakes and Mohrenkopf – a Bavarian treat with freshly whipped cream. You have to try it! The Cafe Mohrenkopf is opened during the regular opening hours of the Oktoberfest Munich.
Quality & Atmosphere
Another insider tip for breakfast at the Oktoberfest is the Cafe Kaiserschmarrn owned by Rischart. Here you will find everything you need for a great start into the day. From classic coffee to croissants all products are denoted by Rischart´s established quality. On top of that the Cafe Kaiserschmarrn creates a unique and appealing atmosphere through tender decoration. The gates to a land of milk and honey will open at 10:00 AM on weekdays and 09:00 AM on weekends.
ENTER THE OKTOBERFEST TENTS
Especially on weekends we recommend getting up early – because of the high numbers of visitors on Saturdays or Sundays most Oktoberfest tents will be closed for guests without reservation as early as 11:00 AM. In case you are looking for a cozy stay we recommend you to visit the Oktoberfest on weekdays as of noon, to avoid the big crowds.
If the weather is nice, the beer gardens at the Oktoberfest are nice to visit as well. Below, we help you find the right tent for your needs. Take a look into our Oktoberfest guide, if you like to get some more information about the customs at the fairground.
Traditional & Rustic
In the year 1867 the Schottenhamel tent opened for the first time. Today it is the oldest of all Oktoberfest tents. Enjoy your beer in a traditional atmosphere with a brass band playing in the background. The Schottenhamel overall provides 8,000 seats – about 3,000 are located at the connected beer garden.
Folksy & International
The Hofbräu tent is one of the most famous Oktoberfest tents and for this reason it attracts many visitors from all around the world each year. Therefore a folksy and international atmosphere is characteristic for this tent. With round about 10,000 seats it is the biggest of all Oktoberfest tents. Enjoy your beer while the traditional brass band is playing in the background.
Cozy & Hearty
The charming, open-minded and hearty atmosphere of the Augustiner Festzelt is especially popular among families. Enjoy your beer, freshly drawn from wooden barrels, within a cozy vibe. For your musical delight the tent offers everything from brass bands to Schlager music and rock songs. All in all there are 6,000 seats at the Augustiner Festzelt.
Cheerful & Proper
A cheerful and playful atmosphere under the azure tent roof is characteristic for the Hackerbräu Festzelt. In case the weather is fine, the roof will be removed to let the sunshine in. Another exception is the rotating platform on which the brass band is playing traditional Bavarian music till the late evening. About 9,500 guests will find a seat in this Oktoberfest tent.
Famous & Unique
The Löwenbräu Festzelt is one of the most famous Oktoberfest tents and therefore it is well-frequented by visitors. Here locals as well as foreign guests are swaying and celebrating together. The high tower on which´s tip you will find a lion won’t make you miss this tent at the fairground.
Lively & Relaxed
The yearly marksman championship takes place at the Schützen Festzelt. Here, the champion marksman will celebrate his victory. Congratulate him and enjoy your beer in casual atmosphere with all the other guests. Overall the Schützen Festzelt is equipped with 6,500 seats to accommodate his visitors from all around the world.
Rustic & Original
The name says it all. At the Ochsenbraterei the whole ox is roasted and later served to the guests – a traditional Bavarian delicacy. Enjoy your meal with a cool tankard in some quaint atmosphere. The tent contains 6,000 seats as well as 1,600 more in the beer garden. In case of good weather this really is an insider tip.
Vivid & Diverse
At the Armbrustschützenzelt you will find guests of every age and background. The clue is in the name – this tent focuses on crossbow shooting. Year after year the marksman championship takes place at the Armbrustschützenzelt. A brass band accompanies the championship of the 30 meters distance shot.
Open-minded & Cozy
Not interested in roasted chicken or grilled ox any longer? Then try a visit at the Fischer Vroni. Here you will find delicious fish dishes, suitable for every taste. A Bavarian specialty is the so called Steckerlfisch – a fish grilled on a skewer. This Oktoberfest tent provides 3,000 seats at the inside as well as another 700 at the connecting beer garden.
Local & Traditional
At the Bräurosl tradition comes first. Every detail is extraordinary Bavarian, from the furnishing and decoration to the culinary offer as well as the musical accompaniment. This creates a traditional and local atmosphere to enjoy a cold beer. Overall the tent contains 6,400 seats at the inside as well as another 2,200 at the exterior.
Folksy & Local
This Oktoberfest tent is a flagship of Munich´s culture. Therefore it is particularly popular among soccer fans. Here, the stars and supporters of the FC Bayern Munich meet up to enjoy a cold tankard of Oktoberfest beer. But not only soccer fans are welcome – for a folksy togetherness the Winzerer Fähndl offers about 8,400 seats.
Charming & Traditional
This wine tent offers some contrast to all the other Oktoberfest tents. Here, a selection of Franconian wines as well as champagne and sparkling wine are served besides the classic beer. Another exception of the wine tent are its opening hours. The selling of drinks ends at 00:30 AM while you will be able to celebrate till 01:00 AM.
KÄFER WIESN SCHÄNKE
High-class & Prominent
At the Käfer Wiesn Schänke you will meet the most prominent visitors of the Oktoberfest in Munich. Here, the rich and famous like to celebrate in sophisticated atmosphere, which is reflected in the culinary and musical range as well. The Käfer Wiesn Schänke resembles an old wooden blockhouse and provides about 3,400 seats.
Atmospheric & Varied
The Marstall tent contains 4,200 seats of which you will find 1,000 at the connected beer garden. The range of live music is rich in variety and there is much to discover on the culinary level. Fish and meat as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes are served by the courteous staff. Enjoy your beer and indulge in this unique atmosphere.
Cozy & Entertaining
For some calm minutes the small Oktoberfest tents like the Glöckle Wirt or Ammers Hühnerbraterei are a good recommendation. The Oide Wiesn is suitable for a slight detour as well. Alternatively, you will find a ready welcome at the thrill rides or the showmen. Visit the historic Krinoline, the Olympia Looping, the Ferris wheel or the Schichtl theater. Here, visitors are “decapitated” several times per day.
THE END IS NEAR
In general the Oktoberfest tents will close at 11:30 PM – the selling of drinks will end at 10:30 PM. We recommend leaving the fairground a little bit earlier, so that you will be able to have a stress-free departure ahead of the main crowd. In case you are planning to stay till the very end, just take a cozy walk around the fairground or take a ride with the Ferris wheel or one of the numerous rollercoasters to avoid the masses at the public transportation.
After the closing of the Oktoberfest tents, your perfect day does not have to be over yet. Countless locations will start their so-called After Wiesn Party immediately afterwards. Year after year, the most popular ones take place at the Wiesnclub at the Alte Kongresshalle, the Löwenbräukeller at the Stiglmaierplatz or the Park Café in between the main train station and the Königsplatz. To get your well-deserved rest after you danced the night away, we selected the very best Oktoberfest hotels in Munich. Have a look!