Oktoberfest in Munich is the world’s largest fair with 6 million visitors and the highlight of Germany‘s annual event calendar. Learn what to expect at the famous beer festival and find answers to the most commonly asked questions about Oktoberfest.
What Happens at Oktoberfest…
The Opening: Watch the official opening ceremony of the festival; it takes place in the tent called “Schottenhamel” on the first Saturday of the festival. At noon, Munich’s mayor taps the first keg of Oktoberfest beer with the traditional cry O`zapft is!(„It is tapped!“). If you want a good seat, come as early as 9 a.m.!
Oktoberfest Costume Parade:There are lots of fun parades during Oktoberfest; one of the best ones is the “Costume and Riflemen’s Parade”. This colorful display of Bavarian history and culture takes place in the morning on the first Sunday of Oktoberfest. Can I Visit the Beer Tents Without a Reservation? Yes, you can – just make sure to arrive as early as possible, especially if you are with a large group. Without a reservation, visit the tents before 2:30 p.m. during the week; on Saturday and Sunday, come in the morning. If the beer tent is full and you have no reservation, you have to wait in line. No seat means no service – and no service means beer.
Why Does Oktoberfest Begin n September…??
Why Does Oktoberfest Begin in September? Oktoberfest nowadays starts in September for practical reasons: The weather in Germany is better in September, and the nights are not so chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was always celebrated in October, and this tradition continues until today.
Our Tour (Overview)
4 Night Hotel Stay
(Hotel Options: TRYP München Hotel; NH Muenchen Deutscher Kaiser; Arthotel Munich or Belle Blue)
(Hostel Options: Munich’s Jaeger’s or Wombat’s)
Transportation while on Tour
Entrance fees to some Attractions
4 Liters of Beer (18+ years)
Reserved Seating in at least 2 Beer Tents: ~ No waiting in line! Enjoy the unique and different beer tents with a seat all your own. Inside each tent, you will receive 2 liters of beer and a ½ a roast chicken (sorry, no vegetarian options)
Hop On Hop Off Day Tour of Munich: ~ Enjoy a day away from the craziness that is the Oktoberfest and become acquainted with Munich and its rich history. We will visit the Olympic Grounds including a trip up the Olympic Tower with amazing views of the city!
Plus, so much more!
~ Welcome to Munich!
~ Drop your bags off at your hotel and join us for the Hop On Hop Off Tour of Munich. On this tour, not only will you have the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the city, you will be able to visit the site of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games, the BMW Museum and World Headquarters, Palace Nymphenburg with Royal Gardens, New City Hall with famous Chimes and enjoy a welcome liter of some local beer.
Day 2 ~ Oktoberfest kicks off with your reserved seats at the Schottenhamel Festzelt tent with the official first tap where at 12 pm on the dot, the mayor of Munich, Christian Ude will call out “O’zapft is!” confirming that the tapping was successful. It is only after this that all other tents may begin to serve beer.
Day 3 ~ Is yours to explore the city. Take in a few sites, visit a few tents or hop on a ferris wheel. We will meet up in the late afternoon to enjoy your seats at the World Famous Hofbräu Festhalle!
Day 4 ~ Free day. Sleep, drink and be merry. Or, take advantage of our optional Day Tour to the Neuschwanstein Castle. Enjoy the Disney fairytale that started it all. Breathtaking views and a chance to see Bavaria.
Day 5 ~ Say farewell and share your experiences with your new friends over breakfast. Prost!