Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair and one of the best festivals in Germany. Every year, over 6 million visitors from all over the world come to Munich to drink beer, eat sausage and join together in song.
Oktoberfest is famous for its huge beers in heavy steins, but there is more; link arms with locals, swing to the Oompha of Bavarian bands, admire traditional costumes, and get a good helping of German hospitality.
2011: September 17 – October 3
2012: September 22 – October 7
Oktoberfest Opening Hours:
Serving Hours in the Beer Tents:
Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
What is the best way to get to “Theresienwiese“, the venue of Oktoberfest in Munich? Here are your options:
By Public Transport: The best way to get to Oktoberfest is by public transport. Trains and subways run every 10 minutes until 2 a.m. on weekends and until 1 a.m. on weekdays during Oktoberfest.
The closest subway stop to Oktoberfest is Theresienwiese (take the lines U4 and U5); good alternatives in peak times are the subways stops Goetheplatz and Poccistraße (lines U3 or U6).
For more detailed information on tickets and timetables, consult the official website of the Munich Metro.
By Cab: During the peak times of Oktoberfest, it might take a while until you find a cab; try calling the largest Munich taxi company at 21610 (area code 089).
By Car: Be warned – driving to Oktoberfest can be a hassle. During the festival, the streets of Munich are congested, and parking spots at Oktoberfest are very difficult to find. If you want to come by car anyways, use public parking close by.
So many Oktoberfest beer tents, so little time – at Oktoberfest, you can choose between 34 different beer tents, and picking the right one might seem a bit overwhelming. Which Oktoberfest tent is a good choice for families, has the best yodelers, or is the most popular among locals?
Find out what’s on in which Oktoberfest tent now: I put together a list of the most popular Oktoberfest beer tents, each one with a review and helpful contact information.
If you want to reserve a seat in an Oktoberfest tent, call the tent directly or visit its website.
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