Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich For Americans Foreigners To Visit, Drink, & Party
Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich For Americans Foreigners To Visit, Drink, & Party

The Best Oktoberfest Beer Tents:

 

There are over 30 beer tents peppering the Oktoberfest grounds, but it’s really only the 14 mega sized tents plus the after party which you need to known about.  These 14 main tents are massive with seating from 4,000-10,000 people plus outdoor beer gardens holding thousands more.  Table reservations sell out up to 8 months in advance, but each tent does keep some seats open on a first-come-first-service basis.  Because these seats fill up fast each day, it is important to know what are the best tents to focus on.


General Beer Tent Hours:

Weekdays: 10am-11:30pm (Tents full by 2-3pm; Last call 10:30pm)

Saturday & Sunday: 9am-11:30pm (Lines form by 5am; Last call 10:30pm) Käfer Wiesn-Schänke & Weinzelt open until 1am with last call at 12:15am.

Reservations Times: Typically there are Lunch, Afternoon, and Evening slots available.  Time slots vary, more info including getting in without a reservation HERE.

Nightly After Party: Every night in Postpalast just past the train station is a great after party headlined by the Hippodrom.  It opens at 6pm with the main party starting just after the Oktoberfest grounds close at 11pm and the party goes long into the morning hours.

Getting Seat/Table Reservations:

There are up to 600,000 visitors a day to Oktoberfest, but only 120,000 seats so you need to plan way ahead.  Under each tent description below when have details on how to get reservations.  Table reservations book up 6-12 months ahead of time, but each Oktoberfest tent is required to keep a percentage of their tables open to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis.  In order to get one of these unreserved open spots you’ll need to get in line really early, by 5-6am on Weekends or by Noon to 2pm on Weekdays.  You need a seat to get served and once a tent is full they close the doors until people leave.  If you don’t plan ahead you will be limited to the small tents or the beer gardens and beer halls far away from the Oktoberfest grounds.

Our Guide To Getting Reservations: Click HERE.
Getting In WITHOUT Reservations: Click HERE.

Our Top Oktoberfest Tent Rankings:

1. Hofbräu Tent (Festzelt):

Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich - Hofbräuhaus Tent Festzelt
Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich - Hofbräuhaus Tent Festzelt

About The Hofbrau Tent: As the child of Munich’s historic Hofbräu Haus beer hall, this is the wildest and most fun Oktoberfest tent.  The Hofbräu Tent is so large that they sell over 550,000 liters of beer during Oktoberfest.  Not only is this tent the most fun, but it also has the largest percentage of international visitors.  As a whole, Oktoberfest has about 15% international visitors, but Hofbräu can be as high as 25-30% international visitors some days.  From the British to Americans, Italians to Austrians, everyone here just wants to have a good time.  You will sing the John Denver song “Country Roads” many times at the Hofbräu tent as music is the universal language.  While Hofbrau is internationally pronounced Hof-brow, you may hear local Bavarians pronounce it more like Hoff-Bry.

The decor is often over looked, but it’s very pretty.  There is a lot of natural light and the ceiling is full of large leafy greens rings.  The rings are made out 16 tons of hops.  In the middle of the ceiling hangs the beer angel Aloisius.  Legend has it that Aloisius was a postman who died and was sent back to Munich as an angel to give Bavaria an important message, but he went straight to the Hofbrau Haus for fun instead.  As the day goes on, a lot of girls will toss their bras and panties up to get caught on Aloisius.  The Beer Angel is just one of the great stories to come of of Munich’s historic Hofbräu Haus Beer Hall which opened back in 1589.  They have only had a major tent at Oktoberfest since 1955, but with 100s of years of beer hall experience, Hofbräu sure knows how to serve up great food, drinks, music and fun.  Hofbrau is also one of only a few tents where you can also buy wine instead of just beer.

Although the Hofbrau tent is very authentic, with all of the international visitors it is the one with the least amount of people wearing traditional Oktoberfest clothing which is probably the only negative.  Most people do still dress up in Hofbau, around 70% of people, but the rest of the tents are more in the 90-100% range.  We highly suggest dressing up to put your experience over the top as you’ll feel lame if you don’t.  Check out our guide on How To Dress For Oktoberfest.

Standing Room Only Area: At the rest of the tents you need a seat to get served, but Hofbräu has a central area with a standing room only zone that can serve up to 1000 guests. On the Weekday afternoons you can walk right in and get a beer and it isn’t completely full until the evenings, but if you’re in you can stay as long as you want. On the Weekends you need to be here by about 7:30am if you want to get a standing room spot before the tent it full. This is the best way to get into a tent on a weekend without a reservation.

Total Capacity: 9,920 (5898 inside plus 1000 standing room and 3022 outside)

Table Reservations: If you have a customer number from the previous year you can start on January 1st. Other reservation requests can be submitted on March 1st, but the reservations are likely to be full by then.  Open SeatsIn addition to the 1000 standing room spots, they also keep 2000 unreserved seats open daily for first come first serve seating.  Online: HERE.  Phone: +49 (0) 89/4489670.  Fax: +49 (0) 89/4483587.  Email: reservierung@hb-festzelt.de & info@hb-festzelt.de.  Time Slot Chart: HERE.  Hofbrauhaus Tent Website: HERE.

2. Hacker Tent (Festzelt):

Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich - Hacker-Pschorr Beer Tent Festzelt
Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich - Hacker-Pschorr Beer Tent Festzelt

About The Hacker-Pschorr Tent: The massive tent run by the Hacker-Pschorr brewery is not only the favorite tent of the locals, but is also one of the most fun for international visitors.  This festive tent first opened in 1907 and is sponsored by famous Hacker Pschorr Brewery (Hock-ah Sure) which has roots in Munich back to the year 1417.  If the crowds of 16-22 year olds at Hofbrau annoy you, but you still want to party, you should consider Hacker.  The Hacker Tent is by no means and “old person” tent as it is very lively, but the ages are a little more spread out.  This tent is well known for its wonderful beer, music, and its magical painted ceiling.The colorful ceiling and wall murals in the Hacker-Pschorr Tent depict old world Munich under a dreamy blue sky with puffy white clouds.  This amazing ceiling was designed by the Oscar-winning set designer Rolf Zehetbauer and the roof can even be opened up depending on the weather.  Just one glance and you’ll understand Hacker’s famed banner touting the signature slogan Himmel der Bayern or Heaven of Bavaria.  Because of the beautiful backdrop, German television networks and professional photographers often choose the interior of Hacker as their Oktoberfest backdrop.  Filming typically takes place on the second level VIP balcony.  The paintings may start the mood in the tent, but it is the music that really livens up the atmosphere.  Brass oompah bands do covers of traditional tunes and modern hits on a revolving stage through dinner time, and then a live rock ’n roll band takes the covers to an even higher level into the night.

Final Night: The single best experience at Oktoberfest happens in the Hacker Tent at close of the last night.  The entire crowd of 6900 light sparklers as the tent lights go dim to the sound of the song Sierra Madre.  Most Oktoberfest tents end festival with the sparklers and some other tents also play Sierra Madre, but it is the most magical inside the heavenly Hacker Festzelt.

Total Capacity: 9,300 (6900 inside plus 2400 outside).

Table Reservations: Reservations for Weekday evenings and all day on the Weekends are usually renewed a full year in advance.  Weekday Lunch reservations run from Noon-5:45pm and can be booked starting April 1st.  Reservations on the English site sometimes say full while the German version allows it so check both.  Open Seats: They also keep 1700 unreserved seats open on Weekdays and 4000 on Weekends for first come first serve seating.  The open seats will completely fill up between Noon-2pm on Weekdays and on Weekends you must be in line by 5-6am long before the tent opens to get any of these seats.   Online: HERE.  Phone: +49 (0) 81/70 7303.  Fax: +49 (0) 89/2318-1244.  Time Slot Chart: HERE.  Hacker Tent Website: HERE.

3. Hippodrom After Party (Postpalast):

Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich - Hippodrom After Party
Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich - Hippodrom After Party

About The Hippodrom: The circus-like Hippodrom has the coolest exterior out of all the Oktoberfest tents, and the inside is pretty fun too!  It moved off of the main Oktoberfest grounds in 2014 to the Postpalast building just North of the Munich Train Station, but is still one of the top three tents to visit.  The name Hippodrom literally means Horse Race Place, which is fitting as Oktoberfest used to have horse racing long before beer drinking took over as the main sport.  The first horse race was at the end of King Ludwig’s wedding celebration in 1810 and continued as a staple of the annual Agriculture Fair.

While the horse races ended in 1838, just 5 years after Oktoberfest became the official name of the festival, the spirit of the races later carried on in the Hippodrom.  When the Hippodrom opened in 1902, they incorporated the race theme with an inner ring offering rides on any of its 25 horses.  This was the 1st time a tent had an amusement attraction inside, even though outdoor rides had been at Oktoberfest since 1818.  Visitors would come the the Horse Race Place to ride the horses around the ring, in addition to enjoying food and drinks.  This helped the Hippodrome literally become a religious experience as they have hosted a official religious service here on the first Thursday of Oktoberfest since 1957.   It is such a big event that it even includes baptisms and confirmations.

While the riding ring is long gone, the circus-like Hippodrome is still heavily decorated in horse figures and elements.  This feel helps add to the fun even as much as the tent’s amazing Spaten brand beer.   Although the Hippodrom is one of the smaller tents, it has become known as the place to see German celebrities, plus the occasional American celeb.  The tent has also become a hot spot for Munich’s 18-21 year old crowd which helps to keep the energy up late into the evening.  You can get wine and schnapps here thanks to it’s amazing Champagne Bar.  Beer drinkers will also love this tent, since they carry Franziskaner Wheat Beer in addition to their normal selection of Spaten beers.  Single people will love the Hippodrome as it is considered to have the most flirty atmosphere.  Each April the Hippodrom still sets up its original beer tent in the Oktoberfest grounds to become the main highlight of Munich’s annual Spring Festival as it has since 1965.

Champagne Bar: One of the coolest things about the Hippodrom is the Happy Hippo Champagne Bar in main galley which serves several champagnes, wines, and hard liquors.  This is the only major tent outside of the Wine Tent where you can get a drink that isn’t beer.

Total Capacity: 3,300.

Table Reservations: Reservation requests can be through their website in groups of people  with two time slots available at 6-11pm & 11:30pm-3am.  You can stay later after your time slot and your table comes stocked with food ranging from 44-54€.  Online: HERE.  Fax & Phone: +49 (0) 89/2318-1244.  Email: info@schuetzen-festzelt.de.  Time Slot Chart: HERE.  Hippodrom After Party Website: HERE.

4. Schützen Tent (Festhalle):

Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich - Schutzen Festhalle
Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich - Schutzen Festhalle

About The Schützen Tent: It was really hard to keep the Schützen Tent out of our top 3 since it so much fun.  Schützen has been serving up Löwenbräu Beer at the foot of the Lady Bavaria Statue since 1926 and year to year it attracts a great crowd.  While the tons of red, green, and yellow garland adorning the inside of the tent adds some life, it is really the music that everyone comes for.  It seems like the entire crowd really gets into every song whether it is a German hit or American classic.  Schützen does such a good job on the music front, that it is easy to stay entertained and in youthful spirits.  Most of the videos on our Best Oktoberfest Songs page were shot here.

Part of the great mood may be that this tent is one of the only places you can get hard booze and wine instead of just beer.  As you walk around make sure to check out the large beer maid mural above the 2nd floor balcony.  It is the Schützen Beer Company logo which was designed in 1878 by an artist who had long been inspired by local beer maid and decided to model the logo after her.  If you can’t get inside, check out their outdoor beer garden which is probably the most fun outdoor garden at the Oktoberfest grounds.  Schützen has wonderful pork food items to choose from inside and out which is great since Munich is known for its pig.  Stopping by this tent is a great opportunity to swing by the Lady Bavaria Statue and Hall of Fame which we will touch on at the bottom of this page.

Wildever Bar: A special surprise in is the Schützen Tent is the Wildever Bar which sells booze, schnapps, red wine, white wine, and champagne! They even sell Vodka-Red Bulls which is unheard of at Oktoberfest. The mixed drinks and wines can be expensive, but they usually have a white wine on special for around 9 Euros for a half liter mug which is about 17 ounces. Pretty big glass of wine!

Total Capacity: 6,500 (5100 inside plus 1400 outside).

Table Reservations: Reservation requests can be submitted starting February 1st by mail email or fax or starting March 1st.  They take reservations in groups of 8 & 10 people.  Open Seats: They also keep 1500 unreserved seats open on Weekdays and 3000 on Weekends for first come first serve seating.   Online: HERE.  Fax & Phone: +49 (0) 89/2318-1244.  Email: info@schuetzen-festzelt.de.  Time Slot Chart: HERE.  Schützen Tent Website: HERE.

5. Käfer’s Oktoberfest Tavern (Wiesnschänke):

Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich Germany - Kafers Tavern Wiesnschanke
Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich Germany - Kafers Tavern Wiesnschanke

About Käfer’s Tavern: Opened in 1971, this is one of the coolest tents as it is designed as an old weathered tavern or farm, and not really a tent.  The tavern is owned by the Kafer’s desert company and has both champagne and deserts available.   Because it has less seating, they try to keep this tent really exclusive so for the most part you have to know someone or have the proper local surname to get in unless you arrive very early.

Best thing about this tent is that it stays open late.  The outside beer garden last call 12:15am and inside is 12:30am, but the tent stay open till 1am which is hours after the other large tents.  Great food, resembles a traditional Alpine chalet, celeb sightings, serves roast duck, does have a little older and tamer crowd.  Reservations here are a little more expensive since the tent is smaller, but it turns into a full on rock and roll show with great music at night.  They have a complete band with concert lighting and they LOVE American classic rock.  Expect to hear Bruce Springsteen, Queen, and anything 80s all night.

Total Capacity: 3,600 (1164 inside plus 500 in a outdoor covered area and 1900 the outdoor beer garden).

Table Reservations: Can book starting on April 1st; Prices and times posted in March.  Online: HERE.  Fax: +49 (0) 89/4168 880.  Email: wiesn@feinkost-kaefer.de.  Time Slot Chart: HERE.  Kafer’s Tent Website: HERE.

6. Oxen Tent (Ochsenbraterei):

Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich - Oxen Ochsenbraterei
Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich Germany - Oxen Ochsenbraterei

About The Oxen Tent: Serves Spaten beer, considered the ox-roasting tent. Since 1881, the name and weight of each of the seven oxen cook daily is mounted next to it.  A slice of juicy ox roast doused in red wine sauce and a side of potato salad goes for 13.90€, also serves chicken. Butcher Johann Rössler opened a Mechanical Ox Rotisserie in 1881 which grew into a large tent.  Is the workplace of Anita Schwarz, the women’s world record holder for most beer steins carried at 19 for 40 meters with no spills, 5 each hand and 9 on top which weighed 90lbs.  Known as a great party spot.  Blue and white garlands and bunting hanging from large green wreaths.  The Oxen Tent tends to have to most flexibility for getting reservations out of the major tents at the Oktoberfest grounds.

Total Capacity: 7,400 (5900 inside plus 1500 outside).

Table Reservations: Can reserve in groups of 8 or 10 people.  Minimum purchase is 2 liters of beer and 1 meal per person which runs around 35€. Can submit requests prior to March 1st when they are processed.  Online: HERE.  Phone : +49 (0) 89/383873-12.  Fax: +49 (0) 89/383873-40.  Email: info@ochsenbraterei.de.  Time Slot Chart: HERE.  Oxen Tent Website: HERE.

7. Brewer’s Rosi Tent (Bräurosl):

Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich Germany - Braurosl Brewers Rosi
Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich Germany - Braurosl Brewers Rosi

About The Bräurosl Tent: Serves Hacker-Pschorr beer, since 1901 and run by the same Heide family since 1936 who are very good with keeping up with traditions.  When Bräurosl became a major tent in 1913 it had room for 12,000 which is the most ever at Oktoberfest.  The tent goes by the name Bräurosl (Brewer’s Rosemary) after the original Pschorr Brewery owner’s daughter, Rosi Pschorr.  Rosi, was considered very beautiful in her day and was said to bring the tent to life with her amazing yodeling.  Today there is still a yodeler in the tent is who goes by Bräurosl in Rosi’s honor.  Yodels happen twice daily for about 15 minutes during each performance (roughly Mon-Fri 4pm & 6pm, Sat/Sun 2pm & 5pm).

Throughout the day they will have whip masters called Goaslschnalzer stand on the table to perform by turning their snapping sheep herding whip sounds into music.  To enter the upper balcony you will need to be a paid member of the Munich Lions Club.  The 1st Sunday of Oktoberfest has been dubbed Gay Sunday as 1000s of gay and lesbian visitors come from around the World to celebrate and party.  At close on the last day they have sparklers, but play Robbie Williams’ song Angels and shoot off a confetti gun.

Total Capacity: 8,400 (6200 inside plus 2200 outside).

Table Reservations: Can start sending requests in January and they will confirm in May, but final prices/billing doesn’t come out until June.  You may do reservations on Monday-Friday for Noon-4:30pm; reservations for Weekday evenings and ALL day on Weekends are continually renewed a year ahead of time by locals.  Online: HERE.  Fax: +49 (0) 89//8955-6356.  Email: kontakt@braeurosl.de or info@braeurosl.de.  Time Slot Chart: HERE.  Bräurosl Tent Website: HERE.

8. Kuffler’s Wine Tent (Weinzelt):

Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich - Kuffler's Wine Tent Lodge Wienzelt
Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich - Kuffler's Wine Tent Lodge Wienzelt

About The Wine  Tent: A wine tent at Oktoberfest?  Yes, and it’s awesome.  Although Oktoberfest is best known as a beer festival, there is much more to the celebrations and there has always been a wine tent under various names at Oktoberfest since the modern event started in 1810.  We love this tent as it is classy and has an entirely unique feel as it is a wooden structure meant to be like a hunting lodge instead of a party tent.  Seating is more segregated by table/booth than the other tents communal styles.  There are more families than party people here during the day but it is still really fun.  At night the lodge is known for its excellent live band.  In our person taste this tent would be in our top five but we tried to be more objective with our rankings.

They serves 25 Sekt (sparkling) wines and champagne and are sponsored by Nymphenburger Sekt.  Wine here is a little pricey and will set you back around 10€ a glass to 30-80€ a bottle, champagne from 33€ per 750 ml bottle to a huge 15-liter Deutz Brut for an eye-popping 3,300€.  The only beer sold here is Paulaner Weissbier, or wheat beer, for 6.50€ per half-liter (Halbe) glass but it’s only served until 9pm when the sale of beer is done for the evening.

Total Capacity: 2,500 (1920 inside plus 580 outside).

Table Reservations: Can reserve in groups of 8 in addition to groups of 10 and vouchers are good until 10pm. Can submit requests prior to March 1st when they are processed.  Fax: +49 (0) 89/290705-17.  Email: weinzelt@kuffler.de.  Time Slot Chart: HERE.  Wine Tent Website: HERE.

9. Augustiner Tent:

Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich Germany - Augustiner
Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich Germany - Augustiner

About The Augustiner Tent: Serves Augustiner beer which comes from Munich’s oldest brewery founded by Augustinian monks in 1328.  They was known for having great Helles beer. One of only two tents who still serve their beer from wooden kegs from coopers (barrel makers).  You can still watch the kegmeister and his brawny helpers at work.  Other tents appear to use wooden kegs but it’s really a facade covering a large multi-liter metal vat.  The tent is a little darker than the rest and is a favorite among locals.  The Augustiner Beer Garden near the train station is one of the best places to visit and the one where you get more locals than tourist.  Shaded by chestnut trees, we love going there to help give us a break from the crowded Oktoberfest grounds when we are in town for a few days.  Brewery website here, restaurant website here.

Total Capacity: 8,500 (6000 inside plus 2,500 outside).

Table Reservations: Reservations for Weekday evenings and all day on the Weekends are usually renewed a full year in advance. Lunch reservations for the Weekdays run 11:30am-4:30pm and can be booked from starting a year in advance.  Online: HERE.  Phone: +49 (0) 89/231832-66.  Fax: +49 (0) 89/26053-79.  Email: festhalle@augustiner-restaurant.com, media: Info@augustiner-braeu.de.  Time Slot Chart: HERE.  Augustiner Tent Website: HERE.

10. Lion’s Brew Tent (Löwenbräu):

Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich Germany - Lowenbrau Lions
Top 10 Best Beer Tents At Oktoberfest In Munich Germany - Lowenbrau Lions

About The Löwenbräu Tent: Serves Löwenbräu beer, 37-meter-high (121 ft) tower crowned trademark lion beer-drinking lion that belches and roars every few minutes above the tent’s main entrance.  Italians love it, covers with blue-and-white colors of the Bavarian flag, rocked by the house band “Heldensteiner” who play beneath a roof fitted with more than 16,000 lights.  Brewery website here.  Many servers are even 3rd generation.

Total Capacity: 8,500 (5800 inside plus 2,700 outside).

Table Reservations: Reservations for Weekday evenings and all day on the Weekends are usually renewed a full year in advance. Lunch reservations for Weekdays run from Noon-4:30pm and can be booked starting April 1st.  Open Seats: Löwenbräu keeps 2,600 first-come-first-serve seats open on the weekends, but you have to get there really early.  Online: HERE.  Fax: +49 (0) 89/4705848.  Email: mail@loewenbraeuzelt.de & festzelt@unionsbraeu.de.  Time Slot Chart: HERE.  Lowenbrau Tent Website: HERE.

11. Marstall: The Marstall tent has been at Oktoberfest since 1982 as a small tent before upgrading to take over for the famous Hippodrome in 2014 when it moved off the main grounds.  The tent is considered one of the classier tents, but can be easier to get into since there is a standing room area just like at Hofbrau.  We will report back on this tent more as it becomes better established as a large tent.

Capacity: 4,200 (3200 inside plus 800 outside, and 200 standing room only).

Reservations: Online: HERE, must be done by the early Spring and are processed in June.  Only one reservation shift can be reserved (midday or afternoon or evening)!  If you live outside of Germany and get a reservation you will pick up your tickets 30 minutes prior to your time at the tent.


12.
Fischer Vroni:
Serves Augustiner beer, one of two tents to use wooden kegs from coopers or barrel makers, watch the kegmeister and his brawny helpers at work, other tents appear to use wooden kegs but it’s really a facade covering a large multi-liter vat. Popular for its smoked fish, in particular Steckerlfisch, meaning skewered fish, or “fish-on-a-stick,” like mackerel (Makrele) and mountain trout (Saibling), seen slowly cooking over an open fire pit outside the tent’s south entrance. The coolest part of this tent is a giant ship in the middle of the gallery where the band plays which ties into the fish theme. Galley is table style seating.   The fish company behind the tent was established in 1914 by Karl Winter, first tent burned down in WW2 but he kept a snack wagon going with his famous smoked fish, by the late 1900s the company was sold but had a full fledged tent going again. best item is the “steckerlfisch” (smoked mackerel) although they had tons of great meat items both fish and pork. is a quieter tent

Capacity: 3,395 (2695 inside plus 700 outside).

Reservations: Phone: +49 (0) 89 661042, Email: reservierung@fischer-vroni.de, office: staffed Wed and Fri mornings 9:00-Noon, reservations times are Noon-4pm & 6-10 and you have to pay for at least 8 people, they go on sale almost a year a head of time and all of the weekend time slots as well as weekday evening are usually full by January before Oktoberfest, hans.stadtmueller@vodafone.de


13. Schottenhamel:
Serves Spaten beer, second largest tent and the oldest going back to 1867. Back then, less than 50 farmers could squeeze into the “little wooden barn” and now the tent plus outside seating holds 10,000. This tent is popular with Munich’s under 21 crowd.  On the first day of Oktoberfest at the stroke of 12 noon the Bürgermeister, or mayor of Munich, wallops the very first keg of Oktoberfest beer here with a wooden mallet and, when the strike is successful, he proclaims “O’zapft is!” (It’s tapped!) At that moment, twelve cannons ring out across the grounds signaling the official start of Oktoberfest letting the other tents know that beer can be served.

Note: Behind the Schottenhamel tent is the command center for police, medical personnel (first aid), and Lost & Found.

Capacity: 10,000 (6000 inside plus 4000 outside).

Reservations: To be in the main Hall you must purchase of vouchers for 2 liters of beer and ½ a roast chicken per person, For stalls and gallery reservations there is an additional requirement for the purchase of a Boxenbrettl (Stall Platter) or, alternatively, the selection of a menu. Whatever your total is for those items you get in a voucher for that amount you can use on anything on the menu. Can send requests starting in November before Oktoberfest. Fax: 089/5446-9319; Online: HERE; Email: festhalle@schottenhamel.de,


14. Armbrustschützenzelt:
Serves Paulaner, name means ‘Tent of the Crossbow Shooters.’ Since 1895 the Bavarian crossbow shooting guild has held court here in this hunting-themed tent adorned by wild boar heads and deer antlers. The tent’s farmhouse-style facade features the guild’s heraldic double-headed eagle and murals of crossbowmen. Throughout the day they will have whip masters called Goaslschnalzer stand on the table to perform by turning their snapping whip sounds into music.

Capacity: 7,430 (5830 inside plus 1600 outside).

Reservations: fax: 089/2370-3705, are booked in groups of 10 which is 1 table, prices and availability announced in June, Peter Inselkammer is the manager, Booking inquiries are accepted only in writing. Attn: Booking Office, Sparkassenstraße 12, D 80331 München


15. Paulaner Winzerer Fähndl:
Serves Paulaner, is big brother to the above-listed Armbrustschützenzelt but without the crossbows and antlered décor.  A yellow 100-foot-tall tower capped by a 20-foot revolving beer stein marks the front entrance. Winzerer Fähndl means “Winzerers (Bavarian surname) Flag”.  They have a huge outdoor beer garden on the South side which gets great sun.

Capacity: 10,900 (8450 inside plus 2450 outside).

Reservations: Phone: +49 (0) 89/621719-10, Fax: +49 (0) 89/621719-19, Online: Here, min 10 people, kontakt@winzerer-faehndl.com, managers Peter and Arabella Pongratz


Other Sights Near The Oktoberfest Beer Tents:

Best Beer Tents at Oktoberfest In Munich

15. Bavaria Statue & Hall of Fame: 36 feet tall on a 23 foot pedestal, can enter the back of the statue for 3.50€ to climb up for a view from the back of her head, holds a wreath and is next to a lion which is the royal family symbol.  Hall of Fame Bavariapark is behind the it all and is where the beer corpse sleep when they are too wasted to function mid day.


16. Cafe Kaiserschmarrn:
  The Desert Tent looks like a Gingerbread house.  At 2pm every day they bring out King Ludwig I’s wedding cake.  The 7 layer Prinzregententorte or Prince Regent Cake, is covered in sparklers and topped with figurines of the former king and his bride.


17. Carnival Games Area:
  130 rides; Teufelsrad (Devil’s Wheel) was built in 1908


18. Vintage Oktoberfest (Oide Wiesn):
Euro 3, (free admission for children up to 14 years), possible to re-enter on the same day, discounted fares. Fransikaner Bierkarusell is a rotating carousel bar you can drink wheat beer on


19. Roller Coaster & Rides:
 The roller coaster and mega sized swings and an awesome addition to Oktoberfest.  The thrill inducing coaster as 5 large loops and is modeled after the Olympic Rings as the city of Munich held the games in 1972.


20. Endless Stairway Statue:
A great modern statue in the courtyard of the KPMG Headquarters.  There is an open air entrance on the West side.


21. Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz:
Connecting 7 roads, Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz was laid out in 1886 in honor of King Louis IV and is complete with an excellent equestrian statue. One block closer to old town is Beethovenplatz which was a statue of the famed composer.


22. Augustiner Keller Beer Garden:
The famous Hofbrau Haus and popular Chinese Tower Beer Garden are both  amazing, but the Augustiner Keller is the best hidden gem out of Munich’s beer gardens.  We find it weird that most tourists look the Augustiner Keller even though it has been open since 1812 and is located right next to the main train station.  With seating for 5000 guests the beautiful beer garden is shaded by over 100 large Chestnut Trees which really adds to the atmosphere.  Maybe the coolest thing is that Ausustiner is a self-service beer garden which is very different for foreign visitors. Whenever you hear the bartender ring the bell, you’ll know that a new barrel has been opened and it’s time to fill up.  Like other self-service beer gardens you are able to bring in your own snacks in addition t having the option of ordering fresh food there.  There are also some regular tables with a waitress if you prefer to have someone else serve you.  If you can try to get a seat on one of the 3 elevated terraces to a unique view over the beer garden.  Beer Garden Hours: 11:30am-Midnight.  Restraunt Hours: 10am-1am.  Indoor Bar Hours: 4pm-1am.

 

23. Saint Paul’s Church: More info coming


List of Smaller Beer Tents at Oktoberfest:

http://www.cityscouter.com/travelguides/munich/Oktoberfest-Small-Tents.html

http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/ressort/Small+tents/

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