Guide to Munich's Oktoberfest

By Viator, August 2015

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Oktoberfest is by far the largest beer festival in the world, attracting about 6 million visitors to Munich to enjoy the liquid gold. Every year the Wiesn ("the meadow") is turned into a sparkling temporary city of vast tents, fairground attractions, music, Gemütlichkeit and millions of liters of specially brewed beer served in 1l-liter Masskrüge.

The 16th-century Bavarian Purity Requirements still guarantee the highest quality Bavarian beer. Only the major “Big Six” Munich breweries (Augustiner, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spaten, Hofbräu and Hacker-Pschorr) may serve beer at Oktoberfest, and each has its own tent for tastings.

Traditional Bavarian food is served, including Hendl, salt-roasted chicken, and Dampfnudl, sweet dumplings served with vanilla sauce. Bavarian Blasmusik (brass band music) is played in every tent, as old favorites blend in with new Oktoberfest classics to create a party atmosphere. For a thrill, ride on the carousel or see the Wiesn from the top of the Ferris wheel.

The Beer and Oktoberfest Museum is another great spot to visit, as it is a shrine to Munich’s rich history of beer and brewing. Opened in 2005 in one of the city's oldest buildings (a townhouse that has stood undisturbed since 1340), it is half museum, half tavern, and one of the finest examples of an authentic medieval residence. One section is dedicated to all things Oktoberfest, while the Plague Room and Jacob's Ladder (a vertigo-inducing medieval stone stairway running from the top to the bottom of the building) are worth the visit alone. At the bottom is the Stüberl, a traditional tavern serving the best of local beer and food.

Visitors should also enjoy what the locals call Gemütlichkeit – a comfortable coziness and relaxed appreciation for the old-fashioned good things in life – in the colorful Bavarian triathlon of eating, drinking and singing.

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Munich Segway Tour During Oktoberfest

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Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Private Tour: Munich and Oktoberfest Grounds Tour from Salzburg

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Location: Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Munich Oktoberfest Reserved Table at Käfer Tent Including Oktoberfest History Tour

Join this 6-hour Oktoberfest history tour including reserved seating at the most exclusive tent of the festival: the Käfer tent. The Oktoberfest is famous ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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7-Day Munich Oktoberfest and Best of Bavaria Overnight Package

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Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

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7-Day Small-Group Tour From Munich: Oktoberfest, Neuschwanstein Castle And Munich City Tour

Join this 7-day overnight tour from Munich airport and experience Bavaria's largest and most exciting event of the year in a visit to the world-famous ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

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5 Hour Table and Tour at the Oktoberfest on September 30th only

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Location: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $339.23

Munich Oktoberfest And Bavarian Beer Culture Tour Including Beer Tasting

Take this 4-hour Bavarian beer walking tour of Munich including a visit to the Oktoberfest (during festival times only). Learn why the city is so very famous ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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