Guide to Munich's Oktoberfest
By Viator, May 2015
Oktoberfest is by far the largest beer festival in the world, attracting around six 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 1litre Masskrüge.
The Bavarian Purity Requirements of the 16th century 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.
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 into new Oktoberfest classics. If you need a thrill, ride on the carousel or see the Wiesn from the top of the Ferris Wheel.
The Beer and Oktoberfest Museum is a shrine to Munich’s rich history of beer and brewing, and the history of beer itself. Opened in 2005 in one of the oldest buildings in Munich – a town house that has stood undisturbed since 1340 – it is half museum, half tavern, and one of the finest examples of a medieval residence still standing. One section is dedicated to Oktoberfest and its fascinating two centuries of history. 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, an old traditional-style tavern which serves the best of local beer and food.
Enjoy what the locals call Gemütlichkeit – a comfortable coziness and relaxed appreciation for the old-fashioned good things in life – in the colourful Bavarian triathlon of eating, drinking and singing.
Tours & Tickets
While you’re in Munich for Oktoberfest, take a few hours’ break from the festivities to see the city’s major attractions on an afternoon Segway tour! Cruising ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Be part of Bavaria's largest and most exciting party of the year and visit the world-famous Oktoberfest in Munich with this 7-day overnight tour. Enjoy three ... Read more
Duration: 7 days (approx.)
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
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)