Guide to Munich's Oktoberfest
By Viator, September 2015
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.
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.)
From Munich Old Town to the Oktoberfest grounds, Munich has sights and history by the bucket load. See the parts that interest you most with your very own ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Experience Bavarian beer culture at its best with this 5 hour table and tour ticket to Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival in the world, but ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours (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 ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)