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Guide to Munich's Oktoberfest

Guide to Munich's Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is by far the largest beer festival in the world, attracting more than 7 million visitors to Munich every year to enjoy the liquid gold. The 16-day event's temporary sparkling city of 34 vast beer tents, fairground attractions, music and specially brewed beer served in Masskrüge (one-liter) mugs certainly makes for a memorable experience.

The Beer

Thanks to the 16th-century Bavarian Beer Purity Law still in place today, Oktoberfest guests are guaranteed the highest quality Bavarian brews at the event. All beer served is from one of Munich's Big Six breweries: Augustiner, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spaten, Hofbräu and Hacker-Pschorr. About 6.9 million liters of beer are consumed over the course of the festival (that's enough to fill 43,000 bathtubs), and it should be noted that Oktoberfest beer has a higher alcohol content than other varieties. In addition the beer, traditional Bavarian food is also served, including Hendl, salt-roasted chicken, and Dampfnudl, sweet dumplings served with vanilla sauce. Also, the drinking age in Germany? 16.

The Atmosphere

Oktoberfest is known as one giant, joyous party, with Bavarian Blasmusik (brass band music) played in every tent, each of which has its own personality. The 10,000-person Hofbräu-Festzelt tent is an especially festive area, where it's possible meet travelers from all around the world in addition to plenty of Germans—85% of attendees arrive at Oktoberfest from Bavaria and other parts of Germany. Travelers can enjoy what locals call Gemütlichkeit—a friendliness, comfortable coziness and relaxed appreciation for the old-fashioned good things in life. In addition to participating in the colorful Bavarian triathlon of eating, drinking and singing, guests can also wander the 103-acre grounds and take a ride on the carousel or see the Wiesn faigrounds from the top of the Ferris wheel.

How to Attend

Given the event's enormous popularity, it's best to book tickets in advance and reserve a table in one of the major tents. Tickets can be combined with a tour of the Oktoberfest grounds, a Segway tour around Munich or a historical beer festival walking tour. It's even possible for those traveling in Austria to book an Oktoberfest experience that begins with transport from Salzburg to Munich.

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Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich

Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich

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Get a dose of Bavaria's iconic beer culture with this food and beer tour in Munich. Home of Oktoberfest and a collection of famous beer halls and beer gardens, Bavaria's beautiful capital invites visitors from around the globe with its promise of fun and camaraderie. Partner with a savvy guide for an insider look at this tradition of imbibing. You’ll hit local haunts and enjoy Bavarian nibbles in the company of fellow beer aficionados.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Bavarian Beer and Food Evening in Munich

Private Tour: Bavarian Beer and Food Evening in Munich

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Munich is the unofficial beer capital of the world, home to the legendary Oktoberfest as well as hundreds of beer halls, gardens and cellars. Get a taste of Bavarian beer culture at its very best on this private, 3.5-hour walking tour, led by your own personal guide. Immerse yourself in the convivial atmosphere at a local beer hall; sip a stein at the renowned Hofbräuhaus; and learn about the techniques used to make Bavarian brew at the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum. Receive one-to-one attention from your private guide throughout.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$237.92
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Munich Oktoberfest 2021 Tickets and Tour

Munich Oktoberfest 2021 Tickets and Tour

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Experience Munich's famous beer culture on an Oktoberfest tour and guaranteed seating in the festival’s biggest Hofbräu tent. Get an insider look at this world-famous event with your savvy guide, starting with a narrated walk through the festival grounds and a spin on the Ferris wheel. Then grab your seat in the lively Hofbräu-Festzelt tent and soak up the raucous festival culture while indulging in twp liters of beer and a half a roast chicken—all included!
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  • 7 hours
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Small-Group Munich City and Oktoberfest Tour Including Reserved Oktoberfest Tent Table

Small-Group Munich City and Oktoberfest Tour Including Reserved Oktoberfest Tent Table

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Enjoy Oktoberfest in Munich during this full-day experience that includes a Munich city tour and a guaranteed spot inside a tent. Beginning with a walking tour, learn about the city’s history and brewing customs, and hear about the 200-year-old festival at Theresienwiese. Then, take a seat at your reserved place in one of the major Oktoberfest beer tents, where you receive two liters of beer and chicken.
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  • 7 hours
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Behind-the-Scenes Brewery and Beer Tour in Munich

Behind-the-Scenes Brewery and Beer Tour in Munich

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While visiting Munich for Oktoberfest, or to experience its popular beer culture any time of the year, take this guided, 3-hour, behind-the-scenes brewery tour. Visit several Munich breweries to see their beer-making facilities, including the fermenting tanks and malting towers. Meet master brewers and learn about the history of brewing lager. Then enjoy a fresh Bavarian pretzel with a glass of beer.
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Munich Oktoberfest All-Inclusive Camping Package

Munich Oktoberfest All-Inclusive Camping Package

Experience the world's largest beer festival with this overnight camping trip at Munich's Oktoberfest. Begin with hearty breakfast at your campsite in the morning before heading over to the festival with a guide. Sing centuries-old drinking songs, wander the beer tents, try Bavarian dishes and then head back to your campsite in the evening for Stoketoberfest, the after-party. Enjoy barbecue, live bands, more beer and carnivalesque celebrations with 2,500 or more international guests every night.
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Private Tour: Munich and Oktoberfest Grounds Tour from Salzburg

Private Tour: Munich and Oktoberfest Grounds Tour from Salzburg

See Munich and its famous Oktoberfest grounds with your very own private guide, and spend more time seeing the sights that interest you most. The itinerary is flexible, so where you go and what you see is up to you. After leaving Salzburg, wander the streets of Munich Old Town or visit Allianz Arena, the city’s soccer stadium. Sup a beer in the legendary Hofbräuhaus am Platzl before heading to the beloved Oktoberfest site, where beer lovers flock each year.  Entrance fees are payable on the day.
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