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Sep 13, 20152 comments

Karin Stumph

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Oktoberfest This years Opening Days are Sept 19th to Oct 4th.

Oktoberfest is a 16- to 18-day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world’s largest fair, with some six million people attending every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event.

On Saturday, September 19th, the Schottenhamel tent is the place to be, if you want to catch the official opening ceremonies. At noontime, 12pm, the lord mayor of Munich will have the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Once the barrel has been tapped, all visitors will then be allowed to quench their thirst. It pays to arrive early in order to experience the festivities up close and personal and it’s quite common for visitors to come around 9am to secure good seats. The festival will last until October 4rd, 2015.
The Munich Oktoberfest, traditionally, takes place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival will go on until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival is now 17 days when the 1st Sunday is October 2nd and 18 days when it is October 1st. In 2010, the festival lasts exceptionally until the first October Monday, to mark the 200 year jubilee of the event. The festival is held on an area named the Theresienwiese (field, or meadow, of Therese), often called Wiesn for short, which is located near Munich’s centre South East of the main train station.

Visitors eat huge amounts of traditional hearty fare such as Hendl (chicken), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Haxn (pork knuckle),Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezn (Pretzel), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Kasspatzn (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Blaukraut (red cabbage) alongOktoberfest Food with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a fatty, spiced cheese-butter concoction), Rokeg (meat and blood baked into a pastry) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).

The Oktoberfest is known as the Largest Volksfest (People’s Fair) in the World. In 1999 there were six and a half million visitors to the 42 hectare Theresienwiese. 72% of the people are from Bavaria.15% of visitors come from foreign countries like the surrounding EU-countries and other non-European countries including the United States, Canada, Australia and the Far East.

What are the opening hours?

Beer Serving Hours
Weekdays: 10am – 10:30pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 9am – 10:30pm

Daily Tent Closing Time: 11:30pm
The “Käfer Wiesn-Schänke” and the “Weinzelt” are open until 1am. Last call for alcohol: 12:15am.

Sales Booths (souveniors, cigarettes, etc.)
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 11:30pm
Friday: 10am – 12am (midnight)
Saturday: 9am – 12am
Sundays and holidays:9am – 11:30pm

Carnival and Rides
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 11:30pm
Friday, Saturday: 10am – 12am
Sundays and holidays: 10am – 11:30pm

Family Days
Every tuesday from 12pm until 6pm
Discounted ride, entrance, and sales prices!

How to Get to Oktoberfest:

The best way to get to the Oktoberfest is Munich’s public transport network. Going there by car is not recommended, as there are almost no parking possibilities nearby.

  • S-Bahn:
    S1 – S8 to Hackerbrücke
    S7, S20 and S27 to Heimeranplatz, and then U4 or U5 to station Theresienwiese or Schwanthalerhöhe
  • U-Bahn:
    U3 or U6 to Goetheplatz or Poccistraße
    U4 or U5 to Theresienwiese or Schwanthalerhöhe
  • Bus:
    MetroBus-Line 53 to Schwanthalerhöhe
    MetroBus-Line 58 to Georg-Hirth-Platz or Goetheplatz
    StadtBus-Line 131 or 132 to Hans-Fischer-Straße
    StadtBus-Line 134 to Schwanthalerhöhe
  • Streetcar / Straßenbahn:
    Line 18 or 19 to Holzapfelstraße or Hermann-Lingg-Straße

Munich Public Transport

As the Theresienwiese is located in the center of munich, parking your vehicle there is almost impossible. A better solution would be to leave your car at one of the numerous Park&Ride stations of Munich’s public transport system. The following P&R stations offer direct connectione to the Oktoberfest:

  • Fröttmaning (U6, parking garage for 1200 cars and 80 busses)
  • Kieferngarten (U6, parking garage)
  • Studentenstadt (U6)
  • Klinikum Großhadern (U6)
  • Neuperlach-Süd (U5)
  • Michaelibad (U5)
  • Innsbrucker Ring (U5, U2, Parkhaus)
  • Fürstenried West (U3, Parkhaus)
  • Candid- und Mangfallplatz (U1)

The addressadress for your navigation would be: Theresienwiese, 80339 München, but be aware parking will be near to impossible. Your best bet is public transport.