Munich, Germany Oktoberfest Tents, Attractions, and Food

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The Original Hofbräuhaus

Hofbräuhaus Munich

Hofbräuhaus Munich Germany

  • The original Hofbräuhaus in Munich has been open since 1897. The beer hall is popular among tourists and locals. A few lucky regulars store their personalized mugs on the main floor in a padlocked storage cage.


oktoberfest beer tent

  • Lederhosen are knee length pants with suspenders, usually made of leather, worn by men. Authentic lederhosen out of our budget, we settled for a 100% Polyester Bavarian Costumes.
  • Women wear dirndls, a ruffled dress consisting of a bodice, blouse, and skirt. When wearing an apron, the placement of the knot signifies her relationship status. A knot on the left side indicates a woman is single, while a knot on the right side indicates she is taken.

Oktoberfest Sign Munich

Hofbrau Muchen Wagon

  • After a short train ride from Icking Station, we arrive at Oktoberfest, a celebration of Bavarian culture. The festival lasts 16 days, commencing on the 3rd weekend in September continuing until the first Sunday in October.

Oktoberfest Marching band

  • The 2nd day of Oktoberfest, 5 miles of musicians, marching bands, dancers wearing traditional uniforms accompanied by floats, horses, oxen, and cows parade through the streets of Munich.

Oktoberfest Beer Mugs

  • The beer served at Oktoberfest is brewed at 6 different breweries in Munich: Paulaner Bräuhaus, Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr, Augustiner Bräu, Hofbräu, and Löwenbräukeller.
  • Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, brewed especially for Oktoberfest, at 6.3% abv is served in pint glasses. Only wheat beer is served in a smaller, half liter mug. 

Traveling Gingerbread Note: The bottom of the glass should be tapped when toasting with a wheat beer to prevent shattering. Prost!

Oktoberfest Tents

Oktoberfest tents Munich

  • Oktoberfest consists of 14 large tents, 13 serving beer and 1 serving wine. Beer is only available for sale inside the tents and it’s difficult to be served without a reserved seat. There are 20 smaller tents serving a variety of food. 

Hofbräu Festzelt

Hofbraugh Festzelt tENT

  • We begin Oktoberfest in the Hofbräu Festzelt tent, the counterpart to the original Hofbräuhaus. Seating 9,920 guests, this tent has the most international visitors. 16 tons of hops are used to create the hanging rings from the ceiling.

Hofbrau Festzelt Oktoberfest Sign

Aloisius the Munich Beer Angel

  • In the center of tent hangs Aloisius, the beer angel. The legend is when Aloisius, a former mailman, passed away his angel was instructed to deliver an important message to Munich. But instead of delivering the message, Aloisius went straight to the Hofbräuhaus for a beer.

Hofbrau Festzelt Tent

Schottenhamel Festhalle

Schottenhamel Tent Munich

  • Oktoberfest begins in the largest Wiesn tent, Schottenhamel, at precisely 12:00pm with the mayor of Munich tapping the first keg. Once he confirms a successful tap, beer begins to flow throughout the 12 other tents.


  • Originally only room for 50 guests, the tent now accommodates 6,000 guests indoor and an additional 4,000 outside.

Hacker Festzelt

Hacker Festzelt Tent

  • Drinking liters of beer beneath a light blue ceiling painted with clouds and stars, patrons feel as if they are in Bavarian heaven inside the Hacker-Festhalle tent. Visitors get a great view of the band performing on a revolving stage in the center of the tent.


spatenbrat tents

  • One of the most popular tents operating since 1881, the Ochsenbraterei, began as a steam powered barbecue tent roasting whole oxen. Today, the tent serves an average of 91 oxen each year. Hungry visitors can find an extensive menu specializing in spit roasted oxen.


Ammer Tent Oktoberfest

  • Specializing in roasted duck and chicken, the Ammer tent offers specials to families and children. At 7:00pm the Ammer’s Wiesn band brings this tent to life.

Bodo’s Cafe

Bodo's Bar Sign

Bodo Tent Munich

  • The celebration begins in Bodo’s Café Tent at 9:00am with an Oktoberfest breakfast and continues with sweet, freshly baked items served all day. At 6:00pm wine, champagne, and exotic cocktails transform this family breakfast tent into a party.



  • Fans of the Munich soccer team meet at Löwenbräu to cheer on the Lions. This tent attracts a lot of attention with 18,200 seats,16,000 light bulbs illuminating the tent at night, and a roaring lion welcoming guests.


Armbrustschutzemelt Tent

  • The Ambrustschutzenzelt tent is where the Oktoberfest crossbow competition is held. The competition has been taking place during Oktoberfest since 1935. The tent seating 7,430 resembles a hunting cabin with boar heads and deer antlers decorating the walls.


Weinzelt Oktoberfest Tent

  • Weinzelt is the only tent of the 13 to serve 25 varieties of wine, champagne, sparkling wines, and wheat beer. The tent is designed to resemble a hunting lodge with its wooden interior.
  • During the day booths are filled with families, but as the sun begin to set things get a little…weird. The Weinzelt tent is known for their nightly live music.

Oktoberfest Food

Pretzels in Munich Germany

  • Brezels, giant pretzels, twice the size of Stephanie’s head are sold everywhere to help patrons offset their beer intake.

gingerbread hearts germany

  • Lebkuchen, gingerbread heart necklaces decorated with German phrases such as Ich liebe dich, I love you, are also easy to find. We recommend these gingerbread as souvenirs and not as a late night snack. Hungry on the next leg of our trip we bit into one and thought it tasted absolutely awful.

 Oktoberfest Attractions

Oktoberfest Rides Germany

  • After consuming liters of beer, nothing sounds more exhilarating than adrenaline pumping amusement park rides. With carousels, roller coasters, slides, a Ferris wheel, and games, Oktoberfest has attractions for all ages.

Oktoberfest rollercoaster Hollenblitz

  • The 5 loop Olympia Looping roller coaster is the world’s largest portable roller coaster. Adults can experience this disorienting ride for 9€.
  • A mine themed coaster complete with flashing lights, darkness, and rotating seats, Hollenblitz is the world’s largest portable indoor roller coaster.

High Energy

  • High Energy is a giant carousel that swings vertically while attached cars in a star shape rotate freely. For 7€ an adult can try to keep their eyes open long enough to get a bird’s eye view of the Bavarian fair grounds below.

Ferris Wheel Munich

  • For 8€ and patience during the lengthy wait, riders can get a magnificent view from Oktoberfest to the Alps. Children are 4€. The most popular photograph at Oktoberfest is of the Ferris Wheel.

Munich Oktoberfest Cheers

  • With rainy weather deterring visitors, Oktoberfest had only half the usual crowd in 2015 of 500,000 attendees. Although significantly less attendance, 775,600 chickens and 7,700,000 liters of beer were consumed. The lost and found received 4,500 items including 21 children and 1 dog. All were returned to their owners.


September 2015

Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

The Traveling Gingerbread is a place for us to share budget travel tips for people with full time jobs, fun facts, itineraries, and where to find the best craft beer. We have been traveling together since 2013. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, experiences, and local breweries. We can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. In 2019, we brewed our first beer and were hooked, although, we have no intentions of brewing more than small batches. We'll continue our self appointed roles of professional testers and creating craft beer trails.

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