Oktoberfest is coming - Part One
July • 11th, 2019
If you live in Munich you know about Oktoberfest. Even if you don’t live in Munich you (most likely) also know about Oktoberfest. It’s big, no it’s huge and it takes place every year in Munich starting the third week of September. This year from Saturday 21 September until Sunday 6 Oktober to be precise.
The build up of the festival ground just started this week (yes, it already starts beginning of July!) and ok it might be a little early to start counting the days, but it is an excellent time to start sharing with you some festival information, inside tips and fun facts about this one of a kind world famous ‘Fest’.
There is so much to be said about Oktoberfest that is hard to decide where to begin. Shall we tell you about how to wear your Dirndl? Or what the different tents are all about or how you can get yourself a table? Or which beers are the best or that it is not all about the beer? Well, that will all come later.
In the coming weeks we will add more and more about all that is Oktoberfest. But to start this week: Let’s start at the very beginning: the origin of Oktoberfest and what you can expect when visiting the fairground.
A very short history about Oktoberfest
It all started on 12 October 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Teresa of Sassonia-Hildburghausen. To celebrate this joyous occasion they invited the people of Munich to attend the celebrations at the fields outside the city gate, which was then named Theresienwiese. A name that is still used today. It didn’t start as the beer packed festival it is now. It actually started with horse races. Over the years an agricultural fair, rides, an opening parade, the Maß, large tents and several other elements were added. Since the 1960s the Oktoberfest is the large festival we know and love today.
The cost of a liter of Wiesn beer at Oktoberfest 2019 is between 10.80 and 11.80 euro.
What can you expect at Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is the biggest annual festival and located in the middle of Munich at the festival ground Theresienwiese (in short: Wiesn). It includes a festival area with 16 large tents and 22 small tents (more about these tents later) and several rides, stalls and souvenirs stands.
Inside the tents you will find both locals and tourists dressed in dirndl or lederhosen enjoying mostly traditional music, food and of course a beer served in 1-liter glasses (although other drinks are also served!).
Outside on the fairground you will find 151(!) attractions. Most of them traditional, but also some more modern ones. A flea circus, ghost trains, bumper cars, a maze, puppet theater and ferris wheels just to name a few. Most people think of beer when they think of Oktoberfest, but actually for most locals (both adults and children) a big part of the fun takes place outside the tents.
How to become part of the celebrations
So now you know a little about what Oktoberfest is all about. Next question is how do you get to join in on all that it has to offer?
The fairground entrance is free of charge for everyone, no matter the size of your group. Rides are open for everyone, although some are really not recommended when you already had a couple of beers :) A single ticket for each ride can be purchased at the attraction itself. Prices may vary.
At the tents the beer serving time is 09:00 (weekends at 10:00) till 22:30. Entrance to the tent is also free, but when at a table you'll have to purchase drink. The cost of a liter of Wiesn beer at Oktoberfest 2019 is between 10.80 and 11.80 euro. It is wise to reserve a table as at some peak hours tents are full and they won’t let anyone in anymore.
How to get your hands on a table we will explain in our next blog!
Want to read about other things to do in and around Munich in Summer check out our blog Summer in Munich