What the beer tents at the Oktoberfest Munich have to offer

Festzelt auf dem Oktoberfest, Foto: Exithamster
Foto: Exithamster

All info about the 17 big Wiesn beer tents

The largest and most traditional breweries in Munich are always glad to host you for the Oktoberfest. All you need to know about the 17 big beer tents.

Beer tents on the Oktoberfest

Armbrustschützen-Festzelt

Decorated in the unmistakable style of the Alpine foothills, the German crossbow championships are traditionally held here every year during the Oktoberfest. The meat for several Bavarian delicacies comes entirely from their own livestock. Great attention is also paid to ensuring the quality is carefully monitored. See more information here.

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1910
  • Seats inside: 5,820
  • Seats outside: 1,600
  • Beer: Paulaner

Augustiner-Festhalle

For a cozy and traditional festival experience, head for the Augustiner Festhalle. The beer served here comes from Munich's oldest brewery and is still tapped from classic wooden kegs. The regional delicacies and the friendly waiters and waitresses are what makes the Augustiner tent one of the most rustic of them all. More information (in German)

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1898
  • Seats inside: 6,000
  • Seats outside: 2.500
  • Beer: Augustiner Bräu

Festzelt Tradition (on Historical Oktoberfest "Oide Wiesn")

Festzelt Tradition auf der Oidn Wiesn, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

This rustic beer tent, one of the two big tents on the site of the historic Oktoberfest ("Oide Wiesn"), really deserves its name. Visitors are invited to celebrate like in the old days, with beer being served in mugs made of stone. Traditional bavarian folklore, music and dance, is the order of the day. People who come to this beer tent usually enjoy a more laid-back and calm version of Oktoberfest. More information

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 2010
  • Seats inside: 5,000
  • Seats outside: 3,050
  • Beer: Augustiner Bräu

Fischer-Vroni

If you feel like sampling other delicacies than the traditional roast chicken and pretzels, the highly traditional tent of Fischer-Vroni is just the place to be. Asides the usual Oktoberfest delights, the menu includes numerous fish dishes and, of course, the original Bavarian Steckerlfisch (fish on a stick). This modest and cozy tent is not quite as loud as the big beer tents. More information

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1904
  • Seats inside: 3,162
  • Seats outside: 700
  • Beer: Augustiner Bräu

Hacker Festzelt

The Hacker marquee truly is the heaven of the Bavarians. With its famous white and blue ceiling, designed by Oscar winner Rolf Zehetbauer, it can even be opened upwards depending on the weather. The place is one of the most famous tents of the Okotberfest. The Hacker tent remains firmly in Munich city's hands and is a major attraction for young visitors. More information here

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1894
  • Seats inside: 6,838
  • Seats outside: 2,540
  • Beer: Hacker-Pschorr

Herzkasperlzelt (Historical Oktoberfest "Oide Wiesn")

Herzkasperl Festzelt auf der Oidn Wiesn, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

The smaller of the two main beer tents on the "Oide Wiesn", the Herzkasperl Festzelt's focus is on traditional fun atmosphere with comedians, music, dancing and more bavarian entertainment. Of course, an Oktoberfest visit is never complete without food and beer, that's why Herzkasperl Festzelt delivers typical bavarian dishes and Pschorr-brewed beer. More information

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 2010
  • Seats inside: 1,748
  • Seats outside: 1,100
  • Brewery: Hacker-Pschorr

Hofbräu-Festzelt

The Hofbräuhaus is known worldwide, and so is the Hofbräu festival tent. The ceiling is decorated every year with 16 tonnes of hops, in the middle of which the statue of angel Aloisius sings his grumpy hosanna. More information

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1952
  • Seating capacity inside: 6,098
  • Standing room inside: 1,000
  • Seating outside: 3,022
  • Beer: Hofbräu

Käfer Wies'n-Schänke

Käfers Wiesnschenke auf dem Oktoberfest, Foto: Leonie Liebich
Foto: Leonie Liebich

The Wies'n-Schänke (run by the delicatessen company, Käfer) is not really a proper tent because it is made from solid wood and is more reminiscent of an old farmhouse. In addition to beer, champagne is also appropriately served to accompany the delicatessen and various specialties. More information

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1971
  • Seats inside: 1,164
  • Seats outside: 1,900
  • Beer: Paulaner

Kufflers Weinzelt

Weinzelt auf dem Oktoberfest

Wine and beer uplifts one's mood! For the past 200 years, those who drink wine have also been enjoying the world's largest festival. The Weinzelt (wine tent) also looks quite different from the neighboring tents - instead of beer benches, guests sit in u-shaped wooden booths, reminiscent of a Franconian wine garden. More information

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1984
  • Seats inside: 1,920
  • Seats outside: 580
  • Beer: Paulaner wheat beer only (until 9 p.m.)

Löwenbräu-Festzelt

Although it's pretty hard not to spot the Löwenbräu-Festzelt with its 37-meter high tower, you certainly will hear the sweet melodies coming from it. Above the entrance, sits a mighty lion which roars its unmistakable “Lööööwenbräu” every minute for all to hear. It therefore comes as no surprise that the players of TSV 1860, better known as 'die Löwen' (the lions), are regular guests here. More information

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1910
  • Seats inside: 5,700
  • Seats outside: 2,800
  • Beer: Löwenbräu

Marstall Festzelt

Das Marstall Zelt auf dem Oktoberfest in München ersetzte das Hippodrom., Foto: Immanuel Rahman
Foto: Immanuel Rahman

The Marstall Festzelt replaced the famous Hippodrom in 2014. The tent was named after the former riding school of the bavarian court. That is also why the Marstall's design is "horse" themed. Some visitors are more interested in the Spaten beer, while others like typical bavarian delicacies served here. More information

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 2014
  • Seats inside: 3,200
  • Seating outside: 1,000
  • Brewery: Spaten Oktoberfestbier, Franziskaner wheat beer, non-alcoholic Löwenbräubier

Ochsenbraterei

Oxen have formed the focal point at the Ochsenbraterei for the last 130 years, with over 100 of these highly prized horned animals being consumed over the course of the Oktoberfest. Each ox is personally selected by the owner from the municipal estate of Gut Karlshof. In keeping with tradition, the first ox that is consumed at the Oktoberfest bears the name of the butcher, the last the name of the chef. More information (in German)

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1881
  • Seating capacity inside: approx. 5,950
  • Seats outside: approx. 1,600
  • Beer: Spaten

Paulaner Festzelt

The Paulaner Festzelt, formerly known as the Winzerer Fähndl, can be easily spotted from a distance because of the huge beer tankard that rotates on top of the tent's tower. This lovingly decorated tent is renowned for its cosy atmosphere and large number of regular guests, including the players of FC Bayern Munich. The clientele is a little older – one reason why it is so easygoing and not quite as wild as in the other tents. More information (in German)

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1885
  • Seats inside: 8,450
  • Seats outside: 2,450
  • Beer: Paulaner

Pschorr Festzelt Bräurosl

Popularly known as Bräurosl, this tent was named in honour of Rosi Pschorr - the daughter of a brewery owner and former publican at the Oktoberfest. Great importance is attached to the musical entertainment, which traditionally features the tent’s very own female yodeller. Recently, it has become the meeting place of the gay community, on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest. More information (in German)

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1901
  • Seats inside: 6,490
  • Seats outside: 1,760
  • Beer: Hacker-Pschorr

Schottenhamel-Festhalle

The Schottenhamel-Festhalle is the oldest and most traditional tent, with the Schottenhamel family being represented at the Oktoberfest since as far back as 1867. Ever year, the traditional tapping of the first keg of beer by the Mayor of Munich is done here. Lots of students come here, making the tent a popular meeting place for young people. More information (in German)

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1867
  • Seats inside: 6,288
  • Seats outside: 2,742
  • Beer: Spaten

Schützen-Festzelt

The traditional Oktoberfest shooting competition by the Bavarian Sport Shooting Association takes place here. Guests can watch the action at the 110 shooting stands. The Schützenzelt garden is protected against the wind, and still pleasantly cosy outdoors even when the weather is cool. More information (in German)

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 1876
  • Seats inside: 4,923 plus 120 standing places
  • Seats outside: 1,235
  • Beer: Löwenbräu

Zur Schönheitskönigin (Historical Oktoberfest "Oide Wiesn")

Zur Schönheitskönigin, Foto: muenchen.de
Foto: muenchen.de

From a culinary point of view, the tent, which is modeled on a Bavarian inn with its half-timbered structure and pagoda sky, offers traditional specialties. A special feature of this tent is the "Wirtshausgsang" for everyone: song booklets for singing along are placed on the tables. Here you can listen to the locals sing along with the musicians on stage. More information (in German)

  • At the Oktoberfest since: 2017
  • Seats inside: 1,380
  • Seats outside: 400
  • Beer: Hofbräu

 

Smaller beer tents

It's not all about tent size at the Oktoberfest. The smaller beer tents also offer a great atmosphere combined with traditional music, delicious bavarian specialities, and of course beer. Some of these tents have been the favourites of festival-goers for many years. Get an overview of all small beer tents at the Oktoberfest here: More information (in German)

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