Beer tents

Festzelt auf dem Oktoberfest, Foto: Exithamster
Foto: Exithamster

Munich's largest and most traditional breweries cordially invite you to join the festivities. Drink beer by the litre (teetotallers don't need to worry: sodas and water are also available) and eat traditional Bavarian food such as pretzels with a diameter of 15 inches.

Beer tents on the Oktoberfest

Armbrustschützen-Festzelt

Run by the shooting club ‘Winzerer Fähndl Schützengilde’ it is providing room to accommodate around 7,500 people. 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 the Bavarian delicacies comes entirely from their own livestock and great attention is paid to ensuring the quality is carefully monitored. More information (in German)

Augustiner Festhalle

For a cosy and traditional experience, head for the Augustiner Festhalle. Its particularly authentic atmosphere is partly thanks to the fact that 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 also make the Augustiner tent one of the most rustic of them all. More information (in German)

Fischer-Vroni

If you feel like sampling something other than the traditional roast chicken, pretzels and other standard fare, the highly traditional tent of Fischer-Vroni is just the place. As well as the usual Oktoberfest delights, the menu includes numerous fish dishes and, of course, the original Bavarian Steckerlfisch (fish on a stick) – a typical speciality. This rustic and cosy tent is not quite as loud as the big beer tents. More information (in German)

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Hacker-Festzelt

It truly is the heaven of the Bavarians: the Hacker-Festzelt. With its famous white and blue ceiling, which was designed by Oscar winner Rolf Zehetbauer and can even be opened up depending on the weather, it is one of the most famous tents of the Okotberfest. It provides room for around 9,300 guests and is the size of a football pitch. The Hacker tent remains firmly in Munich hands and also attracts many young visitors. More information (in German)

Hofbräu-Festzelt

The Hofbräuhaus is known far beyond the borders of Bavaria, with its reputation extending around the world. The same goes for the Hofbräu-Festzelt. Almost 10,000 people can be accommodated here and there’s even a standing area for enjoying a swift litre of beer. The ceiling is decorated every year with 16 tonnes of hops, in the middle of which the angel Aloisius sings his grumpy hosanna. More information (in German)

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. It was set up at the Oktoberfest for the first time in 1971 and offers space indoors and outdoors for a total of 3,000 guests. In addition to beer, champagne is also appropriately served to accompany the delicatessen and various specialities. More information (in German)

Kufflers Weinzelt

Wine and beer make for a great mood! For 200 years now, people who like drinking wine have also been enjoying the world’s largest festival. The Weinzelt (wine tent) also looks quite different from the neighbouring tents – instead of beer benches, guests sit in u-shaped wooden booths, reminiscent of a Franconian wine garden. More information (in German)

Löwenbräu-Festzelt

Although it’s pretty hard not to spot the Löwenbräu-Festzelt with its 37-metre high tower, you certainly can’t fail to hear 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 (in German)

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 with a capacity of more than 4.000 seats takes its name from the former riding school of the bavarian court. So it's no big surprise that the Marstall's design is "horse"-themed. Some visitors, though, might be more interested in the Spaten beer and typical bavarian delicacies served here. More information (in German)

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)

Pschorr-Bräurosl

Known popularly as simply Bräurosl, this tent was named in honour of Rosi Pschorr, the daughter of the brewery owner and former publican here at the Oktoberfest. Particular importance is attached to the musical entertainment, which traditionally features the tent’s very own a female yodeller. Another tradition, albeit a fairly recent one, is serving as the meeting place of the gay community on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest. More information (in German)

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 sees the traditional tapping of the first keg of beer by the Mayor of Munich. On average the public that attends is very young and student-oriented, making the tent a popular meeting place for young people. More information (in German)

Schützen-Festzelt

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

Paulaner Winzerer Fähndl

The Paulanerbräu Zelt, also 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 has a large number of regular guests, including the players of FC Bayern. The clientele is a little older – one reason why it is so easygoing here and not quite as wild as in the other tents. More information (in German)

Festzelt Tradition (Old Oktoberfest)

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 mandatory here. People who come to this beer tent usually enjoy a more laid-back and calm version of Oktoberfest. Up to 5.000 people can sit inside, while the outside area holds 3.000 seats. More information (in German)

Herzkasperlzelt (Old Oktoberfest)

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

The smaller one of the two main beer tents on the "Oide Wiesn", the Herzkasperl Festzelts holds around 1.500 seats on the inside. It focuses on traditional fun atmosphere with comedians, music, dancing and more bavarian entertainment. Of course, an Oktoberfest visit is never complete without food and beer. And the Herzkasperl Festzelt delivers both, serving  typical bavarian dishes and Pschorr-brewed beer. More information (in German)

Smaller beer tents

It's not all about size at Oktoberfest. The smaller beer tents may have less seating places than their famous counterparts. But you can still get the real atmosphere here, in combination with traditional music, delicious bavarian specialities, and of course beer. Some of the smaller tents have been favourites of festival-goers for many years. Get an overview of all smaller beer tents on the Oktoberfest: More information (in German)

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