Oktoberfest: Reserving seats in a beer tent
How to reserve a place in the beer tent at the Oktoberfest
If you want to reserve a table at the Oktoberfest, there are a few things to keep in mind. We have compiled the most important information here:
The most important information
- Reservations at the Oktoberfest must be made with the respective tent operators
- Seat or table reservations at Oktoberfest are free of charge
- Simply buy a voucher for a certain amount of beverages and food (in most cases 2 liters of beer and 1 chicken)
- These are valid only for the current Oktoberfest and have to be paid for in advance
- The vouchers can be redeemed inside the tent
How to reserve a table in a tent
How to reserve: Only the landlords of the beer tents are allowed to accept Oktoberfest reservation requests, usually online. The landlords try their best to grant special requests for seats in certain spots, but cannot guarantee them. Since one table fits up to ten people, reservations usually come in groups of ten.
The best time to reserve: You have to wait until the reservation offices open. When exactly, the tents usually announce online. Late reservations can still be made a few weeks before Oktoberfest starts.
The vouchers: For most beer tents, the vouchers have to be collected some weeks before the event kicks off - at the landlord's offices. Vouchers can also be mailed to any part of the world, for a small fee.
In the tent: The vouchers can be redeemed at an Oktoberfest table inside the beer tent. Of course, every visitor is free to eat and drink more than the amount that has been paid in advance. Hovewer, the reservation is not for a whole day but only for a certain timeframe which will be communicated after confirmation of the reservation. This is to allow more groups of people access tables inside the beer tent.
How to get a free seat in a beer tent
There is usually a high demand for seats inside the famous beer tents.
However, you can get a free seat without making a reservation, as long as you come at the right time. When exactly? Our Oktoberfest barometer (in German - green: fewer visitors; red: many visitors) can help.
The entrance to the Oktoberfest is also free, but a pass to the "Oide Wiesn" (Old Oktoberfest) is 3 € for adults and free of charge for children under 14.
Contact information for the large beer tents at Oktoberfest
Festzelt Tradition (Old Oktoberfest)
Herzkasperlzelt (Old Oktoberfest)
Heide Volm KG