Tents at the Oktoberfest It's the getting in that counts
A bluffer's guide to the tents at the Oktoberfest: where you can find the most famous VIPs, the most people left face down on the table, the best atmosphere.
A bluffer's guide to the tents at the Oktoberfest (so that you can make yourself at home, at least until after the second litre of beer, when all will become clear): the most famous VIPs, the most people left face down on the table, the best atmosphere.
Hofbräu beer tent
The Hofbräu tent is world-reknown. The English, Australians and Americans come here to drink, sway from side to side, drink, sing and drink some more. Back home they tell the wildest stories of the Hofbräu Tent. For those of you who want to meet new friends from around the world, then the Hofbräu tent is definitely for you!
Traditionally the Mayor of Munich opens the Oktoberfest at midday on the first Saturday of the Wiesn in the Schottenhamel tent, with the ceremonial tapping of the first barrel and the words "Ozapft is". On the following days all the students from the local high schools attend therefore you will find young Munich people here. The Schottenhamel with 10,000 seats is one of the biggest beer tents but is always one of the first to close its doors at the weekend due to overcrowding.
Käfer's Wies'n- Schänke
Käfer's Wies'n-Schänke is the celebrity tent par excellence, here you can rub shoulders with football stars from FC Bayern or if you are lucky you might see the legendry tennis- player Boris Becker. If however you feel that hobnobbing with the in crowd is beneath you or whether the Käfer tent and beer garden with less than 3000 places is the right venue for you, we will leave you to decide.
If ox is your favourite food then you definitely have to go to the Ochsenbraterei also known as the Spatenbräu-Zelt. Only here can you get the famous ox meat rolls, you can watch the ox being turned on a spit until it is roasted to perfection. As soon as you step into the tent your mouth will start watering because at the entrance there is a huge revolving ox on a spit, although this one is made from plastic.
Do you like the atmosphere of a beer tent but find it all a bit too hectic and stressful? Then you will feel like you are in seventh heaven in the Haker-Festhalle or at least in Bavarian heaven. The light blue ceiling is decorated with white clouds and this Bavarian heaven will make you feel relaxed and comfortable but never the less, still with a good party atmosphere. The Hacker-Festhalle is surely the most beautiful of the beer tents.
For most of the people of Munich, Augustiner beer is the best in the world. It is not an international conglomerate but more of an institution. In the Augustiner tent the beer still flows from a 200 litre wooden barrel. Beer lovers will make a beeline to the Augustiner-Festhalle. This is where the locals celebrate and party with Manfred Vollmer the owner of the tent.
Everybody finds their way to the Löwenbrau tent. Mainly due to the oversized carnivore with a beer stein in his hand standing on a tower almost forty meters high, roaring ever louder and deeper "Lööööawenbräääääu!" Traditionally the players from the TSV 1860 Munich football team party here. They are the underdogs with no hope of beating Bayern Munich FC. Many fans of the 60's cavort here, likewise rebellious staunch smokers. This year the band in the Löwenbräu-Festhalle have written a special "smokers polka" due to the impending smoking ban which will be enforced in the coming year in all German beer tents but is still being challenged.
The first Sunday of the Octoberfest is party time for lesbians and gays at the Bräurosl and in the following days it is a favourite meeting place and hot spot for the Munich and international gay scene. The tent is named after "Rosie" the daughter of the former owner of the Pschorr brewery. If you want to go there this year you should be able to sing and dance to the "Wiesn-king" a song written by the Bräurosl house band.