Munich Oktoberfest 2015 – Survival Guide
Oktoberfest (Wiesn) is the largest and the most popular beer festival on planet. On the dot of 12 noon on Saturday, September 19th, Munich’s mayor will tap the first barrel thus declaring the “Wiesn“ – as the Munich people call it – officially open. The festivity will continue until Sunday, October 4th, 2015.
Here are some facts and figures about the 182nd Oktoberfest
This year beer price is likely to be over €10 per litre of beer.
Beer will be sold in the tents from 10.00 to 22.30 on weekdays and from 9.00 to 22.30 on saturdays, sundays and holidays. (between 10 and 12 am only non-alcoholic beverages and small snacks)
“Käfers Wiesnschänke” and “Weinzelt” open until 01:00 a.m., last drinks at 12:15 a.m.
Family days Oktoberfest Munich
Both “Family Tuesdays” on September 22nd and 29th, 2015 offer reduced prices of admissions and attractions – from 12:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday (except holidays) from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., (the sign “Mittagswiesn” means discounts for attractions, admissions and prices).
Approximate expense per person per evening
A typical evening for one person in 2014 was roughly 45 Euro:
2 beers, or similar drinks @ 10.00 Euro = 20.00 Euro
1 chicken, or similar food @ 15.00 Euro = 15.00 Euro
1 Brez’n, or similar food @ 4.50 Euro = 4.50 Euro
2 trips on public transport @ 2.50 Euro = 5.00 Euro
Total cost, per person = 44.50 Euro
So, one must be ready to shell out at least 50 Euro cash per person per night in 2015, plus the fees for the fun rides and souvenirs.
The Beer Tents and Bavarian food
Bavaria has the best beer in the world. Since the 16th century there have been strong regulations about brewing beer and how to keep up the high quality of the final product by choosing the ingredients very carefully. There are 14 big and 21 small tents at Oktoberfest. Entrance to Oktoberfest and all tents is FREE and you do not have to purchase any tickets.
The large brewery tents
Seven enormous beer tents line the so-called “Wirtsbudenstraße”. The beer is brewed by Munich’s six largest breweries and has an extract value of some 13%. The price of a „Maß“ (a litre of beer) will be somewhere above or around € 10,00 this year.
This is the only tent still serving the beer from large wooden barrels rather than from the steel ones used elsewhere. The tent seats a many as 8,500 people.
Bräurosl (Pschorrbräu tent)
Four years ago Pschorr celebrated their 100th anniversary with a specially brewed beer. The tent seats 8,400 people.
This is the only tent with a revolving stage in the middle. The tent seats 9,300.
As this is the tent tourists are most familiar with it is the one with the most international flair. Party till you drop is the order of the day here! You will even get served with a beer if you haven’t got a seat. The tent seats 9,350.
This tent is the traditional meeting place for fans and players of 1860 Munich football club. The tent seats 8,500.
Ochsenbraterei – Spatenbräu tent
This is a must just to see the ox on a spit! Some 70 to 90 oxen are consumed during the 16 days of the fair. The tent seats 7,400.
Winzerer Fähndl – Paulaner tent
A tent with real Bavarian charm and the occasional celebrity. Players from FC Bayern Munich can sometimes be seen here. The tent seats 10,900 .
The smaller Oktoberfest “Wirtezelte”
These slightly smaller tents are run exclusively by Munich based publicans all of whom are under licence to the larger breweries.
Armbrustschützen tent (Paulaner)
This tent is all about hunting and visitors can sit in the themed boxes (pheasants or badgers) and admire the hunters’ trophies. The tent seats 7,430.
This is a small and cosy tent located right next to at the entrance which offers grilled fish as well as sander, whitefish and salmon trout. The tent seats 700.
Festhalle Schottenhamel (Spatenbräu)
One of the oldest tent at the Oktoberfest dating way back to 1867. It is extremely popular with the younger visitors. The tent seats 10,000.
Marstall tent, owned by Able family, is the newcomer to Oktoberfest. The tent can seat up to 4,200 guests: 3,200 in the tent and 1,000 in the beer garden
Käfer’s Wies’n-Schänke (Paulaner)
Meeting place for the rich and famous. Because of the extended licensing hours to 1 a.m. there is always a real crush to get in here after the other tents close at 11 p.m. The tent seats 2,900.
Old Bavarian specialities such as Boeff Lamotte or suckling pig are served here. The tent seats 5,442.
Beer lovers have to make do with Weißbier or swap to one of the many excellent wines served here. This is a tent which always has far more women in than men so it is considered to be a tent with a high flirt factor! The tent seats 2,400.
Traditional food at the Oktoberfest
Visitors also eat huge amounts of traditional hearty fare such as Hendl (chicken), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Haxn (knuckle of pork), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezn (Pretzel), Knödeln (potato or bread dumplings), Kaasspotzn (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian traditional food as Obatzda (a fatty, spiced cheese-butter concoction) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).