The world largest folk festival
What can you expect at Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is the biggest annual festival and located in the middle of Munich at the festival ground Theresienwiese (in short: Wiesn). It includes a festival area with 16 large tents and 22 small tents (more about these tents later) and several rides, stalls and souvenirs stands.
Inside the tents you will find both locals and tourists dressed in dirndl or lederhosen enjoying mostly traditional music, food and of course a beer served in 1-liter glasses (although other drinks are also served!).
Outside on the fairground you will find 151(!) attractions. Most of them traditional, but also some more modern ones. A flea circus, ghost trains, bumper cars, a maze, puppet theater and ferris wheels just to name a few. Most people think of beer when they think of Oktoberfest, but actually for most locals (both adults and children) a big part of the fun takes place outside the tents.
How to become part of the celebrations
So now you know a little about what Oktoberfest is all about. Next question is how do you get to join in on all that it has to offer?
The fairground entrance is free of charge for everyone, no matter the size of your group. Rides are open for everyone, although some are really not recommended when you already had a couple of beers :) A single ticket for each ride can be purchased at the attraction itself. Prices may vary.
At the tents the beer serving time is 09:00 (weekends at 10:00) till 22:30. Entrance to the tent is also free, but when at a table you'll have to purchase drink. The cost of a liter of Wiesn beer at Oktoberfest 2019 is between 10.80 and 11.80 euro. It is wise to reserve a table as at some peak hours tents are full and they won’t let anyone in anymore.
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Date: 21 Sept - 6 Oct