The best beer tents Munich has to offer -
it's the Oktoberfest tent guide
BIG BITE: A pretzel seller inside one
of the best beer tents Munich has to
offer - the Augustiner, Munich's
So many beer tents, so little time…
There are 14 big beer tents at the Munich Oktoberfest and each of them has its own little claim to fame.
Of course they’re not tents of the type you take down to the seaside to go camping for a few days with your mates.
They’re immense wooden structures assembled each year just for the Oktoberfest and taken down again when the party’s over.
Sizes range from the Hofbräu-Festzelt with enough room for 10,000 revellers to the relatively dinky Käfer's Wies'n-Schänke with “only” room for 2900 inside and out.
During the week the beer tents open at 10am and on weekends and public holidays at 9am. The tents close at 11.30pm, with the last drinks served at 10.30pm. Käfer's Wiesnschänke und das Weinzelt are the exceptions, they stay open until 1am with last drinks called at 12.15am.
The Hippodrom. Pic © Andreas Steinhoff
The much-loved, celebrity-pulling Hippodrom is no more, but I'll include it on this list for a little while longer for courtesy's sake. It's owner, Sepp Krätz, was found guilty of tax dodging in 2014, and so had his Oktoberfest tent licence revoked. Oh, and he was sentenced to 22 months behind bars and slapped with a €570,000 fine, so let that be a lesson to ya - if you live in Deutschland, pay your taxes!
The Able family, owners of the new Marstall Oktoberfest tent.
Pic: taken from the Marstall website.
The Details for the Mastall Oktoberfest tent
Proprietors: Sabine and Sigfried Able
Seating capacity: (inside) 3,200 (outside) 1,000
Beer: Not sure yet
May be possible by email, visit the website to try.
The Fischer-Vroni. Pic from the
The Ochsenbraterei. Pic: Wikimedia
The Schottenhamel. Pic CC AbhijeetRane
The Hacker-Festzelt. Pic ©Andreas Steinhoff
The Schützen-Festzelt. Pic © Andreas Steinhoff
This old-school clientele bears testament to the type of atmosphere you'll find inside. The Schützen chef’s signature dish is suckling pig (Spanferkel) served with malt beer sauce and potato salad.
The Hofbräu-Festzelt. Pic CC HGruber
Pic © Andreas Steinhoff
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