The best beer tents Munich has to offer -
it's the Oktoberfest tent guide
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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 2,900 inside and out.
Still arelatively new tent, the Marstall took over from the Hippodrom in 2014. Just like it's predecessor, this is THE tent to be seen in if you're rich and famous, play for Bayern Munich or all of the above. It's named after an old horse riding school established a few hundred years ago. There's very much a focus on food, and unique among the tents, ypou're not allowed to stand on the benches to sing and dance until after 4pm.
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
Pic Andreas Steinhoff
The Hofbräu-Festzelt. Pic CC HGruber
Among the biggest and most famous beer tents at Oktoberfest is the Hofbräu, companion to the world-renowned Hofbräuhaus beer hall in Munich’s old town.
It’s known for being the most international tent.
Aussies, Americans, Japanese and Brits are all to be found here in their throngs.
That’s not to say you won’t encounter a truck load of Bavarians here too, there’s room enough for everyone. The Hofbräu is the only tent with a standing area decked out with high tables for your beers, so you usually stand a good chance of finding somewhere to drink in here.
The Details for the Hofbräu-Festzelt
Proprietors: Margot and Günter Steinberg
Phone: +49 89 4489670
Fax: +49 89 4483587
Seating capacity: (inside) 6898 (outside) 3022
Beer: Hofbräu München
Must be made in person at the Hofbräukeller in Munich, details and availability on the tent’s website here.
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Pic © Andreas Steinhoff
The name translates to "Crossbow shooters’ tent". It's where Bavaria’s shooting and archery clubs come to play.
As such, the walls are decorated with dead deer antlers and the like.
Though it’s not one of the most popular tents I’ve never had much luck getting in here.
The Details for the Armbrustschützen-Festhalle
Proprietors: Peter Inselkammer and family
Phone: +49 (89) 23 70 37 03
Fax: +49 (89) 23 70 37 05
Seating capacity: (inside) 5830 (outside) 1600
Reservations?: Lunchtime bookings available by fax, the Armbrustschützen website has details here.
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!
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