The world’s largest beer fest is Munich’s famous 16-day festival, filled with traditional costumes, food, games, parades and very large quantities of beer – more than 7 million litres to be exact. The most visitors came to an anniversary Wiesn: In 1985, 7.1 million people visited the Oktoberfest. Even though the 1985 Oktoberfest was only the 151. Oktoberfest because of the 24 cancelled Oktoberfests, the traditional event had been created 175 years ago.
On Saturday, September 22nd, the Schottenhamel tent is the place to be, if you want to catch the official opening ceremonies. At noon, the Mayor of Munich will have the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Once the barrel has been tapped, all visitors will then be allowed to quench their thirst. It pays to arrive early in order to experience the festivities up close and personal and it’s quite common for visitors to come around 9 am to secure good seats. The festival will go until October 7th.
Beer Serving Hours
Opening day 12.00 noon – 10.30 pm
Weekdays 10.00 am – 10.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday & holiday 09.00 am – 10.30 pm
Daily closing hour 12.30 am ‘Käfers Wiesnschänke’ and ‘Weinzelt’ open until 1.00 am