Weightless jumps over mogul slopes, break-neck slaloms with left-right drifting and steep ascents to the heavens are the pulsating highlights of the new type of roller coaster developed and built last year – a genuine world first – by French manufacturer Reverchon. The “Drifting Coaster” from Mike FTE Ahrend is a fun ride for the whole family, but one with a special kick guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping: Four passengers sit in twos, back to back, in free-swinging gondolas. Depending on the track design, the gondolas reach speeds of up to 60 km/h and take bends of up to 120 degrees! Secure locking latches and end-to-end monitoring throughout the ride keep every guest perfectly safe and sound.
Jules Verne Tower
“Around the world in 80 meters” is the (loosely translated) Jules Verne motto of this, the tallest and only fully themed mobile giant high-flying carousel in the world. The Jules Verne Tower made its debut at the Spring Dippemess in Frankfurt in April 2017 and is now guesting at the Oktoberfest. This scenic ride takes you to the dizzying height of 70 meters, hitting speeds of up to 65 km/h, all in the comfort of ergonomically designed bucket seats. Dual security is ensured by lap bars and newly developed automatic safety belts. Passengers are propelled to the top of the tower at speeds of up to two meters per second. Passengers aged at least six years and measuring at least 1.20 meters can accompany their parents on a flight. Children aged eight and over can ride unaccompanied. As you would expect of any self-respecting family carousel, the ride is smooth and delivers a 360-degree panoramic vista. Visually, the new giant high-flyer from Alexander Goetzke picks up on the theme of Jules Verne’s science fiction visions (1828-1905). For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, four large-format LED video walls broadcast film sequences of different continents and design drawings of imaginary flying machines from the days of Jules Verne – all produced specially for the tower that bears his name. The brand-new Jules Verne Tower designed by Alexander Goetzke and built by Austrian carousel experts Funtime sets new standards in many ways: For the “pioneer in the field of high-flying carousels” an energy-efficient power unit, energy-saving LED lighting, the use of green electricity and environmentally compatible organic hydraulic oil and lubricants is absolutely normal.
When the twelve two-seater Voodoo Jumper gondolas whirl passengers around in a devilish vortex, rest assured: No one is ever going to fall into a voodoo trance! Again and again, the gondolas are catapulted up and down, creating a free-fall effect for passengers without ever going upside-down. Crafted by Italian manufacturer Fabbri in 2012, this family-friendly speed jumper-style carousel ride runs 24 different programs, all enhanced by thematic soundtracks and colorful LED lighting effects. In good weather, the ride makes an even bigger splash! Other unique features of the Voodoo Jumper operated by Hans Otto Schäfer include an inclined podium and a backdrop painted not using the customary airbrush techniques, but by a real artist using real paint and proper brushes! The theme? A colorful (but slightly tongue-in-cheek) take on the African voodoo cult.
A ride in the sparkling new giant booster XXL Racer masterminded by Franz and Hilde Goetzke and Arnd Bergmann treats any adrenaline-junkie who dares to the thrill of speed and altitude when the long arm of the propeller rotates freely about a horizontal axis. One cantilever gondola with space for eight people is suspended at either end of the propeller. This means that, while passengers are getting in or out at the bottom, the people in the other gondola are enjoying a stunning panoramic view of the Oktoberfest from a height of 55 meters. Once the gondolas are full, the propeller arm throws its delighted “crew” back and forth through the skies at speeds of up to 120 km/h. Produced by Italian ridesmith Fabbri, the XXL Racer boasts LED lamps that deliver a magnificent light show.
Photopalast anno 1900
Pure nostalgia prevails at Karl Oberreiter’s photographic studio. Together with his son Alexander, Karl spends his time at the Oktoberfest casting visitors in just the right (photographic) light. Pictures are taken in the style of the 19th century, when professional photographers began specializing in the folk festival business. Now fewer than twelve photo kiosks thus graced the Oktoberfest in 1886. Today, Karl Oberreiter keeps a treasure trove of historical costumes from which customers can choose whichever one they prefer: from the work clothes of a manual laborer to a washer woman’s dress to a gigolo’s suit to a high-society ball gown to the majestic robes of a monarch – the choice is extensive indeed, and personal style hints are included in the price. The finished photograph is available on CD or as a hard copy in a photo folder. For passers-by too, it is worth dropping into the “Photopalast” to see the photographer at work.
Nostalgic children’s merry-go-round
Pink pigs, a billy goat, wooden horses and two carriages adorn Markus Dörwald’s merry-go-round at the Oide Wiesn (“Vintage Oktoberfest”). The logbook shows that this historical ride has been doing its rounds at a folk festival in Bonn starting in 1948. The diminutive carousel is a rarity indeed – one of a kind and over 70 years old!
Nostalgic children’s railway “Märchenlandexpress” (“Fairy-Tale Express”)
The oldest children’s train in the world, dating back to 1924, will put in its first ever stop at the Oide Wiesn this year. Exactly 40 years ago, this marvelous children’s railway showpiece already did the rounds at the 1977 Oktoberfest. Pulled by a steam engine, the train chugs through a fairy-tale landscape of fountains, moving figures and a genuine tunnel. Adults too can take a seat in the historical wagons to accompany their children on the circular tour. Michael Dräger’s “Märchenlandexpress” is also suitable for people with disabilities. The “station” boasts benches to sit down and rest on and a baby changing and nursing room for the very youngest passengers. The historic locomotive is driven by a 16-hp three-phase motor that draws power from a current collector at the center of the ride and from an overhead power cable. LED technology is used to light up the train.
The museum tent: New management, new program for children
At the museum tent now operated by the “Historische Gesellschaft Bayerischer Schausteller e.V.” (the “Historical Society of Bavarian Fairground Shows”), the history of the Oktoberfest comes to life. Exhibits from the “Münchner Schausteller-Stiftung” (“Munich Showmen’s Foundation”), whose collection is normally on show at the Münchner Stadtmuseum, take you on a journey back in time through the fairground shows and attractions of yesteryear. A shooting gallery from 1905 is still up and running, as is a Munich show jumping carousel from 1945. Sweet delights are served at the 1937 “Wiener Eispalast” (ice-cream parlor), while snacks and beer are available from the historical sausage stand. A 1950s caravan that was still used by the Oktoberfest press office as a media contact point as recently as 2003 illustrates how showmen used to live on the road. A separate section is devoted to stunt riders – Munich’s very own icon in this discipline being “Steilwand-Kitty”. In the outdoor area, old tractors and tow-trucks are displayed alongside several fairground organs, which are still played regularly. The “Oide Kinderwiesn” for children takes place both inside and in front of the museum tent. Organized and run by the St. John’s ambulance service’s Lilalu Bildungs- und Ferienprogramme (“Lilalu Educational and Holiday Programs”), the program targets a family audience and school classes. Children are invited to make things, take part in historical Oktoberfest games such as sack races, pin shooting, trouser runs and blind man’s buff. Visitors can also try out traditional fairground attractions such as magic shows, balancing acts and unicycling. Story-tellers are on hand to pass on the history of the Oktoberfest to youthful audiences. Guided tours of the exhibits in the museum tent add the finishing touch to this informative and entertaining program. To book guided tours for groups, school classes and nursery groups, please contact Lilalu directly: Send an e-mail to [email protected] or call them on 0800 000-6018 (freecall in Germany). During a parade organized by the “Urwald-Dämonen” (“Jungle Demons”) show booth, a variety of music groups play traditional and modern Bavarian folk music in the afternoons. The museum tent is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Entry is free, as is participation in the children’s program.
Catering All change at the Ochsenbraterei (“Ox Roastery”)
One of the oldest Oktoberfest tents and a permanent fixture for the last 135 years, the Ochsenbraterei will be showing off its smart new outfit this year. Built by Dasing-based tent construction firm Pletschacher, the newlook Ochsenbraterei will be ready for the Oktoberfest 2017. The plans drawn up by landladies Antje Schneider and Anneliese Haberl and the brewery Spaten-Brauerei envisage a tent that preserves much of its traditional character, but that introduces major improvements by simplifying and easing the burden on escape routes and service access. The staff will enjoy new facilities and the kitchen will be significantly bigger. Guests too will experience greater creature comforts: more room, thanks to an expansion to the gallery and a new serving counter, wider benches in the central aisle, new sanitary facilities and an extra disabled toilet in the beer garden, which opens out to the south and commands an unhindered view of the folk festival. As in the past, the Ochsenbraterei has capacity for 7,641 guests, of whom 5,995 can sit indoors and 1,646 in the beer garden.
Folk music tent “Zur Schönheitskönigin” (“The Beauty Queen”)
Landlords Gerda and Peter Reichert have a passion for the tradition of folk songs. Their tent, “Zur Schönheitskönigin”, thus breathes life into this typical facet of Munich’s beer hall culture, following the time-honored tradition of Karl Valentin, Ida Schuhmacher, Weiss Ferdl, Roiderer Jackl and Bally Prell and reviving the “Schönheitskönigin von Schneizlreuth” (the “Beauty Queen of Schneizlreuth”) once again. Couplet AG’s Jürgen Kirner, a familiar face from the “Brettl-Spitzen” show on Bavarian television, served as artistic director, compiling a very varied program ranging from audience involvement in singing popular beer hall songs from the “good old days” to the party hits of today to Couplet presentations by luminaries of the current folk music scene: Barbara Preis, Anton Leiss-Huber, Couplet AG and many, many more. In the talent contest “Jetzt sing i” (“My turn to sing!”), a jury drawn from the ranks of radio and television will look for the next superstar. Designed in the style of a timber-framed, canopied Bavarian guesthouse, the tent also serves culinary specialties from Munich’s traditional “Kronfleisch” cuisine, as well as King Ludwig II’s favorite dish: “Hechtenkraut” (pike and cabbage). Dishes are prepared exclusively using organic products sourced in the region, including tasty specialties for vegetarian and vegan guests. Nor have the youngest guests been forgotten: Children’s songs are sung, children’s portions can be ordered, buggies have their own parking spaces, and there is also a baby changing room.
A fresh start: In a throwback to the 1970s, the Sektkellerei Nymphenburg will once again operate a sparkling wine (“Sekt”) stand at the Oktoberfest in 2017. That is a perfect match for the vintage focus of the Oide Wiesn, restoring the tradition of wine-drinking at the world’s biggest public festival. The sparkling wine stand, designed by Munich artist Corbinian Böhm, visibly borrows elements from the hall of mirrors in Nymphenburg Palace, a Bavarian Rococo jewel. Silver, white and a delicate blue set the tone. The mirrors, windows and doors in the pavilion, made completely from timber, are evocative of the richly decorated hall of mirrors commissioned by François Cuvilliés the Elder. The ideal setting, then, in which to partake of a cold, sparkling tipple. The range on offer includes Nymphenburg Sekt, a Crémant de Loire, selected wines and a choice of soft drinks.
Oktoberfest press office Dr. Gabriele Papke and Claudia Bauer Phone: +49 (0) 89 233-82812 or -82813 Fax: +49 (0) 89 233-82800
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