It’s almost time! Oktoberfest 2013 will be starting tomorrow, so this is the last coverage of the large beer tents at Munich’s Oktoberfest. Oh my, I hope you can decide between the 14 large tents or the over 20 small one. I certainly can’t. 🙁
German celebrities love to visit this tent and so do American ones too. In recent years, Kim K. and Paris Hilton donned dirndls to join in the Oktoberfest atmosphere at Kaefer’s as they dined on gourmet food. When the beer tents stop serving at 10:30 p.m., crowds head to Kaefer’s which is open until shortly after midnight. You’ll have a hard time getting in unless you are an A-lister, arrive with an A-lister, or have skills to convince the bouncer you’re an A-lister. Good luck!
- Inside Seats: 1,000
- Outside Seats: 1,900
- Beer: Paulaner
- Music: California Sun
- Website: www.feinkost-kaefer.de/oktoberfest
- See number 8 on Oktobefest large map below
Oktoberfest is not only about the beer so at Weinzelt you can choose from over 15 wines, Sekt (sparkling wine), and Champagne too. With the warm atmosphere and tasteful decorations, you’ll feel right at home. This is a good choice if you want to add a bit of class and sophistication to your Oktoberfest experience.
- Outside Seats: 600
- Inside Seats: 1,300
- Musich: Three various bands
- Website: www.weinzelt.com
- See number 9 on Oktobefest large map below
Let me hear you roar like the king of the jungle at the Loewenbraeu (Lion’s brew) tent. When you hear a lion roar, don’t worry, it’s not real. It’s just the sound of one coming from the tent every few minutes. The festive tent is decorated in Bavarian colors blue and white and shines brightly with over 16.500 LED bulbs for a festive glow. This tent also attracts an international crowd and fans of TSV 1860 Muenchen, one of Munich’s local soccer teams coincidentally nicknamed “The Lions”.
- Inside Seats: 5,700
- Outside Seats: 2,800
- Beer: Loewenbraeu
- Music: Bert Hansmaier’s Heldensteiner
- Website: www.loewenbraeuzelt.de
- See number 10 on Oktobefest large map below
It’s been told that the nickname Braeurosl’ comes from Rosl, the daughter of the tent owner Herr Pschorr. She was seen riding her horse to the tent late at night and the local workers noticed and eventually called the tent Braeurosl in her honor. Here you’ll find a tent yodeler who will woo you with her yodeling skills. You’ll have a memorable experience as you hear traditional music, eat great food such as roasted chicken and pig, and yodel all the way home. Hodl-oh-ooh-dee -Hodl-ay-ee-dee!
- Inside Seats: 6,220
- Outside Seats: 2,200
- Beer: Hacker-Pschorr
- Music: South Tirol Spitzbuam
- Website: http://www.braeurosl.de
- See number 11 on Oktoberfest large map below
Longing for super-friendly service? This can be difficult in Germany and even more with over 6 million Oktoberfest visitors annually. This test is frequented by locals, but don’t let that steer you away, good times will happen for all in the Augustiner tent. It’s also a great tent for families, but as in all tents, children under the age of six have to leave the tents by 8:00 p.m.
- Inside Seats: 6,000
- Outside Seats: 2,500
- Beer: 12. Augustiner
- Music: Augustiner Oktoberfest band conducted by Reinhard Hagitte
- Website: www.festhalle-augustiner.com
- See number 12 on Oktoberfest large map below
Just look for the oversized ox roasting on a spit and you’ve arrived at Ochsenbraterei. Since 1881, when butcher Johann Roessler opened his mechanical ox rotisserie–that alone was entertainment enough; the oxen have been roasting on these premises every Oktoberfest since then. The ox is served with hearty side dishes and enjoyed by hungry patrons year after year. In recent years over 10 oxen were roasted.
- Inside Seats: 5,900
- Outside Seats: 1,500
- Beer: Spaten
- Music: Festzeltkapelle Bruno Gress, Traditional brass music
- Website: www.ochsenbraterei.de
- See number 13 on Oktobefest large map below (Spatenbraeu)
Calling all non-meat eaters! Oktoberfest has your back as you swim toward the tent for fish-on-a-stick. Check out the grill as rows of 15-meter long skewers grill pike, white fish, salmon, and the house specialty Steckerlfisch (smoked mackerel).
- Inside Seats: 2,695
- Outside Seats: 700
- Beer: Augustiner
- Music: Sepp Folger und seine Münchner Musikanten
- Website: www.fischer-vroni.de
- See number 14 on Oktoberfest large map below
Some final tips for you:
- Keep in mind that entering the Wiesn as well as a beer tent is free and you will need to make a beer tent reservation in order to drink beer.
- Most reservations are gone as early as March, but you can always contact the beer tents and try to get one. Remember, no seat, no beer.
- Once in the tent, remember that the beer serving hours are on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:00 a.m – 10:30 p.m.
- Don’t forget that tents close daily at 11:30 p.m. The Kaefer Wiesn-Schaenke and the Weinzelt are open until 1:00 a.m., and the last call for alcohol is at 12:15 a.m.
Have an amazing time in Munich at Oktoberfest 2013 and let me know which of the 14 large tents you made it to.