Theresienwiese
Theresienwiese
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This huge grassy park annually hosts the city's popular Oktoberfest.
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Connie M
Warrington, PA166 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is the site of the Oktoberfest but during the rest of the year it is just a big muddy gravelly field. During Christmas, there is a Christkindlmarkt and Tollwood Festival on a very small part of it. The large statue of Bavaria overlooks the field. On New Years Eve, people come to set off fireworks there,
Written January 18, 2020
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TaurusMom
Iowa631 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
oh my. We were here for Springfest, on opening day, no less.
We got there right away and even got a table in the tent. We did not have reservations.
We were joined by some young men from our state, because they saw my husband's shirt. And we had so much fun! We had a couple of beers--yes, they really carry that many beers!!
We didn't stay more than a couple of hours, but we smiled and laughed so hard at all the revelry! (we had an early flight home the next day)
And the grounds are huge. All that empty space is filled for Oktoberfest?!
Written August 4, 2023
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Antony T
Tamworth, UK582 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2010
Don't worry I will not write the whole article as if I was drunk. But what can you say about the grounds that house Oktoberfest. Obviously go during the Fest; which as my date of visit indicates is mostly in September, rather than October.

It is a 10 minute stroll from the Hauptbahnhof (Main station) along very unclustered streets.

The Fest is everything and then some. Go around midday. Recommend going on a ride first, grabbing a beer, some good food and then maybe another beer and head back by about 6 before it gets stupid? That may sound lame but we went in our first tent (Lowenbrau) @ noon and it was jammed! The second tent (Hacker-pshorr) we went in @ 3 was completely full and we had to go onto the patio, which actually was pleasant too. So my advice would be get there early.

The beers are much bigger and stronger than you think. Grab a brat, a currywurst and/or pretzel to soak it all up.

Nice ride to go on (before drinking( is the Ferris Wheel, gives you a great overview of grounds and also because it is at the end of the park, means you have to walk the entire length, so you are not just going in the first tent, getting drunk and then not seeing everything else on offer.

Plenty of rides, mostly very fast and very spinny! Food is abundant. Be aware that if you buy a coffee or soft drink there is a couple of Euro charge extra. This is so you bring back the bottle. So keep your receipt and return your bottle.

At the coffee stalls you pay 2 Euros extra for a mug. I kept the mug, though it was worth more than the 2 euros!! Gave it my Dad as a souvenir!!

Enjoy.
Written March 2, 2011
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Aimee S
50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
After traveling through dozens of Christmas markets in Hungary, Austria and Germany, Tollwood was our favorite! Tollwood is the "international" Christmas market in Munich. It offers great food options in two food halls with many international food offerings - Greek, Indian, African, Thai, Vegan, etc. The indoor pavilions are full of booths with wares from all over the world - some offer the same ornaments, woolens and Christmas decor you'll see at other markets, but most are unique offerings from all over the world. What a nice change after so many markets that all began to look alike. Right outside the Theresienwiese Ubahn station. Free entry. Affordable food and beer. Best prices we found on many items that we saw other places.
Written December 15, 2014
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Heather C
New York City, NY94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Attending Oktoberfest has always been on my bucket list. This year i decided to make the trip happen and stop saying "next year". I have traveled to alot of different carnivals and fun big celebrations and this by far was the most amazing & my favorite! We heading to Munich for the final weekend of Oktoberfest with the motto - GO BIG or GO HOME! Completely not sure what we were heading into and what was going to happen. In my research and talking to a acquaintance from Munich I was told it would be nearly impossible to get into beer gardens or tents without proper reservations and that I should do research ahead of time through the official website. I decided to use a tour company here in the states for the ground part of our trip in order to gain easier access to tent reservations and hotel since we waited till July to book. Here are tips I learned after arriving that will help with your trip:
- We arrived on Oct 3rd which was the German holiday "Unity Day" (like the 4th for us Americans) No one works and everything outside of the Wiesn is pretty much closed. Oktoberfest was crowded but still a blast.
-We found a cute little old world hotel - Kraft Hotel about 3 blocks from Oktoberfest. Located by the university for quiet sleep, but a quick walk to the grounds and a quick walk into all the local areas. Subway was super easy to use & understand if you don't know alot of german. We never once felt unsafe walking around Munich - even late at night.
-We paid for premium reservations on the last night (Sunday Oct 5th) early at the Weinzelt and for 6pm till close at Hofbrau. Weinzelt (wine tent) is the "fancy" people tent - mostly older people - well behaved and reminded me of drinking with my parents. Hofbrau is the most popular/rowdy tent and was exactly the experience i dreamed Oktoberfest to be!
-Upon arrival to Munich on the Friday morning we dropped our bags and went straight over to the wiesn. We immediately went to check out the tents and in plan clothes were lucky to walk past the side opening to Pschorr-Braurosl's beer garden when the guards lifted the gates. This was at 1pm -after figuring out the lay of the land, I approached a waitress at the Schanke (pour station) & asked for 2 biers. For the next round we found a nice waiter and tipped him extra he kept coming back. We also walked into & spent Saturday night in the Lowenbrau-Festhalle beer garden - No problem and got a table outside. We did not try until late to get inside. Tip your waitress extra and try to speak some german they will be very nice to you. After we walked into Augustiner-Festhalle (what a cool tent). If you have 2 people much easier to get into places with a slip of some euros. Also at night (especially weekends) if your not drunk, watch the ground...I found a large sum of money that had fallen from someone who was drunk.
-Bathrooms were actually very impressive - fast lines, very clean, always had toilet paper. Make sure you take 1 or 2 euros with you to drop in the tip jar for the workers.
-Do dress up! I order my husband lenderhosen and myself a beautiful drindl to be delivered to our hotel and we pretty much wore that the entire Oktoberfest. Everyone else is dressed up & I found it didn't hurt to be/look german (by heritage) when trying to get into places. You can wait to buy clothes when you get there, but they don't markdown stuff until the last day.
-When you have reservations at big tents they give you 1 mass liter drink ticket and a meal ticket. We had Hendl (hen) some had what looked like ribs. The Wein tent had the best food by far - but all was really good. Lowenbrau had the best beer, but all of it was still really good.
-Lastly - everyone is there to have fun. Drinking age in german is like 15 or 16 so you will have some really young kids, but the majority of the crowd was surprisingly middle age and boy do they like to party! Be a good drunk and have fun, take in the crowd, people watching is amazing! This crowd is such a mix and everyone is so eager to chat and make new "friends" for the time you are today. You by far do not have to make reservations to have a good time - but it certainly helps. We plan to return for 2016 and already have our tents/reservations picked out. Enjoy and Party like it's 1999!
Written October 21, 2014
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j s
Two Rivers, WI138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
OMG! We were here for Oktoberfest and it was soooo much fun! Nearly everyone is dressed in traditional outfits, the crowd is absolutely enormous, yet everyone is so friendly - and with the amount of beer being consumed no one was unruly. The beer tents are packed and if you wish to sit inside them after 5pm you need to reserve a table in advance, however you can sit at a table outside in the beer gardens by each tent. You must be sitting at a table in order to be served a beer (super sized mugs). Lots of food vendors serving whole chickens, fish on a stick, brats, huge pretzels, etc. Much to do for kids as well - many carnival rides. We actually had a few beverages at a carousel bar that spun around slowly the entire time. Music everywhere and much loud singing by the crowds. Super fantastic fun. You can take the underground train to and from the park so you don't have to drink and drive. Definitely a must. Remember that Oktoberfest is only 2 weeks long starting the last week in September and ending the first week of October. If you can't travel during this time the Hofbrau House has a similar experience nightly all year long.
Written May 21, 2014
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LCM1968
Budapest, Hungary57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
HUGE! Amazing! Crowded. Someone told me 6 million+ people in16 days. I believe it. There were huge crowds of people but so much to see and do. Great for families during the day. There are a lot of people who drink way too much so be prepared as they are stumbling everywhere and yes,.. throwing up on the streets. (not pleasant to see). Amazing to experience and meet people from different countries.
Written September 29, 2019
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sconsi87
98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
Oktoberfest has both it's good and bad sides, but as long as you show up with the idea that you're going to have fun, you will. There is good beer, food, music, great people, but it's also overly commercialized with large crowds, awful drunks, and plenty of rude people. Here are a few tips to make your experience better:
1. For the true experience, don't go to anything Hofbrau because it's overly commercialized to foreign guests. It's more of the Disney version of Oktoberfest. For the true experience, stick to Augustiner and Paulaner.
2. You must be sitting to get a beer, food, etc. The tents only take cash.
3. Don't go on the weekend. The crowds are aweful and you can wait for hours just to get into the beer garden, much less the tent.
4. Get there early--seriously as soon as it opens. You'll beat the crowds and be able to get a seat and get out before the huge crowds get there.
5. Don't step on anything covered in saw dust. It's vomit.
6. Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge. The lines can be huge and that's something you don't want to be waiting for.
7. Don't go to Lowenbrau. The beer is awful.
Written January 19, 2016
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Maggy L
Paris, France22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
If you want some "Oktoberfest" atmosphere with people all gather around, greeting and welcoming you in German (Bavarian). Come here once in your life and you will feel this atmosphere as well as we do every year.
Beer, sausage, typical clothes, and good mood. (Be careful, 10 euros / beer this year, not less than this).
Written January 22, 2015
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Megan M
Portland, OR242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
First let me start by saying that Oktoberfest was a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.

Now for those of you that want more info, keep reading. I'm a planner and I was frustrated about not finding enough info on "how to do" Oktoberfest. So for all you planner personalities, here's some info. Oktoberfest occurs for two weeks. Check the Oktoberfest website to find out about special days that you may want to avoid or attend, like Italian weekend and gay day. Also note that there's a German holiday that occurred on the second Friday of Oktoberfest this year which led to huge crowds since most Germans had the day off work (Also note that stores and a lot of restaurants close on holidays and Sundays in Germany). Weekends are of course busier than during the week, and the night is busier than the day. We went on the second Thursday at around 4pm and while it was crowded, we (2 people) were able to find spots. I heard that 2pm is a good time to go because the morning crowd is leaving and the evening crowd hasn't arrived yet.

Getting in: The Munich subway system is pretty good and will get you close to Oktoberfest. Buy tickets from kiosks in the stations and make sure to stamp your ticket by inserting it into the little machines that you'll see before you go down the stairs to the tracks. You can take several different lines to the Hackerbrucke stop and then walk a few blocks to Oktoberfest. Just follow the crowds and ask someone if you're not sure. Or stay in a hotel close to Oktoberfest. We stayed at Hotel Bavaria which was very nice and a short walk to Oktoberfest.

It is free to get into the Oktoberfest grounds. The grounds are open with plenty of ways to enter. The grounds consist of a main walkway filled with souvenir and food stands, and of course the big beer tents. Each beer tent has it's own perimeter with a few entrances, usually one entrance on each side. The rules vary between tents. At any given time, a tent may be roped off, not allowing people to enter unless you have a reservation. Each tent has an outdoor seating area which can also be roped off to prevent people from entering the outside seating area and inside the tent. If you encounter this, try all the entrances to the tent because sometimes the front entrances are roped off but the side entrances are open. If the whole tent is closed off, then just try a different tent. There were "guards" at each entrance but I didn't see them stopping anyone unless the tent was roped off. Just walk in like you know what you're doing and they shouldn't bother you, other than to maybe check inside your bag if you have one. Inside the tents there's music and people chugging beers while standing on tables. Outside is a calmer scene but still fun.

Getting a seat and drink: We walked through a few tents to check them out first since they all have a slightly different vibe. We finally found 2 open spots at a table in the outside area of the Pschorr-Hacker tent. I had heard that you have to be sitting at a table in order to be served beer but I noticed many people served while standing and not associated with any table. I think this varies by tent and server. You can make a reservation for a table, but I think you need at least 10 people. If you don't have a reservation, it's easier to find seats for a smaller group (i.e. easier to find seats for 2 people than 4). Just walk around a tent until you see an opening and ask if it is occupied. People are generally friendly and will let you join their table. Most everyone there speaks at least some English. When you do find a seat make sure someone keeps your seat if you go to the bathroom. Speaking of bathrooms, each tent seemed to have it's own bathrooms which were actually not too bad.

Eating: Only one type of beer is served inside each tent and it's served in a 1 litter mug. Tip one euro per mug to keep your server happy. Each tent has food but there are also a lot of food vendors outside the tents and it seemed like there was no issue bringing outside food into the tents. There were also a few vendors outside the tents selling alcoholic drinks besides beer, but I'm not sure if you could bring these into the tents. Bottle water will cost you 4 euro (1 euro deposit for the plastic bottle) so I suggest bringing your own water to Oktoberfest or stick to beer.

Other: There are lots of carnival type rides at Oktoberfest. Note that these are very overpriced (about 7 per person). The ferris wheel was nice to get a good view of the grounds.

More than half the people at Oktoberfest were dressed up in traditional Bavarian apparel. I had heard that if you dress up, you're more likely to be seated, but in reality the servers don't seat you, you find your own seats. We didn't dress up and we felt fine at Oktoberfest so it's not like you have to dress up, but I was surprised at how many people dressed up. It's probably cheaper to buy an outfit before you go, but there were some stores in Munich with cheap clothing.
Written October 12, 2014
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