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Munich, Germany

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2-4 Days, Sep 21 - Oct 9, 2018

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Oktoberfest Beer Tents and Oktoberfest Tent Reservations

So you want to know which beer tent to visit? You’ll have the opportunity to eat and drink in some of Oktoberfest’s greatest tents during your stay this fall. Munich’s largest breweries invite you to join them to drink beer by the liter (yes, soft drinks, sodas, water and other non-alcoholic options are available), eat traditional food, listen to music and enjoy Oktoberfest at its best.

Each brewery sets up their tent with a different theme – it might look like a hunting lodge, or a typical German square with fake buildings. Each tent offers a different experience.

Oktoberfest beer tent map
Image source: Oktoberfest.de

How do the beer tent reservations work?

There are 14 Oktoberfest Tents that have three reservation slots each day: Afternoon, mid-afternoon, and evening. Reservations are typically for 3-4 hours, and if you have a reservation, the table is yours until your time is up. Tables hold 8 or 10 people.

Do I have to have a reservation to attend?

We’ll shoot you straight. You don’t have to have a reservation to attend Oktoberfest.

You can get into a beer tent without paying anything, but you’ve got to be prepared to earn it. Early mornings, long lines in the cold, limited seating, and most notably, no guarantees. Why risk traveling halfway across the world just to get turned away at the door?

How do I get a beer tent reservation?

You can contact each tent directly and ask for a specific date and time. Every tent has its own system for booking reservations, not to mention they each start the process at different times. Over the course of the year they field thousands of requests from all over the world, and to be blunt, they fulfill practically none of them. Why? Because the first choice of reservations dates and times go to families and companies that have a previous relationship with the tent. In some cases, the relationships go back multiple generations! Once the smoke clears, there are practically no spots left for new customers.

Also, most reservation requests are required to be done so in German.

Are your reservations guaranteed?

Of course! We recognize many people who book a tour with us end up doing so because we’re able to provide guaranteed beer tent reservations. We eliminate the possibility of getting shut out, and help introduce you to other beer enthusiasts. The most fun part of Oktoberfest is sharing the experience with others. Why else are you going to travel halfway across the world…to drink by yourself? It’s a great thing and it allows you to know you have a spot and enjoy it with others.

Can we pick which tent we attend?

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the time of your reservation, nor can we guarantee the specific tent. We will do our best to take your requests into account and try to provide you with what you want. In any case, trust us….don’t stress out about it. Let us take care of the heavy lifting, and you focus on enjoying the party.

Is there a best tent?

Many people hear about one tent or another, and tend to get tunnel vision in trying to locate a tent reservation. Truthfully there is no best tent. All of the tents have a unique aspect about them but none of them are any better than the others. Locals prefer the less known tents while college kids like the Hofbräu. No matter what tent you are in your going to have the time of your life. Just don’t drink too much and take some pictures so you remember it!

Whether you’re seeking good company, good food, or a quieter atmosphere where you can sit and relax, there are tents that will cater to your needs. At Bucket List Events, we can help you make the right choice.

Here are All of the Oktoberfest Munich Tents Below:

Ochsenbraterei Tent

Ochsenbraterei Beer Tent

Seating capacity indoor: 5,900
Seating capacity outdoor: 1,500
Brewery: Spaten
Managers: Anneliese and Hermann Haberl and Antje Schneider
Music: Festzeltkapelle Bruno Gress

The Ochsenbraterei Beer Tent is known for their ox cuisine dishes.  If you want to eat ox, Ochsenbraterei is the place for you.  You can wash down your ox with Spaten beer and listen to a traditional brass Oktoberfest band.  Just look for the beer tent with a moving spit of oxen outside.

Bucket List Events at the Ox in 2016

Bucket List Events at the Ox in 2016

 

Ochsenbraterei Tent

Bucket List Events at the Ochsenbraterei Tent – 2014


Hofbrau Tent

Hofbräu Beer Tent

Hofbräu is one of the largest tests, filled with 10,000 Wiesn patrons. The indoor capacity of 7,000 is second largest of the Oktoberfest tents. Margot and Guenter Steinberg do an excellent job of welcoming thirsty festival-goers to the counterpart of the famous Hofbräuhäus in central Munich.

The Hofbräu Beer Tent has a very diverse menu filled with chicken, pork roast, sausage, spareribs, liver dumpling soup, potato soup, knuckles of pork, Munich-style marinated beef, suckling pig, Wiener Schnitzel, roast duck and roast beef. The tent population is almost as diverse as the menu. Hofbräu is popular with Americans, Aussies and Kiwis as well as locals. Everyone can sit back, enjoy the Hofbräu-München beer and listen to traditional Oktoberfest music provided by Plattlinger Isarspatz directed by Alois.

Hofbrau

Dominating the Hofbrau in 2016

Bucket List Eventsat the Hofbrau - 2014

Bucket List Events at the Hofbrau – 2014

A night at the Hofbrau, 2015

A night at the Hofbrau, 2015


Lowenbrau Tent

Löwenbräu-Festhalle

Seating capacity inside: 5,700
Seating capacity outside: 2,800
Brewery: Löwenbräu
Managers: Ludwig Hagn and Stephanie Spendler
Music: Bert Hansmaier’s Heldensteiner

The lion’s on the loose! Just follow the roar of the legendary Lowenbrau to the unmistakable Lowenbrau tower to join the party. If you’re searching for extraordinary hospitality and a crazy atmosphere, this is the tent for you. High spirits are contagious when everyone savors Bavarian treats and thirst-quenching Lowenbrau during Oktoberfest.

The Lion during Oktoberfest 2016

The Lion during Oktoberfest 2016

 

Lowenbrau Tent

Bucket List Events at the Lowenbrau Tent – 2015


Tent - Kafer

Käfers Wiesn Schänke

Ok, so Käfer is the only place to go after the rest of the tents are closed. The Paulaner Beer is served 90 minutes later at Käfer than anywhere else on the Wiesn Oktoberfest grounds.

The 1,900 outdoor seats start filling up after “last call” is announced at other beer tents. The 1,000 seats inside are usually reserved. So the really drunk and really dedicated end up finishing their night outside—where soup is served to keep you warm on those brisk nights.

This means that while the smart people in town are in bed and passed out by midnight, the true beer drinkers continue their festivities at Käfer until 1:00 a.m. There are many Oktoberfest patrons that can blame their morning hangovers on Käfer, Paulaner Beer, and the California Sun band.

Käfer is known as the most ‘upscale’ tent at Oktoberfest. Its meals are significantly more expensive (and better quality) although the waiters are notorious for the upsell…don’t fall into the trap of getting the 200 euro duck. It’s not fun.

Kafer Tent

Kafer Tent entertaining the masses in 2013


Tent - Marstall Banner

Marstall

Proprietors: Siegfried and Sabine Abele and friends
Seating capacity inside: 3,200
Seating capacity outside: 1,000
Brewery: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Music: Die Münchner Zwietracht, Die Oberbayern

The Marstall blends tradition with modern-day style, where upscale cuisine and top-class service rub shoulders with traditional Bavarian hospitality. To lively brass band music, we serve freshly poured beer, but also fine wines; themenu offers regional specialities as well as sophisticated cuisine. The Marstall is a stylish setting for celebrating, seating over 4,000 guests – 3,200 inside the tent and 1,000 in the beer garden.

Traditional Bavarian music is played from 12 am, setting the scene for homely celebrations. From 6.30 pm every evening live party music steps up the mood, and the party in the Marstall continues until the Oktoberfest closes at 11 pm.

History

The Marstall, a court riding-school built by Leo von Klenze, was a meeting-point for aristocratic equestrians in 19th-century Munich. And horses also play a central role at the Munich Oktoberfest. On 16 October 1810, a horse race was held on Theresienwiese meadow in honour of the newly married Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen; this event was the precursor of today’s Oktoberfest.

The Marstall tent pays homage to the equestrian roots of the Oktoberfest. Horse motifs can be found everywhere; the entrance is marked by a carriage with a team of four horses, and the interior is decorated with a host of magnificent wooden horses from days gone by. The showpiece of our tent is the musicians’ stage in the form of a carousel.


Augustiner Tent

Augustiner Beer Tent

Seating capacity inside: 6,000+
Seating capacity outside: 2,500+
Brewery: Augustiner Bräu Wagner KG
Music: Augustiner Oktoberfest band directed by Reinhard Hagitte

No matter how hectic it gets in the Augustiner tent, you won’t see it on the waitresses’ faces. Because this tent is considered to be the “friendliest” tent at Oktoberfest, it is often a favorite stop for families. They even have a kids’ day every Tuesday with lower prices on the beer (not for the kids, of course!).

The Augustiner beer had been brewed, since 1328, for nearly 500 years in the monastery of the Augustinian brotherhood near the cathedral of Munich. After the secularization 1803 and the following privatization, Augustiner Bräu moved into the Neuhauser Straße (Road to Neuhaus) in 1817, where the famous principal firm still stands. 1829 the Wagner family took over the company, which was transferred 1885 into the “Kellerareal” (cellar area) at the Landsberger Straße (Road to Landsberg). The Augustiner Beer Tent has had the same manager for the last sixteen years: Manfred Vollmer.

The Augustiner Beer Tent serves its beer to over 8,500 patrons a day from individually tapped wooden kegs rather than the Oktoberfest standard of stainless steel vats.


Tent - Arm Banner

Armbrustschützenzelt

If you want to check out a cross-bow competition while drinking a maß of beer, than Armbrustschützenzelt is your tent! Peter Inselkammer’s tent has been showcasing cross-bow competitions since 1895. So grab a liter of Paulaner beer, eat some roast chicken, knuckle of pork, or traditional sausage with sauerkraut and cheer on your favorite shooter. When the contest is done, you can listen to traditional German music with 5,800 other guests. If the brass band music of Unterbrunner Blasmusik isn’t your thing, head outside and people watch from the outdoor patio. 1,600 people can comfortably occupy the outdoor seating area of Armbrustschützenzelt.

The urinals in the men’s room at Armbrustschützenzelt didn’t make a Top 10 list, but received honorable mention for “Most Fascinating.” Someone estimated 500 men could securely occupy the space. After drinking liters of cold Paulaner beer all night in a tent that holds 7,500 people, 500 urinals will be a welcome sight! Men, you’ll just have to see it for yourself. Ladies, you’ll have to take our word for it.


Tent - Bräurosl Beer Tent

Bräurosl Beer Tent

The first thing you see upon entering the Bräurosl Beer Tent is a painting of a young woman on a horse. This is the daughter of the original brewery owner, Rosl; legend says she enjoyed riding her horse to the Oktoberfest grounds. The beer tent, serving Hacker-Pschorr beer, is named after her. If you spend an afternoon or evening at the Bräurosl tent, you’ll likely hear the traditional brass band and yodeler (Ludwig Thoma-Musicians and Sudtiroler Spitzbuam).

Bräurosl is a mid-sized beer tent with room for 6,000 patrons inside and an additional 2,200 outside. The managers Georg and Renate Heide traditionally welcome a large gay population to their tent on the first Sunday of the festival. There’s some debate about whether this is an officially organized gay event, but all festival-goers and beer drinkers will have fun at this Oktoberfest tent—whether gay or straight. The Heide family has managed Bräurosl for seven generations.

Bräurosl Beer Tent

Bucket List Events at the Bräurosl Tent – 2015


Weinzelt Tent

Weinzelt Wine Tent

Who is to say that you always have to drink beer at the Wiesn? The Weinzelt Wine Tent offers a selection of more than 15 different wines, in addition to different types of sekt (sparkling wine), champagne, and of course, BEER.

This is definitely the ONLY place you can get away with drinking wine at Oktoberfest. If you are male, forget about it. On that note, why did you bother coming to Oktoberfest…?

Weinzelt is known for its three different bands and its Nymphenburger Sekt. If wine’s not your preference, you can still get Paulaner Weißbier. Managers Roland, Doris, and Stephan Kuffler do a good job of offering alternatives to the traditional Oktoberfest beer tent. Indoor seating is available for 1,300 wine drinkers with 600 more seats outside.


Tent - Schottenhamel

Schottenhamel

Welcome to the oldest tent in Oktoberfest!

The Schottenhamel family still hosts what they call the “most sincere” tent in Oktoberfest. There’s no room for cliques in this tent. Politicians, celebrities and students can toast together in this festival tent that holds up to 10,000 people.

The Schottenhamel tent began in 1867 with a wooden shed holding 50 people. The current tent (holding 6,000 people outside and 4,000 people inside) was constructed in 1953. There are two balconies inside and 351 employees serve the Schottenhamel tent during Oktoberfest.

On the opening day of Oktoberfest every year, the mayor of Munich taps the first keg at the Schottenhamel tent. At noon on opening day, the Spaten beer officially starts flowing at Schottenhamel. The music of Otto Schwarzfischer Blaskapelle starts soon after.

Schottenhamel

Taking in the Schottenhamel – 2013

Schottenhamel

Bucket List Events at the Schottenhamel Tent 2015


Winzerer Tent

Winzerer Fähndle

The Winzerer Fähndle Oktoberfest Beer Tent is the largest with an inside capacity of 8,450 seats and the outside capacity of 2,450 seats. It also has a great ambience with authentic Bavarian decorations and the music of Nockherberger directed by Konrad Aigner.

Winzerer is a good place to meet celebrities and Munich TV used to broadcast their Oktoberfest newscasts from this beer tent. Winzerer Fähndle is easy to find, just follow the huge tower with a giant liter of Paulaner Beer on top of it. The owners Peter and Arabella Pongratz are very proud of their beer tent with authentic Bavarian detail.

Rocking out in 2016

Rocking out in 2016


Tent - Fisher

Fischer Vroni

Want something a little different? Tired of the roast chicken and pork knuckles offered at other Oktoberfest tents? Try some German grilled fish at the Fischer Vroni tent. “Fisch” is German for fish and the Fischer tent offers a wonderful fish menu. Whether you prefer walleyed pike, white fish or salmon trout, Fischer tent has it all. The fish is grilled on a stick—in a row that’s 15 meters long (that’s almost 50 feet!)

If you don’t have reservations at Fischer and can’t find an open seat, you can still see the 50 feet of grilled fish. It’s a sight to be seen among the busy and crowded streets of the Oktoberfest grounds.

Fischer Vroni is managed by Johann and Silvia Statmueller. They serve Augustiner beer to 2,700 indoor seats and an additional 700 outside. A little on the smaller side, Fischer is still a popular tent. The music of Sepp Folger und seine Munchner Musikanten can be heard playing amid the aroma of grilled fish.


Tent - Hacker

Hacker-Pschorr

Hacker Pschorr is one of the only breweries still brewing the traditional Oktoberfest Märzenbier. The name comes from the month that it’s brewed, March, and is then “lagered” until Oktoberfest in September.

What goes better with a liter of your favorite beer than some rock and roll to get the party started?! If you need a break from the brass bands at Oktoberfest, get rockin’ n’ rollin’ with Hacker and the Cagey Strings Rock’n’Rock Band. The music starts at 5:30 each evening, so head over early if you want to join the fun.

As you enjoy the music and Hacker beer, look around the tent nicknamed “Heaven of Bavaria”. There is a 13,000 square foot mural painted by Rodulf Reinstadler in 2004 showcasing Munich landmarks and the Bavarian way of life. There is also a unique revolving theater.

Christl and Toni Roiderer manage Hacker beer tent with a 6,900 indoor capacity and 2,400 outdoor.

Hacker

Hacker in 2013

Bucket List Events in "Bavarian Heaven" - 2015

Bucket List Events in “Bavarian Heaven” – 2015

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Our group of 12 people enjoyed a wonderful trip to Oktoberfest in Munich thanks to Bucket List Events! All of the arrangements were wonderful, including the Beer Tent Reservations, the hotel, the supplemental tours and even the welcome dinner on the Festival Grounds. It was the trip we had all hoped for. Our thanks go to the entire Bucket List Events Team!!

Joseph B, Travel Agent

We loved Munich, and Oktoberfest! Bucket List Events put together a real fun itinerary of events, and we would love to join you again in the future.

Cory S, 2016 Oktoberfest Client

Words cannot express what an amazing experience Bucket List Events can provide. Absolutely everything from the communication prior to arrival, up until the end of our stay was absolutely fantastic. The only negative we had for our experience, was that it had to come to an end! I would have absolutely no hesitation to use them again!

Sarah H., 2015 Oktoberfest Client

Epic trip!  Munich 2017 "My bucket list events" staff were incredible hosts that really know how to have a good time.   Out loud to the group I exclaimed, "this is the best day of my life!" I meant every word. Don't hesitate... THIS IS WHO YOU NEED TO GO TO OKTOBERFEST WITH!

Greg D, 2017 Oktoberfest Client

Thank you for helping us organize a trip of a lifetime!

Victoria L., 2016 Oktoberfest Client

This was hands down the best vacation we have taken. The service from start to finish was superb!! They took all the stress & hassle out of vacation. All we had to do was show up & have a great time! Mission accomplished!! Plus they were great to hang out with, tons of fun!!! Thanks, guys, for such a great & memorable vacation, we'll be seeing you soon!

Lauren O., 2015 Oktoberfest Client

Thanks for such an awesome time! It is something I'll never forget!

Taylor Q, 2016 Oktoberfest Client

GREAT time at Oktoberfest. I may have to go again next year!

Susan B, 2016 Oktoberfest Client

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU!!! I told my friends and co-workers I was really sad to have to come back because I was having so much fun. Our group was great and very welcoming – they all made me feel very comfortable. I was a little worried at first since I was there by myself, but all that went out the window after we had the first pint – well maybe even before that! I will definitely use Bucket List Events again in the future.

Lori S, 2014 Oktoberfest Client

We want to thank you and the test of your team for making sure everything went smoothly. We all had a great time!

Tom, 2016 Oktoberfest Client