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Oktoberfest Special - The Mr Beam Wiesn Guide

Although the Wiesn is the largest and most famous folk festival in the world, it basically stays traditional tradition. It has been taking place annually for over 200 years- there were only exceptions in war and pandemic times, most recently during the corona pandemic. Millions of guests from all over the world come to Munich year after year when it says again: "O'Zapft is".

The history of the Oktoberfest

How did the festival come about?

At the October 17, 1810 was the first Oktoberfest opened with a horse race. The occasion was the wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The horse race took place on a meadow on the (then) outskirts, which in honor of the bride carried the name "Theresienwiese" from there.

In 1811 the agricultural association in Bavaria decided, to have the festival takes place annually and to use it for the presentation of rural services. In 1813 the festival had to be out for the first time for reasons of war, the occasion was the Napoleonic wars. In 1818 there was the first carousel and the first two swings on the festival. From then on there should be more every year - there are now over a hundred rides.

The festival was financed privately until 1819, from then on it became organized by the city fathers in Munich. In 1850 the Bavaria statue on the Theresienwiese was solemnly unveiled. In 1854 the festival had to fail because of the cholera epidemic, in 1866 because of the Prussian-Austrian War and in 1870 because of the Franco-German war. Even during the First World War from 1914 to 1918, the festival did not take place, in 1919 and 1920 only as a small autumn festival. In 1923 and 1924 there was a new break due to inflation and currency change. The festival also stopped during the Second World War from 1939 to 1945. In the first three years after the war there was again only the smaller autumn festival and in 1949 there was a regular Oktoberfest year for the first time.

Why is the Oktoberfest that means?

The festival originally took place in October - hence the name. Since the weather is often cool in October, it was forwarded to the second half of September in 1872, where the weather is usually still beautiful.

What is celebrated at the Oktoberfest?

For the first time it found the festival at the end of the five -day wedding celebrations by Ludwig I and Princess Therese in 1810. The following year the horse race took place again due to the great success. In addition, there was an agricultural festival oriented by the farmers. This is how the Oktoberfest tradition was created. The number of beer tents and competitions grew annually, only the horse race has not existed for organizational reasons since 1938.

When does the Oktoberfest usually start?

Start Oktoberfest

The festival took place in October until 1872. Now you wanted Use the good weather of the old women's summer And so it was brought forward in September. The start is always on Saturday after September 15th, at the end of the first Sunday in October.

When is the tap on the first day?

Of the Stitching takes place every year at 12 noon on the first Wiesn Saturday in the Schottenhamel festival hall. The mayor taps the first beer barrel and calls "O'Zapft is!" The festival is officially opened. 

How long does the Oktoberfest go?

That Fixed for two weeks. It starts on Saturday after September 15th and ends on the first Sunday in October. If October 3rd falls on a Monday, the Oktoberfest is one day longer and the Oktoberfest final will take place on Monday.

Which tents are there at the Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest tents

It There are 17 large and 21 small tents on the festival. The large beer tents include the Augustiner Festhalle, the crossbow protection tent, the traditional tent of tradition, the Fischer-Vroni, the Hacker Festzent, Herzkasperl-Festzelt, Hofbräu Festzent, the Käfer Wiesn-Schänke, Kufflers Weinzelt, the Löwenbräu-Festzent, the Marstall Festival tent, the Ochsenbraterei, the Paulaner marquee, the Bräurosl, the Schottenhamel Festhalle, the shooting tent and the folk singer tent Schützenlisl.


Insider tips for the various tents and beer gardens
Insider tip if you just want to eat something: Oide Wiesn in the museum tent z. B. you always find a cozy place for ratcheting and eating. It is also very slow and ideal to rest before strolling over the big Oktoberfest.
After-Wiesn Essen tip: The shrimp with Aioli from the Fischer Vroni or an oxenfetz ensemble from the ox roast.
Where can I hear Malle hits? In the evening there is always a “Malle Medley” in Schottenhamel where all Malle fans get their money's worth. The winegrower is also known for its hit hits!
The tent for night owls: Wine tent - here the reservations go until 0:30 a.m.!
Where can I best breakfast? Of course in Café Kaiserschmarrn!
Insider tip beer garden: The small beer garden from the Glöckle host is really always worth a visit!
Do you love dumplings? Then go to the dumplings! The small but fine tent is known for its numerous dumpling variations.
Insider tip for good weather? The Munich wheat beer garden! There you can comfortably drink a wheat beer and the hustle and bustle at the Oktoberfest. Super also suitable as a start-meeting place!


Where is the Oktoberfest in Munich?

Theresienwiese Oktoberfest

The venue is the Theresienwiesethat you can reach by subway with the U3 or the U6. The U3 and U6 drive to Goetheplatz or Poccistraße (one station on). From here it is a few minutes on foot to the eastern or southern entrance to the festival.

As for the S-Bahn, lines s1 to S8 drive All to the Hacker Bridge. It takes two minutes from the main train station, five minutes from Marienplatz and ten minutes from the Ostbahnhof to the Hackerbrücke. From there it is ten minutes walk to the main entrance.

The Theresienwiese can be reached by bus with lines 53, 58, 62 and 134. The tram takes the lines 18/19 and 16/17.

Tip for arrival by subway
Goetheplatz/Poccistraße are a lot better than the U5 Theresienwiese (this is also very often closed due to overcrowding). If you drive U5, then take the other start - you have a little more walk to the entrance, but it is much more relaxed than taking the direct start to the Oktoberfest.


How is the Oktoberfest ended?

The festival is ended with a firecracker. There is also a firecracker shooting at the tapping, but at the end it is much more spectacular. On the last Sunday in Wiesn, from 12 p.m. 60 female and male firecrackers shoot their salut from the foot of the Bavaria. The spectacle is accompanied by a brass band. In the evening the Oktoberfest finals take place in the tents. Some of the sparklers are distributed or there is a play of light. All Oktoberfest contracts and participants celebrate the end of the Oktoberfest with an emotional sweeping.

How do you get dressed for the Oktoberfest?

Traditional Oktoberfest

Nowadays you wear on the festival Traditional costumes made of high -quality materials. Even if there is leather pants and dirndls as a discount goods around the Oktoberfest-a real costume is tailor-made and made of high-quality fabric and is a long time to enjoy your wearer.

Can I go to the Oktoberfest with jeans?

Even if it has become a trend in the past 20 years to wear folk festivals and especially on Theresienwiese costume, this is still not a requirement for access. In the 1950s and 60s, for example, suit and costume were the right outfit for folk festivals, later they were dressed appropriately with casual clothing. In general, however, the following applies: especially tourists, on Bavarian "ripped", may also come with jeans and T-shirt. If you still want to participate in the Oktoberfest mood, you can spice up your outfit with a traditional blouse, jacket or a traditional felt hat. Above all, because otherwise you quickly feel uncomfortable between the traditional costumes.

Which dirndl to the Oktoberfest?

That Dirndl shouldn't be too short. At least it should reach the knee. A high quality Dirndl With apron and a high -quality blouse are the right choice for the lady. Even if the discounterware is tempting, you can lose quality here. A cheap dirndl can usually only be carried long. High quality dirndls keep their color and shape over the years.

On which side has to be my dirndl loop?

Dirndl loop

Those who are in a relationship wear the dirndl loop on the right, singles bind their loop on the left.

What leather pants for the Oktoberfest?

Men should be one Wear real leather pants And no shorts in lederhosen look. Classic leather pants are appropriate.

Which shirt for the Oktoberfest?

Suitable for leather pants, the gentleman wears A shirt with Vichy or Gingham-Karo. As an alternative, a white shirt goes through. A vest keeps warm on colder days.

Which shoes should men wear?

Oktoberfest oat shoes

Wear men Traditionally oat shoes. Leather boots do it too and are just as comfortable. Above all, they fit lederhosen. Beware of the socks - traditionally, the Mr. Trachten stockings and no tennis socks. It is advisable to run your shoes beforehand!

Which shoes should women wear?

Women wear traditional costume pumps or ankle boots. Beautiful ballerinas are also appropriate.

What is a Charivari?


A Charivari is a traditional silver chain, which is often worn to leather pants or dirndls.

Of the Origin of the Charivari lies in the hunt. The chain served the hunters and farmers as a talisman and was a respected status symbol. The Charivari was then decorated with trophies from hunting such as roof beards, animal paws, teeth of hunting animals and the like. In addition, coins or gemstones were attached.

Nowadays, wearing the chain has come back into fashion because it revived of more and more traditional costumes Was a jewelry for the costume.

Traditional checklist to check off

Traditional checklist Oktoberfest

Numbers and facts about the Oktoberfest

Ferris wheel Oktoberfest

How much can a waiter earn at the Oktoberfest?

Kellners at the world's largest folk festival pays off financially: Over 500 euros net a day are realistic. The more you sell, the more you earn. About one euro operating allowance is included per measure jug, which is made up of the waiter's wages. However, tips are not included in the operating allowance and should be given extra. It also makes a difference in which tent and whether there is a whirper or outside. There is less going on outside in bad weather. In a tent in which schnapps or champagne are also sold, more sales are made than in a pure beer tent.

The waiter train long before the festival of wearing water -filled measurement mugs. Strong and fit waiters create up to 30 kg at once. In any case is the waiter on the festival a bone job, don't hold out the untrained. Work is done in layers and every day. The waiter can recover when the festival is over.

Which beer is served at the Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest beer

Wiesn guests are spoiled for choice during beer. A total of six different types are served: Hofbräu, Augustiner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Löwenbräu and spades. However, the time-honored Munich breweries give out a special Oktoberfest beer for the festival that does not exist in the rest of the year. The Oktoberfest beer has a fine-torn, slightly malty note, has fewer carbonic acid than normal beer and is tasty.

How much beer is served in the Oktoberfest?

On average, a little more liter of beer is drunk than there are Oktoberfest visitors. For example, 6.2 million visitors consumed a total of 7.5 million levels of beer.

How strong is the beer at the Oktoberfest?

The bright has an alcohol content of around 6 % and is therefore a bit stronger than normal beer. Depending on the brewery, the alcohol content varies lightly, but is never higher than 6.5 %.

Even more numbers and facts for the Oktoberfest

Chain carousel Oktoberfest

More than six million visitors came for the last October festival in 2019. In 1881 the First Hendlbaterei on the festival and justified a trendthat continues to this day. Nowadays, around one million half Hendl are consumed annually at the festival. Other popular dishes on the festival are sausages, pretzels, steam noodles with vanilla sauce, roasted almonds, Kaiserschmarrn, Leberkas or the classic gingerbread heart. In addition to enjoying beer and delicious food, there are now over 100 rides. - This number increases steadily. With this diverse offer, the festival makes one Sales of just under billion euros And it is an enormous economic factor for the city of Munich.

What else should I consider at the Oktoberfest?

Gingerbread heart Oktoberfest

What shouldn't be missing in your handbag?

Hair gum or loop to mark your mug - more important than ever in times of Corona.

Swabian tip: Buy the pretzel directly on the subway and consume on the way to the Oktoberfest.

Comfortable shoes are the be -all and end -all: On a Oktoberfest day you will definitely take 8,000 to 10,000 steps!

Cash: It is best to collect change in front of the Oktoberfest, so that you can always give the money for beer + tips to the operation.

Set a budget/limit - Otherwise, a Oktoberfest day can cost you more than 150 euros

Is the 4th beer really necessary? Do I really need chocolate fruits for 10 euros now? At the Oktoberfest you can also have a lot of fun with very little money - because it only counts the mood and the good music. You won't remember everything else later!

Completely underrated: The lunch meadows!

Your office is like that of Mr Beam within walking distance of the Oktoberfest? Then nothing like there! There are special lunch offers in many beer gardens and tents And they are at least as good as the business lunch from the Italian around the corner. Suck the mood at noon, stroll something over the Oktoberfest and enjoy a wheat beer or non -alcoholic beer at the Oktoberfest. And team building is guaranteed. - So a Perfect ritual! Are you currently looking for a new job? We still have vacancies And are constantly looking for motivated employees.

General tips and tricks for the Oktoberfest

It is a misconception that you need a reservation. It helps to get into a tent at peak times, but it is almost always possible to get places.

Including wins - Every table is always to be filled with 10 people. So if there are only 8 people at a table, you can definitely sit down as a couple.

The service is your friend or girlfriend: Good operations always organize places - because this always causes enough tip.

If you still More tips for the Oktoberfest have that we forgot, then like to comment under this post. We look forward to your input!

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