The Oktoberfest Experience – Beer Tents

21 Sep

Here is the second installment of “The Okotoberfest Experience” …

The “Festzelt” (beer tent) experience is truly Oktoberfest’s main attraction. Within these festive microcosms, drinking a liter of beer at a time becomes the norm and many end up eating their weight in sausage or pork-knuckle.  Crowds sway and sing on the benches, and some people even manage to make miraculous progress with the German language!  However, getting into a tent is not necessarily for the Oktoberfest amateur.

The Schottenhammel tent is where it all begins. This is where Munich's Mayor kicks off Oktoberfest on opening day.


Without a reservation, getting into a beer tent will be difficult and might be impossible for some.  In any case, if you have not reserved, do not plan on showing up in the evening and getting a seat.  You will need to get there early and have some patience.  If the large tents are full, try the smaller ones!  Small and medium sized tents are sometimes more accessible, although they might not seat you unless you plan to order food, and you need to be prepared to wait in line. With the millions of visitors, beer tents can pretty much impose any rules they want.  Oktoberfest is a break the bank kind of outing in any case, and forking out 15 or 20 extra euros for a meal is the price to pay if you want to get a seat, especially since waitresses in bear tents will not serve you without a seat!

Each tent manages its own reservations.  For information on how to reserve, check out The Oktoberfest Website.  This site is filled with practical information in English and gives you a clear idea of what is original about each tent as well as contact information.


5 Responses to “The Oktoberfest Experience – Beer Tents”

  1. Karl September 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    Simply fantastic ! The text is interesting, and once again the photos really do help to bring the whole story to life.

  2. Jonathan Gardner October 1, 2010 at 2:04 am #

    My wife and I are planning to go to Oktoberfest 2011 for our 30th birthday next year. Thanks for the insight.

  3. How To Build Muscle October 1, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    I love visiting your site, I have book marked it

  4. E. October 6, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    I’ve never been to one of those festivals, but it sounds like it could be a truly funky experience…

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