Info and tipps for your beer tent trip
There are 14 big and 21 small tents on the Munich Oktoberfest. On weekend they open at 9.00 a.m., on weekdays at 10.00 a.m. The tents close at 11.30 p.m. The last beer is sold at 10.30 p.m. Only the wine tent is open until 1.00 a.m. and sells beer until 0.15 a.m. The entrance to all tents is FREE and you don’t have to buy any tickets.Entering the beer tent WITH reservation
Reservations for seats in the tents can be done from December ONLY at the respective tents. You can NOT make any reservations via Oktoberfest.de.
Please remember to do your reservation as soon as possible because the tents are fully booked very soon. You can only reserve whole tables for 10 persons. The reservation is free, but you have to buy beer- and food-coupons in advance for 20,00 – 80,00€ per person depending on the tent and the time.
The contact to the respective tents and more information about them can be found here:
In the 21 small tents you can make reservations, as well.
Entering the beer tent WITHOUT reservation
Of course you can also enter the tents without any reservation. But please notice that free seats are very rare and that tents are often closing early because of overfilling. Without a reservation you may not be allowed to enter an overfilled tent and without a place to sit you may not order beer or food. So please keep in mind to come before 3.00 p.m. on weekdays and before 10.00 a.m. on weekends or earlier. Food and beverages can only be payed in cash.
In the beergarden can not be done any reservations. That's why you can often find some place there, when the tents are already full. There is no band, but the music from inside the tent is transmitted by loudspeakers. The atmosphere is more quiet than in the tents. You are also allowed to smoke and to bring your own food in the beergarden, which is forbidden inside.
Families on Oktoberfest
For families we advise to visit the tents during the week at midday, because this is the calmest time. After 8.00 p.m. children less than 6 years have to leave the tents. You should avoid taking your children in full beer tents. Every day after 6 p.m. and all Saturday buggies are forbidden in tents for safety reasons. Youths less than 16 years are not allowed to consume beer.
Dos and Don’ts inside the tents
You may not take food or beverages into the tents. You can take cigarettes with you, but it's forbidden to smoke inside the tent. Of course also any kinds of weapons are not allowed. Animals may not enter the tent. There is a control of bags at the entrance of the tents. We advise to store bigger sized bags at the baggage store at the underground station Theresienwiese.
Music in the tents
Until 6 p.m. in most tents there is only played Bavarian music for brass instruments. Afterwards are played the famous hit songs. On Saturdays many bands start earlier with the party music. Please notice also that you are allowed to dance on the benches but may not stand on the tables.