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Reservation at the Oktoberfest 2023: Booking a table

Table reservations in the large and small Wiesn tents

Going to the Oktoberfest and into the beer tent without a reservation? The good news is that some of the tables in the large Oktoberfest tents are kept free for spontaneous visitors. In the evening and in groups, however, it may well happen that you don't get a seat - or don't get into the tent at all because it's closed due to overcrowding. Our FAQs on the subject of Oktoberfest reservations for the 2023 Oktoberfest from September 16 to October 3.

When can you make a reservation at Wiesn for 2023?

For most of the festival tents, the reservation option for Oktoberfest 2023 will be activated by spring, at the latest in April or May - the festival hosts will provide information about the start on their websites. Please don't call or email shortly after the Oktoberfest - it's useless.

Do I need to reserve a place in the beer tent?

In principle, no. Entry into the beer tents is free. A quarter of the places in the tents are not reservable. At the weekend and on the public holiday half the seats cannot be reserved until 3 pm, after that 35% are not reservable. The Käfer Wiesn-Schänke and Kuffler’s Weinzelt (wine tent) are excluded from this rule. Reservations can only be made for the interior of the tents, not for the beer gardens.

Where can I reserve a table in a tent?

There is no central reservation point. Table reservations are always made via the respective tent. In most of the small Wiesn tents you can and should make a reservation in good time, especially if you’re in a group and want to go in the evening. Most reservations are made online, sometimes also by telephone. Find the tents with their reservation info here!

How much does a reservation in a beer tent cost?

The reservation itself – just like entry to the Wiesn and the beer tents – is free. However you need to buy and pay for vouchers in advance. These are tokens, for example for 2 liters of beer and a half chicken per person.

How many people do you need to make a table reservation?

“Table for two at the Wiesn” – we don’t do that at Oktoberfest. Companionship is the order of the day and reservations are only taken for whole tables. Our tables seat 8 to 10 people. The vouchers for a table cost on average about 350 euros in total, in some tents more.

Are there also packages to reserve?

Yes. Brand new this year is the "Wiesnpaket" combination offer for individuals starting at 79 euros (depending on the tent). The Wiesn Package includes per person a reserved seat in a festival tent of your choice (at lunchtime or in the evening) with food and beer tokens (individual according to tent), a voucher for one of three guided tours (Oktoberfest tour, Old Town tour, Münchner Kindl tour) with an official guide from the state capital Munich and the official Oktoberfest stein with the Oktoberfest motif. Find more information here (in German)

How do you make a table reservation?

From early in the year: Check directly on the website of the tent whether bookings are being accepted yet. As soon as that happens, you’ve got to be quick! But just before the start of Oktoberfest, it’s worth checking or asking as some people cancel their reservation at short notice. When you’ve sent your request: You’ve got to wait for the response. After a couple of days or weeks you get a confirmation by email, transfer the money for the vouchers, collect the tokens and entry bracelets (as applicable) from the proprietor’s regular venue or have them delivered to you. And then all you have to do is look forward to it!

Can I specify a preferred time and date?

In principle, of course yes. But it won’t be worth trying to book the table next to the tapping of the barrel in the Schottenhamel-Festhalle on the first Saturday of the Wiesn! At the weekend and before the public holiday, the tables in the evening are particularly in demand. It’s a bit easier during the week, at lunchtime and at the Oide Wiesn (Old Oktoberfest).

What do I do if I have beer tokens left over after the Wiesn?

Don’t worry – if that happens, then you can exchange the tokens against food and drink in the permanent venues of the proprietors – for a long time after the Wiesn.

What about Munich residents?

Since 2015 there has been a special rule for Munich residents at Oktoberfest: in the main tents at the weekend, the proprietors are allowed to give 15% of the non-reservable places to Munich residents. If you’re interested, you must have Munich as your primary residence and see the respective proprietor with your identification card before the Wiesn, mostly from June. There is no minimum consumption here but most proprietors charge a small handling fee. Information on this is on the proprietors’ websites.

Anything else to know with reservations?

Reservations cannot be resold – if that happens the proprietors will normally realize and will cancel the reservations. Therefore please do not “purchase” table reservations at internet auctions or from any place other than directly from the respective proprietor of the relevant tent. It might take a bit of effort and patience but it’s worth being on the safe side.