The history of the Oide Wiesn
In the southernmost part of Theresienwiese, in immediate proximity to the big wheel, stands a very special piece of Oktoberfest history: the Oide Wiesn. Here will feel as though you have gone back in time. Anyone who takes a seat on the historical rides before sitting in a cozy beer tent to experience true Bavarian tradition will have an idea of how Oktoberfest was celebrated in former years. Over 200 years ago to be exact. That’s how long Oktoberfest has been around. In 2010 at the 200th anniversary celebrations, the Oide Wiesn was intended to give festival-goers a glimpse into Oktoberfest history.
It was to be a one-off event only. The Oide Wiesn was met with such approval that it was decided it would become a permanent feature of Oktoberfest, albeit with a few minor tweaks. Much to the delight of Munich locals who love their Oide Wiesn. Families with children enjoy spending time here especially - away from the hustle and bustle of Oktoberfest in a really child-friendly environment. Useful info: The Oide Wiesn shares its grounds with the Bavarian Country Festival [Bayerische Zentral-Landwirtschaftsfest], meaning it can’t take place every fourth year. The next Oktoberfest without the Oide Wiesn will be in 2020.