Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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Wiesn tips for families

How children can feel at home at Oktoberfest

Among adults, the Wiesn agenda is quite clear. Amusement rides, beer tents, and fun. But even as a families can have a great time at the Oktoberfest if you know what child-friendly offers are available.

New: The "Herzerl Rallye"

From the first family day, 24 September, children from the age of six will learn exciting and worth knowing things about the Wiesn rides at the "Herzerl Rallye". All over the fairground there are - not only - gingerbread hearts with letters at children's rides. With the help of the game plan, which is available at all children's rides or can be downloaded from www.oktoberfest.de, the search for gingerbread hearts with letters starts. Once the last letter has been found, the little sniffers can pick up a surprise from the fixed line at the Theresienwiese service centre (behind the Schottenhamel marquee).

The schedule for the Herzerl Rally can be downloaded here.

New: Kids finder wristbands

At the entrances to the Wiesn site, the Kinderfinder folders hand out bracelets. If they have a telephone number on the wristband, little visitors cannot get lost. The free wristbands are not only helpful for parents and accompanying persons, but are also popular with the kids as souvenirs.

Tuesdays at Oktoberfest: Family Day is savings day

During Oktoberfest, every family’s favorite day is Tuesday, Family Day. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. many rides and snack bars offer special prices, a significant relief to the wallet, especially if you’re travelling with several children. On this day, parents are offered conditions that make it much easier to give in to children’s wishes.

Explore the “Familienplatzl”!

This place is unfortunately not known to all families, but they could experience the most relaxed Wiesn time of all. The Familienplatzl is located in the Street 3/East and is clearly marked with a neon sign. Here families can enjoy “their space” where they can experience driving pleasure, Wiesn fun, and hospitality bundled into one street. There are benches and tables where family members big and small can relax from the strains of Oktoberfest. If you’re hungry, the Familienplatzl beer garden invites you to linger and offers things like family-friendly snacks and funny surprises for the little ones. Also to be discovered in a family-friendly atmosphere: the baby flight and a stand where you can throw arrows and cans. The family fun is ready!

A child-friendly feast — without any stress

In Bavarian beer gardens, it’s customary to bring your food to the beer garden and eat it there. The Familienplatzerl is no different. Before the visit there you can shop to your heart’s content - everything parents and children want. It goes without saying that the entire range of folk festival sweets is offered here, from gummi snakes to coconut cubes and candy necklaces.

Special service for families

No matter where you go as a family at Oktoberfest: It is noticeable how welcomed parents and children are at this folk festival. There’s affordable baby carriage parking, baby changing rooms with a changing table, and of course microwaves for heating baby food and food you’ve brought with you. Ideal for baby carriages: The Familienplatzerl is completely accessible (no steps!) with a wooden floor laid out, which invites little guests to play.

The ‘Oide Wiesn,’ a children’s paradise

Munich locals love their “Oide”, the nostalgic Wiesn as it used to be, which takes place on the southern edge of the festival grounds. It’s not only more leisurely here, all the rides cost only one euro! The Tradition festival tent, for example, is already suitable for small children during the day, even though it’s not that small a beer tent: Here, children can even jump around on the stage when no performance is taking place. From 8 p.m. onwards, however, children under the age of 6 are no longer allowed, even accompanied by their parents.

Important: Non-updated information on this page refers to Oktoberfest 2019. There was no Oktoberfest in 2020, neither was in 2021 due to the Corona pandemic.