Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München

What every Oktoberfest visitor should know

10 Golden Rules for Oktoberfest

We all want to have fun at Oktoberfest. To make sure we all enjoy ourselves, we have established a few rules. What you should know about backpacks, prams, bicycles, animals, how to get there, entrances, closing times and much more - here are the tips from the festival management.

1. Backpacks and large bags are generally forbidden within the festival area. Leave everything at home that you won’t need while partying. It’ll be much quicker to get into the Oktoberfest if you don’t have a bag or backpack with you.

2. Any bags and backpacks you bring must have a maximum holding capacity of three litres and maximum dimensions of 20 cm x 15 cm x 10 cm.

3. The following items are forbidden, regardless of the size of the bag: Aerosol spray cans with dangerous contents, substances that can irritate or stain, and items that can be used as weapons (stabbing, slicing or cutting) Glass bottles are also forbidden.

4. It’s best to bring toddlers/small children to Oktoberfest in a buggy. Although large baby carriages are not forbidden, security will inspect them.

5. On Saturdays and 3 October (German Unity Day), prams/buggies are not permitted (all-day restriction). On all other days of Oktoberfest, prams/buggies are not permitted after 6pm.

6. Animals are not allowed at Oktoberfest at any time (exception: service dogs).

7. Plan your route: Use alternatives to the 4/5 underground lines and Theresienwiese station. If you're arriving at the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), continue by foot if necessary. If you're coming from the west by underground, get off the train at Schwanthalerhöhe. You can also take the 3/6 underground lines to Goetheplatz or Poccistraße.

8. Use any entrance to the Oktoberfest. As in past years, all entrances are open and not blocked. As always, admission to the Oktoberfest festival area is free.

9. It’s much more comfortable at the Oktoberfest when there are fewer crowds. The Oktoberfest barometer displays the optimal times for a stroll around the festival area.

10. Every wonderful festival evening must come to an end. Between 1.30 am and 9 am, no one is permitted in the festival area.

Die 10 Golden Rules for download in German, English and Italian:

10 Goldene Regeln (German, PDF)

10 Golden Rules (English, PDF)

10 regole d‘oro (Italiano, PDF)

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