Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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Oktoberfest access for people with disabilities : A Folk festival for all

Guests with disabilities are welcome at Oktoberfest

Barrier-free travel by U-Bahn and S-Bahn, parking spots for the disabled, wheelchair ramps in the tents and the many stalls and rides, provision for blind visitors, wheelchair hire or restrooms for those with disabilities: There are many provisions made, so visitors with lesser mobility can enjoy the world’s biggest folk festival.

A barrier-free trip to the Oktoberfest

Travelling barrier-free to the Wiesn by U-Bahn and S-Bahn

Getting to the Oktoberfest venue via public transport is no problem for visitors with disabilities. All U-Bahn stations around the venue have elevators and are suitable for those who are less mobile.

  • U4/U5: Theresienwiese and Schwanthalerhöhe
  • U3/U6: Goetheplatz and Poccistraße
  • S-Bahn: Hackerbrücke
  • U4/U5, S-Bahn S7 / S20: Heimeranplatz

On MVG Zoom you can see whether escalators and elevators are working - in real time.

Parking spots for the disabled at Oktoberfest

On the south side of Theresienwiese (via Hans-Fischer-Straße or Poccistraße entrances) there are lots of parking spots for vehicles with a blue parking badge (people with disabilities). You can park here for free.

Enjoying the barrier-free festival tents

It’s important to proprietors of the large and small tents that people with disability can access their tents and enjoy the conviviality of Oktoberfest inside. The entrances to all beer tents and eateries are either leveled or have ramps. All proprietors are contractually obliged to provide places for wheelchair users.

In the large tents, there are at least 20 places suited for disabled customers and 20 in the beer garden (all beer tents apart from Käfer Wiesn-Schänke and Kuffler’s Weinzelt (wine tent) have 10 places each).

These places are kept free for wheelchair users and their companion, even without a reservation:
Weekdays till 5 pm, while Saturdays, Sundays and the public holiday (on October 3rd) till 2 pm.

After these times, the spots in the beer tent can only be reserved by wheelchair users and their companions. A reservation with the tents' proprietors is recommended.

Along with the large beer tents, the small Oktoberfest tents also offer a number of places for wheelchair users.

For all tents: When the tents are closed due to overcrowding, wheelchair users can only enter with a reservation.

All large tents are equipped with restrooms for the disabled; most of the small Wiesn tents are too. These restrooms are equipped with the same lock, which can be opened with a so-called “EURO key”.

Barrier-free fun of Oktoberfest for the old and young

The showmen and traders at Oktoberfest are glad to provide assistance as part of their service and will happily meet disabled customers’ needs. People with disabilities can also get involved at the Wiesn.

Barrier-free fun on the Ferris wheel, bumper cars etc.

Munich’s Oktoberfest has a particular attraction for people with disabilities. The large Ferris wheel, symbol of the Munich Wiesn, has a ramp which wheelchair and walking-frame users can use to access the two wheelchair-suitable gondolas without assistance.

Driving your own bumper car? The bumper car businesses Distel (Schaustellerstraße 17), Geier (“Bayern-Crash”, Wirtsbudenstraße 100) and Steinhart (Schaustellerstraße 1) invite you to enjoy their vehicles, equipped with ramps and hand-operated accelerators.

The ghost trains “Geisterpalast” (Straße 5, No. 3,), “Geisterschloss” (Schaustellerstraße 20) and “Fahrt zur Hölle” (Straße E, No. 4) also has barrier-free access.

“The Tower” (Straße 3, No. 5) offers a panoramic view of the Oktoberfest which disabled visitors can enjoy - thanks to barrier-free access via ramps and elevator to the 7th floor. The chair swing ride “Jules Verne Tower” (Schaustellerstraße 53) has an elevator to access the ride seats. The swing ride “Wellenflug” has ramp access. If you want to ride fast, you can also reach the "Freestyle" via a ramp..

For children with a disability: children using wheelchairs can access the children’s rides (“Babyflug”, Straße 3 Ost, No. 12 and Matthias-Pschorr- Straße 51, “Kinderkarussell” Straße 5, No. 22 and Schaustellerstraße 34) as well as “Kindertraumschleife” (Straße 4, No. 16), which is also fitted with a lap belt restraint system.

Barrier-free fun at the shooting, games and throwing galleries

Barrier-free access to the shooting and throwing galleries is enabled via ramps, according to the nature of the stand.
At the shooting galleries with a low counter (Schießhalle Eichel, Straße C, No. 2, Schießbude Kraus, Straße 3, No. 1, Schießbude „Globus“, Schaustellerstraße 10), wheelchair users can test their accuracy too.

At the “Altbayerisches Scherbenschießen” (mobile ramp, Schaustellerstraße 22) there is a rest for the rifle to reduce its weight and the staff can “teach” you how to shoot.

Barrier-free access to snack bars and beer serving points In these places

Barrier-free access to snack bars and beer serving points is enabled through ramps, according to the nature of the stand.

Wheelchair-appropriate tables where you can eat currywurst and so on, are available in the wurst restaurant “Zum Gaumenschmaus” (Wirtsbudenstraße 2), the “Crepes Stadl” (Wirtsbudenstraße 74), the “Baumstriezelstand” (Straße 1, No. 18), the “Kartoffelspezialitäten” (Wirtsbudenstraße 106), the “Schlemmerhaus” (Matthias-Pschorr-Straße 16), the “Suppenküche” (Straße 1, No. 5), “Beim Biermann” (Straße 1, No. 7), at the “Alten Brauhaus” (Matthias-Pschorr-Straße 54) as well as at the “Bierstüberl” (Schaustellerstraße 57).

Foldable tables at the right height for wheelchairs can be found, for example, at the Stehausschänken (“standing counters”) in Schaustellerstraße 507 and 520 and at the “Fischbraterei Berger” (Wirtsbudenstraße 59).

To facilitate access for disabled customers, lower counters are provided at “Brotzeitalm” (Straße 3 Ost, No. 6), the “Winter Fischhaus” (Wirtsbudenstraße 1) and the “Kartoffel-Hüttn” (Matthias-Pschorr-Straße 24).

You can have your gingerbread-heart souvenir personalized at the “Herzmalerei” Schaustellerstraße 50, which has a low counter.

Disabled restrooms can be found at the following stands serving beer: “Zum Biermann” (Straße 1 No. 7), “Weißbierkarussell Fahrenschon” (Wirtsbudenstraße 116), “Weißbierausschank” (Straße 4 Ost, No. 4), “Altes Brauhaus” (Matthias-Pschorr-Straße 51), “Bierausschank Kollmann” (Straße E, No. 11), “Bierstüberl Kübler” (Schaustellerstraße 57).

Services and Braille for visually impaired Oktoberfest guests

In the “Fahrt zur Hölle” (“Ride to Hell”) (Straße E, No. 4) visually impaired and blind guests can be accompanied and have the ride narrated. In the funhouse “Dschungelcamp” (Jungle Camp), specially trained staff can lead you through the adventure world. Some rides also display their prices in Braille.

Food and drink menus in Braille

Permanent stands:

  • Ammer Hühner- und Entenbraterei (chicken and duck grill)
  • Biergarten des Familienplatzl (beer garden)
  • Café Schiebl (coffee and strudel etc.)
  • Fischer Vroni (fish bar)
  • Fisch-Bäda (fish bar)
  • Glöckle Wirt (Bavarian and international cuisine)
  • Hühner- und Entenbraterei Goldener Hahn (chicken and duck grill)
  • Heinz Wurst und Hühnerbraterei (wurst and chicken grill)
  • Poschner‘s Hühner- und Entenbraterei (chicken and duck grill)

Snack bars:

  • Brotzeitalm (Straße 3 Ost, No. 6) (snack bar)
  • Wurstbraterei „Zum Gaumenschmaus“ (Wirtsbudenstraße 2) (wurst grill)
  • 1/2-Meter-Bratwurststand (Matthias-Pschorr-Straße 38) (wurst grill)

There is a menu in Braille at “Angie’s Herzlhütte” (Matthias-Pschorr-Straße 40) and at the confectionery stand Zimmermann-Weber (Straße 3, No. 17).

Special tip: Gingerbread heart with Braille message in icing: Lovers of sweet gingerbread hearts can get personalized hearts with messages in Braille from Georg Rieger Junior (Straße 2, No. 14).

More barrier-free services

Disabled public restrooms on the Oktoberfest site

Along with the disabled restrooms in the tents, at rides and beer stalls, there are a further 6 barrier-free toilets in the grounds:

  • at the Theresienwiese Service Center (SZT), entrance by the Festleitung (festival management)
  • at the Oide Wiesn site, behind the puppet theater
  • at the Esperantoplatz entrance
  • at the main entrance (P2), access from the Bavariaring sidewalk
  • in Straße C, opposite the exit OW 2 of the Oide Wiesn
  • and a “Restroom for All” at the intersection of Straße D and Straße 6, near to the disabled parking lot. These restrooms can be used with the EURO key.

Free wheelchair hire

The luggage storage facilities at the entrances on Hans-Fischer-Straße on the south side of Theresienwiese (G 10) and next to the U-Bahn station Theresienwiese beside the children’s play area (G 3) offer two wheelchairs free of charge to Wiesn visitors with disability. We recommend making a reservation on +49 176 45751387.

Barrier-free tours of the Wiesn

Those who want an insight into the history of Oktoberfest can book a barrier-free Wiesn tour with “Universum Oktoberfest”:

Georg P. Huber Veranstaltungsagentur GmbH
Tel.: + 49 89 46131511, Cell: +49 151 29118384
Fax: +49 89 46131513
Email: Enable JavaScript to view protected content., www.universum-oktoberfest.de

The Oktoberfest app

On the site map on the Oktoberfest app. there is a button marked “details”, for lots of places. If available, further information on accessibility for disabled visitors is displayed on the corresponding details page. You can filter for different requirements using the search function on the site map with the tags “accessible:...” (for example: Ramp, Seats, Rides).

Download the Oktoberfest App:

Please note: The Oktoberfest 2020 will not take place due to the Corona pandemic
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