Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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Security at Oktoberfest: What can I bring with me?

Permitted bags, the Security Check, baby buggies etc.

Here you can find out which bags and rucksacks you can take into the Wiesn and which you should leave at home, how the security check at the entrances works and when you’re allowed to push your baby buggy across the venue.

Which bags and rucksacks are allowed at the Wiesn?

Mobile, cash, MVV ticket, keys, Kleenex, lipstick – there are a few things you definitely need to take with you at the Wiesn. The bag you bring them in can be up to 3 liters in volume and no bigger than 20 cm x 15 cm x 10 cm (approx. 8 in x 6 in x 4 in). For example that is a small handbag or a mini-rucksack. At the entrances stand security personnel who check bag size and contents, where necessary, and give each bag a “security check tag”, which changes color each day.

What objects must be left outside?

No matter how small the bag is – spray cans with harmful contents, irritating or coloring substances and objects which can be used as a cutting, thrusting or stabbing weapon are not permitted. Glass bottles are also not allowed in the venue. However walking aids, medical devices and similar items are permitted. They are checked by security personnel and receive a security check tag too. Umbrellas are allowed.

Is there luggage storage?

For bags and rucksacks that exceed the volume of 3 liters or the size of 20 cm x 15 cm x 10 cm (approx. 8 in x 6 in x 4 in), there are storage options at the entrances – for a small fee. Baby buggies can also be parked here. The locations of the luggage storage are well signposted and the security personnel will help further – or you can download the official Oktoberfest app on your smartphone. On it is shown on a map where you can leave your bags while you go to the Wiesn.

Can you take buggies and push chairs into Oktoberfest?

In principle: Yes, even though it is better to bring a small buggy instead of your large one or to carry your baby in a sling or carrier. Nevertheless push chairs are allowed (but not big diaper bags). They are checked at the entrance and given a security check tag.
Please note: On the Saturdays and on the public holiday (October 3rd) buggies and push chairs are not allowed for the entire day. On the other days they are only permitted till 6 pm.

What else should I know about the security at the Wiesn?

So you can enjoy the biggest Volksfest in the world, the Munich city authorities have developed a comprehensive security plan. Among other things, there has been a new loudspeaker system for a few years, which reaches the whole venue. Extra mobile communications stations ensure that you always have good cell phone reception. All information is intended as guidance only. The entry criteria can be adapted and changed by the authorities on site at any time.