The WirtshausWiesn 2023 in Munich

This is how the WirtshausWiesn runs in Munich's inns

The WirtshausWiesn will be held again this year - for the fourth time in a row and for the second time in parallel with the Oktoberfest. From September 16 to October 3, 2023, there will be a Oktoberfest atmosphere in around 40 Munich restaurants.

Lebkuchenherz auf der WirtshausWiesn
Anette Göttlicher

"All of Munich is Wiesn!" - Oktoberfest and WirtshausWiesn again at the same time

In 2023, the motto will once again be "Welcome to the Oktoberfest AND to the WirtshausWiesn!" Due to the positive response, the campaign of the Association of Munich City Center Innkeepers will again take place parallel to the Oktoberfest this year. The WirtshausWiesn not only creates a Oktoberfest atmosphere on the Theresienwiese, but also in the 40 or so participating Munich inns and beer gardens - and that's why the official motto is also: "All of Munich is Wiesn!"

Logo WirtshausWiesn
Münchner Innenstadtwirte

Who is participating and where does the WirtshausWiesn take place

The concept of WirtshausWiesn 2023 is based on a tradition that is just as old as the Wiesn itself. The very first Oktoberfest in 1810 was not even celebrated on the Theresienwiese, where "only" a horse race took place. People ate, drank and sang in the surrounding pubs. That's why it's clear that WirtshausWiesn 2023 will once again be about genuine Bavarian customs.

Around 40 Munich pubs, from cafés to large breweries, will be taking part in WirtshausWiesn 2023: the restaurants of the 36 Munich city center innkeepers and, for the first time, their "friends" from Augustinerkeller, Ayinger in der Au and Löwenbräukeller. Click here for the overview of the participating restaurants >>


Oktoberfest feeling with decoration, food, drink and music

Tanzpaar auf der WirtshausWiesn
Anette Göttlicher

In 2023, the Munich breweries' specially brewed Oktoberfest beer will once again be served. The guest rooms of the pubs will once again be decorated in a way typical of the Oktoberfest, for example with gingerbread hearts and fresh hops, reminiscent of the fragrant decorations in the festival tents. There will be Bavarian delicacies from the Oktoberfest menu from the tents and, of course, fresh Wiesn beer on tap in mugs.

In addition, the classics from the Oktoberfest tents await you: Freshly roasted chicken with crispy skin, pork knuckles or roasts with dumplings, Kasspatzen or even a classic Wiesn snack with pretzels, Obazdm and sausage salad. A few specials may not be missing either: In addition to chicken, knuckles or delicious Steckerlfisch, Bavarian creative cuisine is often on offer - for example, WirtshausWiesn pizza. These are the delicacies you can look forward to >>

And what would the Oktoberfest feeling be without music - which also plays in the pubs and beer gardens. There are not only traditional sounds, also young Bavarian music is represented. Swaying is desired! Of course, it's best to wear Dirndl or Lederhosen.

On the way to becoming a new tradition: the WirtshausWiesn now takes place every year

"The WirtshausWiesn is the perfect complement to the Oktoberfest. It also brings Oktoberfest flair to the city center," says Wiesnwirte spokesman Peter Inselkammer. Gregor Lemke, spokesman for the association of Munich city center innkeepers, is also looking forward to 18 days of Oktoberfest feeling in the city: "Oktoberfest - that's a deep sense of life that we bring to our city in many places with our WirtshausWiesn: visually and culinary, Munich-style."

What Oktoberfest tradition is behind the WirtshausWiesn?

The idea for the WirtshausWiesn is based on a tradition that is more than 200 years old: the original Oktoberfest looked very different from the Wiesn we know today. For the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese in 1810, only horse races took place on the Theresienwiese itself, costume groups performed, and instead of Wiesn tents, there was a pavilion to pay homage to the royal wedding couple.

On the other hand, the entire city was festively decorated: tables and benches with food and drinks were set up on Marienplatz and Orleansplatz, and the population was invited to celebrate in the restaurants for five days - it was clear that this was gladly accepted.

Gunnar Jans
(from left) Peter Inselkammer, the new Münchner Kindl Franziska Inselkammer and Gregor Lemke