Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
Photo: Sebastian Lehner

Italian weekend

Benvenuti a Oktoberfest!

Traditionally, on the second, middle weekend of the Oktoberfest, the Italians take over the festival tents on the Theresienwiese. What you need to know about Italian weekend.

Wave of visitors from Italy for the “Festa d’ottobre”

Italians love the Munich Oktoberfest – or the “Festa d’ottobre”, as they call it. Traditionally, the second weekend of the Wiesn has become established as the “Italian weekend”. Italians arrive from all over Italy and often travel the length of the country to experience the thrill of the Wiesn. Many travel in camper vans, so don’t be surprised if you see Italian campers parked all over the city on Italian weekend. The travel rush often causes traffic jams, to the extent that local radio stations also make traffic announcements in Italian during the second week of Oktoberfest. Many local newspapers welcome Italian guests with a bilingual title page on Italian weekend. According to statistics from the Munich Department of Tourism, Italians made up the majority of foreign visitors to the Wiesn, at almost 20 percent.

Support from Italian police

Since 2005, the Munich police has been supported by its Italian colleagues. This helps prevent communication problems. The Italian tendency to talk with their hands has created unnecessary tension in the past, which could easily be defused by their compatriots. Traditionally, police reinforcements come from the Polizia di Stato in South Tirol. The paramedics at the Oktoberfest also receive an enthusiastic helping hand from volunteers from the South Tirol rescue association, the “White Cross”. That way, nothing can go wrong and Italians can share in the lively experience of the Wiesn along with other visitors. As they say in Italy: Ciao e salute!