Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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What's new at Oktoberfest 2019

Oktoberfest 2019: new rides with lots of action

A Virtual Reality adventure track, the chain carousel at 90 metres, the historic wooden bowling alley and even more enjoyment on the Oidn Wiesn: nobody gets bored at the Oktoberfest 2019! Mayor Dieter Reiter and Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner present the highlights - and ride along.

OB Reiter looks forward to the Wiesn and takes a ride

Two days before the Lord Mayor taps the first barrel, probably with only a few strokes as usual, the Theresienwiese presents itself from its most beautiful side: the sun is shining from the blue sky with white fluffy clouds, where workers are still busy for the big opening on Saturday.

A visibly good-humoured Lord Mayor Reiter and Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner present the Wiesn innovations for 2019: "In such weather I'm looking forward to the thirty appointments I have out here!“ Then he gets on and takes a test ride at "Kinzler's Pirate Island", a roller coaster "for grandfather and grandson“ - no looping, but faster than a children's carousel.

Spinning Racer and Heidi - The Coaster: Action for adrenaline seekers

"The Spinning Racer has the highest steep turn of a roller coaster," explains Angela Bruch, and Clemens Baumgärtner is delighted: "A real Münchner Kindl!“ The roller coaster was made in Munich. What’s special: No ride is like another, because gravity and the weight of the passengers influence the torques.

Also curvy is Heidi - The Coaster: a brand-new rotating roller coaster that takes you 13 meters into the air to take off. Heidi is also suitable for families. Peter Inselkammer, speaker of the Wiesn tent hosts, dared a test drive, while colleague Christian Schottenhamel preferred to watch: "I am sure, however, that I must drive this with my son!“

Virtual reality and wet fun in the whitewater ride Poseidon

The Wiesn visitors probably have to find a nickname for "Dr. Archibald - Master of Time". It’s impressive, not only because of its name, but the exterior - and inside there's a "Dark Ride", in which you are equipped with VR glasses. Then you become part of a story and experience a time travel adventure. "But not creepy at all", emphasizes Patrick Greier, the inventor of "Dr. Archibald", "that's something for six-year-olds, too". How about "Archie"?

It's not dark, but wet in the white water ride Poseidon, and also a time travel, this time to a ancient Greek temple ruin. However, only the look is trimmed to antique, the technology underneath is state-of-the-art.

A ski party in autumn and a chain carousel with a view

It's a bit like a real après-ski umbrella: It's not only fun to join in, it's also fun to watch. This is what the new "Munich Ski Party" promises, a modern maze with distorted mirrors, folding floors and a snow cannon.

Driving a chain carousel is always fun, but with the Bayern Tower you also get a great view: 90 metres up in the air, with spectacular views not only of Bavaria and the beer tents, but also of the whole city. Tip: Leave your open shoes down on the ground!

Historical bowling and cheese enjoyment at the Oide Wiesn

The museum tent on the Oide Wiesn also has something new: a historic wooden bowling alley where the bowls are still pulled up with ropes. Children bowl free of charge, adults pay 2.50 euros for three strokes. And you can even rent the train for half an hour.

In the folk singers' tent "Zur Schönheitskönigin" more places to sit have been created and they are prepared for the onslaught of cheese lovers: There is now a cheese stand with organic carcasses from the raw milk cheese dairy of the Hermannsdorfer Landwerkstätten. If you feel like taking a break from roasted chicken and knuckle of pork.