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Oktoberfest hosts celebrate the WirtshausWiesn 2021

Oktoberfest feeling at Munich's restaurants

No Wiesn again - but since the Oktoberfest is not a place or a date, but a feeling, there will be a second WirtshausWiesn in 2021, organized by Munich's city center innkeepers and Wiesnwirte. From September 18 to October 3, 2021, Munich's restaurants will be serving Wiesn beer, chicken and cozy Bavarian live music. You can find all the information here.
Souvenirs from WirtshausWiesn 2021 Souvenirs from WirtshausWiesn 2021 • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Oktoberfest feeling in 21 restaurants of Oktoberfest hosts

From Inselkammers' Ayinger am Platzl (Armbrustschützenzelt) to Schottenhamels' Paulaner am Nockherberg and Zum Wildpark (Roiderer family from the Hackerfestzelt): The WirtshausWiesn will take place in 21 Wiesn inns from September 18 to October 3, 2021. Plus: In 30 inns of the city center innkeepers. Together with them, the Wiesnwirte have come up with this action:

"Of course it hurts that the Wiesn has to be cancelled for the second time," says Peter Inselkammer, spokesman for the Great Wiesnwirte. "But the WirtshausWiesn 2020 was great - even if not a substitute for the original Oktoberfest. So we decided: We're doing it again!"

And his colleague Christian Schottenhamel adds, "In Bavaria, that's how it is: What takes place once, that's an action. The second time, it's a tradition!" That's why the WirtshausWiesn is to continue - even if the Oktoberfest takes place again in 2022, and the landlord of the Schottenhamel Festhalle is "very, very confident about that!"

WirtshausWiesn 2021 WirtshausWiesn 2021 am Nockherberg • Photo: WirtshausWiesn 2021

"O'zapft is": something different on September 19th

It started on Saturday, 18.9.2021 - the day when the Wiesn 2021 would actually have begun. In many restaurants, the first barrel of festival beer was tapped at noon; in the Ayinger inn on Platzl, for example, this was done by Peter Inselkammer, who also taps the beer in his Armbrustschützen tent on the first Saturday of the Wiesn.

Until Sunday, October 3, 2021, there's plenty of Wiesn atmosphere in a total of 51 inns. Of course, with safety - the current Corona rules apply, explains Christian Schottenhamel:

"We have the 3G rule for indoors - recovered, vaccinated or tested. For it may sit inside again more people together. Outside in the beer gardens or on the terraces, there's no need for a mask anymore."

Ayinger am Platzl Ayinger am Platzl • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Where can one experience the WirtshausWiesn? Which restaurants are involved?

The WirtshausWiesn takes place in 21 inns, restaurants and beer gardens run by the Wiesnwirte and in a further 30 venues run by Munich's city center landlords.

So if you used to like going to the Fischer-Vroni, you can now experience the WirtshausWiesn in the Jagdschlössl in Neuhausen; if the Schützenfest tent is your favorite, maybe the Löwenbräukeller is for you, Schottenhamel-Gfui is on offer at the Nockherberg and you can feel a bit like you're in the Hofbräufest tent at the Hofbräukeller on Wiener Platz.

You can find the complete list of the 21 Wiesnwirte participants and the 30 city center innkeepers at muenchen.de!

The 6 Oktoberfest Beers The 6 Oktoberfest Beers • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Oktoberfest beer and delicacies

The golden to amber-colored Wiesnbier, which is only available at this time of year and has a higher original wort, is stronger, but also more drinkable, was brewed again this year by the six Munich breweries,presented at the Wiesnbier tasting on Nockherberg and served in a Maßkrug or as a half-pint. Festbier from Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten is available at the WirtshausWiesn in the participating restaurants.

Since the way to Wiesn love is through the stomach, the WirtshausWiesn menus feature delicacies from the festival tents: "There's a Haxn, of course," says Peter Inselkammer, "fresh chicken, pretzels, Kasspatzn, everything that people also like to eat at the Wiesn." Some festival innkeepers also have huts in their beer gardens with sweets typical of the Wiesn: Roasted almonds, cotton candy, stomach bread and gingerbread hearts.

Musicians at WirtshausWiesn Musicians at WirtshausWiesn • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Costume, tradition and the music from Oktoberfest bands

The WirtshausWiesn is all about tradition and coziness. Of course, the waiters and waitresses in the pubs will be wearing dirndls and lederhosen, and the same applies to the guests: traditional costume is expressly desired!

The WirtshausWiesn is a cozy event, "not a party, not a party," as Christian Schottenhamel emphasizes. There is live music mainly on the weekends, but some pubs have also hired delegations of their Oktoberfest bands or other Bavarian musicians during the week. The Oktoberfest bands in the large Wiesn tents play in a reduced lineup, more in the background and "not the helicopter 117," says Schottenhamel, but the traditional, quieter music familiar from the relaxed Mittagswiesn.

#aufbrezelt2021 #aufbrezelt2021 • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Finally get back into your lederhosen and take your dirndl out of the closet!

If you've experienced the Wiesn feeling in one of the 50 participating pubs in your traditional costume, you can take part in the #aufbrezelt2021 campaign, a competition run by Munich's Innenstadtwirte: Simply post photos of the two of you on Instagram or Facebook from 18 September to 3 October, tag them with the hashtag #aufbrezelt2021 and you're in. It doesn't matter whether you are lovers, colleagues, friends or family.

The best photos will be shown on muenchen.de/wirtshauswiesn and on @wirtshauswiesn, the Instagram channel of WirtshausWiesn. The most beautiful couple's photo from WirtshausWiesn 2021 will win new dirndls and lederhosen: The Munich Trachtenhaus "Daller Tracht" will donate two outfits for 400 euros each.

In addition, ten light blue WirtshausWiesn porcelain mugs will be raffled off among all entries.