Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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Learn Oktoberfest secrets on virtual guided tours (only in German)

Virtual Wiesn tour with showman Sebastian Willenborg

No Wiesn 2021, but there's still a Wiesn feeling: You can book exclusive virtual live tours with expert Wiesn guides and high-profile guests of honour who will tell Wiesn stories, let you look behind the scenes of the world's biggest festival and answer your questions. Andreas Stauber, 2nd Kapellmeister of the Platzl Oktoberfestkapelle, will bring the music to life on September 26th.

How do the online tours of the Wiesn work and who is on them?

At the beginning of each tour, which takes place via Zoom Meeting, the guest guides Grit Ranft and Birgit Stempfle, who are experts on the Oktoberfest, provide a glimpse behind the scenes of the world's largest folk festival. A very special guest is then connected live to the respective topic, talks about himself and his job - and answers questions. What's it all about? Of course, it's about the construction and planning of the Oktoberfest, the carnies and the Oktoberfest innkeepers, the music of the Oktoberfest bands and the traditional costume parade.

Who is involved? Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner is an expert, the innkeepers Peter Inselkammer and Christian Schottenhamel answer questions, the junior boss of the Ferris wheel Sebastian Willenborg, Manfred "Schichtl" Schauer and other guests.

Wiesn-Kapellmeister Andreas Stauber im Armbrustschützenzelt • Photo: privat

Ferris wheel tour with showman Sebastian Willenborg on 22.9.

How many times a day does a Wiesn band sing "Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit"? And how can you recognise the next Wiesn hit? Someone who can answer these questions is Andreas Stauber, 2nd Kapellmeister of the Platzl Oktoberfestkapelle, which normally sets the mood in the Armbrustschützenzelt. Unfortunately, that's not possible this year, but instead you'll have the chance to go on a virtual Oktoberfest tour with Stauber on Sunday, September 26th.

Where does a band with 23 musicians actually rehearse, how do they choose their songs and what are the craziest things you experience as a musician at the Oktoberfest? Stauber knows from years of experience. Since 2004, he has been leading the band of the Armbrustschützen tent together with Manfred Leopold and is active there on the guitar and as a singer. But the musician is not only known from the Wiesn. Stauber is a trained opera singer who can be seen live on stage at the Bavarian Free State Theatre in Miesbach, among other places.

Nevertheless, the Wiesn is something special for Stauber: this is where he earned his first real concert guitar in his student days, and as a professional musician he has experienced all kinds of exciting stories at the world's biggest festival.

So sign up, click in and ask Andreas Stauber your questions, which he will of course be happy to answer.

You have the chance to be there live: The tour starts on 26 September at 12 noon - here you can find all the information and book the virtual tour (in german)!

Dates and topics: The program of the virtual Wiesn tours

Sunday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
"Munich customs at the Trachten- und Schützenzug". Virtual Oktoberfest tour with Manfred Newrzella, Managing Director Festring München e.V.

Wednesday, 22.09., 19.00 - 20.15 hrs.
"Get in, take a ride!" Virtual Oktoberfest tour with Sebastian Willenborg, junior manager of the Wiesn Giant Wheel.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
"The Wiesnchef". Virtual Wiesn-Frühschoppen with Clemens Baumgärtner, speaker for labor and economy

Sunday, Sept. 26, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
"This is where the music plays!" Virtual musical morning pint with Oktoberfest bandmaster Andreas Stauber

Wednesday, 29.09., 19.00 - 20.15 hrs.
"Auf geht's beim Schichtl". Virtual Oktoberfest tour with showman Manfred Schauer

Sunday, 03.10., 19.00 - 20.15 hrs.
"Zapfenstreich". Virtual Oktoberfest tour with Peter Inselkammer, spokesman for the Munich Oktoberfest hosts.

Go on a Oktoberfest tour with us: Book the virtual live tours here!

With the limited number of participants (30), exclusive ambience is guaranteed and Wiesn fans will get their money's worth. The 75-minute virtual tour costs 15 euros for a terminal to share with family and friends.

Information and booking at www.einfach-muenchen.de/virtuelle-oktoberfestfuehrung