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

Even if the Oktoberfest can't take place in 2021, there's something we can do about the longing for the Oktoberfest. Eight top-class Wiesn insiders talk from the inside. You can be part of it: Book a virtual tour with expert Wiesn guides and guests such as the Wiesn boss himself, Wiesn innkeepers and fairground legends. The tour (in German) continues on September 22 with Sebastian Willenborg: "Get in, take a ride!"

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.

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Ferris wheel tour with showman Sebastian Willenborg on 22.9.

The name Schottenhamel is inextricably linked with the Oktoberfest - the Schottenhamel family has been running its tent for five generations, Christian Schottenhamel runs it today together with his cousin Michael IV Schottenhamel and was the youngest Wiesnwirt of a large festival tent back then at just 25 years of age.

Normally, every year in September, the whole world looks into the tapping box of the Schottenhamel festival hall: The mayor traditionally taps the first barrel of Wiesn beer here and opens the Oktoberfest with the words "O'zapft is - here's to a peaceful Wiesn!"

In 2022, this will hopefully happen again. Those who don't want to wait that long can meet Christian Schottenhamel on Saturday, September 18 - the day the Wiesn would actually have started in 2021 - during a virtual Wiesn tour by Munich Tourism, listen to him and ask him questions. He knows enough stories, because life without the Wiesn has never been the same for him; even as a little boy, he rode in the carriage and sat on the beer barrel when it was tapped.

A classic: How did it actually come about that in 1950 the then mayor Thomas Wimmer tapped the beer in the Schottenhamel tent, of all places, and why has this tradition continued to this day? Christian Schottenhamel is a good storyteller, his enthusiasm for the Oktoberfest and his profession as a Wiesnwirt puts you in a good mood - as a Wiesn fan, you have to experience it!

You have the chance to be there live: On 18.9. at 7 pm it starts - here's all the info and you can 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

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