Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München

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.

Sebastian Willenborg with the Münchner Kindl Viktoria Ostler in the Feris wheel • Photo: IMAGO / Lindenthaler

Ferris wheel tour with showman Sebastian Willenborg on 22.9.

The Giant Ferris Wheel towers majestically over the panorama of the Wiesn and therefore it must not be missing from any souvenir photo: Hardly any other ride has shaped the appearance of the Oktoberfest as much as that of the Willenborg family. True Oktoberfest fans should not miss the chance to take a look behind the scenes! So be there when Ferris Wheel junior boss Sebastian Willenborg takes you on a virtual tour on Wednesday, September 22.

After all, the numbers of the Ferris wheel alone are impressive: 50 meters high, 40 gondolas, a total weight of 540 tons, 400 people can ride at the same time. The construction of Germany's first steel Ferris wheel alone takes two weeks. Incidentally, when it first appeared on the Theresienwiese in 1979, the Willenborg Ferris Wheel was the largest mobile Ferris wheel in the world and an absolute sensation at the Oktoberfest.

The Willenborgs have been active as showmen since 1936, but not with Ferris wheels at first. They didn't specialize in that until 1963, and now they have three of the giant rides with which they tour all over Europe.

For the Willenborg family, the issue of sustainability is also important, which can be seen, for example, in the use of energy-efficient LED lamps for the lighting of the Ferris wheel or in the use of climate-friendly transport vehicles. The accessibility of their Ferris wheel is also important to the Willenborgs, who have also been awarded the "Bavaria barrier-free" signet.

So there are a lot of exciting topics to talk about with Sebastian Willenborg, because of course you are also allowed to ask questions on the virtual tour. So take the opportunity to find out what's involved in running a big ride at the Oktoberfest and how you can imagine the life of a showman. And there's bound to be an anecdote or two to quench your longing for the Oktoberfest.

You have the chance to be there live: On 22.9. 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