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This is new at Oktoberfest 2022

Tents, rides and stands: discover what's new at the Oktoberfest

Three new tents, a children's carousel with a view, the official Oktoberfest information booth at the main entrance and a collection of tapping mallets in the Schottenhamel festival hall - you can look forward to these and other innovations after three years of Wiesn break. Mayor Dieter Reiter and Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner presented the innovations on a tour - and tried them out for themselves.

OB Dieter Reiter: "Three years without Oktoberfest were enough!"

The weather forecast had predicted rain, but Petrus is obviously well-disposed towards the Oktoberfest: In bright sunshine, the Lord Mayor, Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner, Second Mayor Katrin Habenschaden and other guests strolled across the Theresienwiese with representatives of the press to present the innovations of this first Wiesn after a three-year forced break.

"I notice: Wiesn mood is coming up," said OB Reiter at the start in the museum tent at the Oidn Wiesn, and although there have been easier times to organize this festival: "After three years without Oktoberfest, it's time to live a bit of normality and show that you can celebrate happily for a few hours at the Oktoberfest."

Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner: "The Wiesn is a matter of the heart for me!"

"To organize the Oktoberfest wasn't quite easy this year - but it was a pleasure to be able to hold the Wiesn again this year," said Economic Affairs Officer Clemens Baumgärtner during his speech in the Museum Tent. "For me, it is a matter of the heart to stand here, to sniff the Oktoberfest air, to see a tent that is decorated as it is here at the Oidn Wiesn."

From the museum tent, the tour first went over the Oide Wiesn, always following the Oberlinger Musikanten, who led from novelty to novelty with their Bavarian music.

OB Reiter and Clemens Baumgärtner in front of the new Schützenlisl OB Reiter and Clemens Baumgärtner in front of the new Schützenlisl • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Tradition meets new: The Schützenlisl and the music podium on the crinoline

There are three new tents at the first Oktoberfest after a three-year break: One of them is the "Schützenlisl," the folk singers' tent at the Oidn Wiesn, run by Lorenz and Christine Stiftl. In the tent, which is all in green, there's Augustiner beer from the wooden barrel and a colorful music program put together by musical director Traudi Siferlinger.

The crinoline opposite the Ferris wheel has been at the Wiesn since 1924, but in 2022 it will get a new addition: an attached podium for live music. Lord Mayor Reiter was happy to take a test seat in one of the gondolas that gently rotate to the music: "This is a ride to my taste, it doesn't always have to be higher, faster and further!"

A Munich world innovation: the mobile CT

The biggest sensation at Oktoberfest 2022 is a world first that will hopefully be used as little as possible: For the first time at a folk festival, there will be a mobile computer tomograph at the Aicher Group's medical center. OB Reiter and Clemens Baumgärtner were impressed by the cooperation, in which among others the City of Munich, the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University and the company Siemens were involved. The purpose of the mobile CT scanner is to relieve the burden on Munich's emergency rooms and hospitals during the Wiesn. In the event of a head injury, e.g. after a fall, a brain hemorrhage can be ruled out on the spot, which is not possible without CT - until now, patients had to be taken to a hospital for this.

Munich is the first city in the world to make such a measure possible and to carry it out on site.

The Schlegel Collection at the Schottenhamel The Schlegel Collection at the Schottenhamel • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

The collection of tapping mallets since 1986

In the tapping box of the festival hall Schottenhamel and later in the museum tent there is a very special exhibition to admire this year: The tapping mallets of the mayors, collected and preserved by the late Wiesn city councilor Hermann Memmel and signed by the respective mayor.

The mallet of the last Wiesn 2019 was missing at first, but was brought and hung up by Lord Mayor Reiter personally - on September 17, the mallet 2022 will be added! Only how many notches from the taps he will have, we do not know yet.

The official Oktoberfest info Booth The official Oktoberfest info Booth • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

The official Oktoberfest info Booth

2022 is the year of Wiesn innovations - the Oktoberfest brand has also been given a new face with a new logo and a specially designed font. That's why there is also a new official Oktoberfest information booth right at the main entrance, where guests and visitors can get all the information they need about the Wiesn - and also buy souvenirs such as steins or T-shirts with the new logo.

Two new rides and a new shooting range

For all those who like a bit of action at the Wiesn and want to get an overview without immediately being driven to dizzying heights, there are two new rides: "Circus Circus," a modern carousel for the whole family that moves a little bit slower during the day, and the children's carousel "Balloon Ride," where it goes up a few meters in a leisurely manner for up to two adults and two children per gondola.

There's also a new shooting range: the "Jungle Archery". Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner and city councilor Manuel Pretzl tried their hand at hitting the bull's-eye.

The new Bräurosl The new Bräurosl • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Bräurosl and Münchner Stubn: Two new tents

The individual parts of the new Pschorr Bräurosl lay dormant in containers for more than two years until the time finally came: After the departure of the former Heide family of landlords, Peter Reichert took over and had a completely new Wiesn tent with 8250 seats built. It is bright and high, modern in appearance and at the same time reminiscent of the historic model from 1901. What is important to Peter Reichert: "From every seat in the tent, you can see the stage with the music!"

And there's another new tent this year: the innkeeper couple Kathrin Wickenhäuser-Egger and Alexander Egger have brought their "Münchner Stubn" from the main station to the Oktoberfest. With its coziness, the small tent is indeed very reminiscent of an inn - with traditional Bavarian food in sustainable organic quality.