Oktoberfest in Munich dates back centuries to when King Ludwig I of Bavaria wed Princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12th, 1810. He had no clue he was setting the foundations for what would become the largest beer festival in the world a couple of centuries later. The modest gathering of Bavarians on their wedding celebrated with beer and wine, sang, danced and had so much fun that they decided it should be repeated at the same time the following year, which marked the birth of the “October-Festivals”.
209 years later, more than 7 million people are expected to participate in Oktoberfest 2019 which will take place in Munich, Germany. The Bavarian roots of the celebration are well and truly alive with people from all across the globe dressing in traditional Lederhosen and dirndl dress to show their appreciation of the local culture. The festival never fails to live up to its reputation and this year will be no exception, as Oktoberfest 2019 is set to be the biggest the world has seen yet.
OKTOBERFEST ACTIVITIES and TENTS AT Munich Germany
“O’ZAPFT IS’!” shouted by the Mayor marks the official start of Oktoberfest which is indeed a sight to behold. Millions of people, all dressed up in Lederhosen gathered to celebrate the Bavarian culture and tradition spread over an area of 420,000 meter square (103 hectares).The festival is a significant event in Munich every year, with more than 6.3 million people attending Oktoberfest in 2018 alone! With so many locals and tourists flocking to the Oktoberfest grounds, the event generated an astounding 2 million gallons of beer in 2018.
You’ll never run out of something to do at Oktoberfest considering there are 16 big tents that offer different kinds of beers and almost 20 small tents with snacks and foods that make the mouth water. The staff is well equipped to handle all requests and demands since there are over 8,000 permanent and 5,000 short term employees at Oktoberfest in Munich every year. Most of the international visitors you’ll meet at Oktoberfest will be from the United States, Austria, UK and Switzerland.
MUNICH GERMANY OKTOBERFEST EVENTS 2019
There’s so much happening every day that it’s easy to lose track of where you need to be to make the most of your Oktoberfest. That’s why we’ve put together a brief list of the most famous Oktoberfest events and where and when they’ll be taking place so you’re primed and ready to partake in all the fun.
DATE & TIME
The parade of the Wiesn landlords and breweries
21st September, 2019 – 10:45 AM
Oktoberfest tapping and opening ceremony
21st September, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Schottenhamel Festzelt (Theresienwiese)
The traditional costume and hunters’ parade
22nd September, 2019 – 10:00 AM
The Wiesn church service
26th September, 2019 – 10:00 AM
The Wiesn landlords’ concert
29th September, 2019 – 11:00 AM
Traditional gun salutes by the Bavaria statue
6th October, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Oktoberfest Closing Ceremony
6th October, 2019 – 11:30 PM
Munich Oktoberfest Travel Guide
With so many places to visit and so many things to do, you’re sure to feel a little overwhelmed. That’s why we have prepared this brief travel guide so that you always know where to go to find the most fun places.
How to Get There?
Taking the Train: The train is the best way to get to Oktoberfest since its swift, safe and easy to travel by. Long distance and regional trains will bring you to Munich Hauptbahnhof from where you can take the U4 and U5 line to the station Theresienwiese. Voila! You’re at Oktoberfest!
Public Transport: Public transport can also get the job done since there are more busses, trams, S-bahn and U-bahn than usual making the rounds. If you take the U-bahn, then the U4 and U5 will get you directly to Theresienwiese. In case of S-bahn, all main S-bahn lines from S1 to S8 will take you to Hackerbrücke, from where it’s just a short 10 minute walk to the Oktoberfest grounds. The MetroBus lines 53, 58 and 62 as well as StadtBus line 134 will all get you to Theresienwiese.
Motor Home/Trailer: If you decide to bring your motorhome or trailer, then the Oktoberfest Camping at the De-Gasperi-Bogen on the grounds of Munich Conference Center in Riem is specially set up for you. To reach the camping ground for trailers, simply take the Autobahn 99 followed by the Autobahn 94.
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The entry into Oktoberfest and the tents is free of cost; however, you need tickets to attend the special events that take place throughout the course of Oktoberfest. To get an idea of how much it will cost you to attend Oktoberfest 2019 in Munich; we’ve put together a small guide of the prices of the festival.
Beer Prices for 1 liter*
Winzerer Fähndl (Paulaner)
*Beer prices according to Oktoberfest 2018
Beer Prices for 1 liter*
Feisingers Kas- & Weinstuben
Heinz Wurst- und Hühnerbraterei
Vinzenz Murr Metzgerstubn
Wirtshaus im Schichtl
*Beer prices according to Oktoberfest 2018 *Prices are subjected to change
Outfits to Wear to Munich Germany Oktoberfest
It’s no Oktoberfest without Lederhosen and you want to purchase the best Lederhosen for sale if you are to impress all the new friends you are going to be making. The Lederhosen is a traditional Bavarian clothing option worn most commonly by men, but you can also find women Lederhosen at the Lederhosen Store. You can get right into the mood for festivities with Lederhosen which will endear you to the locals as well who appreciate tourists showing an understanding and appreciation of the Bavarian culture.
So find the best quality men’s Lederhosen at the Lederhosen Store where we offer all traditional varieties and colors, including the Bundhosen (knee length Lederhosen). Try our rusty tobacco colored Lederhosen this year to set you apart from the crowd at the celebrations. As for the ladies, our dirndl dress complete with the apron, blouse and bodice are on offer at affordable prices. Try something different this year and go for our mini and midi size dirndl dresses with beautiful designs and patterns on them. So don’t miss your chance to make the most of this year’s Oktoberfest by wearing the Lederhosen or dirndl dress that makes you look like a true Bavarian local.