17 Large Oktoberfest Beer Tents in Munich

Beer tents at Oktoberfest are considered to be one of the main attractions at the festival. Large and small tents at the beer festival make up the fairground “Theresienwiese.”  17 large tents with distinct features like decoration and theme offer something for everyone. The big tent construction starts three months before the Wiesn in June or July. The beer tents are open from 10:30 am to 11:30 pm. At 10:30 pm, the music stops playing, and drinks are not served. The timing for the Opening day is different, along with a few other exceptions. 

The opening hours for the first day, weekends, and October 3 are at 9 am. Beer is served when the Mayor taps the keg in the beer barrel around noon, while soft drinks are served after 11 am on day 1 of Wiesn. “Käfer Wiesn-Schänke” and “Kufflers Weinzelt”largely serve wine and are open for longer hours. The seating capacity of each big beer tent varies from thirteen hundred to six thousand plus. The food served is mostly German delicacies and some specialties for vegans, vegetarians, and kids. 

A Guide to Big Beer Tents at Oktoberfest 

Large  Oktoberfest beer tents are a great way to start with the Wiesn. The beer in these is served from six local Munich breweries and contributes significantly to the total of nearly 6.5 million beer consumption at Oktoberfest.

1. Hofbraeu Festzelt

Beer Served: Hofbrau 

Capacity:  6018 inside and  3022 seats outside

The Hofbräu tent is the largest beer tent at Oktoberfest. Since the 1980s, it has been overseen by the Steinberg family, who also managed the Hofbräuhaus cellar since 1995. Under their stewardship, significant structural enhancements have been made. The tent features the festival’s sole standing area for 1,000 people and is adorned with 12 quintal hop vines hung as decor, extending on an area exceeding 7,000 square meters. During the festival, impressive quantities of beer and traditional Bavarian feasts are consumed. In 2005, the tent underwent expansion and received a new facade.

2. Marstall Festzelt

Beer Served: Spaten (Wine and champagne is also available)

Capacity:  3200 and 230 at the bar and 882 Seats outside

In 2014, during Oktoberfest, the Marstall tent replaced the Hippodrom as a prominent venue. The Siegfried and Sabine Able and family host the tent. Continuing the tradition, the Marstall serves beers from the Spaten-Franziskaner brewery. Musically, the Marstall tent maintains the spirit of the Hippodrom with performances by groups such as the “Münchner Zwietracht” and “Die Oberbayern,” among others.

3. Armbrustschützenzelt

Beer Served: Paulaner (Wine is also available at the bar)

Capacity: 5820 seats inside and 1600 seats outside

Dating back to 1895, the Armbrustschützenzelt, which translates to “crossbow firing tent,” has a rich history within the Oktoberfest tradition. Peter Inselkammer, serving as the Festwirt or tent operator, is the brother of the proprietor of the renowned Ayinger Brewery. Despite its familial ties, the Armbrustschützenzelt exclusively serves beer from Munich breweries, following the Oktoberfest tradition. The Armbrustschützenzelt serves as the venue for the German Championship for crossbow, specifically the 30m national discipline. This championship, steeped in tradition, takes place annually within the tent.

4. Pschorr Braeurosl

Beer Served:  Hacker-Pschorr

Capacity:  6490 inside and 1200 seats outside

The Heide host family operates the Bräurosl tent. A significant event hosted annually at this big beer tent venue is the “Gay Sunday” (“Rosa Wiesn”), traditionally held on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest. Distinguishing features of the Bräurosl tent include two nearly 20-meter-high Maibäume (Maypoles) prominently positioned at the tent’s entrance. 

5. Schottenhamel Festhalle

Beer Served: Spaten

Capacity: 6288 seats inside and 2742 outside

Originating in 1867 behind the King Royal tent, the Schottenhamel has been managed by Michael F. and Christian Schottenhamel since 1953. This one of the best Oktoberfest beer tents hosts the first keg tapping ceremony at Oktoberfest. Tent is a favorite among Munich’s student organizations as “The tent of youth.” The seating features shorter benches around square tables, creating a lively atmosphere.

6. Paulaner Festzelt

Beer Served:  Paulaner

Capacity:  6385 seats inside and 1980 seats outside

Easily recognizable from a distance, the big Winzerer Fähndl tent has a prominent tower adorned with a six-meter-high (20 ft) rotating Paulaner beer mug. The moniker “Winzerer Fähndl” traces its origins to the era when the eponymous crossbow shooting club held its gatherings. However, as time progressed, the crossbow enthusiasts relocated to the newly constructed Armbrustschützenzelt, leaving behind their legacy in the name. Despite the shift, the title “Winzerer Fähndl” remained synonymous with the Paulaner festival hall. In 2010, the original tent structure gave way to a modern structure. Presently, the esteemed hosts of this establishment are Peter and Arabella Pongratz.

7. Hacker Festzelt

Beer Served:  Hacker-Pschorr

Capacity: 6838 seats inside and 2540 outside

The Hacker-Tent, measuring 90.5 × 43 meters, was renovated in 2004 under the direction of Rolf Zehetbauer. The tent’s redesign was aligned with the branding spirit of the Hacker brewery, keeping the slogan “Himmel der Bayern” (Heaven of the Bavarians). The intricate interior ceiling resonates with the thematic essence of the brewery’s identity. A prominent feature of the redesigned beer tent was installing a 5×5 meter opening in the beer tent ceiling, ingeniously dubbed the “Convertible roof” by its operators. 

8. Loewenbraeu Festzelt

Beer Served: Löwenbräu

Capacity:  5700 seats inside and 2800 seats outside

The tent has its iconic 37-meter-high (121 ft) Löwenbräu tower. The tower is distinguished by a movable lion, historically known for its ability to “speak” through a recording mechanism. Illuminating the tent’s sky is 16,000 light bulbs. Since 1989, the Löwenbräu tent has been the venue for the Ladies Wiesn event, catering specifically to female celebrities and serving as a prominent social gathering point. This beer tent holds the award of being the world’s first to achieve an ISO 9001 certificate, underscoring its commitment to quality management practices. Overseeing the operations are Christa Ludwig Hagn and Stephanie Spendler, who serve as the tent’s managers.

9. Augustiner Festhalle

Beer Served: Augustiner

Capacity: 6000 seats inside and 2500 outside 

The Augustiner Brewery is the sole Munich-based brewery that continues the tradition of delivering beer in wooden barrels to the Wiesn. This big Oktoberfest’s tent operations are overseen by Manfred and Thomas Vollmer, who additionally manage two expansive Augustiner restaurants in Munich, specifically on Landsberger Straße and Neuhauser Straße.

10. Ochsenbraterei

Beer Served:  Spaten

Capacity: 5900 seats inside and 1640 outside 

The Ochsenbraterei, translating to “ox rotisserie” in German, is renowned for offering Spaten beer. The origins of this Oktoberfest large tent trace back to September 1881 when Johann Rössler, a butcher, introduced the concept of roasting oxen on a skewer at the festival, initially serving it in a modest snack venue. The operations ceased in 1882 due to the inability to serve beer. It wasn’t until 1898 that Rössler could reopen his Ochsenbraterei, and by 1901, the 200th ox had been roasted, marking a significant milestone. Spread across a floor area of 4,200 square meters; the tent features five distinct serving areas where attendees can enjoy beer from the tap. The current design of the Ochsenbraterei tent was crafted in 1980. 

11. Fischer Vroni

Beer Served:  Augustiner (Wine and Champagne is also available)

Capacity:  3100 seats inside and 700 outside

Among the prominent culinary offerings at the tent is the Steckerlfisch, a delectable grilled spit fish dish. A distinctive tradition associated with the Fischer-Vroni tent unfolds on the second Monday of the festival. Over the years, it has become customary for the LGBTQ+ community to “occupy” the tent on this day. This tradition traces its roots to the late Prosecco bar, which reserved tables for its gay attendees, attracting an increasing number of LGBTQ+ to join the festivities. 

12. Schuetzenlisl Festzelt

Beer Served:  Löwenbräu (Wine and Champagne is also available)

Capacity:  4923 seats inside and 1235 seats outside

Schuetzenlisl Festzelt stands as the largest tent at the beer festival. The tent attracted an older demographic, fostering a cozy atmosphere distinct from other tents. However, recent years have witnessed a shift, attributed mainly to evening performances by “Die Niederalmer,” a band known for their Rock and Pop repertoire, drawing in a younger crowd and altering the overall ambiance. It is one of the oldest tents at Oktoberfest, offering a unique feature in its 110 shooting range spots, which host the Oktoberfest-Landesschießen marksmen competition. Another distinguishing characteristic is its renowned geranium balcony. 

13. Festzelt Tradition

Beer Served: Augustiner (Wine is also available)

Capacity:  5000 seats inside and 2700 seats outside

The Festzelt Tradition is the largest beer tent within the Oide Wiesn festival grounds. The esteemed Wolfgang Grünbauer and his orchestra set the musical atmosphere, commencing daily performances at 10 am. Adding to the cultural richness, traditional dancing groups showcase folk dances and the art of Goaßlschnoizn (whip-cracking). Despite the vibrant atmosphere, securing seating is stress-free, particularly in the morning when the tent experiences heightened activity. Children aged up to 12 are treated to the unique experience of dispensing their lemonade from a designated fountain within the beer garden. The specially designed facilities, including children’s toilets, are the tent’s commitment to accommodating families.

14. Herzkasperl Festzelt

Beer Served:  Hacker-Pschorr (Wine is also available)

Capacity:  1748 seats inside and 1100 seat outside

Exploring the vibrant young folk music scene, the Herzkasperl big beer tent offers an eclectic blend of imaginative, humorous, and culturally diverse performances. Established in 2010 on the Oide Wiesn during Oktoberfest’s 200th anniversary, it has become a cherished venue. Hosted by Josef “Beppi” Bachmaier, known for his long-standing presence in Munich’s cultural scene, the tent features music, theater, cabaret, and literature. The music here is celebrated acoustically, with a mix of old and new folk tunes performed live, while the menu offers classic Oktoberfest fare alongside vegetarian and vegan options. Named in homage to Munich actor Jörg Hube, the tent showcases the iconic Herzka Perl character, making it a cherished destination for cultural enthusiasts.

15. Volkssängerzelt Schützenlisl

Beer Served:  Augustiner (Wine is also available)

Capacity: 1396 seats inside and 400 seats outside

Experience the essence of Munich’s Oktoberfest from 140 years ago at Schützenlisl Volkssängerzelt on the Oidn Wiesn. Initially featured in 1881 during the 7th German Federal Shooting Festival, it showcased Coletta Möritz, known as “Schützenlisl,” a revered figure likened to the beloved Münchner Kindl. Revived by the Stiftl family, renowned for their Wiesn tent, Schützenlisl returned in 2022 to preserve folk singing traditions. Hosting both classic and contemporary performers, it welcomes a diverse audience. Traudi Siferlinger, known for revitalizing folk music, curates lively performances daily.

16. Kufflers Wine Tent

Beer Served:  Paulaner Weißbier is served until 9 pm (Wine tent – the main focus is wine)

Capacity: 1920 seats inside and 580 seats outside

At the Weinzelt (Wine Tent) owned by Roland, Doris, and Stephan Kuffler, a selection of beverages can be enjoyed until 21:00. Following this time, the drink options transition to a variety of alcoholic drinks, including wine, sparkling wine, and champagne. The Paulaner brewery serves as the primary supplier for the tent, alongside contributions from various vineyards and the esteemed Nymphenburg Sektkellerei (Champagne Cellar). A distinctive aspect of this tent is its extended operating hours, remaining open until 1 am, unlike most other tents, which cease service by 22:30, except for the Käfer tent.

17. Kaefer Wiesn Schaenke

Beer Served:  Paulaner (Wine and champagne is also available)

Capacity:  1500 seats inside and 2000 outside

Established in 1971, the Käfer Wiesn Schänke festival pub is one of the more modest establishments at the Oktoberfest. Unlike traditional tents, this venue is a spacious log house reminiscent of a Bavarian farm. As an offshoot of Feinkost Käfer, the pub distinguishes itself by presenting unique culinary delights not found elsewhere on the grounds. It often serves as a magnet for encounters with figures from sports, entertainment, and beyond. Service at the Käfer-Schänke extends until 0:30 in the morning.

Tips for First-Time Visitors at Beer Tents

All the large Oktoberfest tents reservations are either through official websites, phone calls, or email. Booking opens around May. 

  • Only some of the large tents accept cards, so it is advisable to carry cash with you. ATM vestibules are located throughout the venue but away from the tents.
  • Public transport is the most efficient mode of transportation to reach the Oktoberfest venue in Munich. It saves the hassle of finding a parking spot and light on the pocket. 
  • Trains, subways (U-Bahn), and trams are some commute options that connect city points directly with the Theresienwiese fairground. Buy a Tageskarte (day ticket) for unlimited travel within Munich on the day of your visit. Taxis and ridesharing are options to check, though these are costly during peak times.