Armbrustschuetzenzelt Tent

Armbrustschuetzenzelt is a large beer tent at Wiesn, also known as the crossbow tent, and has been overseen by the Inselkammer family since 1990. The big Oktoberfest tent’s exterior design draws inspiration from the architecture of the Bavarian Oberland region, situated south of Munich. It pays homage to the traditional beer castle architecture associated with Oktoberfest. A prominent feature is a hog in the front gallery decorated by the staff before the festival’s commencement.

Keeping with the Oktoberfest regulations, only Munich local beer is served instead of the family-owned Ayinger brand. The tent features a 30-meter-long shooting range where the Annual Bavarian Oktoberfest Crossbow Shooting events occur. The Armbrustschützenzelt also entertains 200 Munich senior citizens each year.

Tents link with Crossbow Association

The crossbow association Winzerer Fähndl has been a tradition at Oktoberfest since 1895. The present-day Armbrustschützenzelt can trace its roots to the association’s inaugural tent, transitioning from the larger Winzerer Fähndl to its smaller one in 1926. It wasn’t until 1956, under the reign of Richard Süßmeier, that the tent got its current look and size. Finally, in 1965, it found its permanent location on Wirtsbudenstraße.

Essential Guidelines for Visitors 

  • Host(s): Family Peter Inselkammer
  • Address: Wirtsbudenstr.
  • Phone: +49 (0)89 23703703
  • Operating Hours: 10:00 AM- 11:30 PM (Weekdays), 9:00 AM -11:30 PM (Weekends)                            
  • Reservation: Book the tent online through the official website 
  • Capacity: 7420 (5,820 indoor and 1,600 outdoor)
  • Beer: Paulaner
  • Music: Platzl-Oktoberfestkapelle band
  • Specialty: Beer from wooden barrels and butcher shop
  • Dress Code: No official dress code, but wearing a traditional tracht(dirndl for women and lederhosen for men) is appreciated. 
  • Family Hours: Boasts family environment, especially during the evening and weekdays.
  • Payment Method: Cash and atm are acceptable. But it is advisable to carry cash along.
  • Accessibility: Public transportation(tramp, U-Bahn, S-Bahn),ridesharing, taxi

Armbrustschützenzelt Tent Capacity

The crossbow tent offers a vast seating arrangement, accommodating over 7,450 guests. It has a spacious interior with a beer garden for a comfortable and lively experience for large groups and individual visitors. Despite being one of the biggest tents, the atmosphere is relatively calm. 

The Traditional Delicacies to Relish 

The menu is one of the specialties of the Armbrustschuetzenzelt tent. The food tastes great and even better when paired with the Wiesn beer.  Hearty snacks, grilled chicken, pork hock, or fried sausage are all available, keeping the original taste of Bavaria alive. Regional ingredients are used, and special attention is paid to maintaining the quality of the food. Vegetarian dishes are also available to cater to diverse needs. Typical Bavarian desserts can be ordered to satisfy the sweet tooth.

Chilled Beer Served To Pair with Food

The tent host, Peter Inselkammerl, comes from a brewery family. Despite the lineage, no Ayinger beer is served in the Armbrustschützen tent. The reason is straightforward! Keeping with the Wiesn rule, “Only beer from Munich breweries is served in the Wiesn,” the tent serves Paulaner’s Oktoberfest beer. The beer flows into the beer jugs in the Armbrustschützen tent perfectly paired with Hedl or any other Bavarian delight.

Musical Specialty

The Platzl-Oktoberfestkapelle has a vibrant atmosphere within the Armbrustschützen tent. Led by Manfred Leopold and Andreas Stauber, 23 members of age groups bring a harmonious blend of youthful energy to the stage. The band’s journey started in 1961 when they first graced the Armbrustschützen tent stage under the “Unterbrunner Blasmusik.” In 2010, with Adi Beham stepping down, the band name changed to “Platzl-Oktoberfestkapelle.”

The band’s musical range has traditional brass compositions and the latest Wiesn hits, ensuring there’s something for every festival-goer to enjoy. This seamless fusion of traditional and contemporary tunes contributes to their popularity. 

Bavarian Costume Groups

At 12:00pm on Wednesday at midnight, Schuhplattler and Goaßlschnalze (traditional Bavarian costume groups) perform in the central part of the Armbrustschützenzelt tent. The rhythmic whip-crackling sound creates a symphony with the musical, which resonates with the culture of Bavaria. In Schuhplattler, the dancers clap, stomp, and strike the soles of their shoes,  and knees with their hands held flat is a delight to the eyes. 

Oktoberfest Tent Reservation

The reservation process for the Crossbow Rifle Tent stands out for its customer-friendly approach compared to other tents. Operating hours for the tent are from 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM, accommodating both daytime and evening reservations, including weekends. There is a dedicated contingent for Munich Saturdays. To reserve, opt for traditional methods such as fax or post or conveniently fill out an online form specifying desired dates. Processing typically takes approximately six weeks. Subscribing to the reservation alert system is recommended to stay informed about the latest updates and special offers.

Beer Tent Location

The Armbrustschützenzelt tent is the second tent from the entrance to Wiesn and was built to resemble an oversized hunting lodge. It is easily accessible via public transport or using taxi or ride-sharing.