Schottenhamel Festhalle

The Schottenhamel festival hall stands as the Munich Oktoberfest’s oldest festival tent. Its origin traced back to 1867 when it housed a modest 50 seats. With time, the tent grew into one of the largest tents. It now hosts approximately 10,000 guests, maintaining a rich 150-year history upheld by its proud host family. Otto Schwarzfischer and his musicians have graced its stage for over five decades. The tent sees the mayor tapping the inaugural keg at noon on the festival’s first Saturday, hosting the official commencement of the Beerfest, signaling the start of festivities with the iconic proclamation, “O’zapft is!” This tradition draws a massive crowd to the tent, including celebrities, politicians, and locals. 

In 1908, this large tent was the first to have electric bulbs instead of candles. The technology was conducted under the supervision of the Augsburg company J. Einstein. Albert Einstein, who was 17 years old then, was accompanied by the boss’s nephew, who helped as a holiday employee. The later inventor of the theory of relativity screwed numerous light bulbs into the Schottenhamel tent as an assistant electrician.

Essential Guidelines for Visitors 

  • Host(s): Christian and Michael F. Schottenhamel
  • Address: Wirtsbudenstr.
  • 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: 9,030 (6,288indoor, and 2,742 outdoor)
  • Beer: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
  • Music: Otto Schwarzfischer Band
  • Specialty:  The keg tapping happens: O’zapft is!
  • 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

Schottenhamel Festhalle Tent Capacity

Festhalle Schottenhamel has an impressive seating capacity for approximately 9,030 individuals. The Schottenhamel Festhalle tent graciously hosts up to 6,288 guests within its spacious confines, while the adjoining beer garden accommodates an additional  2,742 attendees. This ample seating space lends an atmosphere that is lively and intimate, blending the cherished traditions of the festival with the joyous spirit of celebration.

The Traditional Delicacies to Relish

The taste of Bavarian dishes at the Schottenhamel-Festhalle, where the iconic “Three times Bavaria” dish is a must-try. This culinary delight combines veal patties, a savory beef and pork roll, and authentic Munich-style Rostbratwürstl sausages, all served alongside creamy mashed potato. The feast doesn’t stop there; try the classic favorites like half-roast chicken, succulent knuckle of pork, and tender pork roast. Vegetarian options include dishes such as Allgäu cheese spätzle and delectable potato waffles. The “Deandl- und Burschenburgers” provide a modern twist, while traditionalists can savor the rich flavors of a beef rump pot roast. 

Musical Specialty

Since 1950, the Schwarzfischer band has been a staple at Oktoberfest, known for their integral role in kicking off the festivities with the first cordial toast following the ceremonial tapping. Under the direction of conductor Christian Sachs, the band sticks to the motto of “traditional and modern,” offering a diverse collection of Bavarian brass music to suit various moments throughout the event. During Oktoberfest lunch, attendees can enjoy the lively tunes of the band while savoring the classic pairing of beer and roast chicken. As the day progresses into the evening, the atmosphere shifts to a celebration, with spirited party songs filling the air. 

During the “grand finale” on the last Sunday of Oktoberfest, the Schwarzfischer band truly shines. Against the backdrop of thousands of sparklers, they deliver catchy performances. One such example is their version of “Weust’ a Herz host wia a Bergwerk” (Because You Have a Heart Like a Mine), which adds a sentimental touch to the closing moments of the Beerfest.

Oktoberfest Tent Reservation

Reservations for this esteemed and historically significant tent should be made in advance when they open in April/May. While thirty percent of walk-in guests are accommodated, securing your reservation in advance is advisable, especially during peak hours. Booking a table enables you to participate in distinctive traditions and cultural celebrations easily and conveniently.

Beer Tent Location

Situated on Wirtsbudenstrasse, near the Hacker and Paulaner tents, Schottenhamel Festhalle enjoys convenient accessibility from prominent Munich public transport- U Bahn, S Bahn, tram, and bus. Primary stations such as “Theresienwiese” on the U-Bahn and “Hackerbrücke” on the S-Bahn facilitate a seamless commute to the center of Wiesn, Munich.