Schuetzen Festzelt

The “Schützen-Festzelt,” or “Schützen-Festhalle,” has been a part of the Theresienwiese fairground since nineteen twenty-six. It could accommodate only four hundred people at the time. In nineteen sixty-one, it was relocated to its current spot at the base of the Bavaria statue, and it has since undergone several expansions and enhancements. The entire tent underwent a significant renovation in two thousand five, now having a circular gallery for the first time. The balcony on the southern side offers one of the most mesmerizing views at Oktoberfest, overlooking the Ferris wheel and the Bavaria statue.

For over two decades, Walter Bankhammer and the Niederalmers have been curating the lively atmosphere within the festival tent, ensuring guests have a memorable experience. Additionally, the traditional Oktoberfest state shooting, organized by the Bavarian Sports Shooting Association, continues to be held across 110 shooting ranges.

Essential Guidelines for Visitors 

  • Host(s): Eduard Reinbold and family
  • Address: Matthias-Pschorr-Str.
  • 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: 6,278 (120 standing, 4,923 indoor, and 1,235 outdoor)
  • Beer: Löwenbräu
  • Music: Walter Bankhammer and the Niederalmers
  • Specialty: point for the shooting scene & most beautiful Oktoberfest balcony
  • 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

Schuetzen Festzelt Tent Capacity

The Schützen-Festzelt provides ample seating for 4,923 guests indoors, with standing room for 120 individuals and an extra capacity of 1,235 outdoor seats, offering space for individuals and groups. 

The Traditional Delicacies to Relish

At the Schützenfestzelt, one dish stands out among the beer tables: suckling pig marinated in malt beer, cooked in the traditional Franciscan style. This delicious meal is served with classic sides like freshly grated potato dumplings and warm bacon coleslaw, creating a hearty Bavarian trio that’s simply delightful. For those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on the famous Franziskaner Kaiserschmarrn, a delectable dessert featuring rum-soaked raisins and plum compote.

Musical Specialty

In 1985, Walter Bankhammer established his inaugural chapel in Niederalm, near Salzburg. By the 1990s, they had gained recognition as a dynamic band with a diverse international music selection. Their breakthrough moment came in 1994 when Bankhammer performed at Munich’s Nockherberg strong beer festival, challenging Bavarian traditions. Three years later, the Niederalmers debuted at the world’s largest folk festival. Since then, they have become renowned for energizing the atmosphere at the Schützenfest tent with their predominantly rock and pop performances. Unsurprisingly, this successful band consistently earns the title of “best Oktoberfest band,” given their ability to ignite the festive spirit with their music.

Oktoberfest Tent Reservation

Securing a reservation, particularly for lunch between Monday and Wednesday, is highly recommended to guarantee seating in this popular venue. The reservation procedure is easy, with a significant portion of slots allocated through private channels, making this tent exclusive and in high demand.

Beer Tent Location

The Oktoberfest Schützen-Festzelt has an easily accessible venue in Munich on Matthias-Pschorr-Straße, adjacent to the Winzerer Fähndl. Its accessibility is enhanced by the proximity of various public transportation options, such as buses and trains, which regularly serve the Theresienwiese area. This ensures visitors have convenient and efficient means of arriving at and departing from the Schuetzen Festzelt, contributing to a seamless Oktoberfest experience.