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The Theresienwiese one day before the opening of the Oktoberfest 2006

The Oktoberfest ( dialect d'Wiesn ) in Munich is the world's largest folk festival . The 186th Oktoberfest took place from September 21 to October 6, 2019.

It has been held annually on the Theresienwiese in the Bavarian capital since 1810 (however, the festival was canceled 25 times including 2020 ). The organizer is the city ​​administration of Munich (Department for Labor and Economics). For the Oktoberfest, some Munich breweries brew a special beer that must have an original wort of at least 13.5% and contain around 5.8 to 6.4 percent alcohol by volume . In 2018, Oktoberfest generated sales of 1.2 billion euros including overnight stays.


The first Oktoberfest

On the occasion of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese on October 12, 1810, numerous private and public celebrations took place in Munich, including a horse race on October 17. The Oktoberfest goes back to this. Presumably in memory of the scarlet fever race last held in 1786 , which first took place in front of the Karlstor in the 15th century and later became part of the Jakobidult , Andreas Michael Dall'Armi, in his role as Major of the National Guard , proposed a horse race with an exhibition and a show for public homage the bridal couple in front. It has been handed down that the original idea that led to this project came from the wage coachman and NCO of the National Guard Franz Baumgartner. However, this assumption about the origin of the festival is considered controversial.

The fairground, which was outside the city at the time, was chosen because of its natural suitability. The Sendlinger Berg (today Theresienhöhe ) served as a grandstand for the 40,000 spectators of the race. The fairground remained undeveloped except for the king's tent. The visitors were fed above the grandstand on the hill, where “Traiteurs” u. a. Offered wine and beer. Before the race began, there was a homage to the bridal couple and the royal family in the form of a procession of 16 pairs of children, with traditional costumes that represented the possessions of the Wittelsbach family, the nine Bavarian districts and other regions. Afterwards, a choir of holiday school students sang before the festival race with 30 horses on a 11,200 shoe (3270 meter) long racetrack followed. The winner was the horse of the presumed initiator Franz Baumgartner, who received his gold medal from racing champion and State Minister Maximilian Graf von Montgelas .

Development into a folk festival

19th century

Oktoberfest (around 1900)
Beer delivery for the Oktoberfest (1908)
Plan of the Oktoberfest 1910

After the Oktoberfest was canceled in 1813 because Bavaria was involved in the Napoleonic Wars , the festival grew from year to year from 1814 onwards. Climbing trees, bowling alleys and swings were added to the racecourse. The first carousel was set up in 1818 . Several lottery tickets attracted the poor city dwellers in particular, as there was porcelain, silver and jewelry to be won. In 1819 the Munich city fathers took over the management of the festival. From now on, the Oktoberfest should be celebrated every year as planned.

The almost 20 meter high statue of Bavaria has towered over the festival meadow since 1850 . In 1853 the Hall of Fame at the foot of the Bavaria was completed. In the following years some festivals were canceled. This was due to two cholera epidemics in 1854 and 1873, the Prussian-Austrian War in 1866 and the Franco-German War in 1870.

Towards the end of the 19th century, the Oktoberfest developed more and more into the popular festival known all over the world today. It was extended in time and brought forward to the last days of September, which were mostly nice and warm because of Indian summer . Since then, only the last Oktoberfest weekend falls in October.

From 1880 onwards, the city ​​administration approved the sale of beer. The beer was served in small stalls. In order to create more seats for the visitors and space for a band , the landlord Georg Lang from Nuremberg secured five stalls through straw men in 1898 and built his “beer castle” here. Large beer halls soon followed at the festival . At the same time, it attracted more and more showmen and carousel owners, who provided additional entertainment. The first roast chicken opened in 1881 . In 1885 the outdoor areas of the festival grounds were illuminated electrically for the first time. The 16  arc lamps used were installed by the electrical engineering factory J. Einstein & Cie and were considered a sensation at the time. The first electrically operated amusement park followed in 1892 and in 1901 the first festival tents were electrically illuminated.

20th century

Advertisement for the Oktoberfest in the Bolzano daily newspaper Dolomiten from September 15, 1934

In 1904 the post office and telegraph office (probably for the first time) set up public telephones:

“On the occasion of this year's Oktoberfest in Munich, a post office and telegraph company with telephone service and public telephone station will be set up on the festival site from September 19 to October 12. The same has to deal with the administration of postage stamps and telephone tickets, acceptance and delivery of letters and telegrams and to be open to public transport from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. "

In 1910, the Oktoberfest celebrated its 100th anniversary and there were 12,000 hecto liters poured beer. In the Bräurosl , the largest beer tent at the time, there was already space for 12,000 guests. Today the Hofbräu-Festhalle with 10,000 seats is the largest beer tent at the Wiesn.

From 1914 to 1918 the festival was canceled due to the First World War . In 1919 and 1920 only a small “autumn festival” was celebrated; In 1923 there was no Oktoberfest because of the galloping inflation , in November 1923 the Rentenmark was introduced. There was no Oktoberfest in 1924 either.

During the Nazi era , the Nazi propaganda used the Oktoberfest. In 1933 the price for the Maß beer was set at 90 pfennigs. Jews were forbidden to work at the Oktoberfest. In 1935 the 125th anniversary was staged pompously; among other things with a big anniversary parade (motto: "Stolze Stadt - Fröhlich Land" should stand for the alleged overcoming of the layers and classes; it demonstrated the conformity and the consolidated power of the Nazi regime). The Gauleitung transferred the artistic direction for the anniversary parade to the NS painter Albert Reich . 1938 - in March Hitler had annexed Austria and won all along the line at the Munich conference on the Sudeten question - the Oktoberfest was renamed "Großdeutsches Volksfest". The Nazi regime transported a large number of Sudeten Germans to the festival area.

There was no festival during the Second World War from 1939 to 1945. In the post-war period from 1946 to 1948 there was an “autumn festival”. The first Oktoberfest after the war took place in September 1949.

In 1950 the event was opened for the first time by Thomas Wimmer (Lord Mayor from 1948 to 1960) with the traditional tapping of the barrel in the Schottenhamel festival tent . In the course of the following decades the Oktoberfest developed into the largest folk festival in the world. With the exception of the 150th anniversary in 1960 and the 200th anniversary in 2010, the horse race was no longer held after the war.

1980 bomb attack

On the evening of September 26, 1980, a bomb exploded at the main entrance of the festival area ( public lavatory at Bavariaring ). 13 people died, over 200 were injured, 68 of them seriously. The attack is considered to be one of the worst terrorist attacks in German history. For a long time, the crime was considered not to be fully resolved. The Attorney General at the Federal Court of Justice resumed the proceedings in December 2014 and closed them again in July 2020. The act has since been regarded as a right-wing extremist attack by a lone perpetrator.


In the period from 1811 to 2020, the Oktoberfest was canceled a total of 25 times, mostly because of wars, but twice because of cholera . In 2020 the Oktoberfest was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic (for the first time since 1949). To help showmen, market merchants and cultural workers, the “Summer in the City” festival was planned with rides spread across the city.

Oktoberfest today

Inside view of a beer tent (2003)

The Oktoberfest has attracted millions of visitors every year over the past few decades. The guests are increasingly coming from abroad, mainly from Italy, the USA, Japan and Australia. There has been a trend towards traditional costumes in recent years : many Oktoberfest visitors come in lederhosen or dirndls .

The excessive consumption of alcohol by some of the visitors has long been an issue. In order to avoid that the atmosphere at the Oktoberfest more and more resembles the atmosphere at Ballermann (Mallorca), the responsible organizers developed the concept of the Peaceful Oktoberfest in 2005 . The tent operators are encouraged to only play traditional brass music until 6 p.m. and to limit the music volume to 85  dB (A) SPL . This is to keep the Oktoberfest attractive for families and older visitors. After 6 p.m., hits and pop music are also played.

Some of the Munich residents and the guests, as well as some in the press, have now referred to the festival as an annoying mass drink that has nothing to do with a folk festival.

"Old Octoberfest"

Main entrance to the first "Oide Wiesn" (2010)
Anniversary celebration at the "Oide Wiesn" (2010)
One of the two entrances and exits to the "Oide Wiesn" (2013)

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary, a historic Oktoberfest ("Oide Wiesn") was organized for the first time in 2010 at the southern end of the Theresienwiese on the area of ​​the central agricultural festival . It also opened the day before the actual Oktoberfest began with the mayor tapping the keg. Historical rides, marquees and other historical attractions such as a stick fish roast , a chain carousel or a cotton candy stand were presented on the five hectare fenced-in area . In addition to the museum, an animal tent and the racecourse can be visited for an admission fee. The animal tent includes a petting zoo and is looked after by the Hellabrunn Zoo and the Bavarian Farmers' Association. The Munich City Museum took on the design of the museum tent. The Jubiläumswiesn was accompanied by an artistic and cultural program in which, for example, the Biermösl Blosn appeared. The music bands in the Herzkasperl marquee , which is comparatively small with 850 seats , managed without a loudspeaker system. The festival tent was named after a well-known stage character of the actor Jörg Hube, who died in 2009 . The six Munich breweries Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten presented a jointly brewed, dark special beer that was made according to a historical recipe from the beginning of the 19th century. Accordingly, the beer mugs in the festival tents bore the label Münchner Bier and not the company logo of an individual brewery. In contrast to the rest of the Oktoberfest, the “Oide Wiesn” closed at 8 p.m. Instead of the 300,000 guests expected by the city administration, far more than half a million visitors came. The area had to be temporarily closed several times, as usually only beer tents, due to overcrowding.

In the years that followed, the traditional Oktoberfest continued under the name “Oide Wiesn”, but in a reduced form, based on the concept of the then economic advisor and current mayor of the city of Munich Dieter Reiter . Since then, for example, the racecourse has not been used. The entrance fee has been reduced to three euros. The historical marquee was enlarged by 2000 places and the old rides were preserved. The "Oide Wiesn" became a permanent establishment. Every four years, during the Bavarian Central Agriculture Festival (most recently in 2016), it could not be set up due to lack of space.

According to the city ​​council resolution of October 16, 2012, the entry fee for the “Oide Wiesn” 2013 was again three euros. For the first time, re-entry was possible with this ticket. The historic rides cost one euro in 2013. Inside the musician's tent, the number of seats increased from 1000 to 1500; in the outdoor area it rose from 800 to 1000. The City of Munich supported the Schaustellerstiftung with 200,000 euros to run the museum tent, the velodrome and a children's program.

In 2013 the site expanded and beautiful entrances were added. In addition, the museum tent of the Munich City Museum / Schaustellerstiftung was represented again as in the anniversary year 2010 (nn 2011). The velodrome was enlarged and the contract for the musicians' tent was awarded to Fraunhofer host Beppi Bachmaier and operated the tent under the name “Herzkasperlzelt” as in 2010. At the Oiden Wiesn 2011, the Reichert family still ran the musicians tent under the name “Zur Schönheitskönigin”.

Spelling and meaning of "Wiesn"

The Oktoberfest is usually called Wiesn in Bavarian (from "Theresienwiese"). The gender of Wiesn is female ( the Wiesn , in Bavarian d 'Wiesn ), the number is singular. Since Wiesn is the Bavarian form of meadow (singular) and not of meadows (plural), an apostrophe in the spelling would be incorrect ( Wies'n suggests the plural word Wies e n with an omitted e). The “d '”, on the other hand, is an abbreviation of “de”, Bavarian for “die”, and thus the apostrophe is correct there.

The term Wiesn is sometimes only used for the Oktoberfest, sometimes for the Theresienwiese itself (see circus ). During the Oktoberfest, the Theresienwiese is officially referred to as a festival meadow , for example on the public transport signs that have been specially installed for the festival.


Horse-drawn carriage driver in costume

Entry of the Oktoberfest hosts and breweries

Chamois beards at the entrance of the meadow landlords to the Oktoberfest, 2008
Team of horses from the Hacker-Pschorr brewery

The history of the arrival of the Oktoberfest restaurateurs and breweries as the festive prelude to the Oktoberfest goes back to the year 1887, when the innkeeper at the time, Hans Steyrer, moved from his inn on Tegernseer Landstrasse with his staff, a brass band and a load of beer to the Theresienwiese for the first time . In its current form, the move has essentially been taking place since 1935, when all breweries took part in the move for the first time. Since then, the procession has been led by a woman in a yellow and black monk's robe, who represents the Munich child . Since 1950 the incumbent mayor of Munich has followed him in the coach of the Schottenhamel family. They are followed in turn by the magnificently decorated horse-drawn carts and floats of the breweries as well as the carriages of the other hosts and showmen. The procession is accompanied by the band of the festival tents. Only breweries from Munich are allowed, which currently limits the number of beer brands to six: Augustiner , Hacker-Pschorr , Hofbräu , Löwenbräu , Paulaner and Spaten .

Barrel tapping

After the Oktoberfest landlords have moved in on carriages from the city center to the festival meadow , the Lord Mayor starts the first beer keg in the Schottenhamel festival tent at 12 noon . With the tapping and the traditional cry: “O'zapft is! To a peaceful Oktoberfest ”(“ It's tapped! To a peaceful Oktoberfest ”), the Oktoberfest is considered to have opened. Then twelve gunshots are fired on the stairs of the Bavaria . This is the sign for the other innkeepers to be allowed to start serving. Traditionally, the Bavarian Prime Minister receives the first measure. Then the first barrels are tapped in the other festival tents and beer is served to the Oktoberfest visitors.

Every year, many eagerly wait to see how many blows the mayor will strike before the first beer flows out of the first barrel. The best performance is two strokes ( Ude , 2005, 2008–2013; Reiter , 2015–2019), but 17 or 19 strokes were also required ( Wimmer , 1950), there is no clear indication.

Costume and Riflemen

In honor of the silver wedding anniversary of King Ludwig I of Bavaria and Princess Therese , a costume parade took place for the first time in 1835. In 1895 the local writer Maximilian Schmidt organized another parade with 1400 participants in 150 groups in traditional costumes. This has been held annually since 1950 and is now one of the highlights of the Oktoberfest and one of the world's largest parades of its kind. On the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest, 8,000 participants in their historical festive costumes march from the Maximilianeum on a seven-kilometer route to the festival meadow.

This move is also led by the Münchner Kindl (now a woman); He is followed by the dignitaries of the city council and the city administration and the Free State of Bavaria, mostly the Prime Minister and his wife, traditional costume and rifle clubs , music bands, marching bands, colorful flag throwers and around 40 carriages with festively decorated horse and carts. Most of the clubs and groups come from Bavaria, but also from other German federal states, from Austria, from Switzerland, from northern Italy and from other European countries. The entry of the Oktoberfest hosts and the traditional costume and rifle parade is organized by the Munich festival ring .

Marquee tents

Marquee tents seen from the ferris wheel
The Armbrustschützenzelt 2005
In the Löwenbräu festival tent 2013

There are 14 large and 15 smaller marquees to choose from. According to the festival's operating rules, only beer from traditional Munich breweries may be served at the Oktoberfest. The Munich breweries Spatenbräu , Augustiner , Paulaner , Hacker-Pschorr , Hofbräu and Löwenbräu are currently represented with festival tents. Since the tents have sometimes had to be closed due to overcrowding in recent years, the city of Munich has set up a Oktoberfest barometer on its website that predicts the respective occupancy of the tents.

The 14 large marquees
tent for the first time
Beer price 2019
per measure
Festwirt brewery
Crossbowman tent 1895 7,420 5,820 1,600 11.70 Peter Inselkammer family Paulaner
Augustiner Festival Hall 1898 8,500 6,000 2,500 11.40 Manfred Vollmer & Thomas Vollmer Augustiner brew
Pschorr-Bräurosl 1902 8,250 6,490 1,760 11.80 Georg Heide & Renate Heide Hacker-Pschorr
Fischer-Vroni 1904 3,862 3,162 0.700 11.70 Johann Stadtmüller & Silvia Stadtmüller Augustiner brew
Hacker marquee 1907 9,378 6,838 2,540 11.80 Christl Roiderer & Toni Roiderer Hacker-Pschorr
Marstall marquee 2014 4,082 3,200 0.882 11.80 Siegfried Able & Sabine Able Spatenbräu
Hofbräu festival tent 1955 9,051 6,017 3,034 11.70 Margot Steinberg & Günter Steinberg Hofbräu Munich
Käfer Wiesn-Schänke 1971 3,413 1,383 2,030 11.80 Michael Käfer & Clarissa Käfer Paulaner
Löwenbräu marquee 1910 8,500 5,700 2,800 11.80 Stephanie Spendler Löwenbräu
Ox roast 1881 7,546 5,900 1,646 11.50 Annelies Haberl & Antje Schneider Spatenbräu
Festival hall Schottenhamel 1867 9,030 6,288 2,742 11.75 Christian Schottenhamel & Michael Schottenhamel Spatenbräu
Schützen marquee 1876 6.158 4,923 1,235 11.80 Eduard Reinbold family Löwenbräu
Kuffler's wine tent 1984 2,500 1,920 0.580 15.90 Roland Kuffler, Doris Kuffler & Stephan Kuffler Paulaner
Paulaner marquee 1898 8,365 6,385 1,980 11.80 Arabella Schörghuber & Peter Pongratz Paulaner
Total seats 96,055 70.026 26,029

There are a total of 127 restaurants, of which 27 tents offer a total of around 120,000 seats, of which the Oide Wiesn has three festival tents (“Tradition”, “Herz-Kasperl Festzelt” and “Zur Schönheitskönigin”) with a total of around 12,500 seats.

Beer mugs and thefts

Those used in the marquees beer mugs are no longer made today sound , but from glass to Schank fraud at least impede. They are the property of the respective breweries. In the 1980s and 1990s in particular, beer mug thefts became rampant and the security staff at the marquees were instructed to keep an eye out for thieves. The Festwirtevereinigung has filed criminal charges against beer mug thieves for years. Beer mugs that are officially bought as souvenirs are marked with a colored sticker to make them easier to distinguish.

In 2019, 96,912 beer mugs were seized by the security staff at the tent exits (2018: 101,000).

Wiesn hits

For several years now, the song that is most often played and sung in the beer tents has been declared a so-called Wiesn hit by the tabloids . Numerous print media and radio stations regularly ask their target groups to choose appropriate pieces of music in the context of the event. Since many Wiesn visitors are not always familiar with the texts, there is a Wiesn singing primer with the most popular songs. Some websites and internet portals also offer lists of the current Oktoberfest hits, including the lyrics, some with additional background information.

The song Fürstenfeld by the streir music group STS from 1984 is regarded as the first "real" Wiesen hit.

Although the term as such only emerged in the mid-1980s, the song “Schützenliesel”, composed by Gerhard Winkler with text by Fred Rauch and Fini Busch , with its characteristic three bangs from 1952 , is often the first Oktoberfest hit these days , at least the post-war period.


At the Oktoberfest there are around 200  fairground operators , of which almost 80 are  rides . Many showman families have been represented at the Oktoberfest since the beginning of the 20th century. In addition to the popular nostalgic attractions, there are new operators every year, which provide state-of-the-art technology for thrills.

Ferris wheel

Willenborg's Oktoberfest Ferris Wheel

A ferris wheel was first erected in 1880 and at that time it was 12 meters high. Since 1979 Willenborgs Ferris Wheel with a height of 48 meters has been one of the most famous attractions and offers passengers a view over the festival meadow. The showman has been regularly represented at the Wiesn since the 1930s with a wide variety of rides, since 1960 for the first time with a steel ferris wheel.


The crinoline is a traditional round carousel that has been at Oktoberfest since the 1920s. The round shape and the swaying movement are reminiscent of a crinoline . The carousel was still being moved with muscle power until 1938. In that year, a small balcony was added to the outer wall of the carousel for the original crinoline brass band . The ride is usually accompanied musically by this brass band, but also by selected guest artists.

Witch swing

The witch or illusion swing is a historic ride that was first presented in America at the end of the 19th century by Harris Wheels and first set up at the Oktoberfest in 1894: Two opposite benches for about eight people each are arranged on a large swing. the passengers have the impression that this swing rolls over several times during the journey. As a proven antique that requires special attention and care, it no longer travels from festival to festival, but is only represented at the Oktoberfest and the Straubing Gäubodenvolksfest.



The toboggan is a tower slide that was first set up in 1906. The current Toboggan has been around at the Oktoberfest since 1933. The term comes from the language of the Canadian Algonquin Indians and describes a light snow sled . The passengers are transported to a height of around eight meters by means of a high-speed conveyor belt. From the top of the tower you slide down again at high speed in a wooden channel that winds around the tower. The special attraction for the spectators are the attempts by the passengers to step onto the conveyor belt. In this case, unlike on an escalator, the handrail does not move with you and if you hold on, your feet will inevitably be pulled away.

Devil's wheel

The devil's wheel was first set up at the Oktoberfest in 1910. It is a horizontal, rotatable wooden disc about five meters in diameter. The visitors are asked to sit or lie down on it and to stay on this disc for as long as possible as the speed increases. Ride staff try to “bow down” the participants with the help of a straw sack or to pull them down with a lasso. A commander who comments on the events with coarse Bavarian humor makes the devil's wheel an attraction for the audience. During the day, boxing matches are held on the bike between volunteer spectators.


“Theschichtl”, named after its founder Michael Augustschichtl (1851–1911), has been an integral part of the Oktoberfest since 1869. Magic and curiosities are presented in brief presentations. The Shift became famous for the decapitation of a living person using a guillotine , which is still performed today (with one of the spectators as the decapitation victim). So far, more than 9000 spectators have been "beheaded". The saying “Let's go at the Shift” is still widely known, at least in the Munich area. Characteristic is the humorous public abuse of the audience walking past the tent on a stage in front of the entrance. An announcer in short leather trousers and an officer's jacket decorated with leopard skin teases the audience in Bavarian dialect and recruits new visitors for the next performance.

Pitt's wall of death

Pitt's death wall consists of a large, wooden, cylindrical wall about twelve meters in diameter and eight meters high. Motorcyclists race on its inner wall , held only by centrifugal force , up to the top edge where the spectators are standing. They perform all kinds of acrobatic tricks. The company has been at the Oktoberfest since 1932 and the motorcycles also come from this time.

Modern rides

Olympia looping at night

The more modern rides include round rides, ramp rides and running rides, a wild water run and several roller coasters , including the Olympia Looping , the largest mobile roller coaster in the world with five loops.


Dates / opening times

Due to the often cool weather in October, Oktoberfest has started in September since 1872. Since then, it has opened on the Saturday after September 15, and traditionally the festival ends on the first Sunday in October. The following rule has been in effect since 2000: If October 1st or 2nd is a Sunday, the festival is extended until the Day of German Unity on October 3rd. This means that the festival lasts at least 16 and at most 18 days. In 2010 an additional Oktoberfest Monday was added due to the bicentenary.

Oktoberfest dates from 2000
year meeting particularities Visitors
2000 16 Sep until October 3rd Small Oktoberfest with ZLF a ; two days longer b (Tuesday) = 18 days 6.9 million
2001 22 Sep until October 7th 5.5 million
2002 21 Sep until October 6th 5.9 million
2003 20 Sep until October 5th 6.3 million
2004 Sep 18 until October 3rd With ZLF a 5.9 million
2005 17 Sep until October 3rd Great Oktoberfest; one day longer b (Monday) = 17 days 6.1 million
2006 16 Sep until October 3rd Great Oktoberfest; two days longer b (Tuesday) = 18 days 6.5 million
2007 22 Sep until October 7th 6.2 million
2008 20 Sep until October 5th 175th Oktoberfest; with ZLF a 6.0 million
2009 19 Sep until October 4th 5.7 million
2010 Sep 18 until October 4th 200 years of Oktoberfest; an additional three hectares of the historical Oktoberfest; one day longer c = 17 days 6.4 million
2011 17 Sep until October 3rd again with Oider Wiesn (formerly historical Wiesn); one day longer b (Monday) = 17 days 6.9 million
2012 22 Sep until October 7th without historic Oktoberfest, but with ZLF a (125th ZLF) 6.4 million
2013 21 Sep until October 6th with Oider Wiesn 6.4 million
2014 20 Sep until October 5th with Oider Wiesn 6.3 million
2015 19 Sep until October 4th with Oider Wiesn 5.9 million
2016 17 Sep until October 3rd without Oider Wiesn, but with ZLF a (126th ZLF); one day longer b (Monday) = 17 days 5.6 million
2017 16 Sep until October 3rd with Oider Wiesn ; two days longer b (Tuesday) = 18 days 6.2 million
2018 22 Sep until October 7th with Oider Wiesn 6.3 million
2019 21 Sep until October 6th with Oider Wiesn 6.3 million
2020 no Oktoberfest planned from 19 Sep until October 4th without Oide Wiesn, but with ZLF a , canceled on April 21st
2021 Sep 18 until October 3rd with Oider Wiesn
b October 3rd due to public holiday
c because of an additional day for the anniversary

The festival tents open at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of the Oktoberfest, but beer is only sold from 12 p.m. after the first tap. During the week the tents are open from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The serving of beer ends at 10:30 p.m. (however Käfer Wies'n Schänke and Kufflers Weinzelt at 1:00 a.m., the last serving is there at 0:30 a.m.).

The stalls and rides usually open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 11:30 p.m., on Saturdays at midnight. The Oide Wiesn opens daily from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., last entry is at 9:00 p.m. the serving hours are daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Visitor numbers and beer consumption (absolute and relative) since 1980


The Theresienwiese is 42  hectares in size. The area of ​​the festival area is 31 hectares (26 hectares for the Kleine Wiesn ), that of the Oiden Wiesn 3.5 hectares.


The average number of visitors a year is just over six million (2019: 6.3 million). The Jubiläumswiesn set the previous visitor record in 1985 with 7.1 million visitors. There are seats available for 100,000 people. Every year around 12,000 people work at the Wiesn, 1,600 of whom are waiters. 7.3 million liters of beer were sold in 2019. Electricity consumption was 2.84 million kilowatt hours and water consumption was 105,000 cubic meters.

As the organizer, the city ​​of Munich generated direct income from the hosts and showmen in the amount of 3.85 million euros in 2009, compared with costs of 4.2 million euros.

During the two weeks of the event in 2018, the 6.3 million visitors gave 1.2 billion euros

In 2009 there were also six million visitors; they spent around 830 million euros in the city. Compared to the period before the recession, this corresponded to a decrease of 120 million euros. According to the Munich economic department, the average visitor in 2009 spent 54 euros on each visit. In total, the visitors ate half a million chicken and 25 tons of fish. The beer consumption was 6.6 million liters. A total of 65,000 hectoliters of beer were served in 2014.

Oktoberfest evening in 2006

Price development

In 2009 and 2010, Bank Unicredit / HVB published a study on the price development at the Oktoberfest in the period since 1985. Based on the assumed calculation basis, the " Wiesn visitor price index (WBPI)" (costs for two liters of beer, half a chicken and Hin - and return journey by local public transport), the study comes to an increase in the price index of 140 percent by 2009 and 152 percent by 2010.

The increase in costs for the underlying Wiesn visit is almost twice as high as general national inflation. The beer price rose the most, at around four percent annually, more than twice as fast as outside the festival. Based on the facts available to them, the authors of the study came to the conclusion that the Oktoberfest was a special economic zone .

According to a study by the state capital Munich, the beer prices of other large gastronomic companies in the Munich area in 2010 were between 6.60 and 8.40 euros for a Maß. In comparable tents at the nearby Rosenheim Autumn Festival , the price of Maß beer cost 7.40 euros in 2010, after having averaged 6.80 euros in the years 2007 to 2009. From 2009 to 2010 the WBPI rose by 3.4 percent and was thus again significantly above the inflation trend in Germany.

While the petrol price for a liter of super petrol increased by 347 percent between 1950 and 2010, the increase in the price of beer at the Oktoberfest was 942 percent in the same period.

The price per liter of beer developed as follows between 2001 and 2010 (in euros):
Gastronomic facility 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Bunting 6.54 6.80 6.80 6.80 7.20 7.40 7.80 8.10 8.30 8.40
Crossbowmen 6.49 6.75 6.75 7.00 7.20 7.45 7.80 8.20 8.55 8.75
Augustiner Festival Hall 6.39 6.65 6.65 6.95 7.10 7.35 7.80 8.20 8.50 8.70
Bräurosl festival hall 6.39 6.70 6.70 6.95 7.15 7.40 7.85 8.25 8.55 8.80
Fischer-Vroni 6.49 6.80 6.80 6.95 7.10 7.40 7.80 8.25 8.60 8.90
Fish batha - - - - - - - - - -
Glöckle host 6.29 6.70 6.70 6.95 7.05 7.40 7.80 8.10 8.40 8.70
Golden rooster - - - - - - - - - -
Hacker festival hall 6.54 6.80 6.80 7.10 7.10 7.40 7.90 8.30 8.60 8.80
Heilmaier, roast chicken 6.29 6.60 6.60 6.85 6.95 7.20 7.50 7.90 8.10 8.40
Heimer, roast duck 6.29 6.45 6.65 6.85 7.00 7.20 7.60 8.00 8.30 8.60
hippodrome 6.54 6.70 6.70 7.00 7.20 7.50 7.90 8.30 8.60 8.80
Hochreiter Haxnbraterei 6.39 6.55 6.60 6.80 6.90 7.20 7.60 7.90 8.40 8.40
Hochreiter, to the bratwurst - - - - - - 7.80 8.10 8.60 8.60
Hofbräuhaus 6.47 6.75 6.75 6.95 7.10 7.40 7.85 8.25 8.55 8.80
Käfer Wiesn Schänke 6.54 6.80 6.80 7.10 7.10 7.45 7.90 8.30 8.60 8.80
Veal cake - - - - - - 7.90 8.30 8.40 -
Löwenbräu festival hall 6.49 6.80 6.80 7.10 7.25 7.45 7.90 8.30 8.60 8.85
Nuremberg bratwurst Glöckl 6.34 6.60 6.60 6.90 7.10 - - - - -
Munich dumpling - 6.50 (new) 6.60 - 6.95 7.20 7.70 8.50 8.60 8.90
Ochsenbraterei / Spatenbräu festival hall 6.47 6.75 6.75 7.10 7.10 7.40 7.85 8.25 8.60 8.75
Paulaner Festhalle (Winzerer Fähndl) 6.44 6.70 6.70 6.95 7.10 7.40 7.85 8.25 8.60 8.80
Poschner 6.24 6.50 6.50 6.80 6.90 7.20 7.50 8.10 8.20 8.40
Schauer (Wirtshausschichtl) - - - - - - - 7.95 8.20 -
Schottenhamel 6.49 6.80 6.80 7.10 7.25 7.45 7.90 8.30 8.60 8.80
Schützen-Festhalle 6.49 6.75 6.75 7.05 7.20 7.50 7.90 8.30 8.30 8.80
Sieber 5.98 6.30 6.40 6.90 7.05 7.30 7.70 - - -
Vincent Murr - - - 6.75 6.95 7.20 7.50 - - 8.80
Vienna Woods 6.08 6.30 6.30 6.65 6.80 6.95 7.30 - - -
Wildmoser chicken and duck roast 5.98 6.50 6.50 6.70 6.90 7.20 7.50 7.95 8.30 8.50
To the Stiftl - - - - - - - 7.80 8.25 8.70
Average percentage
difference from previous year
- + 4.2% + 0.42% + 4.16% + 2.03% + 3.73% + 5.57% +5.12% + 3.81% + 2.5%
The price per liter of beer developed as follows between 2011 and 2019 (in euros):
Gastronomic facility 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Bunting 8.90 9.20 9.40 09.80 10.20 10.60 10.80 10.80 11.50
Crossbowmen 9.00 9.35 9.85 10.05 10.25 10.55 10.85 11.40 11.70
Augustiner Festival Hall 8.95 9.30 9.60 09.80 10.10 10.40 10.70 11.10 11.40
Bräurosl festival hall 9.10 9.40 9.80 09.95 10.30 10.60 10.90 11.40 11.80
Fischer-Vroni 9.10 9.50 9.80 10.00 10.30 10.60 10.95 11.35 11.70
Fish batha - - 9.50 09.85 10.30 k. A. 10.80 11.10 11.40
Glöckle host 8.95 9.35 9.70 09.85 10.20 10.50 10.90 11.20 11.50
Golden rooster - - - - 10.20 10.50 10.90 11.40 11.70
Hacker festival hall 9.10 9.40 9.80 09.95 10.30 10.60 10.90 11.40 11.80
Heilmaier, roast chicken 8.80 9.20 - - - - 10.80 10.95
Heimer, roast duck 8.90 9.20 9.50 09.70 10.10 k. A. 10.70 10.90
hippodrome 9.10 9.40 - - - - - -
Hochreiter Haxnbraterei 8.80 9.10 9.50 09.90 10.10 10.40 10.70 11.05 11.35
Hochreiter, to the bratwurst 8.90 9.30 9.70 10.10 10.40 10.70 10.85 11.40 11.70
Hofbräuhaus 8.95 9.35 9.75 09.95 10.30 10.60 10.90 11.40 11.70
Käfer Wiesn Schänke 9.10 9.50 9.80 10.00 10.30 10.60 10.90 11.50 11.80
Veal cake 8.90 9.20 - - - - - -
Veal roast - - - 09.80 10.20 10.45 10.80 11.30 11.65
Löwenbräu festival hall 9.20 9.50 9.85 10.10 10.35 10.60 10.80 11.50 11.80
Stables - - - 09.95 10.30 10.60 10.90 11.50 11.80
Munich dumpling - - 9.70 09.90 10.10 k. A. 10.80 10.90 11.30
Ochsenbraterei / Spatenbräu festival hall 8.95 9.20 9.70 09.90 10.20 10.45 10.70 11.20 11.50
Paulaner Festhalle (Winzerer Fähndl) 9.10 9.40 9.80 09.95 10.30 10.60 10.95 11.50 11.80
Poschner 8.95 9.20 9.60 09.90 - - 10.90 11.50 11.80
Schauer (Wirtshausschichtl) 8.90 9.20 9.60 09.90 10.10 10.40 10.70 10.70 11.40
Schottenhamel 9.20 9.50 9.85 10.10 10.25 10.55 10.95 11.45 11.75
Schützen-Festhalle 9.20 9.50 9.80 10.05 10.30 10.60 10.90 11.40 11.80
Velodrome - - - 09.80 10.10 - - -
Vincent Murr 8.90 9.20 9.40 09.80 10.00 10.60 - 10.90 11.30
Wildmoser chicken and duck roast 8.80 9.20 9.50 09.80 10.20 10.50 - -
To the Stiftl 8.95 9.40 9.70 09.95 10.30 10.60 10.90 10.90 11.50
Average percentage
difference from previous year
+ 3.8% + 3.9% + 3.6% + 2.6% + 3.17% + 3.11% + 2.55% + 3.67% + 3.11%

The annual announcements of price increases cause intense discussions in the local press every year. Traditionally, the innkeepers always reply that with the price increases only the increasing costs are passed on to the beer consumers. The price increases did not affect beer consumption. This rose from 0.68 measure / head in 1981 to 1.17 measure / head in 2009. Another ongoing issue is poor pouring. A “particularly skilled” bartender managed to pour 289 liters of beer from a 200 liter keg. The association opposes fraudulent pouring against such records . He regularly demands that the officially permissible difference between a measure and a liter of no more than 0.1 liters, the so-called tolerance limit of the Munich district administration department, be removed. In September 2008, club president Jan-Ulrich Bittlinger declared that a beer mug at the Oktoberfest could contain a maximum of 0.9 liters of beer. The 1-liter measure is still as rare as winning the lottery at Oktoberfest. The city of Munich is to blame for this because it officially allows Oktoberfest hosts to cheat guests by 0.1 liters or more than 0.80 euros per measure. According to Bittlinger, the innkeepers are grateful for this rule. With an average price of 8 euros per liter, 6 million liters of beer sold in 16 days and an average filling volume per beer mug of just 0.9 liters, Oktoberfest visitors would suffer an estimated 4.8 million euros. On the first Saturday of the Oktoberfest in 2008, the association tested 250 beer mugs in different tents. The Augustiner Festival Hall achieved the negative record. Twelve beer mugs contained less than 0.8 liters of beer.

In 2009 the association declared that the prices for a measure of wheat beer between EUR 9.00 and EUR 13.60 were “pure greed” and damaged the character of the Oktoberfest as a folk festival. How the city of Munich, which is responsible for the appropriateness test , can call 13.60 euros appropriate for a liter of beer, is a mystery. At Oktoberfest 2015, Maß beer cost an average of 10.22 euros and was therefore no longer available for less than 10 euros for the first time.

Sales of a marquee

For a long time there was only speculation about the turnover of a marquee and the profit of the Oktoberfest host. In 2014, as part of a tax fraud trial against the well-known landlord Sepp Krätz , it came out that his tent Hippodrom had a total turnover of 3.3 million euros in 2012. After deducting all expenses, a net profit of 1.5 million euros remained. Since the hippodrome was a relatively small tent, it is believed that the larger marquee operators make an even higher profit.


1,067 stand operators applied for the Oktoberfest 2019, of which 551 were approved (51.6%). 231 operators were active in the sale of goods, 167 as showmen and 146 as catering operations, of which 17 were large tents and 21 medium-sized businesses, and seven as service operations.


Security at the Oktoberfest

Personal and bag controls (2016)
Video surveillance by the police (2010)
Access control 2009
Authority Courtyard (2009)

The Public Security is genonmmen seriously at the event. Since the 1960s, for example, a daily morning check of all buildings by explosive dogs from the state police for explosives has been carried out.

In 2004 the authorities' courtyard was set up near the Bavariaring, where the police , the Munich fire brigade , the medical service under the direction of the Aicher Ambulanz Union and the district administration department are stationed. A separate police station will be set up for the Oktoberfest and can be reached on the emergency number 500 32 20. Due to the large number of Italian visitors to the Oktoberfest, police officers from the Italian police from Bolzano have been on site since 2005 . The Bavarian Red Cross had been responsible for the medical service at the Wiesn for decades, but was replaced by the Aicher Ambulanz Union in 2018 after a total of 133 years, as it was able to make the organizers the more economical offer. The American Red Cross was represented from the 1940s to the 1990s . On behalf of the Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft, there is additional protection for the Theresienwiese subway station by the Johanniter Accident Aid . An emergency doctor's vehicle and a fully equipped hospital ward with a small operating room are available in the courtyard. The use of sliding stretcher bars with privacy tarpaulins has proven to be effective in order to make rapid progress in the crowd. The provision in the public rescue service will be increased during the Oktoberfest, additional rescue vehicles are available to the control center.

Since 2010, a general ban on dogs and animals has been in effect as a "general safety measure". Since then, the typical Munich Zamperl are no longer allowed to enter the festival grounds. In 2012, a glass bottle ban was issued due to the increasing number of cuts.

The security concept has been adapted repeatedly over the past decades. After the bomb attack in 1980, the main entrance to the Wiesn was redesigned in 1981. In 2008, the Theresienwiese was closed to the public for the first time during the construction of the Oktoberfest. In 2009 there were extensive barriers and access controls during the festival. The background to this was the threat of attacks by Islamists . In 2010, an expanded security concept was implemented. Among other things, it provides for three blocking rings around the Theresienwiese, access controls and a flight ban over the festival meadow. In addition, in the anniversary year 2010, as part of the expanded security concept, 52 concrete advertising pillars each two meters high were set up at the driveways and entrances to the festival meadow for the first time in order to prevent a scenario in which the attacker could try to drive vehicles loaded with explosives onto the Theresienwiese. In 2011, 170 firmly anchored, partly retractable security bollards were installed at all the driveways and entrances to Theresienwiese, which are intended to prevent vehicles from being forced into the festival area in the future. The Bavariaring is closed in order to gain space in an emergency and so that the security forces can act better. In the event of a crowd, the police can redirect the flow of visitors at short notice by radio reports or close underground or S-Bahn stations. In 2014 the police recorded 2,205 sorties.

Since 2016, there has been a general ban on backpacks and bags and a two-meter high security fence around the festival area for the first time due to the increased risk of terrorism. In 2016, 450 files were in use, almost twice as many as in the previous year. In order to reduce the number of thefts, fights and sexual assaults around the Oktoberfest, measures to protect visitors have been expanded in recent years. In 2003, for example, the “ Safe Wiesn for girls and women ” campaign started.

Technical accidents are rare in the history of the Oktoberfest. The rides are checked intensively in advance. The task of technical testing is traditionally carried out by the “Cable cars and temporary structures” department of today's TÜV Süd . Nevertheless, occurred on 30 September 1996 on the Euro-Star - roller coaster , a rear-end collision, in which there were 30 injured. The cause was the unnoticed wear of the safety brake of the approaching train. At that time, the Munich public prosecutor's office initiated proceedings for negligent bodily harm against an engineer from TÜV Munich, which was discontinued.

power supply

Oktoberfest 2003 at night seen from the ferris wheel

43 kilometers of cable supply the Wiesn with electrical energy via 18 transformer stations, some of which are underground . The total energy consumption of the Oktoberfest is around three million kilowatt hours (excluding assembly and dismantling). This corresponds to around 13% of the daily electricity requirement in Munich. A large marquee requires an average output of 400 kilowatts, larger rides 300 kilowatts. A four-kilometer network of gas pipes was laid to supply the tents with natural gas. The gas consumption is 180,000 cubic meters for the kitchen and 20,000 cubic meters for heating the beer gardens. Most of the marquees and fairground rides (2007: 61%) use the green electricity offered by Stadtwerke München.

Since even a brief power failure could lead to a mass panic, the entire power supply was applied twice and is fed separately. Even the lamps in the individual marquees are supplied by two different transformer stations. Despite these precautionary measures, there was a power failure lasting several hours on September 25, 2007 after a cable duct was flooded during heavy rainfall. Since the electricity went out in the morning hours, there were supply bottlenecks in the catering industry, but not a mass panic.

In order to ensure sufficient capacity in the cellular networks , a number of mobile transmitter masts are set up on the Oktoberfest grounds and, since 2005, in a festival tent.

Traffic situation

According to its own information, the Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft transports around three million visitors to and from the festival grounds. The Theresienwiese underground station (U4 / U5) is particularly crowded in the evenings on Friday and Saturday evenings . The frequency is three minutes at peak times and the underground station has to be closed occasionally due to overcrowding after the beer tents are closed. In order to guarantee the smooth operation and the safety of the passengers, the Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft and the Deutsche Bahn are increasingly using security personnel. At the Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft, external transport masters from Amsterdam, Bochum (Bogestra), Hamburg (Hochbahn), Düsseldorf (Rheinbahn), Nuremberg (VAG), Stuttgart (SSB) and Vienna (Wiener Linien) are working for the time of the event to be able to meet.

There are major disruptions in road traffic. Since numerous Oktoberfest visitors come home by car despite drinking alcohol, the Bavarian police carry out large-scale alcohol controls. Ring roads and motorways in the Munich area are closed except for one lane, which leads to backlogs. In 2019, 774 intoxicated road users were stopped, 414 of them were on an e-scooter .

Many Italians travel with caravans, especially on the middle Oktoberfest weekend (this weekend is therefore referred to as the “Italian weekend” by Munich residents). This prompted the city administration to impose a camping ban in large parts of the city and to set up separate parking spaces outside the city center, but in the area of local public transport . Large areas are available, for example, near the Allianz Arena . Nevertheless, the parking situation around Theresienwiese is tense. As a result, the effort for controls and towing services is high.

In 2010, as part of the new security concept, the taxi ranks were relocated and are now located outside the locking rings at a slightly greater distance from the festival grounds.

Litter and toilets

Every year, almost 1000 tons of residual waste are generated at the Oktoberfest . Every morning cleaning staff take away the garbage and spray the paths clean. The cleaning is partly paid for by the city of Munich and partly by the sponsors.

After the queues in front of the toilet facilities became so long in 2004 that the police had to regulate access, the number of toilets was increased by 20% in the following year. There are now around 1,800 toilets and urinals available.

Some Oktoberfest guests go to the toilets to make phone calls undisturbed. For this reason, there were plans in 2005 to install Faraday cages or jammers on the toilets, thereby preventing telephoning. However, jammers are not permitted in Germany and the Faraday cages (in the form of copper networks) are too expensive. Therefore, only prohibition signs were put up instead. The reason for this is that the toilet spaces are unnecessarily "confiscated".

Oktoberfest posters

Since 1952 there has been a new poster for the Munich Oktoberfest every year on the initiative of the municipal official Heinz Strobl . The city's Department of Labor and Economics itself calls this competition. Since 2000 it has been a closed competition, decided by the city council. The official Oktoberfest poster bears the Oktoberfest logo, is used for advertising around the world and has graced the limited collector's mug since 1978 . At the Oktoberfest itself, the Heinz Chicken Roast will be showing almost all of the posters it has made over the decades in its tent.

Public appreciation

Balloon ride over the Oktoberfest 1820

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary, the Ministry of Finance issued a special stamp of 55 euro cents on September 9, 2010 . The design comes from Michael Kunter from Berlin.
A youth brand of the German Post Office from 1978 shows a gas balloon with Wilhelmine Reichard on the 10th Oktoberfest in 1820th


Construction of the marquees
WitshausWiesn 2020 locations
  • Experienced innkeepers only need an average of one and a half seconds to fill a beer mug .
  • Letters that are put in letter boxes set up at the Oktoberfest are given a special stamp by the Post.
  • An attraction that does not exist at other folk festivals is the flea circus . He has been at the Wiesn since 1948 and a "team" of around 60 fleas entertains the children in particular.
  • Since 2009, the Theresienwiese has been cordoned off during the construction and dismantling of the festival. The city of Munich wants to avoid liability claims in the event that visitors have an accident at the construction site.
  • From balloon vendors to roller coaster, the insurance sums of entrepreneurs vary from a few ten thousand euros to ten million euros.
  • In 1832 the Oktoberfest was postponed specially for a Greek delegation who were planning a similar festival in Athens . It was supposed to be a sports festival and an agricultural exhibition, which then also took place in Greece as the Olympics . This gave rise to the modern Olympic Games in 1896.
  • From Albert Einstein is said that he had helped and 1896 (according to other sources 1886) build the Wiesn in the family-owned electric company "Electrical Factory J. Einstein & Cie" marquee Schottenhamel screwed incandescent bulbs. Evidence of this was not found despite intensive research.
  • There were two notable fires: On September 27, 1887, the Palatinate wine shop and 18 tents and stalls burned because of an overturned kerosene lamp; Landlord Julius Frey was killed. On October 4, 2002, there was a major fire in the Glöckle Wirt tent, which destroyed the tent.
Guests at the Oktoberfest with beer mugs (2006)
  • On April 21, 2020, Oktoberfest was canceled for autumn due to the coronavirus pandemic . Instead, a replacement Oktoberfest , also called WirtshausWiesn , is celebrated.

Other Oktoberfest

Similar folk festivals were based on the example of the Munich Oktoberfest. The largest include the Oktoberfest in Qingdao (China) with around three million visitors annually, the Oktoberfest in Kitchener in Canada with around 700,000 visitors annually and the Oktoberfest Blumenau in Blumenau in Brazil with around 600,000 visitors annually. The USA , Australia , Russia , Namibia and Japan also celebrate according to the German model. At the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati , the residents of Cincinnati have been commemorating their German ancestors every year since 1976 and named the festival based on the German pronunciation. With over 500,000 visitors annually, it is the largest Oktoberfest in the USA.

In Germany there are various regional variants of the Oktoberfest. The largest is the Oktoberfest Hanover , which is the second largest Oktoberfest in Germany with around 600,000 visitors annually.

From September 23 to October 2, 2011, the first “ Wiener Wiesn ” on the Kaiserwiese between Praterstern and Riesenrad in front of the Wiener Prater with three festival tents was attended by 150,000 people.

The Cannstatter Volksfest with around four million festival visitors has a similarly long history.

Literature and film


Web links

Commons : Oktoberfest  - album with pictures, videos and audio files
 Wikinews: Oktoberfest Munich  - in the news
Wiktionary: Oktoberfest  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Wikisource: Oktoberfest Munich  - Sources and full texts

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