Oktoberfest 2022: everything you need to know about the Munich Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest à Munich, fête de la bière

Get ready for Oktoberfest 2022, the world’s biggest beer festival: dates, prices, how to get there, what to do? Find out all you need to know!

The Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria (Germany), is a world-renowned traditional and popular festival, a sober paradise where beer flows freely and is consumed without moderation. Oktoberfest in Munich traditionally runs from the Saturday following September 15 to the first Sunday in October. If October 1 or 2 is a Sunday, the Oktoberfest is extended up to and including October 3, which is a public holiday in Germany. The festival attracts 6 to 7 million visitors every year, and some 7.5 million liters of beer are consumed.

Our team has taken a closer look at this festivity to bring you everything you need to know before setting off for Oktoberfest 2022 in Munich. We tell you all about the event: what to do, where to go, prices, dates…

What is Oktoberfest in Munich? Where does the Oktoberfest come from?

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Created on October 17, 1810 to mark the festivities following the marriage of King Ludwig I of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, the Oktoberfest has been cancelled only 24 times in its 207-year history.

On October 17, 1810, King Ludwig I organized a horse race on the Theresienwiese – named after the princess who gave her name to the public square where the event was held – to celebrate his marriage. Such was its success – 50,000 visitors for a Munich population of 40,000 – that the royal family decided to make it an annual event, extending over several days to take advantage of the last of the beautiful autumn days.

Gradually, Oktoberfest became a national holiday and a means of exacerbating Bavaria’s national sentiment and identity. For successive Bavarian rulers, Oktoberfest was an opportunity to bring power closer to the civilian population.

It’s also a traditional German festival – beer festivals already exist in Germany – as it’s an opportunity to destock beer brewed in March before starting a new brewing season.

Nowadays, Munich’s Oktoberfest is like a gigantic open-air drinking party, a debauchery of alcohol where faces grow more and more hilarious and mouths more saucy as the liter mugs of beer are swallowed: a festival where excess alcohol is the law, however, and time stands still to experience a moment of tradition and history.

The Munich Oktoberfest program

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Oktoberfest program: on the first Saturday, an inaugural parade takes place from Sonnenstrasse to Theresienwiese (Munich streets), led by a young girl dressed as a monk and attended by the mayor of Munich: the Festzug, the Oktoberfest begins. The street is decked out with carriages decorated in the colors of the breweries, and the barrels and carts containing the waiters and waitresses who will be on the warpath for two weeks. Orchestras accompany the parade to the sound of traditional brass bands. The mayor opens the first keg of beer with a mallet – in the Schottenhamel beer tent – at high noon, in accordance with tradition, before proclaiming  » O zapft is!

The Oktoberfest program in Munich couldn’t be denser and more varied: costumed parades, street bands and orchestras, shows and, above all, the guzzling of hectoliters of beer brewed by Munich’s tavern owners, the only brewers authorized to sell the six brands of beer « Hofbräu-München », « Paulaner », « Löwenbräu », « Augustiner », as well as « Hacker-Pschorr » and « Spaten ».

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Which beer tent to choose?

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In all, no fewer than fourteen beer tents, each able to accommodate up to 10,000 people, will delight fans of this hoppy beverage.

Each tent is different from the others and has its own special atmosphere. You choose your tent according to the beer you like, your age or your culinary tastes.

Some tents are family-friendly, others more boisterous, others much softer. The smallest of the tents – the Weinzelt – seats 2,500, while the Winzerer Fähndl accommodates up to 11,000.

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Among the many Oktoberfest tents, here are the ones you must visit:

  • 1. Hippodrom
  • 2. Armbrustschützenzelt
  • 3. Hofbräu-Festzelt
  • 4. Hacker Festzelt
  • 5. Schottenhamel Festzelt
  • 6. Winzerer Fähndl
  • 7. Schützen Festzelt

For drinkers « behind closed doors », 21 small tents accommodate from 60 to 900 people, quieter places more conducive to discussion between friends.

Where does Oktoberfest take place in Munich?

Oktoberfest takes place on Theresienwiese, a vast 42-hectare concrete square in Munich’s Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt district. Theresienwiese is also the name of the subway stop for the Oktoberfest.

What to do during Munich’s Oktoberfest?

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The main reason to come to Munich’s Oktoberfest is to gulp down  » Mass  » – the famous one-liter mug of beer. – the famous one-liter mug of beer – at €9.50, you’ll also need to eat on site.

Tens of thousands of chickens skewered in their rotisseries await the hungriest for around €8. In Bavaria, food is as much an institution as beer, marking its cultural identity.

However, Munich’s Oktoberfest is not the place to slim down: the dishes are hearty, fatty and calorific, alternating between fried foods, bacon, vegetable and animal fats, such as weisswurst, knodel, matoschen, spatzle, wurstel, bretzel, schweinshaxe and so on.

By the way, how much does it cost to enter Oktoberfest?

Admission to the Oktoberfest site and tents is completely free. However, a liter of beer costs between €12.60 and €13.80.
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But Munich’s Oktoberfest doesn’t just delight the stomach: a giant funfair is also held alongside the beer tents, with magic shows, Ferris wheels, games of strength – including the famous arm wrestling – rides to turn your head – before the beer! – and dozens of stores to buy a thousand and one souvenirs.

Munich’s Oktoberfest is also characterized by costume parades. More and more visitors come dressed in the traditional costumes – the  » trachten » – of Bavaria. – of Bavaria: the « Dirndl » with laced corselet under the breast for the ladies, the « Lederhose » (leather breeches with suspenders) and the felt hat for the men.

Who hasn’t had the clichéd image of a full-figured German woman in her peasant garb – a dress with bodice, lace neckline and fitted corselet – holding a huge mug of beer?

What are the Oktoberfest opening times?

The tents are open from 9am to 11pm, and the last beer is served at 10:30pm. For the thirstiest, you’ll have to wait until noon (at the end of the « O’Zapft is » ceremony) to drink your first beer on the opening day of the festival.

The busiest days are weekends and Friday evenings.

Where to stay in Munich during Oktoberfest?

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Munich is Germany’s most expensive city for accommodation. Youth hostels can be found for between €25 and €30, but during the Oktoberfest season there is a surcharge of up to 300%! In addition to renting an apartment, staying with a local in Munich is an economical and practical solution to consider, even if the locals have understood the power of platforms like Airbnb, especially during the Oktoberfest…

For accommodation in Munich during the festival, the best solution is to stay in the Zentrum and Altstadt districts (in the historic center), which are packed with sights, shops, restaurants and cafés. Of course, during Oktoberfest, any cheaper accommodation you can find in Munich will be most welcome. You can book your hotel in Munich on this comparator.

Please note that the Oktoberfest organization offers you the possibility of reserving a place in an Oktoberfest tent in Munich. At the same time, you can book your own meals and activities.

Dates for the next Oktoberfest:

  • Oktoberfest 2023: September 16 to October 3
  • Oktoberfest 2024: September 21 to October 6
  • Oktoberfest 2025: September 20 to October 6