Beer Festival Oktoberfest 2017 in Munich

Oktoberfest (locals also use the word Wiesn) is the most famous beer festival in the world. Oktoberfest is held annually in autumn (September - October), in Munich (Germany, Bavaria). About six million people attend this event annually. In 2017, the Oktoberfest in Munich will be held from September 16 to October 3.
About 6 million people are visiting Oktoberfest. Beer lovers from other cities of Bavaria and all regions of Germany come to the beer festival in Munich. Approximately 70% of the festival visitors are residents of Germany. Many tourists from other EU countries (Austria, Switzerland, Italy), and even from the USA, Japan and Australia also come to this event.

Location

The Oktoberfest beer festival is held in the center of Munich, on the so-called Theresienwiese. Theresienwiese is an open space, located slightly south-west of the city center, about 800 meters south of the main railway station. The area is located between the Bavariapark (in the west) and the Esperantoplatz square (in the east).
Theresienwiese metro station (lines U4 and U5) is located slightly north of the square, Schwanthalerhöhe station to the west, Gotheplatz station (U3 and U6) slightly east. You can walk to the Oktoberfest site from the central station (also Hackerbrücke station) and the nearby Munich bus station.

The airport of Munich is located about 40 kilometers from the city center. You can get to festival area by various types of public transport (by rail, bus or taxi) from the Munich airport.

About the Festival

The Oktoberfest festival is dedicated to beer. For the duration of the festival, large tents are installed on the square, in which tables for beer lovers are installed. Munich breweries brew special beer for the festival (German Oktoberfestbier) with an alcohol content of 5.8-6.3%.
All the Munich breweries are represented on the Oktoberfest: Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau, Augustiner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau and Lowenbrau. According to the rules, only Munich beer brewed in accordance with the Munich law on the purity of beer in 1487 and the German law on the purity of beer of 1516 are sold at the festival. There are 14 large tents and 15 smaller tents for visitors.

The festival would not have become so famous if only beer was sold and drunk at this event. Entertainment attractions for children and adults are installed at the time of the festival on the meadow. Several colorful events are also traditionally held during the festival.

The procession of the owners of beer tents (German Einzug der Wiesnwirte) is the official opening of the holiday.
The opening ceremony of the first beer barrel takes place after the procession of the hosts of beer tents, exactly at 12:00. By tradition, the Mayor of Munich opens the festival.

Oktoberfest 2017 main events calendar

  • 16.09.2017 (Saturday) 11 a.m. Opening of the festival. Parade of representatives of breweries through Munich. Arrival of the tent patrons with parade on the festival site.
  • 16.09.2017 (Saturday) 12 p.m. The ceremony of opening the first Oktoberfest beer barrel by the Munich mayor in the Schottenhamel Tent.
  • 17.09.2017 (Sunday) 10 a.m. Traditional costume parade through Munich.
  • 19.09.2017 (Tuesday) until 7 p.m. Oktoberfest family day. The price will be reduced at all rides.
  • 21.09.2017 (Thursday) 10 a.m. Traditional religious Oktoberfest mass.
  • 24.09.2017 (Sunday) 11 a.m. Traditional concert of the Oktoberfest brass-bands will be held next to the Bavaria monument.
  • 26.09.2017 (Tuesday) until 7 p.m. Oktoberfest family day. The price will be reduced at all rides.
  • 03.10.2017 (Tuesday) 12 p.m. Traditional gun-salute will be held next to the Bavaria monument.

Oktoberfest 2017 one liter of beer will cost between 10.60€ and 10.95€.

Recommendations

What to do during the Oktoberfest? Try beer of different breweries and try to decide which one you like best. Do not make beer tasting your main goal. A much more interesting pastime is communication: get acquainted with local residents and tourists from other countries.

What not to do during the Oktoberfest? Do not drink too much beer. Do not drink stronger alcoholic beverages. You should not bring your own beer (beer at the festival is quite expensive). The most popular souvenir that tourists seek to bring home is a beer mug. Do not try to take the mug from the festival site. It is better to buy a mug in a souvenir shop.

The Theresa meadow also hosts: the lesser known analogue of the Oktoberfest, the Spring Festival, (Frühlingsgfest) in the spring, the Tollwood winter festival, an agricultural exhibition every four years.

How to visit Oktoberfest

It is better to prepare in advance to visit the Oktoberfest festival. The best places in Munich hotels are booked long before the start of the fest. In most cases, the reservation can be canceled if you change your mind.
Tickets for the plane can be bought later. If you want to buy tickets for the best price, then this should also be done in advance, as soon as you know the dates of the trip.

In 2017, the Oktoberfest in Munich will be held from September 16 to October 3.

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