Information about the Oktoberfest
What is the Oktoberfest or the Wiesn?
The Oktoberfest or “Wiesn” is the largest folk festival in the world. It takes place once a year on the Theresienwiese in the Bavarian capital of Munich.
The Munich breweries produce a special festival beer especially for the Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest attracts around 7 million visitors to Munich every year.
There are 14 large beer halls with a capacity of up to 8,000 places in one beer hall and other smaller beer halls.
With us you will only receive table reservations for the most popular large beer halls. The beer halls are open daily from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. You can attend the festivities at the Wiesn non-stop every weekday from Monday to Sunday.
Impressions of the Oktoberfest
Why do you need a table reservation for the Oktoberfest?
The tents are usually closed due to overcrowding and you can only enter the tent with a valid table reservation. A table reservation is a fixed seat reservation at a table in a beer hall at the Oktoberfest. This gives you the privilege to take a seat for a certain period of time.
Without a table reservation, it is almost impossible to get a seat at a table in the large popular beer tents.
Without a seat, you cannot order food or drinks from the waiters.
You must arrive punctually at the start time of your timeslot for your table reservation, otherwise the waiters will be allowed to hand over the table other guests after a short time. It is not possible to transfer the reservation to your company name. You are the official guests of the company who has originally booked the reservation. Regardless of this, you will receive an invoice from us with your company name.
How do I buy a table reservation?
Every year, the beer halls accept reservation requests. Most of the reservations are already taken and you usually out of luck. This is because every tent has a list of regulars who are guaranteed the same reservation every year. Only if one of the regular guests cancels (and this almost never happens) this reservation will be free and reallocated to one of the many requests.
You have also received a rejection or want to make sure that you get a reservation for this years to be able to celebrate with your customers, friends or family.
You can find offers for all large beer halls here:
How many seats are there at a table?
Different tent operators offer different table sizes.
A table can be set up for 8, 10 or 20 seats. For reservations for 20 people or more, the seats are at two or more tables of 10 right next to each other. If you want to book for a group of 6 or fewer people, you usually share a table of ten with other guests.
Please find the details about the table sizes (number of seats) in the respective offers in our shop.
What is a Maß of beer and what does it cost?
A Maß Bier is a one liter glass container filled with beer available at the Oktoberfest or in Munich beer gardens.
The price of a Maß beer is determined anew every year and has been between 10.80€ and 11.80€ in recent years.
Are children allowed into the beer halls at Oktoberfest?
Families with children under 6 years old are very welcome at the festival area. Parents and legal guardians can take their children into the beer hals until 8 p.m.
Teenagers under 16 years of age can stay in the beer halls after 8 p.m. accompanied by a legal guardian. Adolescents aged 16 and over are allowed to drink beer on presentation of photo identification.
For security reasons strollers are only allowed on the festival ground until 6 p.m.
ATTENTION: On Saturdays and public holidays, strollers are not permitted all day.
Strollers can be parked in front of the entrances for a fee of € 3
Kann ich Taschen auf das Oktoberfest mitnehmen?
Luggage that exceeds the dimensions 20 x 15 x 10 centimeters or a volume of three liters may not be taken onto the Theresienwiese.
Luggage storage is available at the entrances. Depending on the weight, this will cost between 4€ and 7€ per piece of luggage.
Opening times and serving beer at Oktoberfest
When can I go to the festival area, where and when does the opening beer keg tapping take place, how long is the party in the beer halls and when is 'Zapfenstreichen', meaning when is the last beer served?
Opening times festival area:
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Opening times beer tents:
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Times for serving beer:
On the first Saturday of the Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. non-alcoholic drinks only until 12pm
Keg Tapping: Saturday, September 18th, 2020 at 12 noon (Schottenhamel beer hall)
Beer is served Mon-Fri: 10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
and Sat, Sun and public holidays: 9 a.m. - 10.30 p.m.
What does the price offered here include?
Our prices for a table includes the fixed table reservation as well as consumption vouchers / beverage vouchers according to the details given in the description. The prices for table reservations do not correspond to the actual value of food and drinks but are the result of a free market.
Are consumption vouchers included in the reservations?
The value of the included consumption vouchers depends on the individual reservation and is not the same for every reservation. Therefore, please refer to the details such as the consumption vouchers contained in the respective offer in our shop. As a rule of thumb, all offers include vouchers for 2 liters of beer and half a chicken per person.
Can I reserve a specific area in the beer hall (e.g. central, box or balcony)?
For a surcharge of 500 euros including 19% VAT per table of ten, you can book reservations in individual tent areas, depending on availability. If you do not prefer a certain area, we will assign you a reservation in one of the areas mentioned below.
Areas bookable are Center, Boxe, und Galerie/Balkon:
Central/ Middle area ("Mittelschiff")::
The atmosphere here is very exuberant with partying and swaying guests. Dancing on the benches is allowed and is even encouraged in most beer halls.
Box (side tent area):
The boxes are ideal for guests who prefer to be more comfortable. This area is characterized by its mostly more exclusive atmosphere. Dancing on the benches is also allowed here.
Balcony (upper beer hall area):
Here you have the perfect view of the entire beer hall. To minimize risk, however, dancing on the benches is prohibited. Therefore, the mood in this area is more relaxed than the other areas.
What is the Special Package?
The Special Package includes a discounted reservation in one of the 14 large beer halls at the Oktoberfest at your preferred date and reservation time. However, you cannot freely pre-select the beer hall of your choice since we will provide a reservation for you based on availability. Because of more flexibility in our process you will receive a discounted price compared to the prices of a fixed beer hall booking.
When will my reservation documents be delivered?
The delivery takes place at least 5-10 days before the Oktoberfest visit but often already at the end of August. Alternatively, you can give us your hotel address in Munich and we will deliver there.
You will receive the delivery of the complete reservation documents by insured shipping.
You will receive the reservation letter, the consumption vouchers / beverage vouchers and the admission wristbands / admission tickets from us.
We use GO Express as a premium shipping company. In the unlikely event, the shipment is lost, we will provide you with replacement reservations or reimburse you for the full purchase price.
How do I book a reservation?
1. Your choice - your offer to us By filling the shopping cart with options to receive reservations of your choice you make a binding offer to conclude a purchase contract. You send this offer by clicking the "Buy now" button. You can now pay for the reservation directly in the shop system either via credit card or PayPal. Alternatively, payment in advance through bank transfer is possible. The invoice will be sent by email within 24 hours of receipt of the order.
2. Order confirmation - the sales contract is binding A binding sales contract for the reservation you have selected is only concluded when you receive a confirmation email with an attached invoice in PDF format after we have been able to check availability. This happens within 24 hours after the order has been confirmed.
3. We are here to help Our customer service is happy to help you: by fax (+49 (0) 30/89 75 36 45), by phone (+49 (0) 30 89 75 36 43) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org); Address tab-ticketbroker GmbH, Alexanderstr. 7, 10178 Berlin
Will I receive an invoice?
After you have placed your order, you will receive an invoice from us with a 19% VAT on your company.
When do I have to pay the order?
The full amount has to be transferred within 5 days after you received the confirmation of your order. Your booking is binding after we have received your payment. From this point on we are committed to providing you with the reservation you ordered. For Paypal and credit card payments, the payment must be made directly during the order process.
What payment methods are available?
You can conveniently pay in our shop by PayPal and credit card. Alternatively, the amount can be transferred to our bank account. In addition, we also accept handling in trust via a lawyer / notary.