Here you can read everything you need to know about opening hours, how to get there and parking options. Oktoberfest 2022: Prices, Opening times, festival tents
Dirndl and lederhosen, gingerbread hearts and of course the famous beer – all of this is offered at the largest folk festival in the world. In addition to delicious and traditional food and plenty of beer, visitors can also expect a lot of variety around the beer tents: rides, sales stands and the “Oide Wiesn”, the nostalgic area of the folk festival, are intended to attract families in particular.
When will Oktoberfest 2022 take place?
The 186th Oktoberfest starts on September 17th this year. The festival ends in 2022 on October 3, 2022 at 11:30 p.m. This means that the largest folk festival in the world lasts 17 days this year – one day longer than in 2019. The Oktoberfest is officially heralded with the festive entry of the Oktoberfest innkeepers and breweries. The parade starts in the morning from Sonnenstraße and leads to the Theresienwiese, where the Oktoberfest traditionally takes place.
The tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. officially opens the folk festival for all visitors. It always takes place in the Schottenhamel marquee and is the responsibility of the Mayor of Munich. The first beer at the folk festival is traditionally presented to the Bavarian Prime Minister. The twelve cannon shots that follow are the sign that beer can also be served in the other festival tents.
Opening times at the Oktoberfest 2022
The beer tents at the Wiesn are open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., on Saturdays, Sundays and on the Day of German Unity (3 October) from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The last beer is served at 10:30 p.m., which is when the music stops. Visitors are allowed on the festival grounds from Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. Here the rides can be used until 11:30 p.m. – on Fridays, Saturdays and October 3rd even until midnight.
An exception are Käfer’s Wiesnschänke and the Weinzelt. Both marquees don’t close until 1am and beer can be ordered until 12:30am. The chicken roasteries, café tents and sausage snack halls are open until 11 p.m.
The opening hours of the stalls at the Oktoberfest are similar. They are open on the first day of Oktoberfest from 9 a.m. to midnight. Otherwise, the stalls always close at 11:30 p.m. on weekdays. The stands are open from 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The showmen start operating on the first day of the Oktoberfest from 12 p.m. and are open until midnight. Otherwise, the showmen are open from Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. On public holidays and Saturdays, the showmen open from 9 a.m. and close at midnight – this also applies to October 2nd.
The first two Tuesdays is the family day at the Oktoberfest. Until 7 p.m. there are reduced prices from almost all providers.
Oktoberfest Permitted Bags
Bags and backpacks are only allowed on the Wiesn if their dimensions are less than 20 x 15 x 10 centimeters. Glass bottles, gas spray cans, coloring or caustic substances and weapons of any kind may not be taken to the Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest 2022 Beer Prices
Admission to the Oktoberfest 2022 is free again – admission to the Oide Wiesn costs three euros. The prices for a pint of beer have risen by 15.77 percent compared to 2019: visitors now have to pay between EUR 12.60 and EUR 13.80 per pint. In 2018, the prices were between 10.70 and 11.50 euros. Ten years ago there was a liter of festival beer for 6.95 euros. Incidentally, there are no cyclists in four tents, including the legendary Bräurosl. So if you want to enjoy the thirst-quenching beer and lemonade mixture, you have to switch to the other festival tents.
Prices increased: 10 euros for water
Prices have risen not only for beer, but also for non-alcoholic beverages. At Oktoberfest 2019, the price for a liter of water was 8.87 euros. This year the table water costs 9.67 euros. In some tents, the landlords charge more than 11 euros! For a liter of Spezi, guests have to pay 10.85 euros (previous year 10.01 euros) and for lemonade 10.35 euros (previous year 9.56 euros).
Delicacies are so expensive these days
Most marquees have not yet announced their food prices. To give you a better idea of how much you should expect, we have listed the costs from previous years here. In view of the almost 16 percent increase in beer prices, you should also add around one to two euros to these prices.
Oktoberfest 2022 Food Prices
Half a roast chicken cost between 11.50 euros and 16.00 euros.
A chicken with potato salad cost between 15.90 and 18.90 euros.
A roast ox cost 16.80 euros.
A portion of knuckle of pork cost around 19.90 euros.
A pair of Munich white sausages cost 6.80 euros.
Three Nuremberg Rostbratwurst cost 8.50 euros.
A slice of meat loaf cost 12.50 euros.
An oven sweet potato cost 18.90 euros.
A small glass of Hugo cost 15.50 euros.
A bottle of sparkling wine cost 42 euros.
A bottle of champagne (0.75 liters) cost 139 euros.
A portion of cheese cubes cost 18.20 euros.
A cup of ice cream cost 15 euros.
A slice of bread cost between 1.20 and 3 euros, the portion of butter cost 2 euros.
A portion of Kaiserschmarrn was between 10.50 and 12.50 euros.
You can find out directly on site whether the respective specialties are vegetarian, vegan or even gluten- or lactose-free.
Wiesn 2022: The festival tents and their beer
At the Wiesn, visitors traditionally have a large selection of festival tents. A distinction is made between small and large marquees. The beer from a specific brewery is always served in each tent. According to Wiesn tradition, only beer producers from Munich are allowed to offer the beer in the festival tents. Here you will find an overview of which brewery serves beer in which marquee.
Löwenbräu Festhalle: Löwenbräu
Augustiner Festhalle: Augustiner
Crossbowman’s tent: Paulaner
Winemaker Fähndl: Paulaner
Käfer’s Wiesn-Schänke: Paulaner
Marstall: Spaten Franciscan
Schottenhammel: Spaten Franciscans
Hacker Marquee: Hacker Pschorr
Pschorr-Bräurosl: Hacker Pschorr
Hofbräu marquee: Hofbräu
Paulaner marquee: Paulaner
The 14th marquee Kufflers Weinzelt is an exception. In addition to beer, there is a large selection of champagne and sparkling wine and 15 different wines.
Read here how you can still get a place in one of the festival tents.
At what age can children be taken into the beer tent?
Whether you take your child into the beer tent is up to you. However, children under the age of six must leave the beer tent before 8 p.m. – even if their parents or legal guardians are present. In general, however, it is not recommended to take children and young people into the beer tents.
From 6 p.m. there is a ban on prams throughout the Wiesn – exceptions are Saturdays and German Unity Day, when prams are permitted on the festival grounds all day long. Strollers can be parked in the festival’s stroller car park. Animals are forbidden.
Directions and address of the Oktoberfest 2022
The Oktoberfest takes place every year on the Theresienwiese. The venue is in the middle of Munich’s Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt district. If you want to travel to the Oktoberfest by car, enter the address “Bavariaring Munich” into your navigation system.
During the event, the public parking lots and multi-storey car parks will be overcrowded. If you still get a parking space, you have to reckon with the fact that the fees for this can be very high – moreover, the car is often not allowed to be parked here for longer than 24 hours. The organizer advises to switch to Park+Ride stations in the surrounding area. These include the Park+Ride stations Olympiazentrum, Messestadt Ost as well as Fröttmaning and Kieferngarten. From most stations you only need 30 minutes to the Theresienwiese.
Do not take advantage of private parking offers. Also, do not park your vehicle in an advertised space. Here your car can be towed if necessary, which leads to additional, high costs and annoyance.
Prefer to use public transport
You can also use public transport. Please note, however, that the trains and buses are very crowded. Our tip: Don’t get off at the overcrowded Theresienwiese station, instead get off one or two stops earlier or later.
S1 or S8 to Hackerbrücke
S7 or S20 to Heimeranplatz and from here continue with U4 or U5 to Theresienwiese or Schwanthalerhöhe
U3 or U6 to Poccistraße or Goetheplatz
U4 or U5 to Theresienwiese or Schwanthalerhöhe
Line 53 to Schwanthalerhöhe
Line 58 to Georg-Hirth-Platz, Beethovenplatz or Goetheplatz
Line 62 to Hans-Fischer-Strasse or Poccistrasse
Line 134 to Theresienhöhe or Schwanthalerhöhe
Line 18 or 19 to Holzapfelstraße or Hermann-Lingg-Straße
Line 16 or 17 to Hackerbrücke
It is best to use the official map to find out where you need to go at the Oktoberfest, where the stops are and how you can find a taxi in an emergency.
Highlights at Oktoberfest 2022
In addition to traditions such as the entry of the Wiesn landlords and the subsequent tapping, a wide variety of festival tents and attractions such as the original Pitt’s Totenwand, the Munich Zugspitzbahn or Fedl’s Teufelsrad await you every year. In the Ferris wheel you have a fantastic view over Munich.
Other highlights include the two-hour Oktoberfest parade of traditional costumes and riflemen on September 18 at 10 a.m. Other dates include the traditional memorial service on September 22 at 9:30 a.m. and the concert by the Wiesn band at the foot of the Bavaria statue on September 25 at 11 a.m. The Oktoberfest is rounded off with a firecracker shooting on the steps of the Bavaria on October 3rd at 12 noon.
Why is it called Oktoberfest even though it takes place in September?
Oktoberfest dates back to celebrations between October 12th and 17th, 1810. At the time, the wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince was being honored and celebrated accordingly. The festival was repeated in the years that followed, until it became a tradition that was brought forward but also lengthened considerably.
Meadows, Wies’n or Wiesn – terminology of the folk festival?
The Oktoberfest takes place on the Theresienwiese. For this reason, people in Bavaria also say they go to the Wiesn. The terms “Wiesen” or “Wies’n” are incorrect.
A beer is drunk at the Wiesn. The spellings Mass or Maaß are also incorrect and should be avoided by visitors to the Oktoberfest. But if you’re toasting with other guests, you should definitely think about the “Cheers”. Even if the song is “Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit”, you should better leave out the “i”.