Oktoberfest Beer Tents

All you need to know about Oktoberfest Beer Tents

So many beer tents, so little time. At Oktoberfest, you can choose between 14 main beer tents (plus 20 smaller tents) and picking the right one might seem a bit overwhelming. Which Oktoberfest tent is a good choice for families, has the best yodelers, or is the most popular among locals?

Here is a list of some of the most popular beer tents at Oktoberfest. Entrance to all of them is free and you don’t need tickets. However, you should reserve a table beforehand. Follow our guide for all you need to know about Oktoberfest Beer Tents.

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    Oktoberfest Schottenhamel Tent
    ••• Opening of Oktoberfets in Schottenhamel Tent. GettyImages / Miguel Villagran

    Dating back to 1867, Schottenhamel is the oldest tent at Oktoberfest - and some say, the most important one. Schotenhamel is the largest Oktoberfest tent with 10,000 seats and is the place to party for young people.

    At 12 p.m. sharp on Oktoberfest's opening day, Munich's Mayor kicks off the festival by tapping the first keg of beer at the Schottenhamel tent.

    Beer Served: Spaten
    Reservations: +49 (0) 89 544 69 310 or by e-mail festhalle@schottenhamel.de

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    Hofbräu Beer Tent at Oktoberfest
    ••• Andreas Steinhoff

    The most famous beer hall internationally, Hofbräuhaus is open year-round in the heart of Munich.

    At Oktoberfest, this tent is crowded with locals and foreigners and has almost 7,000 seats inside. Bavarian Oompah music fills the air and many guests are dressed in traditional wear. This is a great place to eat traditional Bavarian dishes.

    Beer served: Hofbräu München 
    Reservations: online

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    Oktoberfest Beer Tent Marstall
    ••• GettyImages / Joerg Koch

    Taking over from the storied Hippodrom tent, Marstall is the newest tent and one of first tents you will see when entering Oktoberfest.

    Golden horses preside over the tent with a giant carriage above the entrance. Also look for horses inside the tent, as well as jovial crowds with space for 3,200 inside.

    Beer served: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
    Reservations: online

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    Oktoberfest Augustiner beer tent
    ••• GettyImages / Johannes Simon

    A great option for families, the Augustiner beer tent offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. In conjunction with Family Days on Tuesday, this tent has "Kid's Day" where small guests can eat and drink for less.

    The music is very traditional, and many Muenchner consider this to be the best tent at Oktoberfest. True to it's name, the favorite local brew Augustiner is served here.

    Beer served: Augustiner
    Reservations: online

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    Oktoberfest Hacker Pschorr beer tent
    ••• GettyImages / Andreas Rentz

    With almost 10,000 seats, Hacker is one of the largest tents at Oktoberfest. Its idyllic ceiling is painted like a heaven with blue skies and white clouds, echoing the blue and white of the Bavarian flag. Locals call this tent Himmel der Bayern (Heaven for Bavarians).

    If you need a break from traditional brass bands, the Hacker tent is the right choice for you. In the evening, a rock band gets people dancing on the wooden benches.

    Beer served: Hacker Pschorr
    Reservations: +49 (0)8170 7303 or online

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    Oktoberfest Käfer's Wies’n-Schänke
    ••• Celebrities at Käfer's. GettyImages / Alexander Hassenstein

    Want to spot some celebrities? Your chances are pretty good at the Käfer's Wies’n-Schänke. With 3,000 seats, it is one of the smaller Oktoberfest tents and the atmosphere is less hectic and loud compared to other tents. The tent is also famous for its gourmet food.

    The Käfer's Wies’n-Schänke is open later than any other Oktoberfest tent, until 12:30 a.m.. However, it is pretty difficult to get in after 11 p.m.

    Beer served: Paulaner
    Reservations: online

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    Bräurosl Beer Tent
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    The Bräurosl beer tent has been around since 1901, and it is still owned by the same family. Alongside Oompah bands, the Bräurosl is proud to have its own authentic Bavarian yodeler. Enter past the two almost 20-meter-high Maibäume (Maypoles) in front of the tent.

    Beer served: Hacker Pschorr
    Reservations: +49 (0)89 89 5563 56, info@braeurosl.de, or online

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    Oktoberfest Loewenbraeu Beer Tent
    ••• GettyImages/Johannes Simon

    The 15-foot lion sitting above the entrance of the Löwenbräu tent is hard to miss. Every now and then it even lets out a majestic roar of "Lööööwenbräu" and takes a sip from its beer. No wonder local soccer players from TSV 1860 and their fans like to come here - their nickname is "The Lions". And inside the almost 6,000 seats feel like they are within a giant beer barrel.

    Beer served: Löwenbräu
    Reservations: +49 (0)89 47 76 77, festzelt@unionsbraeu.de

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    Oktoberfest Beer tent
    ••• GettyImages / Johannes Simon

    A monster ox on a revolving spit showcases the highlight of this tent. The name is appropriately German for "ox rotisserie".

    The tent has been around since 1881 and is a great place to party to a big brass band.

    Beer served: Spaten
    Reservations: +49 (0)89 510 857 60, info@ochsenbraterei.de

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    Armbrustschützenzelt beer tent
    ••• Andreas Steinhoff

    This beer tent translates as "crossbow shooters tent" for good reason; a crossbow competition has been organized at Oktoberfest since 1895 and is still one of the Oktoberfest highlights today.

    If you are not into sports, you can still have a great time at this tent with music, dancing, and sing-alongs.

    Beer served: Paulaner
    Reservations: online

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    Oktoberfest Winzerer Fähndl Beer Tent
    ••• Andreas Steinhoff

    Winzerer Fähndl can be spotted as you walk around the Fest by its large tower with a six meter high rotating Paulaner beer glass.

    Enter the tent to find 8,450 seats of football fans and locals.

    Beer served: Paulaner
    Reservations: +49 (0)89 62 17 19 10, online

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    Oktoberfest Fischer Broni Beer Tent
    ••• GettyImages / Johannes Simon

    Take a break from the pork and visit Fischer Vroni. True to its name, it is famous for its grilled "fish on a stick". There are 16 different kinds of fish on the menu.

    Inside, the fish theme continues with a boat for a stage.

    Beer served: Augustiner
    Reservations: 49 (0)89 66 10 42, reservierung@fischer-vroni.de

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    Oktoberfest Schuetzen beer tent
    ••• GettyImages / Johannes Simon

    Close to the famous Bavaria statue, this beer tent is well-known for its traditional suckling pig dish, which is prepared in a malt beer sauce and complemented with warm potato salad.

    You can even find a shooting hall in this tent, where the local shooting clubs host their championships. And the Niederalmer (music group) create a joyful atmosphere.

    Beer served: Loewenbrau
    Reservations: Phone +49 (0)89 2318 1224; info@schuetzen-festzelt.de

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    Oktoberfest weinzelt
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    Amid a sea of beers, this is one place you can get a glass of wine. The wine tent has an extensive wine list as well as Sekt (sparkling wine). If you must have a beer, Paulaner Weissbier is on offer.

    Besides traditional Oktoberfest dishes, the wine tent also has seafood and even Thai delicacies on its menu. The tent is not as crowded as other Oktoberfest venues, and you'll find many families among the visitors.

    Wine and Beer served: more than 15 different wines and champagne (e.g. Nymphenburger)
    Reservations: +49 (0)89 290 70517, weinzelt@kuffler.de or online