I’ve been to Oktoberfest before, so for this year’s trip I didn’t need to read a million pages of festival tips to prepare. I just wanted to pick which Oktoberfest tent to go to! Since I couldn’t find the information I needed without going to a thousand websites, I thought I’d share my Oktoberfest Tents Guide so that no one else had to recreate the wheel.
So this article will be short and sweet…just the facts (although if you have questions, let me know in the comments. I love talking about Munich, beer, and travel!)
Oktoberfest Tents Guide: Everything You Need to Know in One Quick Chart (2017)
Maybe this isn’t what you wanted to know at all…in which case, you’ll find specific band names, longer descriptions of the tents, information on the smaller tents and more at the Oktoberfest festival guide.
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So Which Oktoberfest Tent is Best?
Armbrustschützen-Festhalle is spectacular. It was everything I wanted Oktoberfest to be: good beer, cheerful visitors, great oom-pah-pah music (with some international hits thrown in), and 5,000+ of my new friends singing Ein Prosit. I highly recommend it as part of my Oktoberfest Tents Guide.
In my experience, no other tent has the same international, social flair as Armbrustschützen-Festhalle.
However, it’s worth checking out a few tents to decide your own favorite (and in an effort to switch tables and meet lots of of people!). My other favorites were Marstall, Oschsenbraterei, and Augustiner Festhalle
More importantly, you’ll probably want to keep in mind that the “best” tent is probably the one with open seats, unless you planned ahead and paid for a reservation.
Where to Stay for Oktoberfest
If you’re going this year, your choices are limited.
If you’re planning ahead for next year, my favorite hotel in Munich is the Hilton Munich City. It’s easy to reach from the airport, the Marienplatz, Theresienwiese (Oktoberfest), and just about anywhere else since it’s situated right on top of the Rosenheimer Platz subway station. Rooms are comfortable and service is helpful. If you hold Gold or Diamond Hilton status, the lounge with (free) evening drinks and full breakfasts is wonderful. Book the Hilton direct for free internet and the best prices.
Even though the Hilton is my favorite, I’ve stayed at the Holiday Inn Munich City Centre twice during Oktoberfest (2011 & 2017). It’s essentially the same location as the Hilton, but they have semi-reasonable prices during the festival which means more money for beer 🙂 Read my full review or book direct.
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