Food & Drink Festivals: Oktoberfest

On the eve of Oktoberfest (Wiesn) 2018, we celebrate the worlds largest folk (and beer!) festival. Based in Munich it lasts for 16 days and is the home of bierkeller tents and Bavarian fun!

What is it?         

The world’s largest and most famous folk festival! Running for 14-16 days, it starts at the end of September. In 2018 there will be 14 big tents containing mountains of pretzels and beer. It is anticipated that this year, there may be as many as 7million visitors across the 3 week festival.

When is it?        

2018 Dates: 22nd September – 7th October

2019 Dates: 21st September – 6th October

Where is it?      

Munich – Germany.

The locals nickname Oktoberfest ‘Wiesn’, which describes the area of land the festival takes place on. Based just 400m west of the city center, the festival covers a large flat grassy area called ‘Theresienwiese’, hence the phrase ‘Wiesn’ which literally means ‘grasslands’.

How to get there:

If you are visiting Oktoberfest this year, the best way to get there will be by the excellent public transport system in Munich (MVV). Be aware that the main station Theresienwiese will be very busy so you may be better using one of the other nearby stations to avoid the crowds. The following travel advice is offered by the official Oktoberfest website:

  • S-Bahn:
    S1 – S8 to Hackerbrücke
    S7 and S20 to Heimeranplatz, and then U4 or U5 to station Theresienwiese or Schwanthalerhöhe
  • U-Bahn:
    U3 or U6 to Goetheplatz or Poccistraße
    U4 or U5 to Theresienwiese or Schwanthalerhöhe
  • Bus:
    MetroBus-Line 53 to Schwanthalerhöhe
    MetroBus-Line 58 to Georg-Hirth-Platz, Beethovenplatz or Goetheplatz
    MetroBus-Linie 62 to Hans-Fischer-Straße, Poccistraße or Herzog-Ernst-Platz
    StadtBus-Line 134 to Theresienhöhe or Schwanthalerhöhe
  • Streetcar / Straßenbahn:
    Line 18 or 19 to Holzapfelstraße or Hermann-Lingg-Straße
    Line 16 an 17 to Hackerbrücke

What to expect:

Great food and incredible German beer, wine and schnapps. Meet lot’s of new friends and have a great time! Don’t miss the main parade on Sunday!


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