Germany | Oktoberfest
September 18 - October 4Free
On October 12th, 1810, Oktoberfest started as the marriage ceremony between Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. All of the townspeople were invited to participate in the festival, which took place outside the town gates in the fields. The fields were called Theresienwiese, named after the princess, and the party was such a success that King Ludwig was invited by the townspeople to continue the celebration the following year.
Where is Oktoberfest?
The original Oktoberfest takes place at the venue known as “Theresienwiese” in Munich, Germany, which is also known by locals as “Festwiese. Half of the year, the grounds are simply a public park. The tents and fun fair foundations begin their building process around June with a completion date of late September, just in time for the festival to begin. This region hosts 420,000 sq ft of space and is easy to get to from central Munich.
How to get to Oktoberfest in Munich:
A 10-minute walk from the Hauptbahnhof, Munich’s main train station and an even shorter walk from the Theresienwiese stop on Munich’s U-bahn, which is the Oktoberfest party grounds (the Theresienwiese, locally known as the Wiesn). Not for walking? Calling a taxi is still an option (though It is not cheap ) and around the Hauptbahnhof and the Wiesn entrance you will have your choice of pedicabs. Pick wisely!
Weather at Oktoberfest:
We’re going to let you in on a little secret… part of the reason why Oktoberfest was moved to September is because the weather is better than during October. It’s been sunny and warm for years, it’s been freezing for years and it’s been raining for years, you can never really be sure. (Or join the Hacker tent in festival where it’s always blue skies and sunshine.)