Top beer tents at Oktoberfest 2017
When: September 16 to October 3, 2017
Where: Theresienwiese, Munich
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Munich’s largest and most traditional breweries cordially invite you to join the festivities at Oktoberfest 2017. Drink beer by the litre (teetotallers don’t need to worry as sodas and water are also available), eat traditional Bavarian food such as pretzels that have a diameter of 15 inches, listen to live brass bands playing traditional and contemporary Bavarian music, and indulge in the festivities with people from all over the world, dancing and singing the hours away.
Get ready to savour the taste of the best beers in the world at these top beer tents at Oktoberfest 2017.
For a cosy and traditional experience, head for Augustiner-Festzelt (Festhalle). Its particularly authentic atmosphere is partly thanks to the fact that the beer served here comes from Munich’s oldest brewery and is still tapped from classic wooden kegs. The regional delicacies and the friendly waiters and waitresses also make the Augustiner tent one of the most rustic of them all.
Run by the shooting club, Winzerer Fähndl Schützengilde, this beer tent can accommodate around 7,500 people. Decorated in the unmistakable style of Alpine foothills, the German crossbow championships are traditionally held here every year during the Oktoberfest. The meat for the Bavarian delicacies comes entirely from its own livestock and great attention is paid to ensuring quality of what is being served.
If you feel like sampling something other than traditional roast chicken, pretzels and other standard fare, the highly traditional tent of Fischer-Vroni is just the place for you. The menu here includes numerous fish dishes and, of course, the original Bavarian Steckerlfisch (fish on a stick), a speciality they serve. This rustic and cosy tent is not quite as loud as the larger beer tents.
A true haven for Bavarians, Hacker-Festhalle, with its famous white and blue ceiling, was designed by Oscar-winner Rolf Zehetbauer.The tent can even be opened up depending on the weather, and is one of the most famous tents at Okotberfest. It provides room for around 9,300 guests and is the size of a football pitch. The Hacker tent never fails to attract a plethora of young visitors.
The Hofbräuhaus is known far beyond the borders of Bavaria, with its reputation extending around the world. The same goes for Hofbräu-Festzelt. Almost 10,000 people can be accommodated here and there’s even a standing area for enjoying a swift litre of beer. The ceiling is decorated every year with 16 tonnes of hops, in the middle of which the angel Aloisius sings his grumpy hosanna.
• PaulanerBrau (Winzerer Fähndl)
PaulanerBrau, also known as Winzerer Fähndl, can be easily spotted from a distance because of the huge beer tankard that rotates on top of the tent’s tower. This lovingly decorated tent is renowned for its extremely cosy atmosphere and has a large number of regular guests, including the players of FC Bayern München. The clientele is traditionally a little older – one reason why it is so easy-going here and not quite as wild as is in the other tents.
Munich, with its air of polished prosperity, is quintessential Germany. The old and the new co-exist here with cherished traditions like Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, rubbing shoulders with designer shopping, sleek cars and high-powered industry. Indeed Munich today is the flavour of the year. The Bavarian capital on the Isarriver has strong roots in the past. Its Baroque and Rococo architecture, lush parks, museums and historic venues such as Schloss Nymphenburg, the summer palace of the rulers of Bavaria, are the favoured haunts of tourists and locals alike. This gracious German city is just an hour’s drive from the snow-crusted Alps that frame it so beautifully and lend it an air of enchantment.