Where is Oktoberfest in Munich?
Soooo exactly “where is is Oktoberfest in Munich”? You’ll be happy to hear that the location for Munich’s Oktoberfest is actually quite central, which means you can enjoy both the insane festival and the city’s best attractions from the same homebase.
Munich’s iconic Oktoberfest takes place at Theresienwiese, a massive open space that spans 420,000 square metres in Munich’s Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt neighbourhood. (Sorry, that’s a huge mouthful). This is why locals will refer to Oktoberfest as “Wiesn”.
This is a short guide that will walk you through where in Munich Oktoberfest is held, and the best/easiest ways to get there.
Oktoberfest Address (Munich)
See below for the location of Theresienwiese. As you can see, it’s not far from main points of interest in the city like the central train/bus stations.
How to get to Oktoberfest
When asking where is Oktoberfest in Munich, what you’re really probably wondering is how to get there. So, check out all the following options/tips for arriving at Munich’s Oktoberfest location.
Do not drive.
It’s pretty much guaranteed that you won’t find parking. The smartest way to get to the Munich Oktoberfest location is by using public transport.
Taking public transportation to the Munich Oktoberfest location (info via Oktoberfest.de):
Take the U4 or U5 to Theresienwiese or Schwanthalerhöhe (then follow the crowds dressed in dirndls and lederhosen) OR
Take the U3 or U6 to Goetheplatz or Poccistraße
Take the S1 – S8 to Hackerbrücke and then walk (10-15 min)
Bus 53 to Schwanthalerhöhe
Bus 58 to Georg-Hirth-Platz, Beethovenplatz or Goetheplatz
Bus 62 to Hans-Fischer-Straße, Poccistraße or Herzog-Ernst-Platz
Bus 134 to Theresienhöhe or Schwanthalerhöhe
Tram 18 or 19 to Holzapfelstraße or Hermann-Lingg-Straße
Tram 16 an 17 to Hackerbrücke
For more tips on Munich’s public transport system, be sure to read this guide.
Hire a cycle rickshaw (aka a Pedicab):
Another expensive (albeit fun and novel) way to get to Oktoberfest is by hiring a cycle rickshaw to take you. From the city centre, this usually costs about 40 euros one way, although it’s up to you to negotiate a fair price with your guy.
Taxis will inevitably be very expensive, especially given that there tends to be a lot of traffic around the festival site. If you are living farther outside of the city centre, it would be smarter to take a taxi somewhere near a U-Bahn or S-Bahn station then take public transportation as outlined above.
Munich Oktoberfest Hours
So now that you’ve finished tackling the question of “where is Oktoberfest in Munich” and how to get there, now’s the time to sort out the hours (so you know just how long you have to get those beers in).
Oktoberfest dates and hours:
In 2018, Munich’s Oktoberfest will be from Saturday, September 22 to Sunday, October 7.
According to the official Oktoberfest website, the opening hours are as follows:
Beer Serving Hours
Opening day 12.00 noon – 10.30 pm
Weekdays 10.00 am – 10.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday & holiday 09.00 am – 10.30 pm
Daily closing hour 12.30 am ‘Käfers Wiesnschänke’ and ‘Weinzelt’ open until 1.00 am
Opening hours of stalls
Opening day 10.00 am – midnight
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 11.30 pm
Friday 10.00 am – 12.00 midnight
Saturday 9 am – midnight
Sunday 9 am – 11.30 pm
*’Käfers Wiesnschänke’ and ‘Weinzelt’ open until 1.00 am
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