You can already feel the anticipation in the air as the 180th Oktoberfest comes around the corner. From 21 September–6 October, Oktoberfest will once again be in full swing, drawing millions of visitors from all over the world to Munich for its famous, irresistible atmosphere, excellent Bavarian beer, traditional and modern foods and lively brass brands.
Once again, the festival will offer the full range of amusement rides guests have come to expect, including “Sky Fall”, reaching a staggering height of 70 metres.
Oktoberfest 2013: Facts and Figures
The 180th Oktoberfest will cover a total of 34.5 hectares. The festival grounds will host 613 different stands, including 173 carney booths and 141 stands offering food and drink, with a seating for 114,000 at a time. The Hofbräuzelt is the biggest of the festival halls, able to host and entertain over 10,000 Oktoberfest guests at a time, as they sway along to old Bavarian songs and enjoy themselves. This year, for the first time, the number of pre-reserved spots will be limited.
Tradition meets Modernity
For those who would rather avoid the modern hustle and bustle, can take an extra helping of Bavarian lifestyle at the “Oide Wies’n”, part of the festivities since 2010. Folk music, nostalgic rides, traditional treats and colourful attractions invite you to stroll and linger. Anybody who needs to stop for a breather at the Oide Wies’n can relax in one of the many new seating areas. Admission is free for children up to 14 years, and the traditional rides have prices from yesteryear. As well as that old favourite, the chair swing, children’s carousels, a 1921 Ferris wheel and the dashing “Calypso”, this year also offers wooden bumper cars from 1956. The lifelike marionette shows are just as exciting as is a visit to the museum tent and the old-time Oktoberfest games such as tire rolling on wooden wheels and racing papier-mâché horses.
New Oktoberfest attractions
This year, the rides once again offer all sorts of new adventures and thrills. On the “Odyssey” adventure roller coaster visitors can follow in the footsteps of the great hero of ancient sagas, or experience pirate battles and perilous ocean adventures in the “Pirate Adventure” funhouse. A loop-the-loop rollercoaster hurtling through a jungle temple is made even more thrilling at night with glow-in-the-dark rails. Also new are a number of delicacies such as a vegan cheese noodles made without any type of cheese or the salmon hut where salmon caught from sustainable Scandinavian streams are smoked before your very eyes before being served on rolls.
And as a sweet reminder of the beautiful Oktoberfest season, there are gingerbread hearts decorated with love letters and marriage proposals, and now also decorated with painted cityscapes, all at Martl’s Herzlmalerei. This year’s Oktoberfest will be unforgettable.
Similarly, this year, for the first time, a wristband system will let visitors re-enter Oide Wies’n later the same day, without having to pay twice.
In terms of environmental sustainability, the Munich Oktoberfest is continually setting new standards. Since last year, all of the Oktoberfest rides and the public areas have been powered with green electricity. With the pre-existing waste reduction systems, water recycling, “eco-points” awarded to companies applying for admission to the Oktoberfest and the sale of certified organic and regional products, the festival has become greener with each passing year.
Oktoberfest opening times are just as you remember them from the olden days:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 10:30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9:00 am to 10:30 pm
Stalls and rides
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight
on Sundays and holidays: 10:00 am to 11:30 pm