With fall just around the corner, Utrip directs its focus to the scene at Oktoberfest 2012. The festivities this year begin on Saturday, September 22nd, and will run through Sunday, October 7th.
On that first Saturday at noon, the lord mayor of Munich will take the honor of tapping the first keg at the Schottenhamel tent, an action serving as the official opening ceremony and go-ahead for everyone to start on his or her German beer bonanza. If you are interested in the hoopla of a parade and the opening ceremonies, then you will want to arrive around 9am in order to get a good spot. As traditional as the start to Munich’s Oktoberfest is, let’s not kid ourselves – Oktoberfest is a celebration of beer, food, and the infamously jubilant atmosphere.
With 14 large tents, and a handful of smaller tents scattered throughout the grounds, you are sure to find someplace with the right feel no matter the atmosphere you’re in search of.
Keen on a loud and bombastic atmosphere with some character? A lion marks the spot at the Lowenbrau tent, which offers space for nearly 6,000 people inside and almost 3,000 people outside. Fans of Munich’s TSV 1860 soccer team, the Lions, show up here for a good, rowdy, beer-induced good time. With extraordinary, professional hospitality, the Lowenbrau tent certainly warrants a visit. Though quenching your thirst is probably priority number one (and rightfully so), you’ll probably need to eat something in order to keep from falling asleep on the grass.
The Munich Oktoberfest has delicious options all over the place, and unlike public vending at conventions and events in the U.S. the prices aren’t jacked up beyond comprehension. Ammer’s has been serving food at Oktoberfest since 1885, offering the always-popular roasted duck and traditional roasted chicken. If you’re looking for a good German sausage, then try out the fried Rostbratwurstl, grilled over the open beech wood fire at Zur Bratwurst. It isn’t a tent, but rather a two-storied timbered house, and with room for roughly 170 people, a live band, Augustiner beer, and lunchtime specials, Zur Bratwurst is a great place to visit for a bite to eat.
Lastly, if your stomach is up for it, you must go for a ride on the swirling swings. Lifting you high in the air, these swings offer unbeatable views of the entire Oktoberfest grounds. The swings are especially worth trying as the darkness rolls around, with the tents and shops turning on their bright, flashing lights. All in all, you will find that there is plenty to keep busy at the 2012 Oktoberfest in Munich.
Beer Serving Hours:
Weekdays – 10:00am – 10:30pm
Weekends& Holidays – 9:00am – 10:30pm
Daily Tent Closing Time: 11:30pm
The Kafer Wiesn-Schanke and the Weinzeit are open until 1:00am. Last call is at 12:15am.
Map of Tents: http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/wiesn-map-popup/