Some Traditional Beer Tents at Munich Oktoberfest:
There are many beer tents at Oktoberfest, each one offering visitors to the world’s most famous beer festival a particular experience, taste sensation, and of course beer. To check out the scene at some of the traditional Oktoberfest beer tents, we pay a visit to a few of the Oktoberfest tents below to experience some traditional Oktoberfest hospitality.
Schottenhamel began in 1867 as a single small shed behind the King’s marquee. Hardly 50 people could fit inside Michael Schottenhamel’s new Oktoberfest restaurant at that time. Today, the Schottenhamel tent and beer garden is the largest in Wiesn with a capacity for 10,000 people!
More importantly, Schottenhamel is the venue for the annual Oktoberfest tapping of the barrel tradition. At 12 noon sharp on the opening day, the first keg is tapped by the Mayor of Munich to the famous cry of O’zapft is! Only then can the other tents begin to serve beer. You cannot get more traditional than this!
The Hofbräu Tent
After Schottenhamel, the Hofbräu Tent is the second largest at the Oktoberfest and can accommodate exactly 9,992 people. This includes the 1,000 standing places in front of the music stage – the only one of its kind on the Oktoberfest grounds.
Without fail, Hofbräu decorates its tent ceiling every year with twelve hundredweights of hop vines from the Holledau region. The decorations are beer-themed of course and its worthwhile paying a visit just to see this. Tuesday is family day at the Hofbräu Tent and 600 seats are reserved for parents and their children from 11:00 to 15:00.
Not as old as the other tents, The Hippodrom opened for the first time in 1902. It was the first Oktoberfest beer tent to offer amusement along with the food and drink. For a fee, visitors could ride around the indoor ring on one of the 25 horses.
Sepp Krätz’s beer tent, which has won multiple awards for its outstanding service, offers an accomplished mix of Bavarian tradition and international charm at this year’s Oktoberfest.
The Augustiner Tent
For the friendlist of Oktoberfest hospitality, pay a visit to the Augustiner Tent where proprietor Manfred Vollmer and his team are considered one of the friendliest at the Oktoberfest. They serve hearty food to hungry revellers and the Augustiner Oktoberfest music band led by Reinhard Hagitte keeps the atmosphere jovial.
Apart from friendly service, what’s special about this tent is that Augustiner-Bräu of Munich makes a special Oktoberfest beer which is served only during this Munich beer fest and only from traditional wooden barrels. The Augustiner-Bräu beer tent seats 6,000 people inside and 2,500 people outside.
If you like ox meat, Ochsenbraterei is the tent for you. What began as a ‘mechanical ox rotisserie’ run by the butcher Johann Rössler is now one of the biggest tents on the Theresienwiese and offers authentic oompah Oktoberfest music along with the food and drink. Today, the oxen are roasted whole on a modern spit but taste as good as they did back then.
The Ochsenbraterei, otherwise known as the Spatenbräu festival tent, will be represented at the Oktoberfest for the 131st time in 2012.
And here’s a tent for archers. As long ago as 1895, the Winzerer Fähndl archers’ guild opened their first Oktoberfest tent to serve crossbowmen and their guests and to host shooting competitions. The German Crossbow Championships are held at the Oktoberfest to this day. An annex to the main Armbrustschützenzelt tent contains the 30-metre ranges. Brassbands enliven the atmosphere with waltzes, oompah music and party classics.