Your travel guide to Oktoberfest
Wonder what to expect at a traditional Oktoberfest in Munich? Beer, beer, and more beer! Read on to find out the top beer tents for Oktoberfest 2014.
Every year cities all over the world try to replicate Oktoberfest, but there's nothing like the real thing baby. This year it opens to the public on September 20th. Held since 1810, Oktoberfest has grown into the world's largest fair and there are many festivities to partake in including parades, open air concerts, carnivals, and of course beer tents.
Finding the right beer tent to fit your mood and taste requirements is not necessarily as easy as it sounds. True Oktoberfest enthusiasts know that each tent is not one size fits all. We're happy to describe our top choices which are based on the atmosphere, food offered, beer selection, and music.
Heimer Hendl und Entenbraterei
First up is a local favourite, Heimer Hendl und Entenbraterei. One of the smaller beer tents at Oktoberfest, Heimers is a relaxed and peaceful place to visit without all of the touristy hype. Regional customs are respected here and if you want to blend in among the locals then order the melt in your mouth crispy duck complete with secret spices, potato dumplings, and red cabbage.
What makes this tent wildly popular is the traditional suckling pig; after all what is Oktoberfest without good Bavarian cuisine? Here, it is basted in a malt beer sauce and served with warm potato salad and can be enjoyed while listening and dancing to a Bavarian folk music group "Niederalmer". The organisers know how to keep it simple, fun, and make the people happy by offering a great selection of beer and whiskey.
For some Oktoberfest is a time to enjoy good times with family and so Augustiner-Festhalle makes our list as the best kid and family friendly tent around. In this relaxing atmosphere kids won't be scorned if something spills, adults can savour the Augustiner beer which comes from Munich's oldest brewery; plus everyone can benefit from "kids day" when prices are reduced. With 8,500 seats, there is enough room for mom, dad, Uncle Jo, and Grandma Sue at the table.
Music, dancing, and sing-along makes this tent stand out as the most entertaining beer tent at Oktoberfest. For seven generations the Bräurosl has delivered non-stop music to visitors including yodelling and time-honoured Bavarian musical performances. The establishment is lively and spirited and their supply of beer isn't bad either!
As you make your way to Munich this year, consider booking hotel reservations early, as millions of people participate in this annual extravaganza. We suggest the Hotel Metropol Munchen and the Pension Belo Sono which are reasonably priced and highly recommended.