The Oktoberfest 2020 was cancelled. The 187th Munich Oktoberfest is planned to begin on September 18th 2021.

Probably yes, but there will be some limitations.

Is it a good idea to travel to Munich in 2020? In February, the answer to that question would have been a slightly confused, “sure, why not?” Well, a lot has changed since and as of today, well, it depends... Therefore, this article offers you an overview of what measures to fight the SARS-CoV-2-pandemic would currently reduce the enchantment of a stay in Bavaria. It will continuously be updated.

EU-borders open again

The Schengen area has finally been re-established. Hence, you're again free to travel to Germany from within the Schengen area without having to pass any inspections. For third countries outside the EU, travel to the EU is still restricted to absolutely necessary travel until June 30th, though.

Already reopened: Beer gardens, castles, and hotels

Beer gardens and restaurants’ open-air seating areas were the first catering outlets that didn’t have to reduce their business to take-out only. Meanwhile, restaurants even reopened their indoor areas.

However, only parties of up to two different households are allowed per table, and tables are required to be at least 1.5 meters apart. Also, all guests have to wear facemasks when not seated at their tables. To make your beer garden experience even more enjoyable, we'd like to advise you to buy one of our new wiesndamisch-t-shirts.

In addition, many tourist attractions already reopened, including castles, cable cars, public shipping, amusement parks, zoos, and open-air swimming pools. Hotels and other accommodations are also again allowed to offer their services to tourists. And their prices are lower than you're used to.

Since June 17th, up to ten people are allowed to meet, which means that beer garden tables can again be completely filled.

Since June 19th, there's no closing hour for restaurants and beer gardens anymore. The Bavarian Higher Administrative Court ruled that the closing hour of 10 pm isn't justified and therefore invalid.

The city of Munich will create a concept for showmen

The city council ordered the Department of Labor and Economic Development of the City of Munich to create a concept for showmen. This could mean that at least some rides could be constructed in different parts of the city.

Still closed: clubs and bars

While there are no plans to reopen nightclubs and bars at this time, some theaters, including cinemas, reopened in June. As their capacities are very limited due to hygiene regulations, many are expected to stay closed, though.

No major events until October 31st

Any kind of major event, be it volksfests, concerts, or sporting events, has been canceled until October 31st. When the cancelation of the Oktoberfest 2020 was announced, additionally all similar events of that kind taking place in September were canceled. That means, while you will be able to visit beer halls and gardens in September, you won’t find any replacement for the Oktoberfest in Bavaria.

Bottom line: yes, it could be worth it

Of course, it’s hard to predict if Bavaria will continue to remove the restriction in the next couple of months. The pandemic might as well return and hotels and restaurants may have to close again. However, at the moment, it looks like most tourist attractions could be open this fall, and Bavaria will be worth a visit, just as you’re used to. At least, hotel prices have significantly dropped.