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

Since June 19, 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.

Since September 9, bars are allowed to open again. Of course, without any standing room.

"Sommer in der Stadt" and "Wirtshauswiesn"

To enable showmen to set up their rides and booths despite the cancelation of the Oktoberfest, the concept Sommer in der Stadt (Summer in the City) was created. The new event will take place between July 24 and October 4.

Additionally, the landlords of Augustiner am Platzl trademarked the term "Wirtshauswiesn" ("Restaurant-Oktoberfest"). Munich's landlords are planning to use this brand to organize several special offers like live music in their restaurants during the Oktoberfest season.

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 should be worth it

Most tourist attractions are open and the Sommer in der Stadt concept added some additional ones to the city of Munich. During the Oktoberfest time, many traditional restaurants, especially the beer gardens offer live music. Additionally, hotel prices have significantly dropped.