There are 14 large and a number of small tente at the Oktoberfest
Yes, you read correctly, there are incredibly 14 so-called “large” and 20 small tents at the Munich Oktoberfest. In addition, there’s a Weißbier garden and four more beer tents at the Oide Wiesn. While the large tents all feature more than 3000 seats inside and in their beer gardens, the small tents each have up to 1000 seats combined.
Most of the large tents of the festival have about 6000 seats on the inside, divided into the central aisle, the “boxes” at the side and the balconies. The largest of them is the Hofbräuzelt offering seats and standing room to 7018 guests inside and another 3022 seats in the beer garden, hence 10040 in total.
All the large tents excluding the Weinzelt and the Käfer Wiesnschänke feature large unreserved seating areas, which is not the case with the small tents. The beer gardens are with minor exceptions completely unreserved. You can't buy any tickets to enter the tents - admission is always for free.
On the following pages, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Oktoberfest tents – including the atmosphere, music, food and table reservations.