Oktoberfest takes place in a certain area called "theresienwiese", even though this event affects the whole city. The oktoberfest has a line of huge "Bierzelte" where you can sit to enjoy beer and bavarian music bands with crazy dancing. The rest of the oktoberfest is full with rollercoasters, foodstalls and the like. To enjoy this fest, stroll around the oktoberfest while you are sober before going to one of the many "bierzelte" for your first of many litres beer-deliciousness.
You cannot buy tickets for a seat. Rather you can "reserve" a table, which at the oktoberfest means going to the breweries and buy enough chicken and beer coupons to fill 8-10 people. They make it very hard for visitors to reserve a table, which is why i cannot recommend even trying when not in town. Reserving has to take place many months in advance too. Much better to simply go there early, say 1pm put on a sweet smile and get people to let you sit at their table - on sunny days and saturdays, expect the bierzelte to be closed as early as 11am due to too many people inside. But its not as bad as its sound, just go and try to be lucky! It mostly turns out different than expected but always adventurous :) This how you pick the bierzelt that fits your taste best: hippodrom: fun loving people all ages. Paulaner or Spaten: average guy bierzelt. Schottenhamel: a bit younger and hipper. Schützenzelt: a bit older, traditionalist. Löwenbräu: more americans and australians than germans, bad beer. Hacker: good beer, good crowd, seems to get younger. augustiner: considered best beer in town from real wood barrels. Käfer: upscale, not typical, more champagne than beer.
Hope that helps! about 6 years ago
I've never reserved a table, just arrived early and been lucky enough to get a seat each day! The last time I was there for opening weekend, we arrived at the halls no later than opening (9am) and didnt have a problem getting a group of seats. over 5 years ago