Oktoberfest 2019 Munich Beerfest - As Oktoberfest 2018 comes to a close it is time to start planning for 2019!
The Oktoberfest is the biggest party of its kind in Europe. It is truly awesome, truly massive and enormous fun - you need to experience it! Coach? Camp? Hotel? We are the Munich Beerfest specialists - the largest UK-based operator to the Oktoberfest - a one stop shop that covers the entire huge event!
Oktoberfest 2019 begins on Saturday, 21st of September and runs through to Sunday, 6th of October. We have availability through to the end of the Oktoberfest. Choose from central hotels or accommodation at Munich's famous Thalkirchen camping ground, from just £40 per night! We also have coach/camping tours each weekend of the Oktoberfest.
Summary of Tour Options for Munich Oktoberfest (2019)
From £40.00 per person
Tour Dates: 19th Sep to 7th Oct 2019
From £259.00 per person
Tour Dates: 20th Sep to 7th Oct 2019
Only £299.00 per person
Tour Dates: 19th to 25th Sep 2019
Only £299.00 per person
Tour Dates: 19th to 25th Sep 2019
Event and PP Tour Information
Oktoberfest Munich - Europe's Premier Beer Festival and event! 16 days, 6.5 million litres of beer, nearly 6 million visitors - there is no doubt Munich's Beer Fest is big, well, GIGANTIC actually. But it not just the sheer size that makes this event a must - when it comes to carnival atmosphere and simple pure fun - the Oktoberfest is immense!
PP Travel is renowned for operating the most fun and professionally organised tours to the big party destinations - and there is no argument about the size of the Oktoberfest! We are the Munich Beer Fest specialists offering a wide variety of great value Oktoberfest packages covering all three weekends of the fest. Whether you require a coach/camping tour, a hotel or short flying tour we have something to suit you and your budget. You can also book just hotel accommodation or camping accommodation only packages from only £40 per person per night.
The Munich Oktoberfest
Every year a huge park in the centre of Munich called the Theresenwiese is transformed into what appears to be the world's party central. Half of the park is filled with amazing rides, side shows, food stalls and Schnapps tents. The other half boasts 14 beerhalls. Like everything about the Oktoberfest the beerhalls or beer tents are huge. They sit over 4000 people inside and more in the beer gardens. In fact around 100,000 people can be seated at Munich Beer Festival tables! You are served steins (1 litre jugs) of the local brew by the frauliens, entertained by Oompah bands - the atmosphere is fantastic. The Oktoberfest always finishes on the first Sunday in October. In 2019 this great Bavarian Beer Festival runs from noon on Saturday, 21st of September to Sunday, 6th of October.
It is free to enter the fest grounds and beerhalls - unfortunately you have to pay for your beer! See at the rear of this page for further info on the beerhalls.
Great Value PP Travel Oktoberfest Tour Packages
- Coach Tours from just £299
- Accommodation from just £40!!
- Hotel packages from just £259
We offer economical 7 day coach Oktoberfest tours from London for the opening weekend of the Munich Beer Festival. Also have the choice of a 7 day coach/camping tour and our famous 7 day Austrian Chalet tour based in an awesome lakeside village, ideal for those who don't want to camp.
We offer 3 different Munich city centre hotels and our funky central hostel all walking distance from the Oktoberfest, for all weekends of fest. Hurry, as these beds always sell out many months before the fest and first in get the best choice of beds.
Camping in Munich - Stay at the legendary Thalkirchen Campsite - from just £40 per night!
If you are planning to do a camping tour to the Beerfest there is only one place to stay - Munich's famous Thalkirchen camping ground, where everyone meets! PP Travel is the largest specialist festival tour operator staying at Thalkirchen. This huge camp is just 3km away - a short PP coach shuttle or just three train stops - from the festival grounds.
Dorm option also available! Excllusive to PP - 4 and 10-bedded dorm packages from just £60pppn. Very limited availability.
Getting into a Beerhall
While it is free to enter the Oktoberfest grounds and there is also no entry fees into any of the 14 beer tents, with over 6 million visitors, it is extremely busy. Often on weekends the beer tents close their doors when full, meaning looking for seats in their outside beer gardens or lining up. We operate shuttles to the fest from first thing in the morning for those who want to get in early or you may consider booking a table. It is not imperative that you pre-book a table, but it can make life much easier at the fest. Booking a table is not all that easy and you must individually book with the the specific beer tents directly and this should be done months in advance. For further info on all the beer tents and their contact details click here: Beer tent official information
Camping in Munich - Staying at the legendary Thalkirchen Campsite
If you are planning to do a camping tour to the Oktoberfest there is only one place to stay - Munich's famous Thalkirchen camping ground, where everyone meets! This huge camp is just 3km away - a short PP coach shuttle or just three train stops - from the festival grounds. We offer coach/camping tours and accom-only packages for all 3 weekends of the fest. PP's Munich Thalkirchen base on Google Maps
Hotels : Get in fast for our 2018 Oktoberfest hotels
We offer 3 Munich city centre hotels and a hostel that are all a short walk from the Beerhalls. All are good quality clean German hotels/pension/hostel. All include breakfast, except our central hostel. Prices vary according to their standard, number of people per room and whether rooms have private or shared facilities. All are booked for three nights - Arrive Friday and depart Monday. In some occasions (depending upon availability, extra nights can be arranged or weekend dates can be altered slightly). Mid week dates also available upon request. All require a minimum of 3 night stay and are booked for arrival on Friday 21st September, 28th September and 5th October.
Mariandl Hotel-Pension (Mariandl on Google Maps)
Great old-world character hotel-pension in top position only a few minutes walk from the Beerfest. Available all 3 weekends of the Beerfest. The accommodation is above its own fantastic jazz bar/restaurant which is open well after the fest closes. With live music nightly, it is ideal for groups really looking to party. The Mariandl has a variety of rooms, all with private facilities - single, twins, triples and quads. This popular hotel always sells fast due to the great location and atmosphere.
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Hotel Senator (The Senator on Google Maps )
Excellent standard hotel, with it's own bar in a sensational position just outside the main gate of the Oktoberfest. Available all three weekends of the Oktoberfest. All rooms with full facilities.
The Senator also offers a massive buffet breakfast - arguably the best in Munich. Twin, Double, Triple and Quad rooms offered. This hotel is always EXTREMELY popular, so book early.
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Hotel Mirabell (The Mirabell on Google Maps )
Excellent standard family run hotel, just a few minutes walk from the main central Hauptbahnof station and a 10 minute walk to the fest grounds. All rooms with private facilities. Breakfast included.
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Smart Stay Hostel (Smart Stay Hostel on Google Maps)
The Smart Stay Hostel is just a 2 minute walk from the main side entrance of the Oktoberfest. Available all three weekends of the Oktoberfest. Six bed rooms (bunks). All rooms have their own private facilities. Not only is the Smart Stay in a great position to base yourself for the Oktoberfest it has excellent services and facilities. It has its own bar and lounge, 24-hour reception, wifi, guest kitchens, free lockers, sports room. It also offers a large generous breakfast for purchase (+ McDonalds next door). All bedding is supplied. Our hostel is always very popular, so book early.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Munich OktoberfestWhat is the Oktoberfest?
The Oktoberfest is by far the biggest party or event of its kind in Europe. Every year a huge non-descript park in the middle of Munich called the Theresenwiese (known locally as the Wies'n) is transformed into a massive fun fair party. Half of the Wies'n is covered by some amazing rides, side shows, food stalls and schnapps tents. The other half boasts 14 beerhalls. Like everything about the Oktoberfest the beerhalls or tents are big. Each local brewery has their own beerhall which seats over 4000 people inside and 2000 in surrounding beergardens.
Seated at tables you are served steins (1 litre jugs) of the local brew by the frauliens, entertained by oompah bands...the atmosphere is fantastic. The Oktoberfest always finishes on the first Sunday in October. It normally runs for 16 days straight beginning at noon on finishing on the first Sunday in October. For 2019 the Oktoberfest runs from Saturday, 21st of September to Sunday, 6th of October.
It's history is fairly simple, back in 1810 Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxon and a huge celebration party was thrown in the Wies'n. It was such a success they decided to repeat it the next year and so on.
Now about 5 to 6 million people go to the Oktoberfest and consume over one million gallons of beer. It is free to enter the fest grounds and beerhalls - unfortunately you have to pay for your beer!
There are a wide variety of tours for you to choose from. We have 7 day return coach/camping tours first weekend of the Oktoberfest, departing London late Thursday morning and returning the following Wednesday. For those wanting a bit more comfort we have our 7 day Austrian Chalet tour. It covers the opening, spends as much time at the Beerfest as our camping tours, with the added bonus of staying in the beautiful Tyrolian village of Kossen, Austria - just over an hour's drive from Munich.
For those with limited time and only wanting to go for the weekend, our accommodation only tours are ideal. We offer hotel/hostel and camping packages for all weekends of the fest.
PP Travel stays at Munich's famous Camping Thalkirchen each year. Thalkirchen is located only 3km from the Beerfest grounds, just a short 10 minute PP coach shuttle or three stops on the underground.
Thalkirchen has always been the place to be during the Oktoberfest - it is where everyone meets up. Facilities include toilets and token-operated hot showers - 1.8 euro a shower token. It is also BYO. toilet paper during the fest. Its bar always does a great trade plus there are money changing facilities, a good shop stocking food and snacks.
Being on the Munich U-bahn (underground - Thalkirchen stop on U3) it is easy to get to our camp. It is also easy to get to the beerfest site, which is only 3 or 4 stops away. We can only offer limited coach shuttles from the campground to the Beerfest grounds on the1st and 2nd weekends due to Munich police laws. Other times transport to the fest will be on the underground and tickets will be available upon request.
The tents are pre-erected by our ground crew prior to your arrival in Munich - tents are mainly two per tent, although we do have a few tents suitable for three. You will need to bring all bedding with you - we suggest a sleeping bag and a sleeping mat or air mattress if you have one. We have sleeping mats new and used, plus sleeping mats/air mattresses for sale at the camp at very economical prices. It is advised to pre-book these before arriving at our campsite. Single tents are available for an extra £20 per night.
Dorm accommodation: we also have very limited 4-bedded and 10-bedded dorm packages on all weekends and mid-week at Thalkirchen from just £60pppn. You have to book early to secure one of these beds. Each dorm is equipped with bunk beds, with a clean cover sheet and your own personal locker. You must bring your own bedding - sleeping bag, pillow or blankets, plus towel and toiletries. Also a padlock for your locker. All dorms have a free access system.
To make a booking, call our office or book online through the website. We will require a non-refundable £50 deposit (£25 for camping/dorm accommodation bookings) for all Oktoberfest tours.
Full payment for our hotel tours is due 16th July and camping tours is due by noon on 16th August. All deposits are non-refundable, and bookings are not transferable. Our booking conditions outline refunds payable on cancellations.
We take arrivals on all days of the Oktoberfest at Campingplatz Thalkirchen - we are totally flexible. Accommodation can be booked between the Thursday, 19th of September up until departure on Monday, 7th of October 2018 - meaning the night of 6th of October (Sunday) is the last night you can stay at the campground with us. We are totally flexible with camping dates, although there is a two night minimum stay. Camping special offer: book 3 nights and stay the 4th night for free!
For those on coach/camping tours our price includes return coach transport from London to Munich and ferry crossings. At camping Thalkirchen we provide hot breakfast, excursions to Dachau concentration camp and Andechs Monastery, pre-erected tents, transport to the Beerfest, Munich maps and the services of PP crew. Basically all you have to budget on is your meals (apart from breakfast) and your drinking money!
For the ones doing accommodation only, you make your own way to your accommodation/campsite. A detailed information pack containing maps and directions will be supplied, and camp passengers will be met at Thalkirchen by a PP rep. All of our hotels include breakfast except our hostel. Once there, hotel passengers are free to enjoy the fest on their own. Camping passengers enjoy all the same facilities, transport and tours on offer as our coach passengers.
Please note that transport from the camp to the fest grounds will either be by PP shuttle coach or by the Munich U-bahn underground.
Book ten people on a coach tour and the eleventh goes free!! We offer this discount for groups of 10 booked and paid by the same person on one invoice at the same time. Ask our staff for further details. You must mention this at the time of booking.
Germany and Austria both use Euro € currency. It's a good idea to change some money before you leave London. You can also change money at our camping ground, and you can withdraw cash from ATM's inside the beerfest grounds or at city banks if your card has that facility.
How much? This will depend very much on how much you drink. Munich is not cheap. We recommend you budget around £80-£100 per day. Entrance to the Oktoberfest is free. A 1L mass/stein beer will cost you just over 10 euros.
We normally allocate our tents as two people to a tent (we use 4 person dome tents). If you require a tent on your own you can pay a single supplement of £20 a night. Simply add this request in the notes when you book on.
All passengers will need to carry a valid passport. South Africans and Zims will need a valid Schengen visa - if you do not already hold a Schengen visa, you will need to apply at the German consulate. Australians, New Zealanders and EC passport holders do not require visas. Remember, visas are your responsibility. Please apply for any visa in plenty of time, as not receiving a visa is not grounds for a refund.
We encourage all passengers to have adequate travel insurance on our tours - the possibilities for injury or loss are considerable, and medical costs can be extremely expensive. We offer travel insurance at competitive rates which can be purchased through our web site.
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All our coaches are equiped with TV/video or DVD, stereo, toilets and air conditioning. You are unable to bring your own alcohol on board. All coach tours depart from Embankment right on the Thames near to the Embankment Underground Tube Station. We cross the channel by ferry from Dover to Calais then drive directly to Munich. All our coaches are non-smoking, however we have regular stops along the way. Each coach has an experienced PP courier to assist passengers. The journey will take around 18 hours.
It is free to enter the Oktoberfest grounds and there is also no entry fees into any of the 14 beer tents. However with 7 million visitors, it is extremely busy, especially on weekends when the beer tents often close their doors when full, meaning looking for seats in their outside beer gardens. It is not imperative that you pre-book a table, but it can make life much easier at the fest. Booking a table is not all that easy and you must individually book with the the specific beer tents directly. If you want to look at getting a reservation then please asks us.
We advise that passengers do not take any unnecessary valuables to the Beerfest. PP Travel provides an excellent free "valuables" lock-up system at our camp, which works on a numbered wristband system, to lock away valuables such as passports and travellers' cheques and electrical goods. It is not possible to lockup bags and big bulky items. You have access to these valuables only during breakfast hours on a daily basis, at all other times they will be locked at reception. Please note, as per our booking conditions, whilst all due care will be taken in providing security for these items, any passengers using this service does so completely at their own risk. No responsibility will be taken by this firm for any losses or damages that may occur whilst under our care. General personal items such as clothes and sleeping bags are normally ok left in both tents and our dorms which are obviously not secure - therefore it is not advisable to leave anything of value in them.
Please remember that all personal items taken on any tour is the full responsibility of each passenger. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover any unfortunate losses.
We have do have our own security at the camp and the camping ground also provides an extra level of highly trained security guards as well.
Please do not bring large laptops and other large expensive equipment with you, we do not have facilities to lock up these sort of items.
The PP Munich Oktoberfest Experience
To successfully cover an event as huge as the Munich Beer Festival, you need to be both professional and certainly experienced. This year will be PP Travel's 28th Oktoberfest year (1991-2018) and we certainly can't wait for the celebrations to begin at midday on the 22nd of September when the mayor of Munich taps that first keg!
To say we have an affinity with the Beer Fest, is an understatement. We truly love it - well festivals and parties are our life - and it is not just the beer. It is the whole gigantic carnival atmosphere of this great German festival, set in one of Europe's most beautiful cities that make us count down the days to our first stein. It is this passion combined with a wide and large well-run operation that has made the "Party Professionals" the choice of thousands of revellers each year at the Oktoberfest.
With six to seven million guests descending upon the Beer Festival grounds each year, it makes travelling to Munich and finding accommodation quite a task. However, with our experience and choice we are confident we can offer the right Oktoberfest package for you. Based in Munich's famous centrally located Thalkirchen campsite - we offer value coach/camping packages that cover the opening weekend, the middle weekend or the closing. We are by far the largest operator at this legendary camp, and whether you coach it in, fly in or make your own way to large Munich base, our team of friendly professionals will do their very best to ensure your Oktoberfest camping experience is fun.
A bit more comfort you are after? Wanting to walk back to a warm bed after a fun day at the Beer Festival? Our central hotel packages will suit perfectly. We offer a choice of hotels close to the Oktoberfest on each of the weekend - but with millions attending the fest - especially at the weekends - the demand for our beds always outstrip supplies.
Extra choice: looking for a bit more than just beer? All our coach tours do free excursions to Dachau concentration camp and the beautiful Andechs monastery (well, for more beer actually). We also offer a 7 day coach camping tour on the opening weekend that spends a day in Austria as well as attending our Austrian beerfest party in the alps. We also offer a 7 day tour that is based the entire time in an Austrian chalet, with daily excursions to the Oktoberfest .
The Oktoberfest's "Wiesn" - from a wedding to the largest public festival in the world!
The history of Munich Beer Fest is pretty simple really. A long time ago, the local prince and princess got married. They had a party and invited the locals. The locals, being Bavarians, enjoyed the shing-dig, and naturally had a few beers to toast the bride and groom. They enjoyed it so much, they decided to get together the following year for a few quiet beers. And the following year and the following ...
The 2018 Oktoberfest will be the 185th event - the biggest celebration of its kind in Europe and it all began over 200 years ago on October 12, 1810 with the wedding of the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig (later known as King Ludwig I) to princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen (hence the name of the Theresienwiese, where the Oktoberfest is staged each year - or Therese's green - known to the locals as the "Wiesn"). Five days later, the National Guard organized a large public horse race to ensure that the Bavarian folk could also partake in the wedding celebration. It was decided that the festival should be repeated at the same time the following year, which marked the birth of the "October-Festivals".
In 1811, the Bavarians additionally celebrated an agricultural festival. In contrast to the horse race, this festival has held to this day. Every four years this "central agricultural festival" takes place on the southern part of the Theresienwiese.
The enormous entertainment spectrum today didn't exist in the past: A couple of carousels and several beer stands were all at that time - the first beer tents started in 1896.
As Munich was considerably smaller in the past, the proprietors and event organizers went out to the Wiesn for the starting ceremonies. This tradition is still reflected today with the entry of the tent proprietors on Saturday morning in the parade.
The mayor Thomas Wimmer first started the well-known tradition of tapping the beer keg in the 1950s. The mayor taps the first keg on the first Wiesn-Saturday at exactly 12:00pm and calls out "O'zapft is'!" (which means the keg has been tapped). Since then, the mayor has always tapped the first keg.
But the Wiesn also has its dark side: 13 visitors were killed in a bomb attack at the main entrance in 1980 and over 200 were seriously injured. The Wiesn has been cancelled a total of 24 times in its history. The reasons were: war, cholera and inflation.