People ask me all the time how to book a table at Munich’s Oktoberfest, so here’s how you do it. First of all, If you want to book a table at Munich’s Oktoberfest, the world’s greatest beer festival, you’d better act fast since the 2013 season begins on Saturday, September 21. It’s best to book a table at Oktoberfest early in the year since the demand is high and available spots are gone rather quickly, but it is also worth a try to see if any seats are available. Sorry, our table is fully booked 🙂
Entering the Oktoberfest grounds (Wiesn) as the locals call it is free and so is entering a tent, but without a seat in one of the tents, you can’t order beer which would be a pity.
Contact the beer tent for reservations
You will need to contact one of the 34 Oktoberfest tents and not the Oktoberfest or Munich tourism site to reserve a table. There are companies that reserve table for you but, don’t waste your money paying for that service when you can easily do it yourself.
Complete the Oktoberfest tent form
Determine how many people will join your party. The minimum number for Oktoberfest reservations is 10 persons (one table). You cannot reserve a table for a few friends, so just reserve for 10 people even if your party is small. If this is not an option, you’ll need to take a chance and enter a tent and hope you will find seats.
You can make morning and/or evening reservations so, choose a few of the open slots since peak periods such as evening, weekend, and bank holiday slots are quickly gone. Many reservations are given to corporations or local businesses, so don’t be disappointed if your desired tent is full. Check the smaller tents which are often overlooked by international visitors.
Many tents require that you purchase food and beer vouchers ahead of time, so figure out what you’ll initially eat and drink. This would mean if you have 10 people in your party, you’d need to order for example, 10 beers and 10 half-chicken vouchers. If you want to eat or drink more, just order more once you are in the tent.
There a thousands of people from all over the world searching for Oktoberfest table reservations. While you wait for a response from the tent, search the internet for a Dirndl or Lederhosen to wear. The traditional Bavarian clothing called Tracht will get you in the mood for Oktoberfest and looks sexy!.
Search for a place to hang you head
There are many hotels in and around Munich and they fill up as quickly as the beer tents. If you won’t be staying in Munich, you should also determine how to get to Munich. I recommend the train and not driving as the Autobahn gets busy and is often at a standstill during Oktoberfest.
Play the waiting game
Along with your confirmation, the tent will send your food and beers vouchers if you’ve ordered them or tell you where to pick them up. Many beer tents only accept bank transfers and most tents do not accept credit cards. Therefore, you’ll need to have cash on hand. Leave any valuables at the hotel especially if you plan to drink a lot. Just bring cash.
On the day of your reservation, arrive at your tent about 10 minutes early. If you show up late your table might be given away to someone who does not have a reservation.
Chill and order a Mass
Now it’s time to enjoy Oktoberfest, so go ahead and order a Mass (liter of beer), some great German food, and enjoy the Oktoberfest atmosphere. Just hand the waitress your beer and/or food vouchers and she’ll return with your order. Some beer vouchers include a tip, but I recommend leaving an additional tip.
If you couldn’t find a table, now you know how to book a table at Munich’s Oktoberfest 2014 which begins on Saturday, September 20, 2014.