Armbrustschutzen Tent Tickets | Munich Oktoberfest
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Armbrustschutzen Tent profile
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In English, Armbrustschutzenzelt translates into crossbowmen tent. The origin of this name dates back to 1895, when the crossbowmen’s guild (Winzerer Fahndl) built their first tent at the Oktoberfest, to host crossbow competitions and guests. Known locally as the Bull’s eye tent, the Armbrustschutzen tent currently hosts the annual German crossbow shooting championship during the Oktoberfest (in a tent extension to the main marquee), which has traditionally taken place since 1935.
As it name suggests, the style of the tent has been traditionally designed in a hunting-theme that resembles a Bavarian hunting lodge. Near the entrance, the façade of the tent symbolises its shooting tradition by featuring a crossbowman and a double-headed eagle of the crossbowmen’s guild. Inside the tent, the boxes and balconies are assigned names of local animals (from adler to wildsaubox), which are decorated with pictures of the respective animals. Trophies of faux animal heads are also mounted around the interior of the tent.
There is usually a mixed crowd of young and older guests that enjoy the festivities of this traditional laid-back tent, which include a lot of local residents from Munich. On the menu, guests may choose from Paulaner beer and traditional food dishes. Music is provided by the Platzl Oktoberfestkapelle brass band.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9am until 11:30pm (band and bar close at 10:30pm)
Munich Oktoberfest event profile
Local breweries from Munich, host their own beer tents within the grounds of the Oktoberfest on Wirtsbudenstraße, which accommodate thousands of guests from around the World. The six breweries include: Augustina, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, Lowenbrau, Paulaner and Spaten.
On the opening day of the Oktoberfest, only non-alcoholic drinks are served from 10am until 12pm. At exactly 12 noon in the Schottenhamel Festhalle, the major of Munich (Oberbürgermeister) officially kicks off the Oktoberfest by traditionally tapping the first barrel and shouting "O’zapft is!" Thereafter, a gun salute at the Bavaria Statue (within the Oktoberfest grounds) fires twelve gunshots to announce that the Oktoberfest is officially opened. From this time, all the beer tents can begin serving beer!
At exactly 12 noon on the final day of the Oktoberfest, another gun salute at the Bavaria Statue officially marks the closing of the Oktoberfest.
Live music/entertainment is provided within each tent, with hundreds of wooden benches (tables) for thousands of guests to sit at, whilst enjoying the festivities of local Bavarian culture. The beer tents are naturally crowded, especially on an evening and the atmosphere is very lively. Whist it can become noisy and chaotic, it is good fun and a great way to meet new and interesting people. From traditional music during the day to more well-known classic songs in the evening, you will find many of the revellers dancing and singing along! It is one huge party!
The basic wooden tables are located inside each tent on the main ground floor, boxes or interior balconies. Beer gardens are also available outside the tents. There are no VIP or private areas within each tent and the narrow tables can become a tight squeeze, especially for larger built guests, but it is the same for everyone and how the tables are provided within each tent. Generally, the capacity of each table needs to be occupied to satisfy the requirements of each tent. In case of unoccupied seats, tent officials and waitresses reserve the right to fill any remaining spaces. It is also worth noting that guests must be seated at a table to be served by the waitresses. Unlike pubs, there is no bar inside the beer tents. No table, no beer!
Most visitors to the Oktoberfest dress in traditional Bavarian clothes, such as lederhosen (men) and dirndls (women). Please note however that some tents may refuse access for guests wearing carnival-like costumes or masquerades/masks etc.
Food also plays an important part at the Oktoberfest. All beer tents have their own food menu, which specialise in local Bavarian cuisine such as:
Hoibads Hendl (roast chicken with spicy, crispy skin)
Schweinhaxe (pork knuckle) or Schweinsbraten (roast pork) served with fermented raw cabbage (sauerkraut) and a boiled potato-dough dumpling (Knödel) in a very hearty red wine sauce/gravy.
Ochs am Spiess (Ox) served with fermented raw cabbage (sauerkraut) and a boiled potato-dough dumpling (Knodel) in a very hearty red wine sauce/gravy.
Weisswurst (white veal/pork sausages)
Kasespatzle (similar to macaroni cheese)
Brezen (large pretzels)
Obatzda (spiced cheese and butter)
Vegetarian food is also available.
Over six million guests attend the event each year, with more than two million gallons of beer and a million half-chickens consumed by guests!
The original festival concluded on 17 October 1810 with a horse race, which became a traditional feature each year at the Oktoberfest until the 1960's. After the inaugural festival in 1810, the Bavarian Agricultural Association continued holding the festival for farmers to showcase their produce. In 1818, food and drink stalls were introduced together with the first fairground rides. The management of the Oktoberfest was taken over one year later by the local authority, who have continued to run the Oktoberfest each year ever since. The bronze Bavaria statue that sits proudly at the Oktoberfest and hosts the gun salutes on the opening and closing days of the festival was unveiled during 1850. The first roasted chicken stands were launched in 1885 and to this day, roasted chicken is still a traditional feature of the Oktoberfest. Electricity at the Oktoberfest began in 1886.
The idea of the Oktoberfest to celebrate the royal marriage was accredited to Andreas Michael Dall’Armi (Member of the Bavarian National Guard) and in 1824, Munich city awarded him with the first gold citizens medal for ‘inventing’ the Oktoberfest.
In honour of the prince and princess, the fields of the Oktoberfest were named 'Theresienwiese', which translates in English to 'Theresa’s Meadow'.
The Big Tents opening times (except The Kafer Wiesn-Schanke and Kuffler’s Weinzelt)
Monday to Friday: 10am until 11:30pm (band and bar close at 10:30pm)
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9am until 11:30pm (band and bar close at 10:30pm)
The Kafer Wiesn-Schanke opening times
Monday to Sunday and public holidays: 11:30am until 01:00am (band and bar close at 12:30am)
Kuffler’s Weinzelt (wine tent) opening times
Monday to Sunday and public holidays: 11:00am until 12:30 am (band and bar close at 12:00am)
The Wine tent stops serving beer at approx. 21:00hrs. After this time, only wine, champagne and cocktails are normally served.
Small tents (snacks, grills and cafes) opening times
Monday to Friday: 10am until 11:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9am until 11:00pm
Stalls opening times
Monday to Thursday, Sunday and public holidays: 9am until 11:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 9am until 00:00am*
*First Saturday: 10 am until 00:00am
Fairground rides and attractions opening times
Monday to Thursday and Sunday: 10:00am until 11:30pm*
Friday, Saturday and public holidays: 10:00am until 00:00am
*If a Sunday falls before a public holiday: 10:00am until 00:00am
In Munich, metered taxis are cream coloured vehicles with a ‘taxi' sign on the roof. Passengers may pre-book taxi's, flag them down in the street or wait at a taxi stop.
There are various ways to travel to the Oktoberfest on Munich's extensive public transport system. These include scheduled services such as: underground/subway trains (U-Bahn), overland/regional trains (S-Bahn), trams (Strassenbahn) and buses.
Public transport services are provided by local companies called Munich Transportation Corporation (MVG) and Munich Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund (MVV).
Stations and stops can be recognised by their respective signs:
U-Bahn: square or rectangular sign with blue background and the letter, U in white font.
S-Bahn: round sign with green background and the letter, S in white font.
Trams and buses: round sign with yellow background, a green circle and the letter, H in green font.
Tickets can be purchased online, digitally via MVV and MVG apps, from blue ticketing machines and ticket offices at U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations, or on buses and trams.
The same ticket is valid for all forms of public transport supplied by transport companies, MVV and MVG. Depending on your journey, tickets are therefore interchangeable between each mode of public transport.
Tickets must be validated before you embark on your journey, which may be done via machines at the station or machines on the bus or tram. Failure to do so, will invalidate your ticket.
Public transport links from Munich city centre to the Oktoberfest are extremely busy during the festival and may take much longer than you anticipate. Although extra services are provided, please allow sufficient travelling time to cover for any potential travel delays, so that you arrive on time at our designated meeting point at the Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest stations and stops
Munich’s central railway station (Munchen Hauptbahnhof) is about a 15 minute walk to the Oktoberfest. There are other railway stations and bus/tram stops that are also located within the vicinity of the Oktoberfest, which may include a shorter walk to the venue:
Lines U4 (green) or U5 (yellow) - get off at: Theresienwiese (5 minute walk) or Schwanthalerhohe (20 minute walk)
Lines U3 (orange) or U6 (blue) - get off at: Goetheplatz (10 minute walk) or Poccistrasse (10 minute walk)
Lines S1 to S8 – get off at: Hackerbrucke (10 minute walk)
Line 53 - get off at: Schwanthalerhohe (20 minute walk)
Line 58 - get off at: Georg-Hirth-Platz (10 minute walk), Beethovenplatz (10 minute walk) or Goetheplatz (10 minute walk)
Line 62 - get off at: Hans-Fischer-Strasse (10 minute walk), Poccistrasse (10 minute walk) or Herzog-Ernst-Platz (10 minute walk)
Line 134 - get off at: Theresienhohe (10 minute walk) or Schwanthalerhohe (20 minute walk)
Lines 18 or 19 - get off at: Holzapfelstrasse (15 minute walk) or Hermann-Lingg-Strasse (15 minute walk)
Lines 16 or 17 - get off at: Hackerbrucke (10 minute walk)
Children are allowed into the beer tents although age restrictions apply during the evening sessions.
Mornings and afternoons are usually the best time for families to attend the beer tents, but if you want to take children into the beer tents during the evening then this is also permitted, providing children are over 6 years old and accompanied by an adult.
The legal drinking age in Germany is 16 years old.
The general rules for the beer tents are:
No age restrictions apply
Children under the age of 6 years are not allowed.
Children between the ages of 6 years and 16 years are permitted but must be accompanied by an adult, such as a parent.
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