Saturday, September 21st
Grand Entry of the Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries
Starts at 11 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes. Features decorated carriages, ornate horse drawn wagons of the Munich breweries, waitresses on decorated floats and all the beer tent bands - about 1,000 participants. Route of entry: Sonnenstrasse-Schwanthalerstrasse to the Oktoberfest grounds. Grandstand seats on Sonnenstrasse: DM 38 ($26).
Music, dancing and customs are performed in brightly colored festival costumes under the decorated dome of the Circus Crone building. Some 600 performers. Venue: Circus Krone, Marsstrasse 43, (nearest S-Bahn stop Hackerbrücke), starts at 8 p.m. and lasts about two hours. Admission: 29 DM ($20), 28 DM ($19), 26 DM ($18), 17 DM ($12), 12 DM ($8).
Sunday, September 22nd, 1996
Costume and Riflemen's Parade
This seven-kilometer-long procession through the streets of the city center to the Oktoberfest grounds includes costume groups, riflemen, marching bands, trumpeters on horseback, civic guards, miners in historical uniforms, 100 thoroughbred horses, oxen, cows, goats and decorated floats. Participants are from Bavaria and the other German Lander (federal states) as well as from neighboring European countries. Begins at 10 a.m. and lasts about two hours.
Route of the parade: Maximilianstrasse through city center to the Oktoberfest grounds. Grandstand seats: Maximilianstrasse, Max-Joseph-Platz, Odeonsplatz, Pacellistrasse, Sonnenstrasse, Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz. 59 DM ($40).
Sunday, September 29th, 1996
Concert of all the Oktoberfest Band
At 11 a.m. on the steps of the Bavaria statue. (In the event of bad weather the concert will be postponed until Sunday, October 6th, l996).
Bavarian Central Agricultural Festival Munich "Bavarian Agriculture- A Big Show" From September 21st to 29th, l 996, on the southern part of the Oktoberfest grounds. Organizer: Bavarian Farmers Association, Max-Joseph-Str. 9, 80333 Munich.
Grand Entry, Folklore EveTickets: ning, Costume & Riflemen's Parade
Münchner Festring e V, Pestalozzistrasse 3A, 80469 Munich, tel. 089/260 81 34, fax 089/26 30 65 from : Hieber-Kartenverkauf, Liebfrauenstr. 1, 80331 Munich, tel. 29 00 80 14 Veranstaltungsdienst Mayr, Poccistr. 8, 80336 Munich, tel. 7 25 80 95 Kiosk at Marienplatz, underground level, 80331 Munich, tel. 26 46 20 Circus Krone, Marsstr. 43, 80335 Munich, tel. 55 81 66 (tickets for Folklore International only). Add 10% booking charge to all ticket prices listed above.
Reservations for Oktoberfest festival tents:
- Beer Tent Phone/Fax
- Augustinerbräu 23183266/2605379
- Hackerbräu 08170/7303/7385
- Löwenbräu 477677/4705848
- Paulanerbraueri 464657/4603768
- Pschorrbräu 8572029/8597056
- Spatenbräu 348418/394782
- Hofbräuhaus 4489670/4483587
Parking near the Oktoberfest grounds is impossible.
Public transportation: U-Bahn (underground): Lines U3 and U6 to Goetheplatz or Poccistrasse, U4 and U5 to Messegelnde or Theresienwiese. S-Bahn: Lines S1-S8 to Hackerbrücke. Tram: Lines l 8 and l 9 to Hermann-Lingg-Strasse or Holzapfelstrasse. Bus: Routes 31 and 32 to Messegelnde Sd, Routes 32 and 62 to Messeplatz, Route 58 to Georg-Hirth-Platz or Goetheplatz. There are taxi stands all around the Oktoberfest grounds.
Information, Brochures, Accommodation
Information offices in the Main Railway Station, at the Bayerstrasse exit (opposite Platform 11), open Mondays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., tel. 089/23330-256 or 257: at the Airport, open Monday through Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays and holidays 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., tel. 089/975-92815.
The 1996 Munich Oktoberfest Program booklet with information on the festival and its events is available from the Munich Tourist Office and at Munich news stands. Price: 4.80 DM ($3.25).
Munich Tourist Office
Sendlinger Str. 1, D-80331 München
tel. 089/233 30 211, fax: 089/233 30 269