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Useful tips for visiting the Oktoberfest

Finding a table at the Festhalle could be a strenuous and sometimes impossible operation in certain days: long queues form opposite the tents with the police guarding each entrance.
Weekends are obviously more crowded, especially with bad weather. Waiting time can be up to half an hour, sometimes in vane. Therefore, at time of planning your journey remember that on working days you can go everywhere at anytime.

Usually it is a good idea to try to enter from a secondary entrance or to take a table outside the tent while waiting to get inside. Do not attempt to enter at all costs: police is rather intransigent with foreigners who create confusion.

Inside the Hacker-Pschorr

Inside the Hacker-Pschorr

Once you are inside…

Remember to drink!!! This is the only way to keep your seat considering the coming and going of people, and don’t be too stingy with tips: if you are nice to waiters they might close an eye if you don’t keep up with the rhythm!
Inside the tents beer is served only to people with a table, and it is exclusively served by the authorised staff.
Some areas of the Festhalle may be reserved: if booking is after 16.30 pm it is possible to seat at that table until few minutes before expiring time.

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Booking a table is almost impossible, usually reservations are closed months before the event.

There are not smoking areas. Since 2008 smoking is prohibited everywhere inside the tents, but there is always somebody breaking this rule.
On weekends and on the inaugural day people start queuing at 7 am to get a place inside!
In the evening closing time is fixed at 22.00, 22.30 on weekends. Waiters and police are rather intransigent on closing times, and beyond these hours no alcohol is served anymore.

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