The format is always similar - plenty of beertents and plenty of beer to drink once you are there. This is often served in staggering measures with a litre being quite normal, and the waitresses serving up to 10 'Steins' of beer at once, is a real sight to behold and wonder! Beer is served from 09.00/10.00 in the morning until 22.30 at night, although certain tents have later licenses until 01.00. During the festival there are also plenty of special events, entertainment and activities to keep you amused.
Over 6 million visitors now make the annual pilgrimage to the festival for beer lovers - make sure you're there to sample the fantastic atmosphere!
Getting here by trainOn arrival at Munich's Hauptbahnhof, it's a short journey on the U4 (green) or U5 (yellow) on the U-Bahn (underground). The closest station to the action is Theresienwiese, and takes just a few, but this stop can get very busy during the Oktoberfest, so you could travel one stop further to Schwanthalerhöhe.
Alternatively, use the U3 (orange) or U6 (blue) from Odeonsplatz, Marienplatz or Sendlinger Tor, and travel to Goetheplatz or, one station further, Poccistraße which takes just 5 minutes, but is generally a bit less busy so may be easier for those travelling with children, for example.