Oktoberfest is one of the world’s most famous and popular festivals, turning Munich into a dream destination for beer-lovers. But with the popularity of the event, a trip to the German city at festival time comes at a premium, and a stein of delicious beer has once again seen a price increase for 2017’s festival.
The mass – a one-litre stein of beer – will cost between €10.60 and €10.95 at this year’s event, an increase of about 2.5% since last year. Since the festival is made up of a number of big and small beer tents, prices will vary a little bit throughout the festival grounds. The most expensive spots to get a glass will be at the Fischer-Vroni, Paulaner-Festzelt and Schottenhammel-Festhalle tents, where a mass will set you back €10.95. Schottenhammel is an important tent – it’s where the festivities get started as the mayor of Munich taps the first keg and kicks off the party. Fischer-Vroni is known as a good spot to try local Bavarian foods like fish on a stick. The cheapest spots for beer will be Museumszelt (€10.60) and Festzelt Tradition (€10.65).
Oktoberfest’s website notes that it’s a bonus that prices will stay under €11 this year, but non-alcoholic drinks will be more expensive. This is apparently due to increased fees for the tent proprietors in order to cover security costs, leading to increased prices for most goods.
What is Oktoberfest?
The massive festival in Munich, Germany began as a horse race in 1810 to celebrate the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s wedding. Now, it’s become an annual event that is mainly centred on one activity – drinking beer throughout the massive festival grounds.
This year’s festival will kick off on 16 September with the tapping of the first keg at noon, and will run until 3 October. Since the massive event attracts millions of people, things like accommodation book up way in advance. If you want to start planning for next year, Oktoberfest will run 22 September until 7 October in 2018.