Children at Oktoberfest?
Can you take children to Oktoberfest? Most people assume that Oktoberfest is just for adults but you will see children at Oktoberfest everywhere. Most people from Munich were children at Oktoberfest themselves at one stage or another.
Oktoberfest is not just beer and pretzels
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest funfair held every in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Funfair sounds to me like children at Oktoberfest will have a blast. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. To the local Bavarians, it is simply called the “Wiesn”, after the name of the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese) where it is held. The history of the festival dates back to the early 1800’s when it was first held to celebrate a royal Bavarian wedding.
Oktoberfest is also one of the biggest carnivals in the world. You will find everything from giant Ferris wheels, haunted houses, carousels, giant slides, fun houses to extreme roller coasters, there is so much on offer at Oktoberfest for kids. Food at Oktoberfest is another highlight. You will find giant sausages, fruit skewers dipped in chocolate, giant bread pretzels and your normal carnival fare such as fairy floss, chips, doughnuts etc. You will see children at Oktoberfest with their parents and in school groups visiting the Wiese. A real highlight for us was seeing all of the families wearing their Oktoberfest attire around. Traditional Oktoberfest clothing can be very expensive and is sometimes passed down from family member to family member. I loved seeing all of the different Oktoberfest clothing. We had lunch at the Paulaner beer tent, which I think is one of the best Oktoberfest tents and one of my favourite Munich Breweries, on the outside seating area We enjoyed a pork knuckle, chicken, potato salad and giant pretzels some of the most common food at Oktoberfest. It was also a chance for me to sneak in a litre stein of beer as one does at Oktoberfest in an amazing official Oktoberfest Stein. Spetzi is a soft drink that is a mix of cola and orange lemonade the kids loved it. It is made by the Paulaner brewery of Munich and only available in Germany mostly. Brand new carnival rides are debuted at Oktoberfest every year. It’s very family friendly and kids are most welcome. Kids are even welcome in the beer tents. Is Oktoberfest for kids…yes it is!
Children at Oktoberfest are everywhere!
Our children Willow and Marley had an absolute ball at Oktoberfest the carnival takes up 75% of the whole area that Oktoberfest is held at. Personally, daylight hours are the best time to take the kids. In the night hours, you may encounter many people who have been drinking all day since the beer tents open before lunch and the atmosphere may not be as family friendly. There is a large police presence at the festival to keep all in check and we never witnessed anything that would have deterred us from taking the children.
We hope that you get to experience Oktoberfest fun for your self one day and if you do get to Munich here are some other posts by us here at Wyld Family Travel that you might like. Click on the image to take you there!