Oktoberfest in Munich

5 best neighborhoods to stay in Munich for the [ultimate] Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in Germany is the world’s largest and most famous beer festival. It is a cultural celebration that takes place annually in Munich, Bavaria. Munich’s Oktoberfest attracts millions of visitors from around the globe each year. The scale of the event means there are numerous beer tents, fairground rides, live music, and cultural activities to enjoy, creating an incredible festive atmosphere. Beyond that, the people of Munich are known for their hospitality and friendliness, making visitors feel welcome and at home during Oktoberfest. It is a wonderful place to meet people from all over the world while enjoying the festivities.

Overall, Munich’s Oktoberfest offers a unique and unparalleled experience, combining tradition, culture, beer, and entertainment in a safe and well-organized environment. It’s no wonder that it’s often considered the best place to celebrate this iconic Bavarian festival. We have selected our favorite areas and hotels to have the best Oktoberfest experience in Munich. Here are some of the best areas and hotels to consider and why:

Theresienwiese

The heart of Oktoberfest – the world’s largest beer celebration

The Bavaria statue in front of the Hall of Fame located at Theresenwiese in Munich, where the famous Beer Fest – Oktoberfest - takes place
Theresienwiese is the heart of Oktoberfest, where the festival takes place. Staying in this area will put you within walking distance of all the action. You can easily access the beer tents, enjoy the festivities, and not worry about transportation back to your accommodation after a long day of celebrating.

This area is perfect for those party travelers that want to be in the heart of the celebrations and don’t mind breaking the bank for a good time. Some of our favorite hotels in Theresienwiese can be found below:

Hotel Herzog is a budget-friendly and newly renovated hotel perfect for all travelers. It is at the heart of all Oktoberfest celebrations without breaking the bank!

Hotel Cocoon Sendlinger a hotel that will put you at the center of the celebrations but also close enough to museums and other attractions to explore Munich

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Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt

Hip coffee shops, gay bars, restaurants, and independent boutiques

View from St. Paul's Church, a large Catholic church in the Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt quarter of Munich, Bavaria, Germany

This neighborhood is close to Theresienwiese where Oktoberfest takes place and offers a wide range of accommodations, including hotels, hostels, and vacation rentals. It is also a vibrant area with plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops, making it convenient for both Oktoberfest and exploring the city. See below for the best hotels in Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt:

Derag Livinghotel Prinzessin Elisabeth is a very nice place to stay for a reasonable price. This hotel is located 2 km from the city center. You can take a walk and explore the neighborhood area of the hotel — Kolumbusplatz, Asam Church and German Museum.

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Altstadt-Lehel

Fantastic breweries, popular shops and Viktualienmarkt – one of the top sights in the center of Munich

Vegetable and local products for sale at Viktualienmarkt, one of the top sights in the center of Munich

Staying in Munich’s historic city center (Altstadt) allows you to experience the city’s cultural attractions and landmarks while still being a relatively short walk or subway ride away from Theresienwiese. It is an excellent choice if you want to combine Oktoberfest with sightseeing.

Hotel Bayerischer Hof is one of the highest-class hotels in downtown Munich. Hotel Bayerischer Hof puts you at the center of everything. This is for the travelers that don’t mind to break the bank for a luxurious stay during Oktoberfest.

Hotel Daniel is perfect for those that want to be at the center of it all. Located minutes away by foot from the city center, it is the hotel to stay at to rest after an exciting day at Oktoberfest.

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Schwabing

The home to the iconic English Garden – Englischer Garten

Beautiful view of the iconic English Garden - Englischer Garten - located in the neighborhood of Schwabing in Munich
Located to the north of the city center, Schwabing offers a mix of nightlife, restaurants, and cultural attractions. It is a bit farther from Theresienwiese but easily reachable by public transport. Staying here provides a more diverse experience beyond Oktoberfest. Here are our top pics for the best hotels in Schwabing:

Hotel Pullman Munich is the perfect hotel for couples, singles or families looking to enjoy Oktoberfest and other Munich attractions

Munich Marriott Hotel, a hotel with everything at your doorstep, including a transit stop so you can get to and from Oktoberfest easily.

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Glockenbachviertel

One of Munich’s prettiest neighborhoods, filled with elegant boutiques, cozy cafes, and bustling bars

View on summer landscape by St. Maximilian church – located at the upscale Glockenbachviertel - and Isar River in Munich

Known for its LGBTQ+ scene, this area is south of the city center and offers a vibrant nightlife. It is a lively and diverse neighborhood, and while it is not the closest to Theresienwiese, it is still well-connected by public transportation.

Remember that Munich’s public transportation system is efficient and reliable, so even if you do not stay within walking distance of Theresienwiese, you can easily reach the festival grounds by subway or tram.

Hotel Isartor is in the center of Glockenbachviertel nightlife, making it the perfect hotel for those looking to keep the party going after Oktoberfest.

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Remember to book your accommodation well in advance, especially if you plan to visit during Oktoberfest, as it’s a highly popular event, and accommodations tend to fill up quickly.