Oktoberfest in Berlin

Look for the blue and white for a stein of beer and a large pretzel to enjoy Oktoberfest 2014.

A lot of travellers to Berlin assume Oktoberfest is a German celebration of beer in giant glasses, busty women in blouses and rather salty pretzels, and it’s safe to say they’re only half right.
Oktoberfest comes from Munich, which is a city in Bavaria, which is a region of Germany. So it’s not so much a ‘German’ thing as a ‘Bavarian’ thing and like many other cities around the world, Oktoberfest in Berlin is celebrated in the Bavarian ‘style’ of beer in giant glasses, busty women in blouses and deliciously salty pretzels. Running for 16 days from the end of September to the beginning of October  you might be wondering where the best places are to find this carnival of blue and white tablecloths and a lederhosen or two? Well I’m glad you asked. Here is a run down of some of the great, large, marquee style places to go to celebrate this beer festival in Berlin.
Image © Simon Greig
Berlin’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations are held at the central fairground at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm in right next to Tegal airport.      
Regarded a family folk festival, this carnival style shindig has lots of fun activities for young and old. Rides and games, live bands and a DJ, but most of all, a ruddy great big tent which is kitted out in the most traditional of Bavarian decorations and sponsored by the traditional Bavarian beer Paulaner, thus it’s named the Paulaner Marquee.
Running from 19 September to 05 October 2014, there is free entry except October 2nd, 3rd and 5th when it costs €5.
Mon, Tue & Thu: 3pm - 10pm 
Wed: 3pm - 11pm (FAMILY DAY!)
Fri & Sat: 3pm – 12am
Sun: 12pm - 11pm
Kurt-Schumacher-Damm, 13405 Berlin, Germany
Live brass bands are a specialty at Oktober fest and on the weekend of 27th and 28th of October, Britzer Garten will have brass instruments coming out the wahzoo with popular 3 piece brass band ‘3 Zwidern’ performing. Plus all the good Bavarian food we’ve come to know and love like Weißwurst (white sausage) and fresh Hax’n (pork knuckle). A beautifull location for some outdoor celelbrating by the lake.
A small entry fee of €2 will get you into the gardens.
Sangerhauser Weg 1, 12349 Berlin, Germany
Image © .tachentuch
Britzer Garten
This public square is the place to be for a central location and many beer drinking options for the travellers and tourists in Berlin whilst Oktoberfest is on. As well as many bars and brauhauses in the area turning their tables for the 16-day festival, Alexanderplatz has got the outdoor area covered.
In addition to the many food stalls selling traditional Bavarian cuisine you can sit on your blue and white chequered tables whilst you drink a giant beer and take in the surrounds of Alex either outdoor, directly in the square, or inside the marquee where they also have live music. A nice little extra is the nightly the Dirndl competition. The Dirndl is traditional Bavarian dress for the ladies, not sure what they win….a giant beer perhaps?
26 September - October 12, 2014 
Alexanderplatz, Mitte, Berlin
Alexanderplatz Oktoberfest
Universal Hall in Moabit, Berlin, is a huge venue, perfect for occasions such as these where you need room to eat, drink and be München merry.
A very traditional experience – most guests will dress up in Lederhosen or a Dirndl and ready their giant glass stein for a big night of drinking. If you’re up for it you can enter the "Miss & Mister Dirndl Lederhosen - Election 2014". Pre register on Facebook and get some likes and you could be crowned the winner!
With band ‘Kraxlhaxer’ to help you celebrate, you’ll bound to have a great night
Friday and Saturdays (plus Sunday Sept 28th) until October 11th.
Gotzkowskystraße 22
Hauptstadtwiesn at Universal Hall
For a party to end all (Oktoberfest) parties, head to Die Wilden Wiesn, in Mitte, on Saturday October 13th for the big finale.
You do have to book tickets and a lot of tables are reserved months in advance, however there’s always standing tables and a dance floor for those a bit late to the party. And it’s worth it, a huge band in a massive tent, lots of beer and guaranteed lots of Dirndls and Lederhosen around for that authentic flavour.
6pm – 1am
Oktoberfest Marquee @ Central Station, 
Invalidenstraße 79, Berlin 
Entrance opposite the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum 
Die Wilden Wiesen
Well you may as well try to get as authentic as possible. So head to Hofbräu Berlin for everything Munich, Bavarian and very, very Oktoberfest – esk.
The blue and white is always king here but for this festival the brauhaus puts on all the trimmings with bands, folk dancers, even yodelers! Great for any time throughout the season and perfect for big groups as it's so large inside.  It's a good idea to book in advance so you don't get turned away as this is a pretty popular Oktoberfest party!
9.30am – 11pm daily
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 30
10178 Berlin
Image © Hofbräu Berlin
Hafbräu Berlin
Dress up and come out to the 6th Gaywiesn in Berlin for Oktoberfest. Every Monday night from 6pm you can enjoy the live band, drag queens and special drag hosts to entertain you and a DJ to dance you late into the evening. 
Bavarian food and beer, and lots of happy people from the LGBT community and heaps of fun, right next to Berlin’s main train station, this unique event is sure to knock your lederhosen off.
From 6pm. €7 entry fee
Invalidenstraße 79, Berlin
Image © Gaywiesn
Gay Wiesn