In need of all the details about accessibility at Oktoberfest? Whether you are searching for info on barrier free access, where the best tents are or services to support your visit, we’ve got all the details for you here!
Accessibility At Oktoberfest: Table of Contents
📆 Event Tip: On September 23, there will be a Oktoberfest meetup day for deaf / hearing impaired persons, find more details on our calendar here! 📆
Travelling To The Festival Grounds
Its the time to get to Wiesn but you have or are accompanying someone with a disability? That should not be a problem.
Visitors with disabilities can easily access the Oktoberfest grounds through public transportation. All U-Bahn stations near the arena have accessible lifts to aid your arrival at Wiesn. Make sure to check “MVG Fahrinfo München” app for information on which lifts are in service.
If you don´t already know, the stations near the venue are the following:
- Theresienwiese and Schwanthalerhöhe (U4/U5)
- Poccistraße and Goetheplatz (U3/U6)
- Heimeranplatz (U4/U5 & S7/S20
- Hackerbrucke (S1-8)
If, you have decided to go by car, don’t worry too much about parking spaces! There are many disabled parking places available on the southern part of the Theresienwiese (entry via Hans-Fischer-Strasse) for those with a blue parking permit which are entitled to free parking.
Ramps And Wheelchair Accessible Tents
At Oktoberfest, everyone should have fun. And luckily there are ramps and wheelchair accessible tents and attractions for those who need it.
Large tents and outside garden areas have at least 20 spaces for the disabled except of Käfer Wiesn Schänke and wine tent, which have only 10 spots.
Wheelchair users can also find seats in the smaller Oktoberfest tents. But, it should be noted that if the tents are closed due to overcrowding, a reservation will be the only way to be admitted.
Wheel Chair Accessible Rides And Games
Some of the attractions available for those in need of a wheelchair include:
- The classic Oktoberfest Ferris Wheel
- Bumper Cars
- “Fahrt zur Hölle”
- “Wilde Maus”
Wheelchair users can also shoot their shot at the Eichel shooting gallery, Kraus shooting gallery, “Globus” shooting gallery or through throwing booths like “Ringwerfen” and “V.I.P. Party” or at the Oidn Wiesn.
Vision Impaired / Blind Accessibility
The visually impaired will also have a variety of attractions that have been made equally as accessible.
During the attractions, they will be accompanied on request and have other attractions explained to them by trained employees. Nonetheless, some rides also have instructions and information in braille!
Some of the rides which include assistance/explanations from employees include the “Fahrt zur Hölle” , a 3 minute ride on a ghost train and “Dschungelcamp”.
Barrier Free Toilets
All 17 main festival halls, as well as the majority of the smaller Wiesn tents, include handicapped restrooms.
On the event grounds, there are six more barrier-free toilets:
- At the festival entry, the Theresienwiese Service Centre (SZT)
- Behind the Marionette Theatre on the grounds of Oidn Wiesn
- Shortly after the main entrance, to the right, in front of the Marstall tent
- At the Esperantoplatz entrance
- At street C, opposite the Oidn Wiesn exit OW 2
- A “toilet for all” near the handicapped parking lot at the junction of street D/street 6.
Helpful tip: If you haven’t heard about the EU WC Key, this is super helpful! It is a special key that can be purchased by those with disabilities that opens a huge number of public disabled toilets (including the ones at Oktonerfest!) for hassle free access.
Wiesn tourists who need a wheelchair will be lent one (for free!!!) in exchange for a ID as a deposit.
These wheelchairs can be picked up from the luggage storage facilities, which are located at the Hans-Fischer-Strasse entrance on the southern portion of the Theresienwiese (G 10) and G1 at the primary entry point.
Reservations should be made by contacting 0176/438 315 66.
Best Places To Eat And Drink
One of the best things about Oktoberfest (apart from the beer) is the food! The most awesome part of this? All are accessible to all…and did you know, many also have vegan and vegetarian options? Talk about really making it for all.
All festival buildings and catering enterprises at Oktoberfest have ground-level or ramped entrances as all innkeepers are required to provide wheelchair access in order for everyone to enjoy the food and drinks offered.
Those who are visually impaired or blind have also been thought of and therefore will have the possibility to choose from menus written in braille.
At Georg Rieger jun., fans of a yummy gingerbread heart may buy sweet heart variations with Braille lettering.
The festive eateries that have menus in braille include:
- Café Schiebl
- Fischer Vroni
- Schottenhamel Festhalle
- Kufflers Weinzelt
- Glöckle Wirt
- Wurst- und Hühnerbraterei Heinz
- Poschner’s Hühner- und Entenbraterei
- Hühnerbraterei Münchner Stubn
- Crêpes Stadl
- Spanferkel Alm
- Bratwurststand Kraus