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Hofbräu-Festzelt tent the largest at Oktoberfest

July 29, 2011 - 2:26am
Hofbräu-Festzelt tent the largest at Oktoberfest
With 14 large tents and 20 smaller ones spread out through the Theresienwiese during Oktoberfest in Munich, visitors may be overwhelmed with options. The Hofbräu-Festzelt is located very close to the bandstand, and as the largest of all the tents, it has been a staple of the weeks-long celebration for decades.

The most obvious characteristic of the Hofbräu-Festzelt tent is its sheer size. At more than 16,000 square feet, it takes three months to completely set up and is certainly more-than-capable of accommodating a significant portion of the millions of visitors that come to Munich for the festival each year. Inside, it features 4,460 seats, and just outside the tent are more than 3,000 additional seats.

Perhaps the most enticing aspect of the Hofbräu-Festzelt tent however, is that it is the only one at Oktoberfest that serves visitors at standing tables, making it easy to stop in for a quick pint and them move on.

The tent's operating brewery is rich in history as well. Hofbräuhaus is one of the most famous breweries in Germany, and its beers are quite popular abroad. Operated by the state, Hofbräuhaus dates as far back as the late 1500s when William V founded one of Germany's oldest beer halls.

With as much as 500,000 liters of beer and 70,000 whole chickens consumed in this tent alone, it's no surprise that it's become a staple of Oktoberfest.