Top 5 Oktoberfest Apps


This year’s Oktoberfest will take place in Munich from September 22 to October 7, for the 179th time in its history. The “Wiesn”, as the locals refer to it, will open with the traditional tapping of the beer barrel by the city’s mayor, and the official proclamation “O’zapft is!” (It’s tapped!). More than six million visitors are expected to attend the festivities, including, perhaps, some of your editors.

For the lucky colleagues based in the Munich office, the Wiesn is a mere 500 meters away. The smell of bratwurst and the sound of traditional brass band music waft through the open windows during the day. You can imagine how difficult it is to concentrate on writing articles! As excitement in the city builds in anticipation of the festival, we thought we’d share a bit of the Wiesn feeling with you, our readers. Wherever you’re located in the world, we hope these apps help you join in the fun.    

1.     Wiesn 2012

Screenshot: App "Wiesn 2012"

Users can call up information about the festival tents, beer prices, travel directions, and the expected volume of visitors on a given day. For thrill-seekers who like to ride the bumper cars and giant swings, the app provides a list of all carnival rides and attractions as well as an interactive map of the festival grounds. Plus, users can get up-to-date weather information from the live Webcams. The app costs €0.79 and also contains a Bavarian dictionary, a beer counter (to help you keep track of those Maß), and a blood-alcohol level calculator.

Wiesn 2012 is available at the Apple App Store.

 Read on the next page: MVV-Companion

Screenshot: App "MVV-Companion"

2.     MVV-Companion

One ticket to the Hofbräu festival tent, please! The Munich public transport authority (MVV) has released an app that provides detailed information about all public transportation options to and from the Oktoberfest grounds.

The enhancement to the app offers even more functions, such as interactive maps, ticket prices and important points of interest, as well as service disruptions. It gives you an overview of your complete journey, including all necessary transfers, any additional walking distances, and barrier-free travel options. Oktoberfest visitors can navigate their way from their hotel to the beer tents much more comfortably with MVV-Companion.

MVV-Companion is available at the Apple App Store.

Read on the next page: Oktoberfest Guide 2012

Screenshot: App "Oktoberfest Guide 2012"

3.   Oktoberfest Guide 2012

Welcome to the Wiesn! This app was designed especially for international visitors and is available in German, English, and Italian. Thanks to GPS navigation, it offers a good overview of all festival tents, attractions, and other happenings. One feature is particularly convenient: instant beer tent updates. It lets you know immediately if a particular tent has to be closed due to overcrowding. Users can also call up other Oktoberfest-related information. For example: You still don’t know what to wear to the Wiesn? Well, in that case, use the app to download a list of the shops that sell Dirndls and Lederhosen! And for those of you who don’t want to go home immediately after your visit, the “After Party Wiesn” function is perfect for you. This free app is an all-rounder that gives you all the information you need for a fantastic time at the fair.

Oktoberfest Guide 2012 is available at the Apple App Store.

 Read on the next page: Wiesn-Fotos

Screenshot: App "Wiesn Fotos"

4. Wiesn-Fotos

Say cheese!! This app turns every party-goer into a Wiesn photographer, no matter what the subject. Visitors can upload their best and funniest Oktoberfest snapshots – whether of beer tents, rides, pretty girls in dirndls, whatever – and exchange them with other users. Users can also rate and comment on other users’ photos. A winning picture is selected each day as part of the “Oktoberfest Photo of the Day” contest. The winner receives €50 in cash or other attractive prizes, such as two liters of beer in “The Wiesnzelt” on Stiglmaierplatz.

Wiesn-Fotos is available at the Apple App Store or on the Android Market.

 Read on the next page: Oktoberfest-live

Screenshot: App "Oktoberfest-live"

5.     Oktoberfest-live

This is the perfect app for those who want to find out the latest Wiesn gossip. It offers current news, pictures, and information surrounding Oktoberfest, such as the new smoking areas and the increased beer prices. There is also an Oktoberfest countdown function for those visitors who can hardly wait for the festival to begin. This free app covers it all – from traditional Bavarian dress, prominent guests, the best parties and current Oktoberfest hits, to the vote for the “Wiesn Madl” (prettiest female visitor in a dirndl).

Oktoberfest-live is available at the Apple App Store.