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Service information: finding your way around Oktoberfest 2010

Here you can find everything you need to know about visiting Oktoberfest: event dates, prices, hours for the festival grounds and tents, information on family days and news about this year's festivities.

Mugs of beer at Oktoberfest

Bottoms up!

Service hours in the beer tents

Beer service on opening day: 12:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Beer service on weekdays: 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

On weekends and holidays: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Daily closing time: 11:30 p.m.

Kaefer's Wiesnschaenke tent and Kuffler's wine tent: open until 1 a.m., service ends thirty minutes prior.

Beer and drink prices

Beer: between 8.30 and 8.90 euros for a liter.

Average prices for alcohol free drinks (per liter):

Water: 7.30 euros

Spezi (mix of lemonade or orange soda with cola): 7.90 euros

Cola: 7.65 euros

Afternoon specials

Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.:

Reduced prices are available at all establishments displaying tags that say "Mittagswiesn."

A waiter serves mugs of beer at Oktoberfest

The festivities start early each day

Festival grounds

Historic festival tent: 3,242 seats
Beer garden: 2,710 seats
Herzkasperl tent: 850 seats
Beer garden: 800 seats

Museum tent: 100 seats
Stands for the horse race: 1,063 seats

What's new

Ever since World War II, the Augustiner Brewery's tent has lacked the tower that once served as its emblem. For this year's festival, the 25-meter tower has been rebuilt. The Paulaner Brewery's tent, called the Winzerer Faehndl, has been newly built this year as well. In addition to its glass facade, the building also features an underground ring pipe system to supply the beer.

After a two-year absence, the food stand called the Metzgerstub'n will be on the lawn again. Bavarian sausage and rare regional specialties will be on the menu. A new snack stand known as Zum Spanferkel will make its debut this year. The name, meaning suckling pig, suggests what guests can expect to find there.

Sales booths and carnival attractions

Booths open daily at 10:00 a.m., on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

Attractions are open daily starting at 10:00 a.m. and on opening day at 12:00 p.m.

Closing time: 11:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at midnight.

Service ends 30 minutes before closing time.

Carnival rides at Oktoberfest

Carnival rides at Oktoberfest aren't just for kids

New rides

A gigantic ride called the Flip Fly twirls passengers through the air at a height of 55 meters. With speeds up to 60 kilometers per hour and gondolas that also spin on their own axes, it's not for the faint of heart.

A funhouse known previously as the Dream Factory has been rebuilt into Alpine Madness. Guests that dare to enter will have to conquer laser tunnels, slides and trick fountains to make it through this alpine landscape.

Exotic spiders, flesh-eating piranhas, waterfalls and volcanoes are some of the dangers in the Amazon obstacle course. Adventurers will have to navigate shaky ground and suspended bridges to pass through the attraction's rainforest setting.

Family days

Each Tuesday (September 21 and 28) from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.:

Reduced fare, entrance and purchase prices

Source: Bayerischer Rundfunk (gsw)

Editor: Kate Bowen

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