Even if Munich isn't on your travel itinerary this year, you can still experience this cool tradition — table dancing and beers the size of your head included! Check out Hello Switzerland's list of top Oktoberfest events in the German-speaking region. Cheers!
In front of the Post Finance Arena
07 Sept & 14 Sept
Tables in the brewery tents can be reserved online for CHF 74, but this includes food and beer. Free entry to the rest of the festival, including the bar tent.
Grab your Dirndl or Lederhosen and head out to the decorated brewery tents, the beer garden and the additional bar tent. Awake your inner Bavarian with traditional live music and food stalls.
Ice sports center Lucerne
06 to 22 Sept
Tables and single seats can be reserved online. Pricing for reservations vary.
Live music, authentic food and the snappy servers let you experience Bavarian hospitality first hand. Enjoy "Wiesn-Gaudi" in the big beer tent that hosts over 1400 swaying and froing guests.
Zurich main station
05 to 06 Oct
Tables in the beer tent have to be booked online. Single entries can be purchased on site. No entrance fee to access the other attractions.
You can also join in on the Party Special evenings.
12 Oct to 10 Nov
Mon-Sat: 11:00 to 23:00, Sun: 11:00 to 16:00 and 17:00 to 23:00.
You can reserve tables online.
For the last time, this traditional Oktoberfest takes place on the artificial island in the Limmat River. Enjoy live music, shot-glass-throwing and the authentic atmosphere. Or just stop by for a typical Bavarian lunch in the beer tent on weekdays.
Riding hall Winterthur
18 Oct to 03 Nov
Opening hours vary, on weekdays usually from 18:00 to 23:00, on the weekend usually from 17:30 to 23:00.
Tables and single entries can be reserved online, free single entries available at the box office. The bar tent in front of the hall is open even if the main hall is sold out. Enjoy live music every day!
Oktoberfest in Winterthur starts with a highlight — the entry of the Wiesn-landlord accompanied by free beer, horse and cart, mounted police and a classic brewery truck. Meat and drink, as well as musical entertainment is provided during the whole festival period.
Trafoplatz Baden AG
18 to 27 Oct
Open on Thursdays, opening hours vary.
Tables must be reserved in advance, reservation of single entries not possible. No single entries guaranteed on site.
The resident bands "Die Oberbayern" and "Die Münchner Zwietracht" bring Bavarian spirit to the big, traditionally decorated beer tent. Besides the typical food and drinks, Dirndl and Lederhosen can be purchased on site.
Oktoberfest Lake Zürich
11 to 27 October
Opening hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday 17:00 - 23:00
Tables must be reserved in advance, reservation of single entries on Thursdays possible.
The resident band "Charlys Partyband" bring Bavarian spirit to the big, traditionally decorated beer tent. Enjoy typical beer and food such as Hax'n with Kraut, Schweinsbraten, hot Leberkaas', Radi, Brez'n and much more.
Photos: 1st&2nd: © Oktoberfest Bern; 3rd: © Lozärner Oktoberfest; 4th: © Basel Wiesn; 5th: OK Züri-Wiesn – Unser Oktoberfest