What you need to know to stay safe at Oktoberfest
Enjoy yourself at Oktoberfest, but be vigilance and maintain situational awareness at all times.
Oktoberfest safety tips
- Use the internet and mapping functions to research destinations and the security environment.
- I.D. potential safe havens such as police stations.
- Know law enforcement and embassy phone numbers.
- Always have an escape plan, in the event you find yourself in a bad situation.
- Establish alternative methods to contact family, friends and unit personnel.
- Discuss security plans with your family and other travelers.
New safety measures
- Backpacks and heavy bags are strictly forbidden.
- A bag check is performed at all entrances.
- No strollers/baby carriages:
- Every day after 6 p.m.
- German Reunification Day (Oct. 3).
- Access controls and luggage checks (of smaller bags) may be performed.
- The open flank at the slope side along Theresienhöhe is closed by means of a security fence in order to prevent avoidance of the checks.
- The entrance at the Theresienwiese subway stop is modified in such a manner that no guests are able to enter the festival area unchecked.
Emergency contact information
Polizei at Oktoberfest: 089-500-3220
Garmisch MP station: 08821-750-3801
Vilseck MP station: 09662-83-3398/3397
USAG Bavaria Installation Operations Center: 09641-70-526-3025
U.S. Consulate in Munich:
- Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: 089-2888-580
- After hours and on weekends: 089-2888-0