Rain, Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

SEPTEMBER 2007 – The outside areas of the Löwenbräu tent at the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, have been closed on a rainy afternoon. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

One of the frequently asked questions by visitors of the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is: How will the weather be?

It is important because you can easily underestimate the impact of the Oktoberfest weather on your health. When the Oktoberfest opens mid September, the summer is clearly gone, yet the days can be still warm and cosy. Highs of 21°C/70°F are not unusual at all, and it‘s great to enjoy such days at the Fest. But the evenings and nights can get chilly and sometimes even close to the freezing point. There usually is some rain, which can be heavy at times.

I hear you say: where’s the problem? Well, imagine entering the tent while it is still sunny and warm. You party all day (and night) with thousands of people in the tent, and you will be sweating. When you leave the tent, the chilly autumn air will be the perfect setup for a serious cold.

So please consider bringing a warm jacket and try to avoid staying outside too long once you leave the tent. This is easier said than done, because you usually have to walk a while to get to your hotel, to the subway station, or to find a taxi. Then you will be glad to have a warm jacket. (It does not have to be a stylish jacket, though.)

What’s more, about one quarter of all seats are outside of the tents. These cannot be used on rainy and cold days, so everyone heads for the tents. If you do not have reservations for a tent on a rainy day, it is a good idea to show up early (i.e., in the afternoon) and ask for the unreserved tables.

Here’s the weather overview for the 2018 Oktoberfest which was a good mix of everything. It was quite typical for this time of the year. These are my observations, and (of course) there is absolutely no guarantee that 2022 will be anything like that. But at least you’ve got an idea what to expect.

Weather observations from the Munich Oktoberfest in 2018, from 22/09 to 07/10: A wild mix of warm, pleasant days and rather cold days with some rain. Evenings and nights were rather chilly, even to the freezing point. The locals call this “Wiesn Weather”. ©Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time26-SEP-2007, 15:08
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraSony DSC P-72
Exposure1/200 sec at f/2.8
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2048 x 1365 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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