Call free on:
0800 988 3369
Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 17:30
Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays: Closed
Munich Strong Beer Festival

Described as the insider's Oktoberfest the Munich Strong Beer Festival starts during Lent and after the end of the Carnival season, lasting for about four weeks. The origins of this event go back to the monks who concocted a strong beer which provided nutritional value to help them recover from the Lent fasting. The strong beer is actually a double bock beer which is heavy on malt and is considered much stronger than a 'normal' beer.

Many breweries open a tent for revellers during the strong beer season and bring their own kind of seasonal beer to sell. The Starkbierzeit Bands ensure a cheerful party atmosphere and waiters in traditional costumes provide food and drink for the guests. Traditional dishes like O'batzter (Camembert cheese crumbled with onion, paprika and butter), Steckerlfisch (a grilled fish on a stick), Leberkäs (typical Bavarian meat) and broiled chicken are served.

Many of the Starkbierzeit visitors wear the traditional clothing. If you don't have a Dirndl or Lederhosen, there are plenty of opportunities to buy one in the many second-hand or specialised stores around the festival. There are also other events in the 'Löwenbräu Cellar' you shouldn't miss, too. For example, strong men from all over Bavaria take part in a stone lifting and a wood-chopping competition to measure their strengths.

If you enjoyed the Munich Strong Beer Festival why not check out the Munich Christmas Market too?

  • Flight time from London: 1 hour 50 min
  • Munich Airport: 34km from the city centre; transfer time about 40 min
  • Nearest railway station: München Central Station
  • Currency: Euro


At the city's main railway station between Theresienwiese (the site of the Oktoberfest) and Stachus square, the Maritim Hotel Munich extend a hearty welcome.
Find out more...
Related blogs
The Complete Guide To Oktoberfest
Although there are plenty of others to discover throughout Germany, Oktoberfest is still the country’s premier beer festival. Here is everything you need to know to enjoy this bucket list beer experience.
Find out more...
Everything You Need To Know About The Best German Beer Festivals
Beer festivals take place all over Germany throughout the entire year. Here is everything you need to know about some of the best events the country can offer.
Find out more...
5 Things That You’ll Find At Munich’s Starkbierfest
Munich's Starkbierfest is held in February and March and is the perfect alternative to Oktoberfest.
Find out more...
Three Cheers For A Festival Of Beers
There are plenty more european beer festivals besides Oktoberfest and so why not consider one of these excellent options.
Find out more...


Contact usTravel agent centreRequest a brochure
0800 988 3369

© Fred. Olsen Travel.
Registered in England and Wales No. 02287241. Olympus House, 2 Olympus Close, Ipswich, IP1 5LN

Bonded by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and by the Civil Aviation Authority's Air Travel Organisers Licensing (ATOL) scheme, you can look forward to your next adventure with the peace of mind that your money is financially protected in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Reasons to book with us... Financial protection afforded by our ABTA and ATOL industry bonding, giving you complete peace of mind.
Dedicated team of experienced travel advisors waiting to tailor your holiday to your personal requirements.
We can arrange all of your car hire, airport lounges and much more to make your holiday as easy as possible.