With over six million visitors each year, the Wiesn is often packed, and many tables are reserved way in advance. “The best time to go to the festival is in the morning, especially during the week”, says Daniela Kammermeier of Munich’s Tourism Office. Most of the tents have free seats until around 3pm, and in addition to more space, you’ll find food and drink prices are slightly lower. “If you prefer to go on the weekend, you have to be very early in order to get a table”. By “early”, Ms. Kammermeier means “before 8am”.
Ask for help
If you absolutely have to go on the weekend, and don’t want to get out of bed before dawn, find any open tent -- closed doors mean they’re full -- and look for the head server, who will be well-dressed and not carrying food or drinks. “Let them know how many in your group and that you want to eat”, says Michael Thomas. “They will either help you find a seat or tell you they are full”. And if they’re booked? A discreet €20 might help.