Oktoberfest in Hamburg on the roof of Karstadt


Think Germany, think Oktoberfest: Complete with gigantic beer steins, brass bands and lederhosen. Hamburg, too, has its offshoot of this Bavarian event.


Some might think that the world-famous Oktoberfest is as German as it gets. Brass bands, large beer steins, dirndl dresses and the ever-present Lederhosen come to mind. In reality, it is mostly Bavaria — Germany's largest and southernmost federal state — that has shaped this image of Germany. It's in the Bavarian capital, Munich, where the world-famous Oktoberfest is celebrated annually. Hamburg, however, has to offer a few Oktoberfest events itself, despite being located a mere 800 kilometres north of Munich.   

Oktoberfest in Hamburg

Geographically, the two cities couldn't be further away from each other — all the more reason to bring the Oktoberfest to the Elbe river. Hamburg, which has its own gigantic public festival in the DOM funfair, suddenly trades in the roasted almonds and candy apples for Weisswurst (Bavarian veal sausages), pretzels and, of course, beer. The Mass (large drafted beer served in a glass or earthenware mug) plays an integral part in the festivities. In this light, minor inconsistencies, like September being the month when Oktoberfest is celebrated, shouldn’t be questioned too rigidly.

Karstadt Store Mönckebergstrasse
7 — 30 Sept, 2017
11:30 a.m. — 8 p.m.
beer, snacks, live music on the 7th floor
Wandsbeker Wiesn
15 Sept — 2 Oct, 2017

Sun — Tue: 11 a.m. — 10 p.m.

Wed — Sat: 11 a.m. — midnight

marquees, music,  traditional tapping
Hofbräuhaus Restaurants
16 Sept — 3 Oct, 2017

Fri, Sat: 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Sun — Thu: 10 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Bavaria-based, three locations in Hamburg
Bergedorfer Oktoberfest
15 — 17 Sept, 2017

Fri from 5 p.m.

Sat from 2 p.m.

Sun 12 p.m.

Hamburg’s largest Oktoberfest
Hamburg Oktoberfest at the Fish Market
6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 Oct, 2017
6 p.m. — 1 a.m.
Bavaria-themed parties at the famous Fish Market