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.
See the table below for examples of Oktoberfest-themed events in September and October 2020.
beer, snacks, live music on the 7th floor
Sun - Wed:
traditional beer tapping
19 Sept -
Bavaria-based, three locations in Hamburg
Fri from 5
Hamburg’s largest Oktoberfest
6 p.m. -
Bavaria-themed parties at the famous Fish Market
|Ahrensburger Oktoberfest||cancelled||Fri, Sat,|
12 a.m. -
- 8 p.m.
- 6 p.m.
|Live music and Bavarian specialties|
|Norderstedter Oktoberfest||cancelled||8 p.m. -|
|Open End Lederhosen Party|
|Beers and Pretzels in front of Schenefeld's city hall.|