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This is where it all begins. On opening day of the Oktoberfest, at 12 noon, the Lord Mayor of Munich will ceremoniously tap the first keg and call out “O’zapft is!” Cannons blast in the distance to salute the official beginning of Oktoberfest and every tent can now begin serving.

Having been in the Schottenhamel family since its inception in 1867, the Schottenhamel Festhalle is the oldest and most traditional tent on the Wiesn today. Its construction is meant to resemble a large farmhouse, cozy and familiar, where everyone will feel at home.  It is also one of the largest tents and a favorite among Munich's youth as well as local celebrities and socialites.