Curious people can a enjoy the best view of the Oktoberfest from above. For example peaking out of the Bavaria statue’s head.
60 stairs lead through the hollow interior of the symbolic female figure up and patron of the state of Bavaria up to the viewing platform. Several small windows offer a view of the Theresienwiese (the location of the Oktoberfest) and the nearby neighbourhoods. During the Oktoberfest, you will probably have to wait in line to get in.
But it’s worth it: How often do you have the chance to step into a monument, that at its time was regarded a technical masterpiece? When the Bavaria was inaugurated for the Oktoberfest in 1850, it was the first statue worldwide since ancient times that has been made of cast bronze only. And she carried the title as worldwide highest ore statue for the next 35 years.
Outside of the Oktoberfest, you can combine a trip to the 18m statue with a visit of the “Ruhmeshalle” (Hall of Fame), located directly behind it. Here you can see the busts of important Bavarians from the past centuries, e.g. the painter Albrecht Dürer or the brewer Joseph Pschorr. During the Oktoberfest however, the Ruhmeshalle remains closed for security reasons.
The Bavaria is open daily until 15 October from 9am to 6pm – during the “Wiesn” (Oktoberfest) even until 8pm, From 16 October until the end of March she will then take her winter vacation.