Located at the south end and just off the main street under the gaze of the Bavaria statue, the Schützen Festzelt offers space for up to 5500 people including a small beer garden out the front and around the side.
This tent is slightly more subdued that the Hofbräu, Hacker or Schottenhammel but still has plenty of the Oktoberfest atmosphere and allows you to better enjoy your beer and have a proper talk with the others in the tent. Because it is slightly off the main drag, many tourists tend to miss this tent, or think that it's part of another one and as such there is a more local crowd inside most of the time.
If you're feeling hungry, the Schützen Festzelt specializes in "Spanferkel in Malzbiersauce" or Suckling Pig in malt beer sauce.
The tent was renovated in 2004, and as such is one of the newest at the Oktoberfest. Better ventilation ensures that it doesn't get too hot in the day, which can be a problem in other tents, and that the smoky air is better drawn through the tent.
The Schützen Festzelt serves Löwenbräu (pronounced Looven-broy) beer, as well as having a small bar where you can sit and drink Champagne. It also has the honor of having the lowest beer prices of the big tents at the 2009 at €8.30 for a liter of beer.
The beer garden out the front is small, but it is south facing without any obstructions so if you want to catch the most possible sun, this is the place to sit.
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