The Hippodrom first made its appearance at the Oktoberfest in 1902, at which point it was merely a food and drink stall that also provided some entertainment by taking visitors on horses around a track. This is where the tent gets its name – a Hippodrome is an ancient Greek stadium for horse and chariot racing. The theme around horses continues today in the decorations used in the interior.
Unlike other tents, you have more than a choice of just one beer. Here you can choose from a variety of wines and Weißbier as well as the standard Spaten Oktoberfestbier which comes in the usual 1 litre Maß.
The inside is also slightly different that the other big tents. Of course, there is the usual general admission section in front of the band podium, but the balcony in this tent extends around the whole venue underneath which are the box seats.
In addition to celebrities, the Hippodrom attracts a younger crowd than the other tents, and is definitely one of the best bets if you are single and looking to flirt. The Champange Bar is a good place to start.
The tent is located at the far north end of the grounds, opposite the Fischer Veroni and next to the Armbrustschützenzelt. As previously mentioned, the Hippodrom is one of the smaller of the largest tents, holding only 3200 people inside and around 1000 in the beer garden outside. Make sure you get here early if you want a spot in the rather small unreserved section.
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