Oktoberfest Attractions

Please note - our overview of the respective showmen & rides is only a small selection of the more current rides. Actual lists of the rides with the showmen for each year are not available. Participants may vary each year so we cannot claim to have a complete or current list. 

Oktoberfest

FESTIVAL ATTRACTIONS

Alex Airport (Goetzke)

Originally Alex Airport was constructed in 2008 by Austrian company Funtime, and travelled under the name Star Flyer 48. Between mid-August 2012 until mid-April 2013, Alexander Goetzke completely redesigned the ride with an aviation theme, and renamed the ride as Alex’s Airport.

Around the front of Alex Airport, four high-resolution LED video displays flank the check in area. The entrance area is designed as a check-in counter where the tickets look like airline tickets, and the hand-painted rear wall shows motifs of striking remote destinations. An airplane specially developed and built for Alex Airport adorns the tower’s top.

The giant chain flyer carries up to 48 passengers in 24 gondolas to a dizzying height of 55 meters that whirl almost horizontally in a circle through the air reaching up to a maximum of 80 km/h.

In 2017 Alex Airport was replaced by the 80 meter high Jules Verne Tower.

Alpenrausch (Kollmann)

Alpenrausch a fun house (Laufgeschäft) was built/retrofitted in 1996/97 by manufacturers the German company Breuer, and Millenium from Italy for the original owner, was Barth from Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany.

First under the name Chinatown, then a year later Traumfabrik (Dream Factory), the ride continued under Barth’s ownership until 2008, when the ride changed hands to Michael Kollmann, transformed the ride and named it Alpenrausch.

The Alpenrausch was designed with elements that allow riders to experience Oktoberfest intoxication effects, without having to have single sip of beer. The result is a modern ride where behind every corner, another surprise awaits.

The attraction offers all the classic elements of fun houses — from wobbly floors, a rubber maze, distorting mirrors, turntables and water features to a spiral slide. It also surprises with new ideas, such as the “laser tunnel” and ensures short moments of terror when many hidden air jets tends to raise many a dirndl.

Alpinabahn (Bruch)

The Alpinabahn had its world and Oktoberfest premiere in 1983 under the name Achterbahn, which means figure-eight-roller-coaster. Designed by the legendary Dr. Werner Stengel, built by Anton Schwarzkopf, it introduced a completely new roller-coaster element, the first flight parabola.

At 27 meters high, 910 meters long, the Alpinabahn is the second largest transportable roller-coaster in the world. The circuit runs in the form of several octagonal sections and allows five trains to run simultaneously each consisting of five cars, with four people in two rows.

The train accelerates to 80 km/h and crests a hill on top of the station imitating the trajectory of a stone. Subsequently, riders experience a vertical acceleration below the earth’s gravitational force over a span of two-seconds, the so-called air-time. During the ride’s duration of 58 seconds, it exposes its riders to vertical accelerations between 4.2 and 0g (zero gravity).

Altbairische Scherbenschießen (Steinker)

In the 1880s, shooting clay objects—tobacco pipes, animal figures, small discs either round or star shaped, or clay pots (shards) were the main items used. These were almost exclusively from pottery or clay pipe factories from the Westerwald Kannenbäckerland. The Altbairischer Scherbenschießen shooting gallery still provides clay targets today.

Mary Schröder (1899-1975) secretly built a shooting gallery in the last years after the Second World War, and in 1949 with her “Altbairische Scherbenschießen” she attended the first Oktoberfest to take place after the war. The family tradition still continues today with her granddaughter Ursula-Josy Steinker, who took over the Scherbenschießen from her mother Lilo Steinker-Schröder in1994.

Today young shooters are especially cared for; a stand for the heavy shooting-stall rifle is available, an eye patch helps with the aiming and the Tonscheiben, which are still used in this shooting gallery, which are easier to shoot as the more common plastic targets.

Amazonas (Agtsch)

It was the longest river in the world that inspired showman Angelo Agtsch and Miriam Blume to create their business: the Amazon, the 6,400-kilometer stream of South America. The couple launched the Amazonas ride in 2007, at Aachen, Öcher Bend, but it wasn’t until September 2010 when it made its first Oktoberfest appearance.

The original ride, Showboat, was manufactured in 1982 by the German company Dietz for its first owner, Müller (Hanau). In 1986 new owner Rosai (München) took over ownership until 2000 when the next owner, Brumbach (Neumarkt-St. Veit), obtained the ride.  Brumbach changed its name in 2004 to Show-Time. Angelo Agtsch and Miriam Blume converted the ride to Amazonas in 2007.

The visitors traverse three floors of tropical rainforest to meet some of the animal inhabitants of the Amazon, including living snakes, scorpions, exotic spiders, piranhas and geckos, that crawl, swim and meander on the ground floor.

Auf geht`s beim Schichtl (Schauer)

The “Schichtl” (Shift) is one of the traditional attractions at Oktoberfest. The Vaudeville theater show has been ever present since it founding in 1869, by Michael August Schichtl. Continuing Schichtl’s tradition, the vaudeville show successors included Johann and Franziska Eichelsdörfer, before 1985, when the current rekommandeur, (barker), Manfred Schauer took over.

Schauer, for over 30 years, has entertained the audience with immersive sayings, jokes and word games, along with Schichtl artists including Henker Ringo, the Terrible, Henkersknecht Andi as the “Hamperer”, the Schichtlin and Spagatamazone Elvira with their traditional butterfly dance.

The audience gets to enjoy the half-hour variety show including quirky singing and dancing involving audience participation before the main attraction, the “decapitation of a living person on an open, brightly lit stage using the “guillotine”. The beheading has become one of the oldest, reputable Munich Oktoberfest traditions, and seemingly permanent fixture on the fairgrounds.

Bayern-Crash (Geier)

For years, Kurt Geier Jr. has run the nostalgic autoscooter ride in the Old Wiesn. Beginning in 2016 Geier was also awarded a place in the main Oktoberfest area with his main business, the 2-pillar hydraulic bumper car Bayern Crash, which has been a popular ride at many festivals in and around the Munich area and throughout Bavaria.

Bayern Crash under Kurt Geier is closely associated with Munich. The facade of the Bayern Crash has been redesigned with new images done by artist Atelier Siefert.

Siefert’s designs feature various Munich and Bavarian motifs. The Kini looks at the autoscooter riders, the angel Aloisius, the man in the sky, agrees with his harp on the cloud, the Theresienhöhe district of Munich, and Bavaria play in the design, with the electric BMW i3 and the BMW logo symbolizing the hometown of the car. The ticket booth was also redesigned with Geier’s pit stop and Chip Gas Station motif.

Break Dancer (Aigner)

Manufactured by Huss (Bremen) in 1990, the Break Dancer was designed by its owners Albert and Christa Aigner. Currently the Las Vegas theme designed Break Dancer is operated by Albert’s nephew, Mike Roie.

The Break Dancer is a so-called whirlwind carousel, designed to give the passengers a feeling of weightlessness or zero-gravity, through the rapid and unpredictability of the driving style.

The 20 meter wide circular disc holds 16 gondolas arranged in four groups of four around a nacelle. Each gondola that can contain up to 2 people, sitting side by side, spin around and around with continuous changes in direction and speed.

The movements of the gondolas depend on a variety of influences, some of which are random, and some from a passengers skillful shift in body weight. For this reason, the course of a ride is neither foreseeable nor fully controlled by the ride operator or by the passenger.

Breakdance No. 1 (Grünberg-Kaiser)

Breakdance No.1 is a whirlwind carousel, constructed by the German company Huss (Bremen) in 1994 for owners Jörg Grünberg & Tanja Kaiser-Grünberg.

The breakdance consists of a slightly inclined turntable, on which four gondola crosses are evenly spaced. At the gondola crosses each four gondolas are attached. In each gondola up to two passengers can sit side-by-side.

The turntable and the gondola crosses are driven by electric motors and thereby the gondolas are put into a combined rotation. Similar to the turntable, the gondolas are mounted at an angle to the nacelle crosses, but can swing freely around their own axis.

The gondola movement depend son a variety of influences, partly caused by chance and further influenced by the occupants of the gondola. A skillful shift in body weight allows a passenger to place the gondola in a prolonged rotation.

Calypso (Winheim)

The Calypso is one of the most popular rides of the Oidn Wiesn. Its attraction lies in the nostalgia, which reminds many passengers of past, beautiful Oktoberfest moments. Since 2010, the colorful cars on the Oidn Wiesn make their rounds again.

In 1958 the carousel manufacturer Mack from Waldkirch delivered the first Calypso to Anton Bausch and Eugen Distel from Munich. A fashion dance from South America not only inspired the naming, but also the ingenious construction. With the typical ’50s design and its rapid ride and unpredictable changes of direction, this ride quickly became a crowd pleaser. Today, when compared with modern rides offering ever newer thrills, the Calypso easily keep up.

In 1987 Hubert Winheim, from Ingolstadt, acquired the carousel. Due to the illness of the new owner, the carousel was stored for several years. After elaborate restoration it was reintroduced at the historic Jubilee Oktoberfest of 2010.

Circus Circus (Gründler & Preuß)

Manufactured by German company Huss in 1989, Howey/Bruch ran the ride for a year when in 1991 Bruch from Düsseldorf, Germany, took sole ownership. 2001 Bruch partnering with long time partner Thomas Gründler. Currently Gründler partnered with Christian Preuß in 2015 and has been undergoing conversion/painting by SAD Maschinenbau GmbH since November 2017.

The ride is more or less an evolution of the octopus, where 48 passengers in 12 gondolas, each where four people, instead of two, ride next to each other. Depending on how the freewheeling gondola is loaded, it turns at different speeds and frequency.

Because nothing turns over and the gentle ride, it is fun for young and old, passing tigers, polar bears, clowns, jugglers, plus the big clown in the middle and a circus ring painted back wall, makes the ride a classic, and captivates with its beautifully designed scenery.

Circus Welt (Kaiser-Grünberg)

The Circus Welt (Circus World) is a Wellenflug ride that is a variation on the carousel in which the chairs are suspended from the rotating top of the carousel. Tilting at its peak, the carousel rises telescopically flinging into the cool breeze at 30km/h. The rotating top is raised upwards; eventually tilting over a curve in top of the central pole, which rotates in the opposite direction to create its unique motion.

Acquired in 1994 by Siegfried Kaiser & Sylvia Kaiser (München, it was handed down to Tanja & Elli Kaiser (Tanja Kaiser-Grünberg).

In 2002, the wave flight was rebuilt to allow the ride to run in reverse, and was also equipped with the so-called “Amore” double seats, allowing couples to fly together. The ride was decorated in the baroque style, with a Circus theme. Brightly colored painting feature subjects from the circus world on the tower, roof’s facade and in the ceiling.

Cobra (Agtsch)

Owner Angelo Agtsch and Miriam Blume premiered the looping roller coaster: Cobra Lost Kingdom, at the Oktoberfest in 2013 replacing their former ride Amazonas. Constructed in 2009 by Werner Stengel, built by Italian company Interpark, former owner Sonja Bauer operated the ride under the name Xenox in Switzerland until the end of 2012.

Agtsch and Blume acquired the roller coaster and had it redesigned by the company MP Design to the Cobra in 2013. Ten people in two trains on a triangular track of only 380 meters experience thrill and driving pleasure in the setting of an ancient jungle temple. Like a giant snake, the rail track winds through the looping roller coaster in a compact format.

With rapid cornering, a 13-meter-high shot into a loop, water vapor and fog, and sophisticated lighting effects that illuminate the specially painted rails at night, make the Cobra one of the rides to have experienced.

Cyberspace (Kaiser)

CyberSpace, at the time, the tallest swing at Oktoberfest was constructed in 2004 by the firm Mondial from the Netherlands, based upon their Capriolo 8 model—the standard for all the other ride variations—was built for owner Alfons Egon Kaiser, of AE Kaiser Freizeittechnologie, from München.

The Cyberspace has a giant pendulum arm that forcibly swings the gondola up to a height of about 48 meters and reaches a top speed of around 90 km/h. On this arm there is a gondola that can make 360° rotations around its own axis or can be locked by a brake. The gondola has eight seats that are divided into two rows with four seats each, set back to back.

For additional sensation, a propeller is mounted above the gondola, that helps create the feeling of sitting in an air plane. Because the legs of the passengers hang freely and there is no cabin, the feeling of flying is amplified.

Daemonium (Blume)

On 4 levels and at a height of 23 meters, Daemonium is considered the world’s largest mobile ghost train. Originally built in 1978 by German manufacturer Huss, for owner Renoldi, who ran the ride as the Kingdom of Magic,until 1991, when Martin Blume became owner. Converted by Huss, it initially began operating under the name Geisterschlucht (Ghost Gorge) for the 1992 season.

Between 1993-2005 Blume continued to operate the ride under either names Grüne Hölle (Green Hell) or Phantasia. In 2005, Blume’s renamed his ride Daemonium, and had the ride completely redesigned and rebuilt from the facade to the complete inner workings.

In seven trains, each with 4 freely rotating gondolas containing two people, venture through a five minute ride or fear and terror, including special sound and light effects, as well as live performers.

Dicke Berta (Zimmermann)

High strikers can be traced back to 1820 French folk festivals. From simply banging a fist on a cushion, which measures the force of the blow, to the decorated percussion hammer, such as the Hau den Lukas high strikers, (strength testers, or strongman games) have provided opportunities to impress.

The Dicke Berta strength tester—named after the famous First World War, 420-mm M-Gerät howitzer developed by German manufacturer Krupps—works on the principle of the Boer Cannon, from around 1900, which was typically found at folk festivals until the 1960’s.

With the Dicke Berta its not about swinging a hammer, instead, you have to move, by hand, a 30-kilogram cannon down a track in order to get it moving. If enough strength is used, the cannon races down the track on a sled, gliding upwards as far as it will go. If it hits the top, there is a detonated blast.

Distel Autoscooter

For several decades, the bumper car of the family Distel has been represented at the Oktoberfest and thus belongs to the longest-serving showmen. Heinz Distel introduced the typical chip (coin/token) required for a for a bumper car in 1958, which one has to throw in before driving off and is still the standard today.

Originally manufactured by the Italian company Gosetto, Distel’s autoscooter is a 4-column autoscooter that was constructed in 2006-07. The 30 Chaisen (cars) model type Alma came from the French manufacturer Reverchon.

Since 2011 Distel Autoscooter now operated by Heiner Distel, has been equipped with new Chaise’s from the renowned Italian manufacturer Bertazzon. With their simple and elegant design as well as the latest lighting, they adapt optimally to the external overall impression of the autoscooter. The new driving characteristics guarantee easier steering. The ingenious design features 100,000 LED bulbs that can glow in 365,000 different colors with state-of-the-art control technology.

Drifting Coaster (FTE Ahrend)

In 2017, a new type of roller-coaster was introduced at the Oktoberfest by owner FTE Ahrend of Hannover. While the Drifting Coaster’s track is similar to other coaster rides, its traditional curved turns aren’t banked and with the introduction of 10 swinging gondolas, it offers a totally different experience.

Constructed in 2016 by French manufacturer Reverchon, the coaster’s passengers do not sit in conventional gondolas, but in one of the 10 swinging gondolas that hold four passengers seated in pairs, back-to-back.

The coaster’s gondolas rush at 60 km/h over the winding track, and incline up to 120 degrees in the really sharp curves. It’s not the high lateral acceleration to 60km/h that provides the thrills, instead from the motion of the gondolas incline in the curves.

The Drifting Coaster’s rapid slalom with left-right drifts and breathtaking steep runs provide the necessary adrenaline rush for (almost) the whole family.

Encounter (Häsler)

Showman Karl Häsler known for Sensorium, Imagination and Psychedelic, once again combines high-tech with a good amount of thrills in the Encounter, launched at the 2014 Oktoberfest. Encounter offers a high-energy eerie encounter of the third kind for visitors in the new simulation.

Häsler realizes his visions, builds the attraction, embeds them in specially composed music and sophisticated technology, and acts as a director at the attraction. The image editing, sound effects and music were contributed by Frankfurt composer Christian Wildermuth, whom Häsler previously worked with on Sensorium. The special effects were provided by American manufacturers that produced the effects for David Copperfield’s illusion shows.

Eighty people are seated in a theatre designed as an old factory, where a virtual professor that researches non-terrestrial life forms introduces his latest experiment, a human/alien clone. Unfortunately, something goes wrong and suddenly the alien emerges from a test tube in the middle of the room…

Euro Scooter (Kollmann)

The Euro autoscooter is still operated by its original owner Franz Kollmann (München). The 2 column autoscooter was built in 1992 by the Italian manufacturer Bertazzon, the Chaisen Cobra model, comes from the French manufacturer Reverchon.

In its design the Euro Autoscooter is unique and unmistakable: the pillars and walls are adorned in paintings featuring the landmarks of European countries, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa for Italy or the Atomium for Belgium. The Frauenkirche (a Munich church serving as the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich & Freising) and and Bavaria represents the origin of owner Franz Kollmann, Bavaria and Munich.

The modern autoscooter is hydraulically erected cost-and personnel-saving, and is particularly Eco-friendly and is also economical: the approximate 20,000 lamps of the disco lighting system consumes only 59kw of current compared to more than 120kw of its predecessor.

Evergreen Karussell (Ernst)

The traditional show jumper carousel Evergreen that dates back to 1910, was found, in ruins, in Vechta, Lower Saxony during the mid-1960’s by the Ernst family. Over the decades, the historic ride was lovingly restored in painstaking detail, largely from original parts. Fully restored, Dieter Ernst and daughter Stephanie (fifth and sixth Ernst family generations) operate the ride.

In 1998 the historic carousel was stolen from storage, to be later discovered by a tourist in Croatia. Ernst bought another carousel, a replica, from Italy. With this replica, Ernst attends 8-10 festivals, the original attends five events, Wiesn being one of them.

In addition to the original horses used on the carousel, the wooden floor construction still hangs on the original turned brass bars. A rarity are the well-preserved oil paintings on canvas for the ceiling and funnel pictures. An organ façade by Wrede from Hanover completes the museum piece.

Fahrt ins Paradies (Schleifer)

The railway carousel Fahrt ins Paradies (Ride to Paradise) was built in 1939 by the famous carousel factory Friedrich Heyn in the Thuringian town of Neustadt an der Oda. Unfortunately, its then owner, Jacob Pfeiffer from Bruchmühlen, fell during World War II and therefore could not operate the mountain and valley train. For years, Pfeiffer’s heir had stored the railway in a shed in Kaiserslautern.

It was rediscovered in 2003 by Toni and Jakob Schleifer, who with great attention to detail, over time, continued to restore the original wooden carriages, paintings, and graceful figures, until its 16 colorful carriages shone again in their old splendor.

The ride is configured with sixteen carriages each with one or two riders travel almost 40 km/h of fast turns, as the mountain and valley train races its guests through the mountains and valleys. Since the Jubilee Wiesn in 2010, the Fahrt ins Paradies has been part of the Oide Wiesn.

Fahrt zur Hölle (Dom-Jollberg)

Germany’s most modern ghost train, Fahrt zur Hölle (Ride to Hell), following a long planning phase, Sud Tyrolean artist Carlo Proserpio’s design was constructed during an eighth month period by Italian manufacturer Arcadia, for the owner Dom-Jollberg.

Behind the impressive 2-story façade, 18 closed gondolas make the 2.5 minute, 180 meter journey, past more than 25 pneumatically operated animated figures, supported by a series of effects that awaken all the senses: light, laser and holograms, water and fire, surprising odors, creepy sound effects, fog machines, and an icy cold breeze from nowhere, guarantee a unique multimedia experience.

The variety of figures encountered range from lifelike models of humans (or parts of them) to amusing characters like a water-spewing skeleton, to fire breathing monsters,colossal monsters, and combined with 25-30 ‘living’ spirits that hide along the ride, provide the exceptional horror thrills.

Flip Fly (Clauß)

The Flip Fly which belongs to the Inversion category of rides, was manufactured in several versions by well-known Dutch company KMG. This seventh version of the Flip Fly was purchased by the owner Thomas Clauß, and was premiered at the 2009 München Oktoberfest.

Acting a as a kind of swing, the Flip Fly has at the gondola cross, 4 gondolas mounted on each of 3 axis which results in possible capacity of 12 people per trip. Unlike other conventional swing rides, the pendulum does not swing from the left and right but swings out directly above the heads of the spectators.

The pendulum swings out back and forth until finally the rollover occurs at a maximum height of 24m. However, this is with the gondolas locked in position. In order to let the gondolas carry out individual rollovers, the gondola boom does not swing the usual 360 degrees, but when at 90 degrees the gondolas are free to loop.

Flipper (Zehle)

Between 2013 to 2017 there have been two pinball amusement rides at the Octoberfest, both manufactured by the Bremen based company Huss. One is the Playball owned by Clauß and the other pinball machine, Flipper operated by Helmut Zehle.

Constructed in 1991, Helmut Zehele was the seventh owner of the Flipper until he sold it in 2018 to Hartmut Langhoff, a showman from Plettenberg. The previous ride owners before Zehle included: 1991 Kipp (Bonn), 1992-95 Barth (Bonn), 1995-97 Hohl (Stuttgart), 1999-01 Raschemann/Lüddecke (Velten), 2002 Schweiz (Expo), 2003-12 Klaus Rudolf Schneider (Dortmund).

The 14 oscillating and rotating gondolas are located on a 22 meter rotating disc, which can be tilted up to 50 degrees, rotate the gondolas up to a height of 14 meters. These gondolas spin around on their own suspension due to the acceleration, building up a high rotational speed that offers a fast driving thrill.

Flohzirkus u. weitere Kleinbetriebe

Johann Mathes comes from an old Nuremberg drama dynasty, which has been running a flea circus for about 150 years. His father, Peter Mathes, was allowed to show the flea dressage for the first time at the 1948 Autumn Festival on the Theresienwiese.

At the 2005 Oktoberfest the show began curiously late: two days before the start of the show, the Flea company experienced their exodus, and so new artists had to be obtained and trained in a hurry. Due to a newspaper call, sufficient female dog fleas were collected, and so the Flea Circus was still able to participate with its new 60 artistic stars.

In 2010, the longtime employee of the Mathes family, Robert Birk, took over the flea circus and the tiny artists continue to prove their skills in shooting footballs, pull chariots in chariot racing, dance, turn carousels, or moving weights that weighs up to 20,000 times their own body weight.

Freestyle (Agtsch)

The Freestyle, one of the various designed afterburner rides constructed by the Dutch manufacturing company KMG. Built in 1999 for owners Margarete und Johann Agtsch (München). The Freestyle (afterburner) ride is a mix between a ship swing and a frisbee swing.

The Afterburner has a long swinging arm, which swings up to 120° with a maximum height of 22 meters. At the bottom of the arm there is a rotating hub with 6 gondolas that offers seats to 24 passengers that revolve at a speed of 15 rpm. Agtsch’s afterburner, Freestyle model unlike other versions can only rotate the nacelle in a counterclockwise direction, also has manual control.

Thanks to the swinging-radius of 120 degrees, riders’ feet can freely swing in a height of 20 meters. At the vertex, you get a more intense feeling of zero gravity than on regular swings, which makes it one of the entertaining swings at the Oktoberfest.

Frisbee (Goetzke)

Showman Robrahn Sr. considered how to make the highly successful pirate swing ship Hanseatic’s rocking movement more exciting. His idea of adding another movement, was the evolution for the Frisbee. Originally built in 1994 by the German manufacturer Huss, showman Franz Goetzke of München, purchased his version of the ride in 1996.

The Frisbee ride consists of four massive, slanted steel pillars that carry a huge axle, to which the circular giant gondola is hung on a boom. This hanging gondola provides seating for 40 passengers. Upon operation the gondola starts to spin and swing. Gradually, the passengers are catapulted higher until they are almost at a 180° angle to the earth.

The gondola’s motion gives the passengers the experience of G-forces up to 5g. At the same time the moments of weightlessness are experienced by the passengers.

Geister Palast (Kunz)

The giant ghost train Geister Palast was first introduced at the Munich Oktoberfest 2017 by Irene and Andreas Kunz’s  replacing their former dark ride, the Odyssee.

Originally built by German manufacture Mack in 1982, the ride operated under the name Godzillas Monster until 1999 when it changed to Monster Brut. The ride continued traveling under that name until 2010, when the ride was stored. Taken out of storage in 2012, the ride was rebuilt and redesigned, before being relaunched as the Odyssee in 2013.

The 3-tiered ghost train with 38 chaises runs for four minutes of scary driving over approximately 400m track,  where passengers encounter giant gorilla paws, American animatronics, interactive flat screens displays for special visual effects, and exceptional lighting effects that opperate in-tune with sound effects.

The “Ghost Palace” is characterized mainly by its, family-friendly design (both inside and outside) and its living ghosts (actors) that provides family fun and scares!

Geisterschloss (Judenhofer-Kunz)

In 1945, Karl Judenhofer built the his first ghost train, the Geister Burg, out of war remnants from a sugar confectionery, with cars powered by aircraft starter motors, and current generated by a former submarine converter.

Following his next ride, Hexenmühle, constructed 5 years later, Judenhofer debuted the Geister Fahrt, the first ride with a plastic double front façade. Rebuilding the track in 1962 he introduced the first large moving figures. After the 1967 marriage between Judenhofer’s daughter, Irene and Alexander Kunz, after taking over the business, purchased the first steel ghost train from the Neuhausen based manufacturer Zierer in 1973.

Kunz, in 1985 bought Fredi Lehmann’s Mack built 2-storey Ghostschloss, with its unique green façade. Since 2004 real living spirits were introduced, both inside, as well as providing mischief prior to the rides start. Some of the living ghosts were especially hired, from the National Theater just for the Oktoberfest, to enhance passenger horror and enjoyment.

Hau-den-Lukas (Sachs)

The Hau-den-Lukas (High Striker) has been a carnival attraction for centuries, where the participant takes a heavy hammer and swings it down on a spring-loaded target, that causes a metal disc to climb a vertical tower. If the stroke was strong enough the metal disc reaches the top, produces a ringing sound, spectators cheer the Oktoberfest superman.

Weak or drunk guys made brave by beer, often try with little success. Occassionally there are surprises, like dainty women or frail-looking men who ring the bell, as skill often triumphs over force, but a little muscle does help to push the disc up to the bell.

Since 2007, Peter Sachs, after 3 years of work, now has a completely redesigned and painted Hau-den-Lukas, with a strength scale showing the levels of success from Schlappschwanz (Limp Tail), Damenhöhe (Ladies Height), Anfänger (Beginner), Haderlump, Weiberheld (Woman hero), or the highest level, bell ringing world champion Weltmeister.

Hex’n Wipp'n (Zehle)

The Hex’n Wippn or Witches Swing, looks unimpressive at first glance but inside it is devilishly good. The ride offers a crazy journey through special lighting and motion effects that makes the passenger wondering. It’s like bewitched.

Also known as illusion swing, bewitched, or rotatable house, the amusement was first introduced to Germany in 1894. Based on the American amusement, Mad House, that attraction, one of the oldest fairground illusions is still enjoyed today.

Built based upon some old plans by the Hannover company Lielie, in 1968, the ride has been operated by various owners, was temporally marketed under the name Weltraum-Partei (World Space Party) before Michael and Tanja Zehle from Augsburg obtained the ride in the mid 1990’s.

Guaranteed to unbalance passengers, the ride seats tilt only slightly, while the entire room rotates, providing a roller coaster of emotions without any significant physical stress. Thus, a truly unusual experience for the whole family!

Hexenschaukel (Keller)

The first Hexenschaukel or Witches Swing, a mad house type attraction, by Harris Wheels first appeared in America at the end of the eighteenth century. The oldest ride at the Oktoberfest rotated its drum for the first time at the Oktoberfest in 1894. However, it’s only since 1994, that the Hexenschaukel has become an Oktoberfest regular, after Ulrich Keller bought and restored the old gem. Ironically Keller is a pastor and his co-workers are mostly theology students.

In this amazing illusion the ride confuses the riders senses, making them feel like they are turning upside down while not actually doing so. To create this illusion, the gondola and the whole room can both move in the same or the opposite directions by being rotated from the outside around the swing axis.

For many, it has become a ritual to spend the last hour of the last day of Oktoberfest in front of the Hexenschaukel, reminiscing.

High Energy (Kaiser)

Jasmin Kaise’s High Energy that premiered in 2013, is manufactured by the German company Zierer, under the name Star Shape. It gets this name from its 6 gondola arms that are mounted in a star-shaped pattern, each containing five seats.

These arms turn in circles at the upper end of a 30 meter long main mast providing the passengers a birds eye view of the entire surrounding landscape. This moment is short-lived. As soon as the gondola rotates past the high point, the main mast nosedives while rotating around its own axis. The single gondola arms also turn at an angle of 360 degrees while three different rotational movements spin the passengers around with their legs dangling freely.

With its impressive size and its elaborate tower lighting the High Energy is a landmark and a magnet to visitors and one of the most thrilling, if not the most thrilling, ride on offer.

Höllenblitz (Renoldi)

The indoor dark roller coaster Höllenblitz, owned by Klaus Renoldi, jr., of Bremen, München, has been at the Oktoberfest since 2007. The roller-coaster itself, however, was built in 1992, when the firm Gerstlauer built the original ride as Magic Mountain, for the Renoldi family. Rebranded as a space theme Star World in 1997, it was finally redesigned as the Höllenblitz during the winter of 2006-07.

With external dimensions of 50 meters width, 30 meters depth and a front height of 32 meters, it’s considered the world’s largest transportable indoor coaster.

The three trains of the roller coaster consist of 15 cars, the first is designed as a mine train and offers no seats, the other cars each have two seats for passengers. The cars are freely rotating and can rotate uncontrollably around their own vertical axis and can accelerate up to 40 km/h in about 2.5 seconds.

Irrgarten (Rasch)

Many people have trouble finding the way home after visiting the beer tents. However, it is even more difficult to find the way out of the maze. The aim of this attraction is to escape as quickly as possible the intricate labyrinth of dead ends and confusing mirror walls.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the first ‘transparent labyrinth’ was built with glass and mirror technology. The people lost in the maze always believed they knew the way, and ran into glass walls or nothingness over and over. This is an especially good time when slightly intoxicated, or watching confused fathers scurrying through the glass labyrinth—and just a few feet away stand their kids with tears in their eyes, unable to find their way.

In front of one of the glass labyrinths there’s a funny little guy in a clown costume who shakes with laughter all day. Many children don’t trust him at all.

Jules Verne Tower (Goetzke)

The new Jules Verne Tower that premiered at the April 2017 Frankfurt Spring Dippemess and later at the Oktoberfest, is the highest, and only themed, mobile giant chain flyer in the world.

The Tower, a chain flyer ride, that as the motto ‘In 80 meters around the world,’ was constructed by the Austrian carousel manufacturer Funtime, created by the renowned design studio Marc Przybilla and designed by owner Alexander Goetzke, picks up the science-fiction visions of the writer Jules Verne (1828-1905).

The Jules Verne Tower is the third in a line of chain flyers designed and operated by Goetzke following the Starfall and Alex’s Airport flyers introduced in 2005 and 2012 respectively. The Tower is a real eye-catcher that sets new standards with its impressive altitude of 80 meters and at a speed of 65 km/h provide riders an adventurous journey over the rooftops with a breathtaking view included.

Jumanji (Haas)

Designed by Jacqueline Haas and manufactured by the Italian company Barbisan, the 3-floor labyrinth experience that was inspired by the American fantasy adventure movie ‘Jumanji,’ that plays partly in the African jungle, the family Haas secured the rights to the use the mysterious name ‘Jumanji.’

In a quarter of a century at the Oktoberfest, including 13 years with the ‘Jumanji,’ Jacqueline Haas has developed a large number of regular customers. The little ones of those days have become adolescents and sometimes even parents who are not afraid to return to the magical place of their childhood.

With a wide range of fantastic effects such as speed rollers, mirror labyrinth, moving stairs, moving floors, pneumatically controlled drop floors, spiral mega-slide, conveyor belts, actual suspension bridges, and a ‘human wash’ (no water, of course), the Jumanji has an irresistible pull on young and old.

Kasperltheater (Trollmann)

Vogt, Gaukler, Trollmann – these fairground names belong to a Münchner family, that has certainly been able to establish a tradition at Oktoberfest, as a permanent resident for over 75 years.

Since 1973, Ludwig Trollmann and now his daughter, Jocelyn, have been playing a traditional style Punch and Judy show for his young audience, in the self-made Kasperltheater (puppet theatre).

Trollmann usually features ten puppets that have appeared again and again over the years. In fact some of the puppets are 20 years old. The basic elements over time have remained the same except for the crocodile. In the past, the crocodile used to get beaten, which Trollmann can no longer do, in order to avoid getting in trouble with the parents and local associations. Today, the crocodile is brought to the zoo in the end without violence. The times have just changed.

Kettenflieger (Kalb)

One of the oldest rides on the Wiesn is Kalb’s Kettenflieger (chain-flier) originally manufactured in 1919 by the Berlin-based company Gundelwein and Fischer for current owner Hans Kalb’s great-grandfather, Karl Johann Kalb and his wife Babette.

The ride is basically still in its original state, just parts of the roof decorations have been replaced with faithful copies of well-known fairground painter Konrad Ochs’ classic landscape motifs, women’s figures, and floral arrangements. The originals were not lost, they are on display in the Munich City Museum.

Similar to wave flyers, first introduced in the 1970s, the chairs are suspended on chains that fly out from the vertical to diagonal with the increasing speed of rotation, to about 45-60 degrees. Unlike wave flyers, the angle of the wheel remains the same, so it does not additionally angle.

Konga XXL-Mega Swing (Küchenmeister)

Konga – XXL Mega Swing is Europe’s first fully themed, the world’s tallest and fastest Mega Swing. Konga invites you to a rapid flight over the jungle.  Built by the Dutch company KMG in 2011 XXL swing for Sebastian Küchenmeister, the ride has more than 30 themed effects, more than 70 decorative elements, 250 meters of Deka vines and is equipped with a 12 meter high fire fountain.

From time to time a short earthquake shakes the waiting area, the view is clouded by smoke fountains from tropical fog volcanoes and a huge, water-spouting gorilla sits enthroned above the scenery.

The ride itself is fast, the rotating gondola swings up in the air, and when the swing reaches the highest point, at 45 meters, passengers experience up to four times the force of gravity on a flight angle of 120 degrees. A ride on the Konga – XXL Mega Swing is definitely an experience for all the senses.

Krinoline (Niederländer)

For many, the Krinoline is the epitome of the classic Oktoberfest ride, even though it’s not the oldest ride having first appeared in 1924, it’s the fact, that it still has its own traditional brass band, that makes it so famous. Great-great-grandparents Maria and Michael Großmann, added the original 5-man brass band in 1938, for which they built a small balcony on the outer wall of the carousel.

Today the Krinoline is run by the Dutch families fourth generation Matthias Niederländer and his wife Helene (Leni), who continues to employ the original Krinoline brass band and frequent guests; Veterinary Street Jazz Band, Tiny Bubbles Jazz Band, and G-Rag and Landlergschwister.

The rolling platform, reminiscent of a lady’s crinoline, tumbles around and up and down, while passengers in the cosy, welcoming half-open Belle Epoque gondolas, enjoy the ride at a tranquil pace that reaches a top speed of 15 km/h.

Lach-Freu-Haus (Distel)

The Lach + Freu-Haus was originally constructed by the company Dietz Fahrzeugbau in 2000 for owner Willi Schäfer (Heinsberg), and traveled under the name Alien Attack. Stored for 2002, Schäfer sold it in 2003 to Vorlop (Sehnde) who renamed the ride Area 51. Eugen and his wife Christina Distel obtained the ride in 2006.

The Distel’s completely redesigned the ride, renaming it Münchner Hof-Freu-Haus. 1 year later they renamed the ride Lach + Freu-Haus, to avoid any risk of confusion with the Münchner Staatliches Hofbrauhaus.

Visitors start by crossing a lake, over moving stones, past a crazy fountain and water jets before entering the house. Inside a pure adventure awaits. The entire house wobbles during the tour over two floors containing a mirror chamber, cowbell labyrinth, rotating hay bales, vibrating disc and hinged and folding floors.

Lindner Autoscooter

This is one of the great classics and has been at the Wiesn as far back as 1938 thanks to the Lindner family who, themselves have had a presence at the Wiesn since 1880 with various rides. In the early twenties of the last century, her grandfather, Willi Lindner brought one of the first bumper cars from America to Europe. Today’s scooter, the fourth in the family ownership, is operated by Hanneliese Lindner.

Lindner’s autoscooter is a Mack company 8-pillar-autoscooter with a large 32 x 18m sized floor, that was constructed in 1963-64. The chaise is from the well-known French company Reverchon. The attraction is equipped with a LED lighting system that allows for considerable energy savings with the solar panels on the roof of the track, it’s the right mix between the traditional and the modern rides. There is also a special romantic Herzl-decorated wedding scooter Die Braut Kutsch’n (The Bride Kisses).

Looping the Loop (Marquis)

The first swing of this kind was built in 1934 by the former carousel construction company Achtendung in Cologne for first owner Cologne showman Adam Buntenbroich jr., who traveled with the rollover swing until 1939 when World War II began. Stored and well hidden in a barn during the war years the swing was put back into operation in 1946.

In the fifties and sixties about fifty rollover swings in Germany were seen in different versions at fairs. Until about 1955 the swing remained in the possession of the Buntenbroich family. In the same year, the ride was sold to the Cologne showman family Spleen, who resold this in 1958 to the showman family Schunk from Kassel.

In 1960, the showman family Karl-Heinz Marquis from Schwerte in the Ruhr area acquired the swing. Today the family owned swing continues with the son Guilbert Marquis. Unfortunately Marquis’ rollover swing, Looping the Loop, is one of only 4 historic swing rides still operating today.

Magic (Hohmann)

Eduard Hohmann’s Magic ride was built in 1991 by German company Huss. The 12 open gondolas that accommodate 4 passengers each, are arranged in three-way gyro, connected to 4 movable arms with a central rotating lifting device.

Designed in 2004, implemented in 2012, EU safety regulation DIN EN 13814 increased safety requirements for all rides to meet in order to receive a TÜV operating permit. Exceptions for older rides were included, but Germany insisted older rides meet higher requirements.

Hohmann, supported by many colleagues, filed a complaint against the new EU standard as retrofitting older rides would cost tens of thousands of euros for over around 100 ride operators. In the first case  in 2015, Hohmann won and was granted a temporary operating permit. TÜV appealed. Now in 2017 while waiting for Bavaria’s highest administrative judge announce a decision and the permit about to expire, Hohmann sold the ride to Reiner Löffelhardt  from Cologne.

Mäuse-Circus (Bruck-Plexnies)

The Mouse Circus which that opened in 1979 is actually the second youngest show booth on the Oktoberfest. Originally run by current owner Susanne Bruck-Plexnies’ parents with her mother in the role as Circus Director, a position she occupied unti l 1997 when Susanne assumed the role.

Inside, visitors will find a small circus city bustling with a staggering 320 female Albino mice. They sleep in their little carts, work at the cash register, play on seesaws, slides, carousels, or perform tricks on the numerous play equipment.

Of course, the small artists are not trained due to the enormous number of artists. Rather, the terrarium is designed so that it awakens the play instinct of the mice and without any encouragement, they perform little tricks on their own. Cleverly placed delicacies are certainly an additional motivation for the mice to ride a carousel, climb on high ropes and ladders, run in turning wheels, or perform acrobatics on pencil thick hemp rope at scary heights of about 1 meter without a safety net, just wrapping their tails around the hemp for some security.

Mondlift (Zehle)

The Enterprise was manufactured primarily by HUSS Park Attractions and by Anton Schwarzkopf beginning in 1972. The HUSS version—an adaptation and improvement of Schwarzkopf’s ride —has an increased passenger capacity and a hydraulic arm.

The ride is named after USS Enterprise from the TV series Star Trek, is typically decorated with space-themed art and a silhouette of the starship Enterprise. Petra Zehle (München) purchased the Huss built Enterprise ride in 1978 renaming the ride Mondlift (Moonlift).

On the Mondolift ride, up to two people sit in one of 20 gondolas arranged one sitting behind the other. The ride rotates clockwise, dispelling just enough centrifugal force to keep its riders perfectly in place. A hydraulically powered arm underneath the ride then raises and tilts the frame so that the ride is rotating at 87° from the horizontal, transforming the ride from a horizontal experience to a nearly vertical one.

Motodrom (Ganslmeier)

Today’s Motodrom was commissioned in 1928 by Josef Ruprecht, a Munich showman who operated the ride as the steep wall or death wall. Spring 1935, Willhelm Kling from Mainz, became owner, and successfully kept show intact during WWII. In the 1950s Werner Thies from Frankfurt became owner, operating the show as Die Auto-Steeilwand.

The exactly date is unknown when Armin Schubert from Stuttgart became the owner, but what is known is that Schubert was the owner in 1959 when Hugo Dabbert started riding in Schubert’s Armin’s Motoren Banner. Dabbert continued to work for Schubert until becoming the owner in 1984 renaming it Motodrom. In 2012, Thomas Ottl and Donald Ganslmeier became owners.

The motorbike stuntmen and women perform stunts using an Indian Scout 101, Honda CB 200, two BMW R51/2s, and an original Formula V racing car with a Fuchs manufactured tubular frame and a 1300 VW engine. Riders travel at a minimum speed of 46 km/h, and experience 3.5 G forces.

Münchner Marionettentheater (Böhmke)

The Münchner Marionettentheater, was founded in 1858, and is one of the most traditional cultural enterprises in Munich. At that time, Josef Leonhard ‘Papa’ Schmid moved to Munich, setting up a permanent marionette theater in order to perform skits based on propriety, religion and morality.

Fortunately, Schmid found the well-known youth writer, court music director and artist Franz Graf von Pocci (1807-1876) who not only took care of the theater, but also invented the Kasperl Larifari, who since has acted as host, and wrote more than 40 Kasperl comedy skits. After 42 years of wandering, in 1900, the theater finally had a permanent home in the Blumenstraße.

Today’s director since 2000 is the freelance puppeteer Siegfried Böhmk. At the Wiesn, he presents an hourly changing program of four skits: The Munich in the sky by Ludwig Thoma, The bewitched music stand (one act by Karl Valentin and Liesl Karlstadt), circus Kunterbunt and Las Vegas Show. The latter include Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra.

Münchner Rutschn (Stey)

Those who think that slides are boring have never enjoyed a slide on the legendary Münchner Rutsch’n (Munich Slide) built in 1982 by the German company Huss, and operated by Adolf Stey. The multi-track Münchner Rutsch’n is the second-oldest slide ride at Oktoberfest, after the Toboggan.

First the passengers climb on foot to the top of the 23-meter-high tower using the steps on the left side. Upon reaching the top the passengers get a small square carpet to sit down on before going downhill sliding across the waves of the nine parallel tracks, where children and/or adults can slide side by side, making it fun to race your friends, although the heaviest usually wins.

The slide is still a classic at the Oktoberfest, popular with young and old. Due to the size and the typical Bavarian white-and-blue design it should not to be overlooked. Even if the ride just takes a few seconds (each lane is just 55 meters), it’s really great fun.

Museumszelt (Munich Schausteller)

The history of the Oktoberfest is brought to life in the free museum tent of the “Historisches Gesellschaft Bayerischer Schausteller eV”. Exhibits of the “Munich Schausteller Foundation,” whose collection is kept in the Munich City Museum, invite you on a journey through the past of the showman’s guild.

A shooting gallery from 1905 is operational as well as the Münchner Springpferdekarussell (jumping horse carousel) from 1945. Sweets are available in the 1937 Wiener Eispalast (Vienna Ice Palace); Snacks and beer are available from the historic Wurstbraterei (sausage roasting).

Exhibits include 65 Years of Oktoberfest Posters, an exhibition dedicated to one of the first female motorcyclists to ride the steep wall in the 1930s Kitty Mathieu, Outside exhibits of functioning fairground organs and the old bulldogs and tractors that was used by the showmen from decades past, as well as an action program for children organized by Lilalu education and vacation programs of the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe eV.

Musik Express (Zehle)

For anyone who does not enjoy stomach churning rides then Helmut Zehle’s Musik Express is well suited especially for the younger family members.

The Musik Express was ride based on the original Caterpillar rides of Germany, and is a modern adaption of the famous Harry Traver Caterpillar rides. The ride itself was built in the 1974 by Franz Mack (Mack Rides GmbH & Co KG) and was the bestseller for the 225-year-old rides and carousels manufacturer. The family still operates the Musik Express today by son Manfred.

The ride features twenty 3-passenger cars connected in a circle and these cars rotate on a track with alternating sloped and flat sections. The steep hills and descents almost create a roller coaster experience, the centrifugal force pushes the passengers together. Rotation is possible in both a backward and forward direction, as the ride is manually operated. Lights and music are also controlled by the operator, which contribute heavily to the ride experience.

Nostalgie-Geisterbahn (Eckl)

The Nostalgie-Geisterbahn undoubtedly a classic is over 100 years old. Originally built in 1903 as the Ghost Panopticon Nürnberg owner Stahlmann, it was rebuilt as the Geisterbahn by German company Mack, in 1930 and made its first Oktoberfest appearance in 1933.

In 1967 the family Eckl obtained the ride operating under the control of Oktoberfest legend Gertrud Eckl. When she died 2001, Robert Eckl took over the family business. With Robert, Melissa and Stefan, the fifth generation the family is ready to continue to entertain guests at the Oktoberfest.

The front of the Geisterbahn in keeping with tradition is made of wood, a rarity today, but in order to keep up with modern times, two scary effects have been added. A few years ago, Count Dracula with 24 animated movements, that lures the guests in to his kingdom was added, and inside a nearly 3-meter animated Frankenstein figure adds to the illusions.

Olympia Looping (Barth)

The largest transportable rollercoaster of the world clearly is a giant. Since 1989 it has attracted the bravest of Oktoberfest visitors. Following the introduction of the Rudolf Barth’s Doppelooping in 1984, which at that time increased the number of inversions to a record, three, the desire to add additional inversions led Barth to construct the Olympia-Looping.

The 13 Million Mark project was designed by Dr. Werner Stengel during 1983 to 1985. Stengel’s design goal was to achieve a harmonic ride experience despite the intense acceleration. Since the construction by BHS in Peißenberg, between 1985 to 1988, the Olympia-Looping has been the only transportable rollercoaster featuring five inversions.

There are 30 train wagons that travel the 1214 meters of rails. The ride itself is impressive, after a 52-degree drop from 32.5 meters, the train accelerates to 80 km/h, exposing its riders to 5.2g entering the first loop.

Omni (Kinzler)

The Omni was originally constructed around 1990, and began its lead as the name Magic Temple from about 1990 to 1998. In 2000 owners Andrea & Willi Kinzler converted the attraction to the Omni. While many parts of the Magic Temple were reused, a completely new facade was designed and built.

Omni offers an entertaining and informative tour of the world of physics and apparent miracles that tempt visitors with illusions and misinformation. The eye perceives one thing while the brain recognizes and interprets the information differently incorrectly creating the illusion. Do not believe what you see right away.

Entering the attraction visitors encounter a thermal imaging camera that reproduces different temperature zones of the body. Moving deeper into the attraction visitors experience various experiments in electrostatics and lightning discharges that astonish. Towards the end visitors require a sense of balance to traverse the magical maze, that makes every visitor move slowly.

Parkour (Aigner)

Manufactured by the German company Schwarzkopf, the Sound Factory was an extreme version of the company’s Polyp ride with the addition of rollover cars. Purchased by the Kinzler family in 1996, they operated the ride until 2000.

Andreas Aigner from München, the current owner obtained the ride and commissioned the German manufacturer Gerstlauer Amusement Rides to convert it to a Suspended Polyp, to be operated under the name Parkour. Dynamic turns, quick changes between almost weightless to several g-forces, contribute to the Suspended Polyp being a fantastic ride for the whole family.

Just as a Parkour athlete chooses the shortest and most efficient way from A to B and easily overcome all obstacles encountered, the Parkour ride offers up-and-down movements in four directions. With an enhanced seating concept, twenty suspended gondolas each seating two riders reaches an altitude of eight meters. High spirits are guaranteed even without looping and guarantees a complete new ride experience.

Pirates Adventure (Schneider)

The Pirates Adventure attraction designed by Michael Schneider, and built by Fa. Dietz in Schwalmstadt, that took two years to complete had its Oktoberfest premier in 2013.

The relatively elaborately designed, handsome façade, features a sunken ship whose cannons have not just gone down, an eight meter long basking shark that literally hangs over the heads of the landlubbers running across the fairground, not to mention the tough pirate who, with his friendly parrot, tries to lure the visitors inside. These are just a few details that distinguish Pirates Adventure from the brightly colored and screaming attractions around it.

Visitors go from scene to scene within seven minutes, in which animated characters represent different aspects of the pirates’ life are presented with great attention to detail, inspired by the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”. With a treasure hunts and storms on the high seas, the joyous pirate existence with wine, woman and song can be observed.

Pitt's Todeswand (Wissinger)

Pitt’s Wall of Death was built in 1928 and was purchased in 1932 by “Pitt” Löffelhardt and Ludwig Seeger. Since then, it has stayed with the Munich family (Löffelhardt / Wissinger). The legendary Kitty Matthieu drove the steep wall for many years and together with Pitt Löffelhardt, drove acrobatics in the kettle.

Almost everything is still in original condition in accordance with their philosophy “Restore yes, modernize no”. The wooden construction, from 1934, is maintained down to the last detail, as well as the bikes; 3 Indian Scout 101’s built in 1928, and 3 BMWs hailing from the 50s & 60s.

In 2004, Jagath Perera, a twenty year veteran, and a native Sri Lanker became team leader and co-owner. During the 15-minute performance he chases through the kettle with various machines, climbs over the handlebars, and drives freehand picking banknotes from the hands of the spectators, who look down in astonishment from above.

Playball (Clauß)

The Playball—a pinball type ride—is the prototype of the current Flipper ride from German manufacturer Huss built in 1987. With the addition of Helmut Zehle’s Flipper in 2013, there has been two pinball type amusement rides at the Octoberfest, both built by the Huss company.

The 12 gondolas are mounted on the patented, diagonally positioned axle on the circumference of the wheel, which is about 14 m in diameter. The speed of the Playball can be varied, and also the entire carousel disc can be pivoted to almost 45 degrees. With the rotation and steady lifting movements from the slanted gondola axles, very different accelerations and delays are caused, creating a very attractive and fast, but quite pleasant carousel ride.

At the end of the 2017 Wies’n the era of playball under the family Claus also came to an end. The new owner of the playball, the Meyer family already owns a break dance ride in Formula 1 design.

Power Tower II (Schneider)

After the success of Ewald Schneider’s first Power Tower, the successor model, Power Tower II was introduced in 2001, and is the highest transportable free-fall tower in the world.

Like the Schneider’s original free fall ride, the Power Tower II was also built by the German manufacturer Maurer-Söhne. With a slender silver-grey latticework tower that reflects the sunlight like a 200ft long florescent lightbulb, the Power Tower II is certainly noticeable and to remove any doubt atop the ride a 20ft sign with 10,000 lights begs attention.

From a hight of about 66 meters, the 32 seat gondola drops 63 meters in less than five-seconds—that’s about 80 km/h—according to the Guinness Book of Records, at a speed of 14 meters per second a world record for drops. Once reaching the bottom having experienced the drop, a second later immediately bouncing all the way up the tower and back down again.

Psychodelic (Häsler)

Karl Häsler’s Psychodelic replaces his previous attraction Imagination. The basic structure of Psychodelic … back to the 70s, is almost identical to that of the imagination, as well as the four high luminous pylons integrated in front of the attraction.

Behind the colorful front façade and the Psychodelic name with constantly color changing LEDs, a psychedelic labyrinth where color filled corridors await visitors for a ‘trip’ to through the realm of the rainbow. As with the imagination, multispectral glasses handed out at the entrance to the Psychodelic are the most important accessory on the 80-meter journey, that make the tour, a real trip.

The black light, neon colors and the glass effect of the miniature prisms, split the light into its spectral colors and allow fluorescent objects to stand out in the middle of the room. Häsler sold the ride in 2014 when he introduced his latest ride Encounter, to Susanne and Thomas Bechstedt.

Raupenbahn (Steiger-Buchholz)

The Raupenbahn, a caterpillar track of Peter Buchholz is not only the oldest, but also the most beautiful and largest of its kind. Built in 1926 by Fritz Bothmann, of Gotha, the Raupenbahn is a variant of the mountain and valley track rides, which began appearing at festivals in 1925. The first owner of the Raupenbahn, Gertrud and Stefan Ink from Krefeld ran the ride until the end of the 60s when the Buchholz family took over.

Buchholz brings the Raupenbahn with 24 cars to the Oide Wiesn. About 60 percent of the caterpillar track still consists of original 1926 components. It was airbrush painted in 1993/94 by the Gütersloh painter Harry Will with rock ‘n’ roll motifs.

The memorable part of the ride occurs during the final phase, when the previously folded roof slides over the gondolas, protecting the passengers from the spectators gaze, that are teased by the ‘kissing is allowed’ signs.

Revue der Illusionen (Schmitz-Reutlinger)

The Revue der Illusionen was built by the German manufacturer Wagenbau Köhler in 1984, for first owner Walter Franke. Current owner Gaby Reutlinger obtained the ride in 1994, and has been supported since 2002 by her second husband Erich Römgens.

Revue der Illusionen theatre is probably the last of its kind in Europe. It’s an old-school fair attraction that in addition to gross illusions such as the floating lady, zig-zag box or origami, it shows such nostalgic classics as the legendary ‘Woman without a Body,’ ‘Woman without a Head,’ ‘Levitating Maiden,’ and the ‘Talking Head.’

Recently the Spiker illusion was added, whereby a random member of the audience will be pierced on the open stage in front of everyone with more than 30 metal spikes. Blood flows. This illusion was made possible through the work of an Illusion Builder from Stade and is as real as any of the other performances.

Riesenrad (Willenborg)

The Munich Oktoberfest Ferris Wheel of the Willenborg family was built in 1979 by the company Schwarzkopf, offers an impressive view over the Theresienwiese and the entire city at a height of 50 meters. In the eyes of many it’s the most beautiful Ferris wheel and it is one of the most photographed motives of the Oktoberfest.

But people not only like photos of, but also from the wheel. When visitors reach the top, they have a magnificent view of the Alps in good weather. At night the queues are usually longer when visitors can witness a breathtaking view over the illuminated festival area.

The Willenborg families Riesenrad is illuminated by 35,000 light bulbs and offers 40 gondolas, two of which are equipped for disabled people, provides a total capacity of 192 seats. Those who want to impress their sweetheart or who are planning to marry at the Oktoberfest can rent one of the two VIP gondolas.

Rio Rapidos (Kaiser)

In 2011 a new kind of water ride made its way to the Oktoberfest. In contradiction to the log rides, Siegfried Kaiser Jr.’s Rio Rapidos has only very mild slopes, which makes it suitable for smaller children, that are afraid of the way faster taller water rides.

On the brand-new Rio Rapidos rafting attraction built by French manufacturer Cedeal Rides, 24 people in 6 rafting boats, rotate 360° down the 200m long white-water channel, where the current decides the travel direction.

For more than two minutes riders enjoy spray-splashing rapids, torrents and a veritable waterfall through the fast water-slide section following the pull to the top of the ride and a slower, rafting-like part make the ride in the Rio Rapidos a wet, cheerful but family friendly rafting adventure. In the evening the ride is highlighted by elaborate and colorful LED lighting which brings the ride to life.

Rocket (Goetzke)

The latest extreme attraction from Michael Goetzke’s, the Rocket was unveiled in Düsseldorf during July 2010. Built in 2009 by the Austrian ride manufacturer Fijmra Funtime, and at a cost of 1.3 million euros, the Rocket rises 55 meters the air seaming to float above the Ferris wheel.

Similar to the well-known Star flyer, six passengers on each of the five different arms of the Rocket Tower ascend to a height of around 55 meters in the poison green, red, blue or yellow rocket gondolas, where they begin to fly in a flight radius of 32 meters and around 60 km/h making their rounds. That’s not all: The circling rockets rotate around their own longitudinal axis, which causes the riders to suddenly hang upside down.

The Rocket is recommend only for adrenaline junkies, gondolas that look like small rockets spin fast and upside down its time for the passengers to scream their souls out.

Rotor (Pluschies)

Engineer W. Ernst Hoffmeister, announced the first rotor patent in 1948. After his death, daughter Lillian Knobel became owner and in 1955, requested the Schwarzkopf company to construct a new rotor. The original rotor’s cylinder was scrapped, but the facade was stored.

Richard Pluschies purchased the rotor with patents in 1969, and in 1973, with Hoffmeister’s drawings and Schwarzkopf’s templates, had the Siemens company to build an additional drum cylinder on a centering car from Hamburg-based vehicle manufacturer Schonäcker. The 1955 original facade was placed in front of it. 1986 the Rotor received a new façade built by the company Dietz. After Richard died in 2007, son, Manfred, and granddaughter Sandra become co-owners.

Passengers in the Rotor boiler stand with backs thier to the wall, the boiler starts to rotate and the centrifugal force holds them in place. The speed increases, the ground falls away, and they are left ‘glued-on’ the wall.

Rund um den Tegernsee (Zettl)

The Munich Oktoberfest Ferris Wheel of the Willenborg family was built in 1979 by the company Schwarzkopf, offers an impressive view over the Theresienwiese and the entire city at a height of 50 meters. In the eyes of many it’s the most beautiful Ferris wheel and it is one of the most photographed motives of the Oktoberfest.

But people not only like photos of, but also from the wheel. When visitors reach the top, they have a magnificent view of the Alps in good weather. At night the queues are usually longer when visitors can witness a breathtaking view over the illuminated festival area.

The Willenborg families Riesenrad is illuminated by 35,000 light bulbs and offers 40 gondolas, two of which are equipped for disabled people, provides a total capacity of 192 seats. Those who want to impress their sweetheart or who are planning to marry at the Oktoberfest can rent one of the two VIP gondolas.

Russenrad (Koppenhöfer)

The Russenrad (Russian wheel) is a smaller version of the Ferris wheel, that has been popular at German folk festival since the 18th century.

In 1925 Josef Esterl commissioned the carousel factory Gundelwein in Wutha to construct a ‘Russian wheel,’ at the same time, Esterl obtained a sheet music concert organ, made by the Bruder Brothers company from Waldkirch im Breisgau. Now the third generation, Herbert Koppenhöfer and his sister Edith Simon, the grandsons of Josef, continuing operating the Russenrad and the original organ today.

Esterl put his new ride into action in July of 1925. It originally had a carved facade with paintings that were exchanged for the current ones in the 1950s. Until about 1960 it was the biggest Ferris wheel in southern Germany, with 12 gondolas a height of 45 feet/14 meters. Over the years, the small Ferris wheel has sometimes served as a backdrop for domestic and foreign feature film productions.

Schiffschaukel (Steininger)

The Schiffschaukel (boat swing or swing ship) date back to the 1890s, after their popularity in the 1950s, the swings are nowadays struggling to survive. Since 1991 Josef Otto Steininger Jr. operates the last ship swing at the Munich Oktoberfest. With six regular gondolas and two Überschlag (rollover) gondolas his boat swing is still fun for young and old.

The family business began with his father Josef Steininger Sr. in 1952 with the purchase of a Schiessbude (shooting booth.) 1954 he acquired his first swing after he lovingly restored, was rewarded with acceptance to the Oktoberfest in 1958.

The swing itself is suspended on a steel construction. The rocking platforms for passengers traditionally are designed to resemble the shape of a ship. Each gondola comfortably accommodates two adults trying to use their muscles to drive the swing. The swing is not so easy to get moving. The rocking boy(Schiffschaukelanschubser) helps to get the ship started.

Schleifer’s Carouselle

Schleifer’s Carouselle was bought by current owners grandfather Reiner Schleifer in 1950. Schleifer’s Carousel is unique among the four remaining floor carousels, in that it has one step up to the next level instead of a staircase.

The carousel has a total of 18 hand-carved wooden horses, 11 large in the outside row and 7 smaller horses in the inner row, also two large Venetian gondolas, a royal carriage and four rocking boats. The upper floor there are four rocking ships, two rocking elephants, a Bambi and a crocodile. A special feature are the panels with women’s motifs on the inner wreath, the so-called funnel, that have been restored to the original paintings.

The manufacturer and year made cannot be determined exactly. The larger horses probably come from the company Friederich Heyn from Neustadt an der Orla between 1874 to the 1930’s. The smaller horses from the workshop of Carl Müller, also fromNeustadt an der Orla around 1885.

Shocker Geisterbahn (Eckl)

The Shocker Geisterbahn (ghost train) owned by Edmund Eckl. Originally built in the early 1970s by German manufacturer Mack, for the owner Wucherer from Stuttgart. Eckl obtained the ride in 1973, rebuilding and renaming the ride several times; King Kong Horrorbahn (1973 to 1980), Horror-Vision (1994 to 2003), Schloß Schreckenstein (1981 to 1994) and Horror Vision (1994 to 2003) and since 2003, under the name Shocker, until finally changing from a Geisterbahn to a Coffee stall in 2016.

The trademark of the Shocker are the two oversized heads on both sides of the front and the huge talking Freddy Kruger head in the middle, Dracula, Frankenstein, the Grim Reaper are all found within.

Inside, the visitor can expect a ghost train ride of a different kind. The passengers ride in a caged wagon through seven lavishly and highly realistically designed rooms, from a from horror bath, an exorcist room, to an encounter with a ghost rider.

Skater (Kaiser)

For almost 200 years, the Kaiser family from München has been part of German folk festivals entertaining audiences with ever new attractions. The family under Siegfried and Sylvia Kaiser operate several rides at Oktoberfest including the Skater that was manufactured by the renowned Dutch mechanical engineering company, Mondial in 1997.

At first glance, the skater is more reminiscent of a kind of modern windmill. At the end of a long arm hang six gondolas each holding 5 passengers arranged like the wings of a windmill. Once the restraints are closed, the arm hurls the gondolas unrestrained from up to down and from right to left. Meanwhile, the gondolas roll forwards and backwards and, like a windmill, turn around the big, mechanical arm.

Although being a pretty intense ride for adults with strong nerves, a good stomach, without alcohol, it’s still is pretty comfortable as the vertical main rotation reduces unpleasant lateral acceleration.

Skyfall (Goetzke)

Skyfall is not the first ride at the Oktoberfest which was called ‘free-fall tower,’ but it’s the first one to actually offer a free fall. Skyfall was constructed in 2013 by Austrian carousel manufacturer Funtime, for Michael Goetzke. The design of the back wall of the tower comes from the Düsseldorf Art Studio Bernhard.

Although called a free-fall tower, the ride is more about being shot into the air, than actually falling. Skyfall works completely differently: the gondola and the lift are separated units. The lift pulls the gondola up to a height of about 75 meters before it disconnects.

Twenty-four passengers enjoy the great view of Munich from a lofty height until the passenger sled simply disengages suddenly and is accelerated by the earth’s gravity. This is then an absolutely free fall, which is caught just before the contactless magnetic brakes. Thanks to the hydraulic end buffer, the nacelle then floats the last meters gently to the ground.

Steinhart Autoscooter

The family Steinhart have been showmen for more than 75 years. Beginning in 1938, Georg Trifellner, grandfather of current autoskooter owner Waltraud Steinhart appeared at the Oktoberfest with a deliciously mouth-watering ice cream stand, and in 1957, with a children’s carousel. In 1967 parents, Inge and Fritz Kögl, first attended the Wiesn with the ice cream stand and a candy shop. Since 2001 Waltraud and her husband Werner have been running the carousel as welll as the autoscooter.

Steinhart’s 2-Pillar-Skooter, manufactured in 1974 by the German company Heinrich Mack Carousel, was updated in 1992 with a new chaisen from the French manufacturer Reverchon, with their model chaisen Cobra equipped with a Furyo Engine.

With ramps added to the ride, Steinhart’s autoskooter and a chaise operated with a hand throttle, wheelchair users can now whiz around the curves for the first time.

Super Scooter Rally 2000 (Menzel)

Since 1981, at the age of 18 years, Egon Menzel has run the family owned the ride known as Super Skooter Rally 2000, the first eight years, together with his grandmother Paula Menzel until she died in 1989. Since 1961, the family has been running the 2-pillar Scooter autoscooter alone with the Zugspitzbahn.

The ride was originally built by the Italian manufacturer Cosmont s.r.l, as a 2-column autoscooter ride for original Dutch owner Stuij in 1978. Menzel’s autoscooter with its elaborate formula 1 deco style, feature 25 model Toyko chaisen from another Italian company, Bertazzon.

The Super Skooter name at one was spelt with a C instead of the current K. The ride covers nearly 450 square meters on which the cars run between six and ten km/h. The ride is popular with the youngsters at the Oktoberfest in the evenings enjoying the predominant rap and R&B music blasting from oversized speakers.

Taumler (Lechner)

The Taumler (Tumbler) was built by the German manufacturer Hutterer & Höpler in 1961 for the family Lechner. Current operator Peter Lechner continues the family tradition started in 1963, of consistintly attending the Oktoberfest, the exceptions were the years 1998-99, and 2017.

The rides movement is the same as a Rotor or Gravitron and is mainly suited to young people. Passengers seated on a circular platform spin around and around in a clockwise direction, moving up and up and down on a 50° angle using centrifugal force to keep them in place.

At maximum acceleration the ride completes a loop in 4 seconds. With a diameter of 9 meters on which about 30 people can take a seat the hydraulic system of the Tumbler accelerates the cycle up to 14 revolutions per minute. The rocking motion is generated by compressed air, which acts on 2 pneumatic cylinders and moves the carousel up and down.

Techno Power (Eckl)

Manfred Eckl’s Techno Power is high-round ride designed and built by the companies Tivoli (GB) and KMG (NL) that Eckl brought back from Switzerland.

The rotating body rotates counterclockwise, moves upwards and with increasing speed, the boom ends fold up hydraulically with the gondola triangles. During the ride, the speed of the triangles increases, the gondolas tilt 90 degrees and the passengers begin to feel the 4G acceleration power as the suspended gondolas spin. Due to the multiple fast turning movements passengers forget where the top, the bottom, the back and the front are.

Another fun factor is the ride is complemented by a DJ who plays fast techno tunes. This is unique even on the Wiesn—actually the only ride in Germany with live DJ—gives the ride its name. The combination of live music and a carousel ride with adrenaline rush guarantee makes the Techno Power the crinoline of the 21st century.

Teufelsrad (Feldls)

A Devil’s wheel, Teufelsrad, Human Roulette Wheel or Joy Wheel is an amusement ride seen at Oktoberfest since at least 1910. For many, an Oktoberfest visit without the ‘Devil’s Wheel’ is unimaginable.

Today’s Teufelsrad was acquired by the Feldl family after World War II and passed over to Elisabeth Polaczy and Veronika Kugler after the death of Betty Feldl. First introduced to the Oktoberfest by the legend showmen Carl Gabriel in 1908. The novelty turned out to be such a success, that several copies followed, but only the original Teufelsrad survived.

The Teufelsrad consists of a horizontal, rotatable wooden disc about five meters in diameter, that constantly increases speed in order to challenge riders to sit on as long as is possible to win the round. The Feldl’s Teufelsrad, is only set up at the Oktoberfest, where owners Karl Valentin and Liesl Karlstadt have had a great time just watching, almost more fun than riding.

Tobbogan (Konrad)

There has been Toboggan slides since the early 19th century. In 1906, the Badener Anton Bausch built the probably first German Toboggan, an originally American tower chute, after the Parisian model.

This traditional amusement has been owned by the Konrad family from Schongau, Germany, since 1920 when the ride was known as Trottoir Roll – and Canadian Electric Tobbogan. Later, the tower was shortened and operated only with a slide. Since 1933, the toboggan has been a regular at the Oktoberfest.

The fun starts when riders using a high-speed conveyor belt, are transported to the 8 meter top. The conveyor belt pulls passengers along quickly, but unlike an escalator, the belt’s handrail does not move and inevitably the riders especially those drunk, lose their footing and are carried up on the conveyor belt kicking like turtles on their backs. From the top of the tower passengers slide down at high speed in a wooden gully winding around the tower.

Top Spin Fresh (Zehle)

Four transportable Top Spin 1’s are still traveling throughout Germany. One of them is the Top Spin Fresh run by showman, Manfred Zehle from München who obtained the ride from Franz Goetzke in 1995. Goetzke purchased the Huss manufactured ride and premiered it in 1993.

Top Spin 1 is characterized by the pillars on the right and left of the masts, which contain large water tanks for the water fountain feature used at the end of the ride sequence to soak riders as they are slowly lowered face first into the unescapable water jets. The 40 passengers sit in a 10 meters wide gondola, suspended between two support free-swinging arms.

The attraction offers various ride patterns, such as pendulum movements of the gondola, circular rotations of the gondola in any position, sudden turns following the release of the drum brake and, of course, the multiple spins of the gondola around its suspension axis.

Top Spin No. 1 (Bausch)

Originally built in 1990 by Huss Maschinenfabrik (now Huss Rides ) from Bremen. The first Top Spin system or prototype was purchased by Rudolf Bausch and was premiered at the Oktoberfest later that year.

The Bausch family has been attending Oktoberfest for over 100 years, the first time when Franz Anton Bausch introduced his toboggan ride. Following the war, Rudolf Bausch’s parents Anton and Berta, ran various rides starting with the Cortina Bob and Great Dinghy. In 1958 running the Calypso—the first one built and delivered by the company Mack— until the end of the 70’s, introducing the swinging ship Pirate. At the start of the 80’s with the Looping Star, which was followed in 1984 by the worlds biggest transportable Traumschiff (Dream Ship).

The Top Spin 1 offers space for 40 passengers in two rows and reaches a height of 18 meters and occupies a footprint of approx. 19 × 19 meters.

Tower Event Center (Blume)

The Tower, the event center manufactured Reckmann with interior design by Klostermann, is the largest folding skyscraper in the world that was developed by Charles Blume based on Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Tower.

At the entrance everyone gets glasses that are used throughout the attraction. With nine floors the journey starts with rolling and vibrating floors leading to the aluminum staircase where viewed through the glasses colorful flickering lights can be seen, then some strange characters before encountering arachnids and similar creatures. The next section presents strangely shaped sinks where water suddenly splashes to provide a scare.

Finally visitors arrive at the lookout café with a small chill-out corner and a bar. The view is already remarkable, however, the lookout café is not the highest point of the tower. Two more spiral staircases lead up to the best viewing point, the 9th floor observation deck.

Velodrom (Münchner Schausteller Stiftung)

Whether you are watching or riding along – you are laughing well, an advertising sign already praised the visit to the ‘Humorous Velodrome’ at the Oktoberfest in 1910. On a wooden carriageway, a special kind of cycling race takes place: on scooters, which test the driving skills and skills of the cyclist, the same applies. to move to the music of a concert organ and to the audience’s amusement. From 1901 to 1962 this amusement business was regularly at the Oktoberfest.

Eduard Pirzer, who had been operating one of the first bicycle factories in Munich since 1888, handed over the Velodrome to Hermann Kretschmar in 1908, whose sons continued until the 1930s. In 1988 the complete shop with façade, tent construction, living and packing wagons as well as the bicycles was acquired by the Münchner Schausteller-Stiftung for the Munich city museum.

At the Oidn Wiesn, the Munich Schausteller Foundation has recreated a velodrome based on old patterns.

Voodoo Jumper (Schäfer)

The Voodoo-Jumper is a kind of carousel known in the fairground world as a Speed ​​Jumper, and was built by the Italian manufacturer Fabbri in 2012 especially for showman Hans Otto Schäfer jr. and was the first to equip a jumper on an oblique podium. The idea of ​​the sloping platform was a special challenge, at the time rides of this type were only mounted on flat platforms, therefore the structural engineers had to recalculate everything.

Another special feature of this ride is that instead of the usual airbrush painted finish, the Voodoo-Jumper was actually painted by an artist with brush and paint. After six-weeks of work the colorful African voodoo cult theme was completed.

Voodoo-Jumper is a kind of carousel twelve hanging, self-rotating two-seated gondolas are mounted to large arms, that turn and jump, or bounce up and down at the same time which gives the riders get a feeling of zero gravity.

Wellenflug (Fahrenschon)

The Wellenflug run by Christian Fahrenschon is a true traditional ride and an Oktoberfest classic. Der große Wellenflug (the big wave flight) was built in 1996 by the Bavarian company Zierer from Deggendorf and is equipped with a digital control from Siemens and the latest hydraulic system from Tyrolle-Hydraulik.

Christian Fahrenschon purchased the carousel from Stuttgart native Karl K. Birkeneder in 2004. Birkeneder who had many years of experience with the wave swinger continued to be involved with the ride as a partner and consultant.

The wave swinger is designed based on Chair-O-Plane, but unlike traditional chair-o-planes that simply spin round, the Wave Swinger has a mast that is lifted up by hydraulics. At the upper end of the mast is the rotating top of the carousel tilts out to the side. At the same time the upper carousel rotates fast while the mast slowly swings in the opposite direction creating a ‘wave’ motion.

Wellenflug (Stranninger)

The Wellenflug (wave swinger) was designed by the German company Zierer, and built by Franz Schwarzkopf, the brother of Anton in 1972. It was first debuted to the public as a stationary, park based version.

In 1974 Zierer and Schwarzkopf constructed a transportable version for Heinz Distel from München. Distel operated the ride until 1980, when the showman family Aigner took ownership. They continued to travel and run the ride until the current owner the from the Stranninger-Sgraja family from München obtained the ride in 1992.

The wave swinger which has a capacity for 48 passengers to ride in either one of the 32 single or 8 double seats, is a chain carousel in which the hydraulic ram at the top of the mast raises a cable and pulls the upper part of the carousel up. At the same time the upper part rotates quickly while the mast slowly spins in the opposite direction, thereby creating the wave movement.

Wilde Maus (Münch)

Since 1934 a number of different Wilde Maus roller-coasters have been present at Oktoberfest, starting with Franz Xaver Heinrich’s remaining true to the original family friendly principle and as opposed to other coaster rides free from loops or steep downhills.

Designed by legendary Dr. Werner Stengel, built by German company Mason & Söhne, run by Renate and Peter Münch of München, the Wilde Maus has pulls its slightly frightened passengers to a height of 15 meters, commencing the ride over seven 180 degrees turns in zigzag course. In the second part of the ride it goes uphill and then downhill, but not very steep and rather cozy incline.

The 4-seater vehicles drive as individual units and not as a long train, as in a typical roller coaster. This gives all passengers an unobstructed driving pleasure with the guarantee of being as exciting as each passenger’s seat in the front of a traditional aft trains.

Wildwasser III (Löwenthal )

The the world’s largest transportable whitewater course, the Wildwasser III was constructed in 1992 by the German manufacturer Mack Rides GmbH & Co KG for showman Joachim Löwenthal from Bad Wörrishofen.

The ride is truly gigantic. It uses about 700 cubic meters of water to fill and eight high-performance pumps to circulate 300,000 liters of water per minute. The ride itself weighs 1,000 tons, taking 2 railway trains with 60 to 65 cars to transport the attraction.

2,300 people can be carried per hour in 29 boats along the 6 minute, 650m course where passengers reach heights of 28m in two climbs and 3 drops rushing down at speed of up to 50 km/h. Along the course passengers experience several tunnels, animated figures recreating scenes from a silver mine, skillfully simulated explosions, waterfalls, and rockfalls. The Wildwasser III is at Oktoberfest every other year, it trades off with the Meyer-Steiger’s Wildwasser.

Wildwasser (Meyer-Steiger)

The ride was originally manufactured in 1983 by German attraction builder Mack Rides GmbH & Co KG for showman Fritz Kinzler. In 1994 the ride was purchased by the showman families Meyer & Steiger from Bad Oeynhausen and was renovated and updated again by the company Mack. The course was extended to 520 meters and the drop increased to 16 meters and a humpback or single, double drop, was integrated into the system.

The Wildwasser by was visually enhanced by a rocky landscapes and waterfalls that are natural looking, and depending on the season, changing hanging floral decorations. At the Wiesn, riders pass through a hop gallery to the Beer Festival.

After getting started, the 24 rafts that contain up to 5 people in each make one of several , steped climbs to reach the highest point before the downhill thrill begins where passengers reach a speed of more than 60 km/h.

XXL Racer (Goetzke)

Constructed in 2017, the space themed XXL-Racer operated by showmen Franz and Hilde Goetzke and Arnd Bergmann is a newer version of the Booster Maxx 55/16 type ride manufactured by Italian company Fabbri. Appearing at Oktoberfest later the same year was the first propeller ride type to appear on the Wiesn.

At each end of the XXL-Racer’s propeller arm hang a free-swinging passenger gondola that has room for eight Passengers, that are classically loaded one gondola at a time. So while the passengers on the ground get on or off the gondola, the passengers in the top gondola at about 55 meters high, have a magnificent panoramic view of the Oktoberfest.

Once both gondolas are loaded the propeller begins to pick up speed reaching up to 120 km/h while rotating freely around the horizontal axis provide high-altitude and speed rush thrills that create a very intense ride experience.

XXL Schaukel Höhenrausch (Goetzke)

Anja Goetzke premiered for the first time at Oktoberfest 2017, under the new name and look, the XXL Höhenrausch (Giant Swing) familiar to Oktoberfest visitors since 2011 as the Monster.

Originally constructed 2011 by Dutch company KMG for the first owner HP Maier (Switzerland) that ran the ride from April 2010 until August 2013. Denies-Kipp from Bonn ran the ride between September 2013 until February 2014 when Gebrüder Boos GbR, from Magdeburg operated the ride until October 2016 when ownership transferred to Anja Goetzke.

The riders encounter the same ride sequence that the Freestyle uses however, it offers a significantly more intense ride as the gondolas spin horizontally, intensifying the feeling of zero gravity at the vertex. The Höhenrausch swings its four gondola arms, each seating 5 riders, up to a height of approx. 45 meters at a speed around 120 km/h and an experience of vertical acceleration up to 4G.

Zugspitzbahn (Menzel)

The name Münchner Zugspitzbahn refers to the Zugspitze Railway, which opened in 1930, six years before the Zugspitzbahn was manufactured by Friedrich Heyn in Neustadt / Orla for the first owner Seiferth who owned the ride for 1 year before the Menzel family obtained the ride and continued to operate the ride under the name Schlickerbahn (or sleigh ride) until 1939.

The Zugspitzbahn is a very fast variant of the classic caterpillar ride with swinging cars and steep hills. The extraordinarily decorated ride is the oldest, still traveling one of its kind and even older than the carousels at the Oide Wiesn. Since 1967, with the exception of 1997, the ride has been represented at the Oktoberfest.

The Zugspitzbahn is decorated as a white and blue winter wonderland complete with snowmen and snow-frosted evergreen trees. The two-seater gondolas race through the charming winter landscape with lots of tossing and swinging, before it really takes off.

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