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Rosa Weisen – A very gay Oktoberfest in Munich!
Dust of you lederhosen and head for Munich for the world’s biggest beer drinking festival. The first main event takes place on the first Sunday of Oktoberfest, Sunday the 23rd of September, know as Gay Sunday in the Bräurosl, with tens of thousands of gay guys celebrating with a tankard of German beer.
The event has its traditions dating back to the 1970s, when a gay leather and fetish collective called the Munich Lions Club organized their first gathering in the now famous Bräurosl beer tent.This gathering on Gay Sunday now attracts 8,000 mostly gay and lesbian visitors on the first Sunday during the event’s schedule. But this is by no means the only gay party that takes place here. The Bräurosl beer tent is just one of 14 such tents located on the green open spaces of the Theresienwiese fairground, which is just on the outskirts of Munich itself.
Monday 1st of October has been aptly called Pink Monday or RoslMontag, thanks to the large number of gay and lesbian visitors, as does Prosecco-Wiesn take place on the second Monday in the Frischer Vroni tent, celebrating true Wiesn tradition.
You will need to arrive at Oktoberfest early if you want to secure space at a table in the gay tent. Catch the U-bahn to Hauptbahnhof which delivers you right to the Theresienwiese show grounds where Oktoberfest is held. Even by 7.30am at the Braurosl tent you will find queues snaking around the building with hundreds of excited gays waiting to enter. (Note to cope with the volume of visitors a new day has been added – RoslMontag, which takes place on the Monday, should you not be lucky enough to get a seat)
Once the tent is full then it is effectively closed, so it’s important to get there early enough so that you get in to the tent, but equally critical is ensuring that you can find enough space on a table so that you can sit with your friends (each table takes 10 people).
Each tent serves up their very own brand of Bavarian tradition, which in the Bräurosl tent means just one thing: Entertainment. The Bräurosl beer tent has been managed by the Heide family for seven generations, so they know a thing or two about what makes for a good Bavarian beer bash.
The format is fairly uncomplicated – plenty of 6% German beer, served in one 2 pint ‘masskruge’ mug, and live music in the form of an ‘oompah’ band belting out all manner of camped-up cover versions.
Then there is the venue – an extravagantly decorated drinking hall that can seat over 8,000 (mostly LGBTI) patrons in long rows of communal tables, and you have the scene set for one hell of a party.
Oktoberfest also offers visitors more than just the beer halls of course, and the fair also has plenty of other attractions: Fairground rides and amusements to keep everyone entertained.
As well as the beer tents you will find food tents, selling traditional German sausage, singing and thigh slapping dances keep you entertained as you sample some of the beers on offer. All of the bars and clubs join in on the fun by having a party night once the beer tents close.
The gay area in Munich is quite small there are 9 gay bars most of them are in the old town as you can see from the map; we have found hotels that have good reviews, and keep you in the heart of the action. Carat Hotel & Apartments München, Hotel Exquisit, Superior Hotel Bristol, Hotel Olympic, GHOTEL hotel & living München-Zentrum and the Treff Hotel München City Centre
Gay Map of Munich
The best area to stay in Munich is the Innenstadt and is within easy walking distance of most of the city’s shops and bars. Gay life in Munich focuses around the Glockenbachviertel and Sendlinger-Tor-Platz.