THE HISTORY OF ONE OF MUNICH'S
MOST POPULAR OCTOBERFEST TENTS.


1881:

Rare public entertainment on the Theresienwiese! The roasting of an entire ox! In a poster put up at the start of the Oktoberfest, butcher Johan Rössler uses these words to announce his mechanical ox rotisserie.

1892:

Rössler's business at the Oktoberfest suffers a severe setback: due to the lack of public toilets, no Oktoberfest beer may be served with the roast ox.

1893:

The Munich city council informs Rössler that he must build a tent to get permission to serve beer. He lacks the funds to do so, however. As a result, the Ochsenbraterei is missing at the 1893 Oktoberfest beer festival .

1897:

Rössler receives a letter from the city council asking him to return to the Theresienwiese with the Ochsenbraterei. Munich residents have bombarded the council with requests that this popular attraction be reopened.


The history of the Ochsenbraterei - Picture 1


1898:

To the joy of Munich's residents, the Ochsenbraterei returns to the Octoberfest as a regular feature.

1901:

The 200th ox is roasted in the Ochsenbraterei.

1926:

When Johann Rössler passes away, his widow takes over the Ochsenbraterei and manages it until 1958.

1931:

The Ochsenbraterei celebrates its 50th anniversary.


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1959:

Rudolf Mrkva takes over the business - and continues the tradition of hanging a plaque with the name and weight of the ox being roasted next to the rotisserie.


2010:

The Haberl family celebrates 25 years managing the Ochsenbraterei at the Octoberfest.

1980:

The Ochsenbraterei is acquired by the Spaten-Franziskaner brewery. Since then it has been managed by Hermann and Anneliese Haberl.

1987:

Star cook Paul Bocuse visits the Ochsenbraterei.

1993:

Radio Arabella's Alexander-Klaus Stecher hosts the first live talk show featuring the Ochsenbraterei.


2000:

Daughter Antje Schneider will officially host of the Ochsenbraterei.


The history of the Ochsenbraterei - Picture 3



THE OCHSENBRATEREI TENT AT THE OCTOBERFEST IN FIGURES


The Ochsenbraterei in figures