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Not necessarily one of the biggest beer halls, but exceedingly popular: this is where young people meet the young at heart.
That's why here you have an international crowd and the highest "flirt factor" among the Oktoberfest tents. It's easy
to get to know people, especially at the beautiful champagne bar. The Hippodrome is also a great place to hunt for
autographs, since lots of TV and movie stars come here. Just the right tent to meet people in a relaxed atmosphere.
History of the Hippodrom
The Oktober fest - Munich´s international highlight for Bavarians and for visitors from all over the world. For the
Bavarians the world´s largest festival does not only mean fun and party but also stands for tradition, which has to be
cultivated. Therefore it is not surprising that the bavarian rooted owner of the "Hippodrom" (Oktoberfest tent) Sepp
Krätz has a special bond to this festival. Since childhood it has always been his dream to belong to the selected group
of people, who make this event a special happening year after year.
1995 his dream came true with the takeover of the "Hippodrom".
The "Hippodrom" was first opened in 1902. It was the first "stall" on this festival, which had the permission - besides
selling food and drinks - to present also elements of amusements. Inside the tent there was a ring in which 25 horses
had to carry the visitors around the tent. The entertainment was perfect, because for most of the people it was their
first try on the back of a horse. But it was not only the horses which made the tent an attraction; there was also the
recommandeur in front of the tent. During his parade he stood in his typical posture on a platform between the two main
entrances. While continuously bobbing up and down like a rider, his head was slighty bend, a whip was in his left hand,
and in his right hand he held - with an elegantly stretched out little finger - the imaginary rein.
In the meantime the horses have disappeared from the "Hippodrom", but since Sepp Krätz took over in 1995 the tent
again, like in the beginnings in 1902, rose to be something special, which is out of the ordinary for the common
Oktoberfest. The "Hippodrom" offers an excellent mixture of bavarian tradition and international flair. This means a
combination of a lively and cosy atmosphere, of quality in service, food, drinks and program. The staff is either from
the other "Sepp Krätz Gastronomie" restaurants or belong to the "Hippodrom" team since the beginning. Their credo is to
be friendly and competent and of course to speak English. For visitors who do not find their way around the tent we
offer "hostess service".
The 5 Star Diamond Award for the Hippodrom
The Hippodrom finally arrived where Sepp Krätz always wanted it to be: on the absolute top of the best gastronomical
enterprises in the world! How do we know that? Pretty easy: The “American Academy of Hospitality Sciences” presented
on the 1st of October 2008 the “International Star Diamond Award” to the Hippodrom!
Every year the “American Academy of Hospitality Sciences” honors a few very special five star quality hotels, resorts,
spas, airlines, cruise lines, automobiles, products, restaurants and chefs. All the aspirants to the award are already
at the highest level. The fact alone that the Academy thinks about awarding the own enterprise rises oneself to new
dimensions. And receiving the award is the best you can ever reach as a restaurant proprietor. That’s why the
“International Star Diamond Award” is called the “Oscar” of the best and most luxurious gastronomical enterprises and
products. The Hippodrom plays know in the same league with famous hotels like the Adlon in Berlin, the Ritz in Paris or
the legendary Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
We want to say thank you to all our guests because without your wonderful life style and your loyalty we would
have never been able to create an atmosphere, which is necessary to be worthy of such an award.
Sepp Krätz - Gastronome of the year 2011
 Franz Klammer, Christian Geistdörfer, Sepp Krätz, Uschi Baronin Dämmrich von Luttitz, Eckart Witzigmann,
Christian Grainer  Sepp Krätz, Horst Seehofer  Kriemhild und Ralph Siegel, Otto Retzer, Gerd Käfer
Sepp Krätz, Riegele Bierkettenträger 2011
Award of the Riegele Bierkette 2012