Oktoberfest Bomb Attack Documentation

The ‘Theresienwiese’ in Munich – famous as the venue of the largest Volksfest beer festival and fair in the world – was the scene of a right-wing extremist bomb attack in 1980. For 234 people, an evening at the ‘Wiesn’ on 26 September ended in an act of brutal violence.

The Oktoberfest bomb attack is the worst act of terrorism in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. Nevertheless, it has been virtually eliminated from the collective memory. The reasons that led to this act have still not been clarified in full to this day and possible accomplices not brought to justice.

The documentation at the site of the attack provides information about what happened. It commemorates the victims, gives survivors and relatives as well as eyewitnesses a voice and traces society’s response to the attack up to the present day.


The Oktoberfest Bomb Attack Documentation has been opened on 26 September 2020.