The Oktoberfest 2016 roundup
5.6 million visitors, 109 oxen and 58 calves - the 2016 Oktoberfest roundup!The 183rd Oktoberfest started on September 17th as it ended on October 3rd: cool and rainy. In between, however, late summer weather attracted Oktoberfest fans from Munich and all over the world. They got to enjoy a traditional Oktoberfest, as Wiesn-boss Joseph Schmid put it.
Strolls without any hurry, open tents and a relaxed atmosphere were typical for this year's Wiesn. The visitors felt safe and felt positive about the new security concept with the new fence, additional stewards and luggage checks.
An estimated 5.6 million (2015: 5.9 million) came to the Oktoberfest, which was the first "small Oktoberfest" to last a day longer.
Italians preferred the last Oktoberfest week end this year. Camping sites reported guests from Italy, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Uruguay and the USA.
Officials, tent proprietors, carnies and vendors were pleased with the Oktoberfest.
Food and drinks
Toni Roiderer, the tent proprietor spokesman, reports a drop i consumption of food and drink of 12-15 percent in comparison to last year. In the Ochsenbraterei 109 oxen (2015: 122 oxen) were consumed, in the Kalbsbraterei it was 58 calves.
Tent security have took 96.000 mugs from souvenir hunters at the exits of the tents and the festival grounds. Mayor Joseph Schmid assumes that stealing the beer mugs is like a sport to some people.
Due to the weather, carnies only got a "regular" Oktoberfest. Activities like the shooting or throwing galleries were most popular this year.
The official Oktoberfest mug with this year's logo on it was popular among collectors from all over the world. From the Wiesn post office, most mugs were sent to Australia, New Zealand, France and the USA. Mail to Scandinavia has increased, too.
Moving funny hats were regular and exhilarating sight.
Mugs and Oktoberfest-souvenirs can also be comfortably ordered at the Oktoberfest.de-Shop.
The most popular song at the 2016 Oktoberfest was „Hulapalu“ by Andreas Gabalier, putting „Ham kummst“ by Seiler und Speer second.
From the Service Centre
Police report a "safe Wiesn" and is happy about the good cooperation among all involved parties.
There is also positive feedback about the security concept.
Office for lost children and youth services
158 children were changed and nursed in the designated rooms at the service centre. Nine lost children were taken care of by the Red Cross and 16 children and youths by municipal staff.
Lost and found
At the end of the Oktoberfest, the lost and found office had collected about 2915 items: 680 pieces of clothing, 660 wallets, 580 passports, 410 (smart)phones, 250 glasses, 220 keys, 90 bags and rucksacks, 55 umbrellas and canes, 55 pieces of jewelry and watches and 15 cameras.
Notable finds were: One pair of brown and one pair of beige high heels, a pair of children's leather pants, black cotton trousers, one jeans, two novels "Nie wieder Blondinen" with a dedication in them, an iPad, two GoPros, a pink camera, a doctor's certificate for work disability for the duration of the Oktoberfest, one box of Paracetamol, two hearing aids, 510.10€ in cash and a municipal time card. One gentleman claimed to have lost his "old lady", but could not be helped at the lost and found office.