The Italian Weekend – Oktoberfest, ti amo!

Not only Oktoberfest fans from Italy come to Munich on the second weekend of the celebrations – the Munich police get some visitors, too.

The second weekend of the Oktoberfest celebrations is traditionally the time, when guests from Italy storm the tents at the Theresienwiese. That is also why the Munich police get some support from South Tyrol, a northern region of Italy.

According to the numbers of the Munich Tourism department, Italians are the largest group of guests from abroad. Most of them visit the “festa della birra” on the middle weekend, which is therefore nicknamed “Italian weekend”. Munich newspapers have bilingual front pages and the traffic news get announced in both German and Italian.

In order to counter communication problems between guests and authorities at the Oktoberfest, the Munich police and rescue service get reinforced by colleagues from South Tyrol. The police men and women from the Polizia di Stato in South Tyrol and from France are welcomed by Oktoberfest boss Josef Schmid on Friday. To this, volunteers from the “White Cross” in South Tyrol will assist the helpers from Munich at the Oktoberfest ambulance.