The first Oktoberfest 2012 roundup

About 6.4 million guests visited the Oktoberfest in 2012.

Probably also because of the ZLF, the biannual agricultural fair, the first week attracted many locals and guests from the greater Munich area and Bavaria. Durng the second week, the visitors from all over the world streamed onto the Oktoberfest.

In terms of fashion, traditional Bavarian costumes were still the biggest trend at the Oktoberfest. Also an increasing number of international guests are wearing traditional costumes at the Oktoberfest and often look so much like an original Bavarian that only their language gives them away.

Of course, the 6.4 million visitors also brought a lot of hunger and thirst with them:
116 oxen, 57 calves and 6.9 million liters of beer were consumed.
As every year, there was a hard race to find out, which song was the most popular in the beer tents. In 2012, the result was a draw between "Brenna tuats guat" by Hubert von Goisern and the Toten Hosen's "Tage wie diese". Nevertheless, the classics are still popular just as well: "Fürstenfeld" and the "Fliegerlied" are still an essential part of every beer tent's band.

Friends and family at home were, as always, well informed about how great the mood at the Oktoberfest was: Like last year, the Oktoberfest post office sent 130.000 letters and post cards to all corners of the world.

The Lost and Found office can, as usual, come up with some very surprising finds. Apart from 950 passports, 570 wallets, 480 mobile phones, 280 bags and rucksacks, 80 cameras and 100 pieces of jewelry and watches, there are also some unusual items, some of them still waiting to be collected by their rightful owner:
Two wedding-rings, two license plates, two bugles (one already collected), a hearing-aid, a baby monitor, a ping-pong-paddle, a Playboy-magazine (signed by the official 2012 Oktoberfest Playmate) and a dog (already collected).