Programme presentation: What you can expect at the Oktoberfest in 2019
Head of Oktoberfest Baumgärtner reveals all the novelties
Oktoberfest season is just around the corner: Clemens Baumgärtner, in his new function as head of the Oktoberfest, presented the 2019 programme full of anticipation. At a press conference, the head of the Department labour and economy explained all the information on rides, safety and the new appearance of the official Oktoberfest website. And he also explained which innovations he was particularly looking forward to...
Unfortunately, the Oktoberfest cannot take place in 2020 due to the spread of Covid-19.
Oktoberfest Chief • Photo: Anette Göttlicher
Which rides the Oktoberfest chief will test
For the first time Clemens Baumgärtner was able to present the programme of this year's Oktoberfest in his function as Head of the Department for work and economy and was pleased that the Oktoberfest is drawing nearer. He was particularly excited about the new rides. A total of eight new attractions await visitors - from the Marilyn Monroe homage in the "Be Marilyn" photo studio to the VR adventure train "Dr. Archibald - Master of Time". He will definitely test the latter himself: "A digital-analog experience - I find that incredibly exciting and an absolute novelty at the Oktoberfest," he said.
Candies and construction site - Baumgärtner's tips
The festival tents also offer many new attractions - the museum tent on the Oidn Wiesn, for example, features a classic bowling alley as in the old days and an exciting special exhibition. "But the first thing I'll do is visit the candy factory - with sweets ranging from cherry to eucalyptus," Baumgärtner revealed. Another innovation: for the first time, Chinese guests can pay their dues at numerous establishments using the Chinese online payment system Alipay.
Peter Inselkammer, Otto Lindinger and Clemens Baumgärtner • Photo: Anette Göttlicher
Safety concept to be continued
According to Baumgärtner, the proven safety concept for the world's largest public festival will be continued and adapted. This means: For the first time, electric scooters are also a topic: You can only drive with them - as with a car - up to the middle ring of barricades around the festival site. There is also a ban on bags and backpacks with a capacity of over three litres. The delivery traffic restriction until 9 a.m. remains in place. The same applies to sound systems and passenger information in the event of overcrowding. In addition, Baumgärtner explicitly pointed out the absolute ban on drones.
The new platform Oktoberfest.de
"I would also like to pay special attention to Oktoberfest.de," Baumgärtner stressed: "The site is now in municipal hands and thus the official Oktoberfest website." Gunnar Jans, Head of Content of the city portal muenchen.de, presented the new look & feel and services of the platform, which is explicitly aimed at Munich residents and tourists. Together with the expanded Oktoberfest App and the social media channels, the Oktoberfest.de site displays the entire digital world of Oktoberfest.
Baumgärtner summed up: "I think the site is well-crafted and a great experience on mobile devices. It can show visitors very well what the Oktoberfest is all about - fun for young and old, for every kind of purse, with an insanely large number of attractions in the gastronomic and carnival sectors.