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Oktoberfest Mid-Term Report 2019

A feel-good Oktoberfest with 3.3 million visitors

Almost summer temperatures, 3.3 million guests, satisfied showmen and culinary delights - that is the conclusion at halftime of the Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest boss Clemens Baumgärtner was happy about a "relaxed and beautiful Oktoberfest" and also police and fire brigade speak of a quiet course so far. The most exciting facts at a glance...
Clemens Baumgärtner Clemens Baumgärtner • Photo: Leonie Liebich

A "quality Oktoberfest" with 3.3 million guests

"This is celebrating at a high level", Clemens Baumgärtner summed up at the official presentation of the interim balance at the Wiesn. The motto "quality instead of quantity" is reflected, for example, in the feel-good atmosphere and the late summer weather. According to the festival management, a total of about 3.3 million guests came to the Theresienwiese, 250,000 of them to the Oide Wiesn (2018: 240,000).

He was particularly pleased about the high number of families and children who increasingly visited the festival grounds again. The locals celebrate together with guests from Australia, China, Canada, Japan and the USA. And the rest of Europe was also well represented with Great Britain, Austria, Norway, Italia and Switzerland.

Searching for the "Wiesnhit"

And apropos singing - what about Wiesnhit so far? "That's news, there's no new Wiesnhit in sight. If we have one, then as always "Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit". But what is not, can still become. Otherwise classics and Austropop are very popular and the alternative songs on the Oidn Wiesn are a great musical addition. All in all, the landlords and market traders are also satisfied with the course of the Wiesn so far.

The beer consumption is stable compared to the previous year, exact figures will only be available at the end of the Wiesn. The trend in food is towards quality enjoyment - regional, vegetarian and vegan products are increasingly in demand this year and the Mittagswiesn is also well received. The guests were certainly hungry: 72 oxen were eaten in the Ochsenbraterei, two more than last year, the Kalbsbraterei reported 25 calves (2018: 29 calves).

Trend 2019: Pink Lamas Trend 2019: Pink Lamas • Photo: Leonie Liebich

Pink Lamas and Historical Cones: The Trends in Showmanship

The high-tech innovations in the rides are just as well received as the traditional Oktoberfest attractions. The new historic bowling alley in front of the museum tent is particularly popular. And children are particularly enthusiastic about sweet gingerbread lamas and running lama balloons.

Just as curious as this pink novelty are the finds in the lost and found office again this year - among the 1,370 lost and found objects (2018: 865) so far are an originally packed shower hose, a hand vacuum cleaner, toothpaste, a basin, crutches and a statue of Liberty.

Marcus da Gloria Martins, spokesman for the Munich police Marcus da Gloria Martins, spokesman for the Munich police • Photo: Leonie Liebich

Police, fire brigade and paramedics speak of a quiet course of action

Marcus da Gloria Martins, spokesman for the Munich police, explained with a smile: "Also this year, the prices for overnight stays at the Munich police are stable". He spoke so far of an unusually peaceful celebration. A total of 1010 police missions and 465 criminal offences have taken place so far. 220 drunkenness offences because of E-Scooters were reported in the city area. However, the situation was stable and the cooperation with the providers worked well. "The Munich Oktoberfest is safe from our point of view," the police spokesman summarized.

The fire brigade also spoke of a quiet course - the so called Wiesnwache had to sound the alarm only nine times. The Aicher ambulance reported a normal course with less serious injuries. The conclusion of Wiesn boss Baumgärtner: "Many thanks that it was such a beautiful Oktoberfest so far! Let's make it just as beautiful in the second week".