A first balance: Peaceful and relaxed start
The festival hosts, market traders, showmen and authorities speak of a "peaceful and relaxed start" on the first weekend. The Department of Labor and Economic Affairs estimates that around 700,000 visitors flocked to the Theresienwiese. In 2019, the figure was around one million. Oktoberfest boss Clemens Baumgärtner: "I am pleased about a pleasant start to the Oktoberfest, to which everyone, showmen, market traders, innkeepers, the city of Munich and of course the guests have made their contribution. For the next two weeks we still wish that Petrus remembers again what decent Oktoberfest weather looks like."
Host spokesman Christian Schottenhamel estimates that as many guests came as at the last Wiesn and speaks of a euphoric mood, because people are happy to be able to celebrate together again at the Oktoberfest. The spokesman for the small Oktoberfest tents, Otto Lindinger, has noticed a clear rejuvenation of the audience. For Yvonne Heckl of the Oidn Wiesn, it was "chill and quiet" there and the guests were blissfully strolling.
When it came to food, the Oktoberfest chicken was again the big seller, but vegetarian dishes were also in demand. Bratwurstl and roasted almonds also went down a treat. Because of the tasty weather, the covered rides such as the Ferris wheel or ghost trains naturally had an advantage on the weekend. The beer gardens were therefore also poorly occupied, which had an effect on beer consumption.