The Wiesn 2023 - airy, loose, casual
(3.10.2023 - 2.30 p.m.) Has this ever happened before? A Wiesn like this one, with great weather almost all the time? In any case, sunshine, blue skies and summer temperatures ensured happy Uhr Wiesn guests and a relaxed festival until the very end. The visitors spread out over tents, beer gardens and streets and strolled leisurely from one highlight to the next. There were families with children on the festival grounds, senior citizens and all ages in between.
Wiesn-2023: All figures at a glance
- Guests: 7.2 million (2022: 5.7 million, 2019: 6.3 million)
- Beer: 6.5 million measures according to Wiesn innkeepers' estimates (2022: 7.1 million, 2019: 7.3 million)
- Wiesn lost property office: 3,250 lost property items (2022: 3,500)
- Krug theft: 115,600 Maßkrüge collected (2022: 137,790, 2019: 107,880)
- Energy: 2.8 million kWh of electricity consumed (12 percent less than 2022)
- Garbage: 300 tons of garbage disposed of, 7 percent less than the previous year
- Ambulance station: Aicher ambulance with 7,620 patients
7.2 million guests enjoyed the late summer weather
According to estimates by the festival management, 7.2 million guests (2022: 5.7 million, 2019: 6.3 million) came to the Theresienwiese during the 18 days up to and including Tuesday, October 3. Of these, around 480,000 visitors were counted at the Oidn Wiesn (2022: 230,000, 2019: 500,000). The speaker for work and economy, Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner: "We have experienced an Oktoberfest like out of a picture book, characterized by a summery, relaxed attitude to life. The Wiesn guests strolled around the festival grounds in a relaxed manner, took a look inside one beer tent or another, sat in the garden and tested the carousels. Water was the drink of the hour, along with beer. The exceptionally good and predominantly relaxed atmosphere at the Wiesn was praised from all sides."
Most guests from Munich and the surrounding area
The Oktoberfest is a regional festival with a high international profile. The majority of Wiesn guests come from Munich itself or from the surrounding area. This year, however, there were again noticeably many visitors from abroad on the Theresienwiese, from the USA, Austria, France and Italy. To immerse themselves completely in the Wiesn universe, guests from overseas also like to dress up in traditional costume. Festival management, showmen, market traders and innkeepers are very satisfied with the course of the festival.
Food and drink
The trend toward quality enjoyment continued right to the end. An increase of around 15 percent in food was reported by the small tents and the large Wiesn innkeepers. For many, classic Bavarian specialties are part and parcel of a visit to the Wiesn. The unbeaten bestseller was the chicken. The catering trade at the Oktoberfest also follows the social trend toward organic food, regional products, and vegetarian and vegan delicacies, and offers a wide range of choices. This means that all customer wishes could be fulfilled. Demand has leveled off. According to the breweries, Oktoberfest guests drank a total of 6.5 million liters of beer (2019: 7.3 million). The warm temperatures ensured an increase of around 50 percent in the consumption of non-alcoholic beverages. Guests relied primarily on water, which at times ran out in various tents. The tents were well filled, but not overcrowded, and the mood was party relaxed. The strongest days were the middle and the last Wiesn Saturday.
Official booking and resale portal
For the first time this year, there were online portals of the hosts where unused reservations could be exchanged or purchased at the original price. This transaction processing ensured a safe purchase and protected against extortionate prices charged on the black market. 21 medium-sized and large gastronomic businesses had chosen the Oktoberfest-Booking.com portal as their solution. The platform reported an average of 80,000 page views per day, with a peak of 100,000 views. Around 390 transactions were processed. Reservations for 440 tables for ten people each changed hands. Most tables were sold after a maximum of 12 minutes.
In street vending, too, water was the absolute hit among soft drinks in the summer temperatures. While ice cream and glazed fruits were in particularly high demand during the day, in the evening the desire for sweets such as roasted almonds or stomach bread also increased. Street vendors were particularly fond of bratwursts.
Give me the jugs
The attentive stewards took 115,600 beer steins (2022: 137,790, 2019: 107,880) from souvenir hunters at the exits of the tents and the festival grounds (extrapolation until the end of the Wiesn).
The operators of the fairground rides were extremely satisfied and pleased with the fantastic strolling fair, which brought their businesses very good attendance. Particularly in demand were, among other things, stores that provided a good wind and thus cooling. The operators of the children's rides were delighted with the crowds of families with children, especially on family days and Sundays.
For the souvenir stands, the constant movement on the fairgrounds was an advantage: every guest also strolled past at least one souvenir stand. Among the souvenirs, the chicken hat went through the roof and was already sold out in some places on October 2. Very popular were small souvenirs, pins and refrigerator magnets. Among the balloons, the Barbie balloons were the hit, at least among the girls.
Official Wiesn souvenirs and information booths by Munich Tourism
For the first time, there were three information booths of München Tourismus. Local visitors were primarily interested in the location of the drinking fountains or individual stands, while guests from abroad asked whether they needed an admission ticket to visit the tent, where they could change money and how best to get from point A to point B. In addition to German guests, there were also visitors from the USA and Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Brazil and France. The official Wiesn souvenirs sold very well.
The Wiesn hit - From Sanremo to the Wiesn
"Sara perché ti amo" - an Italo classic conquered the Wiesn in 2023. The song was written by the Italian band "Ricchi e Poveri" in 1981.
From the authorities' yard
Security is an absolute quality feature of the Wiesn. The police, fire department, ambulance station and all other authorities involved praised the excellent cooperation and security partnership with the private security companies as well as the "Safe Wiesn for Girls* and Women*" campaign, which offers the "Safe Space" in the Service Center.
The police speak of a predominantly harmonious Wiesn. (Oral report)
The fire department was very satisfied with the course of the festival (Oral report)
The Aicher Ambulance speaks of a quiet course. The deployment numbers are at a similar level as in 2019, despite the two additional days. Particularly pleasing is the drop in the number of underage drunk, which has been cut in half. (Oral Report)
Youth Protection handled a total of 16 intoxicated youth through October 1 and conducted five counseling sessions with youth and their parents. Seven lost children were attended to and nearly 100 parents were made aware of the ban on strollers after 6 p.m. The breastfeeding and diaper-changing room was very busy.
Lost and found
The Wiesn lost-and-found office counted around 3,250 items, about 250 fewer than last year. These included 640 wallets, 580 items of clothing, 520 ID cards, 400 cell phones/smartphones, 380 bank cards, 200 keys, 310 pairs of glasses/sunglasses, 120 bags, backpacks and pouches, 40 umbrellas and 60 pieces of jewelry. Around 800 items of lost property were handed over during the Wiesn. Always exciting: Did the owner of the oatmeal shoes or the owner of the red high heels go home barefoot? The greatest demand was for lost cell phones and smartphones. Often, a person's entire life is stored on them.
Electricity, gas, water
Electricity consumption of around 2.8 million kilowatt hours was 12 percent lower than in 2022 when converted to 18 days. Water consumption of 84,500 cubic meters was around 7.2 percent higher than in 2022 when converted to the same period.Around 100,000 measures of water were dispensed at the five drinking water wells. Gas consumption of 138,340 cubic meters converted to 18 days was about 6.5 percent higher than in 2022, with heating gas added in 2023 because all garden heaters were installed again. This resulted in the increase, although heating gas was used less and cooking gas less. The Munich Stubn dispensed with gas altogether.
KVR - Food monitoring
The food monitoring department carried out a total of 1360 operational inspections in 393 establishments. The food establishments were inspected several times a day for proper operational, product and personnel hygiene as well as labeling. There were also early inspections of the proper delivery of goods (functional refrigeration and cleanliness). Deficiencies in operational and product hygiene as well as in the company's own controls were remedied immediately. Samples of foodstuffs and consumer goods were taken. Complaints received were investigated immediately and the reported deficiencies rectified without delay. The district administration department responsible for this area reports that a very high standard of hygiene has been established at the Wiesn.
The Health Department was very satisfied with drinking water hygiene, jug washing hygiene and hygiene in public areas. This continued the successful trend of previous years. The approximately 105 samples taken from the drinking fountains were consistently unremarkable and confirmed the impeccable quality of the water.
The TÜV speaks of an overall quiet Wiesn comparable to 2019. The investigation into the Höllenblitz ride has been completed. After a further inspection, the ride was able to resume operation.
Waste Management Office
A total of 848,745 kilograms of waste were removed in the period from August 28 to October 1. This included 712,330 kilograms of residual waste for disposal, 5,780 kilograms of residual waste for energy recovery, 77,380 kilograms of paper, cardboard and cardboard packaging and 53,255 kilograms of mixed broken glass. From October 4, a recycling center will be set up for the first time at Theresienwiese to dispose of the waste fractions residual waste, PPK (paper, cardboard, cardboard packaging), bulky waste, scrap iron and electrical appliances.
The Oktoberfest 2023 once again required an extensive effort by the street cleaning department of the construction division. In addition to the special shifts during the procession of the Oktoberfest hosts and the traditional costume parade, there was a great deal of activity every night from around 2 a.m. onward. By 8 a.m. on the dot, the entire festival grounds were once again in perfect condition. This year, a total of 91 tons of trash (2022: 88 tons) was swept up and transported away; water consumption to clean up the traffic areas on the festival grounds totaled around 1,850 cubic meters. Up to 30 employees and a large contingent of technical equipment were deployed each night.
Following the festival area, the street surroundings were cleaned daily. Around 66 tons of trash (2022: 66 tons) was generated here. During the day, an electric vehicle and a small sweeper were also used on the festival site, as far as the flow of visitors allowed.
MVG reports significantly higher passenger numbers. Passengers were in an exceptionally good mood. Due to the large crowds at the evening departure, the stations Theresienwiese and Goetheplatz had to be closed again and again for short periods.
Committed efforts by all involved
All the departments in the service center put in a great effort this year. The festival management would like to thank all colleagues as well as all Wiesn visitors for the smooth and excellent cooperation!