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Oktoberfest visitor numbers stable but stealing more glasses

The Local · 25 Sep 2011, 14:35

Published: 25 Sep 2011 14:35 GMT+02:00

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They are drinking as much as last year too, with 3.4 million litres being sold in the first seven days. Changeable weather at the start of the festival had been succeeded by ‘perfect conditions,’ said Gabriele Weishäuple, Oktoberfest manager.

Most of the people attending – 72 percent - came from Munich and the surrounding area, with a further eight percent from other parts of Germany. The other 20 percent were foreigners, with many from Italy, but also Canada, Russia, Spain, the USA and Asian countries, she said.

While thirst for beer has remained unchanged, the appetite for meat seems to have declined somewhat, with only 58 oxen having been consumed so far, compared with 61 at this stage of the festival last year. Traditional sweets such as candyfloss are a great hit this years, said Weishäupl.

Many guests have been showing up in traditional clothing – Germans in lederhosen and dirndls, and Scots, Dutch and people from South Tirol wearing their own national costumes.

Munich Mayor Christian Ude said that so far the festival had been peaceful and safe, with the only unwelcome increase being the number of people caught trying to steal the enormous glasses in which the beer is served.

This time last year 68,000 people had been caught trying to steal them – this year 96,000 have been attempting to leave with a massive glass.

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Your comments about this article

15:56 September 25, 2011 by raandy
The price I paid for beer in recent times makes you think the mug is included.
16:04 September 25, 2011 by zeddriver
I have not been to a festival yet that does not require you to leave a deposit for the glass. Is it different in Munich?
16:36 September 25, 2011 by scottiemac
I love the Oktoberfest. What a great atmosphere in the tents and in the whole area. I'll be visiting there again next week. To zeddriver, no deposit on the glasses. There are big signs telling you not to take the glasses with you and they have security on the doors to enforce it. I used to buy a glass each year but now I have so many I've been warned by the other half not to buy any more.
11:16 September 26, 2011 by ECSNatale
At 9€ for a beer, I guess people feel a bit robbed at these prices and don't mind taking their glass.
11:52 September 27, 2011 by Eastard
They should do better than this... If they sell 7 million liters for 9 euro each that would be 60+ million euro or ~~100 million US ... not including food and lodging revenues.... Yes they have overhead but this is a festival They should sell glasses at the tent exits to patrons for less than those outside the tent... or sell the beer in a special glass for keeping... I know the Germans are nuts about special glass for each beer... but...
08:59 September 28, 2011 by Keydeck
"this year 96,000 have been attempting to leave with a massive glass."

Do you mean a "Maß glass"?
09:30 September 28, 2011 by fettermann
9 euro per bier, or 30 euro if you want to buy a glass....
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