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Oktoberfest boss attacks boozing and music

The Local · 4 May 2012, 18:20

Published: 04 May 2012 18:20 GMT+02:00

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Oktoberfest’s new boss Dieter Reiter revealed his plan to stop youngsters getting too drunk at the festival, by putting a complete bottle ban in place, daily paper the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

A new festival area bottle ban would mostly affect food stalls which often sell bottles of booze alongside their traditional Bavarian treats.

Reiter wants to shake things up inside the tents too, as part of his master-plan is to change the reservation system inside the large beer tents that the festival is famed for.

As it stands, tables in the more popular tents are often booked a year in advance, with some even selling out completely. This means that the only way less-organised visitors can hope for a space in a tent is to queue up before they open to bag one of the few spare seats.

And what this can, and often does, encourage is a very early start to the day’s intoxication as people hang around drinking while waiting for a seat. Reiter wants to leave 35 percent of inside tables free for people to claim on the day – meaning less of an early morning scrum.

“The current system is simply unsustainable,” Reiter told the Süddeutsche Zeitung. As chairman of the Munich city council's finance committee, he became the de facto boss of the Oktoberfest this year after the previous organiser Gabriele Weishäupl retired.

This would require a considerable layout reshuffle, the prospect of which has the tent managers annoyed and catering staff less than impressed, as they would have to change a finely tuned table service system.

Live music has also come under Reiter’s critical eye. He would like the noise levels to be brought down to lower than 90 decibels, meaning that the traditional brassy Schlager bands would have to figure out how to rein their volume in.

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Final decisions will be made when the council in charge of Munich’s economy, and also its lucrative Oktoberfest will sit down to battle it out on Tuesday. The changes given the go-ahead will be enforced at Oktoberfest 2013.

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19:17 May 4, 2012 by smart2012
A very primitive party for primitive people... Munich wonderful except during Oktoberfest
19:28 May 4, 2012 by Englishted
Well I been there 10 times and enjoyed everytime but last time was in 2000,

so if somebody wants to send me and pay or me I could tell you of the changes both good and bad.

As a footnote I found it easier to travel from England there which I did 9 times than living in N.R.W. . I made it there once in the first year and have never been able to afford it since :-(
22:15 May 4, 2012 by Bavaria Mike
Glad I got to see Octoberfest before all the stupid and crazy rules went into affect. I will never go back to that insane festival especially with the new rules of how to have fun. I will be surprised if they actually have another record breaking crowd this year. My last trip to Ofest, we had to leave the festival to get a beer.
06:33 May 5, 2012 by mos101392
Don't Panic people!

The Oktoberfest is over rated anyways. As an American living in Germany, I've been to the Oktoberfest, (numerous), times and the Stuttgarter spring/summer fest, (WASEN), numerous times and the Wasen offers everything the Oktoberfest has to offer. It may also be the same size as the Oktoberfest. For anyone traveling from the north, and that should include most everyone, Stuttgart offers less travel time.
07:39 May 5, 2012 by Bigfoot76
Maybe the problem is the price for a Maß is not high enough. Surely if they charge 15 Euro each it will stop the binge drinking. They keep boosting the price each year anyways.

For those who complain about the Oktoberfest, you are absolutely right not to go. You should stay away and go somewhere else so there is more room for those of us who do enjoy it.
11:00 May 5, 2012 by smart2012
Yes big foot, I leave it to u to go. BUT (as I live in Munich). Could u avoid to:

Pee on the street/u bahn

Puke on the street / u bahn

Fight with people on the street / u bahn

Smell like pee and poop

Etc etc

12:27 May 5, 2012 by Bigfoot76
As I also live in Munich and attend Oktoberfest regularly, I have to ask you what did you expect living in "The Beer Capital" of the world? With literally millions of people visiting Oktoberfest from all over the world many of whom younger and over estimating the amount of beer they can consume...did you think that everyone would behave like model citizens/tourists?

Even sober it is ridiculous to believe that there would not be a large number of trouble makers amongst anywhere from 4-7 million people (record over 7 million 1985).

Yes it is a huge inconvenience but so are family reunions where you also get the puke. pee, poop (grandparents and children) and even the occasional fist fight. The difference is, you don't get a nifty collectable Maß and a giant Brezn with the family reunions.

I admit it is not as pretty as a flower filled meadow in the Allgäu but for those who are not too soft...it is bearable. Go on vacation if it is too much for you.
13:07 May 5, 2012 by smart2012
Being the beer capital does not mean to be the drunken people capital. I have been in champagne area in France. This is one of the capitals of wine, and u do not see those things.

I think Oktoberfest is too extreme and primitive and I have to pay consequences every year for 3 weeks. And in my family reunion I never saw a lady peeing in her pants in the middle of the street, or people fighting and bleeding on the floor.

Sorry, but I cannot find any excuses to a festival which originally was made for a great principle, and now has completely degenerated without control, just for a commercial reason.
16:25 May 5, 2012 by willowsdad
See? The smoking ban was just the camel getting its nose in the Festzelt. So hab' ich euch gesagt!
05:17 May 7, 2012 by Stan_Calw
The routine I like is I'm there by 10:30am, take a few photo's. buy a few krugs,have lunch and about 3 biers, the hop a taxi to the city and then jump the train for the ride home. End of a perfect day!
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