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Oktoberfest ends with some wild facts and figures

October 22, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Nine hundred passports were lost at the Munich Oktoberfest this year. The famous beer and fun festival (which lovers of trivia know takes place each September, not October) is over for 2014, after 6.3 million visitors downed 6.5 million litres of beer. This sterling effort was slightly less than last year’s 6.7 million litres.

As well as the 900 passports, 530 wallets, 330 mobile phones, 305 bags and rucksacks, 31 cameras, 230 glasses and 55 pieces of jewellery and watches were mislaid. Most were retrieved by Lost and Found and reunited with their owners.

Still waiting to be collected are two wedding-rings, one brand new iPhone 6 and four tickets for the sold-out football match between Bayern Munich and Hannover 96.Oktoberfest

The top finds of the Oktoberfest 2014 were: a petticoat, a set of cymbals and a transport box for cats. Still missing is a German Federal Cross of Merit (2nd Class).

No one was left behind at the Missing Children Office after Oktoberfest finished. The 48 lost children and teenagers were taken care of by the Red Cross or municipal authorities until they were collected.

As well as all the beer consumed, revellers devoured 112 oxen and 48 calves (cooked).

Tent security stopped guests making off with 112,000 beer steins, up from 81,000 in 2013. A fair few guests do manage to “souvenir” litre steins but the organisers don’t like publishing those figures.

Munich police hailed as “very gratifying” a drop of almost 40% in so-called “beer mug brawls”.

Airbnb, the private accommodation exchange marketplace, said it had been a major source of accommodation for tourists flocking to the beer festival, with over 30,000 visitors choosing Airbnb to arrange accommodation during the three-week beer celebration. That represented an increase of more than 80% for Airbnb compared to last year. The average number of nights per booking was just under eight nights.

Visitors from over 80 different countries arrived for the festivities, with Australians up there with USA, England, Italy and Germany.

Crime was down overall, although a male tourist was raped after going into bushes to urinate. In another incident, an American soldier was shot twice in the legs by German police after rampaging through a Munich hospital with a fire extinguisher, threatening staff and patients.

The soldier was reported to have woken up drunk while being treated for a head wound and refused to put down the extinguisher. His wounds are not life threatening.

In a more bizarre case, a man taking a haunted house ride leaped out of his ghost train carriage and attacked an evil spirit puppet, demolishing it before being arrested.

The most popular songs in the beer tents were “Atemlos” by Helene Fischer, “Auf uns” by Andreas Bourani and “Brenna tuats guat” by Hubert von Goisern.

Written by : Peter Needham

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