The visitors also enjoyed a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, inviting everybody to celebrate the Oktoberfest. Visits on weekdays and during noons and afternoons became increasingly popular and the Wiesn has regained the favour of families. Also, more senior citizens found their way to the Oktoberfest, initiated by the Wiesn-tables for elder guests by the city of Munich and the proprietors of the smaller tents. The Oide Wiesn vintage area retained its reputation as favourite place for local guests from Munich.
In fashion, the combination of traditional dirndl dresses or leather pants and sneakers was a trend. An estimated 6.3 million visitors (2015: 5,9 million in 16 days; 2017: 6,2 million in 18 days) came to the Oktoberfest, including 500.000 guests at the Oide Wiesn (2015: 535.000, 2017: 480.000).
According to data of the ATM machines, the whole world visited the Oktoberfest, the top 10 being: USA, Great Britain, Austria, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Australia, Sweden and Belgium.
The Oktoberfest post office reported an average of 500 sent postcards per day. Beer mugs mostly went to Australia, Asia and the USA, gingerbread hearts were sent to Italy and Austria and due to the beautiful weather, most guests could also send their warm winter clothes right back home.
Festival officials, carnies, vendors and tent proprietors are happy with the final results.
The increased safety measures have been optimized and gotten used to by guests and security personnel. The stewards were mostly praised for their helpfulness and friendliness.
Food and Drinks
There was an increased appetite at this year’s Wiesn: The tent proprietors reported an increase of 10% in food sales, with a big request for traditional dishes like duck, pork legs, roast pork and kässpatzen (thimble dumplings with cheese).
Special offers at noon time and street vendors also attracted many hungry guests. Summer-like temperatures also provided a high request for ice-cream.
At the Ochsenbraterei, 124 oxen (2015: 114, 2017: 127) were consumed. The Kalbsbraterei reported 48 eaten calves (2015:50, 2017:59).
According to the breweries, the guests drank 7.5 million litres of beer (2015: 7,3 million, 2017: 7,5 million), alcohol-free beverages ended with a plus of 10%.
Security personnel collected 101.000 mugs at the tent exits.
Fun rides and Carnies
The speakers of the fun ride owners and carnies reported “A great Wiesn”. Traditional family businesses like “Rund um den Tegernsee” and “Zugspitzbahn” were just as popular as new attractions.
Fridge magnets and similar items were the souvenirs most sold. In the balloon department, unicorns and flamingos were the absolute favourites. At night, balloons equipped with LEDs lighted the way for Oktoberfest guests.
You can also order your favourite souvenirs online at the Oktoberfest.de Shop.
This year’s newcomer hit was “Cordula Grün” by Josh, followed by revolutionaries’ classic “Bella Ciao”. Neil Diamonds’ “Sweet Caroline” or “Highway To Hell” by AC/DC still rocked the beer tents.
The official Oktoberfest-App on the rise
In its second year, the official Oktoberfest App was received very positively by visitors, tent runners and carnies. A total of 170.000 downloads and twice as many downloads as last year (80.000) show its success.
Lost and Found
By the end of the Wiesn, the Oktoberfest lost and found office counted 2.685 finds, among them: 840 passports, 460 wallets, 350 pieces of clothing, 350 phones, 300 keys, 140 glasses, 130 pieces of jewellery, 90 bags and rucksacks, 20 umbrellas and 5 cameras.
Remarkable finds were also: Both of one couple’s wedding rings, a food delivery box, a sheet for documenting accidents on your way to work from 2015, a laptop, a brochure display stand, a dog leash, golden ballerinas and a company’s internal shooting stand ranking.