Munich’s three-week b̶e̶e̶r̶ folk festival doesn’t really need much of an introduction and while Oktoberfest clones have begun to pop up all over Europe in homage of the hop-tacular Bavarian celebrations, none can quite stack up to the sheer size and scale of the original.
This year’s festival opened on Saturday (We’re very excited to be going later this week so watch this space for the antics!) and will begin to chip away at the astounding figures involved in the festival. This is Oktoberfest 2016 by the numbers…
1.1 billion – The amount in Euro that Oktoberfest is worth to Munich economy
7.2 million – expected to attend this year’s Oktoberfest
6.9 million – litres of beer will be consumed over the 16 days, it looks a bit like this…
500,000 – Chickens will be consumed
420,000 – The size of Oktoberfest in mtr sq. That’s roughly the same size as Vatican City
300,000 – litres of tea and coffee will be poured
140,000 – The number of pork sausages that will be eaten
100,000 – The number of seats available
95,000 – Litres of wine will be consumed
40,000 – kg of fish will be consumed
12,000 – The amount a member of bar staff could earn during the festival in Euro
4,500 – The number of items handed into Lost+Found in 2015 (including 500 wallets, 80 cameras, 2 wedding rings and a table tennis bat!)
878 – The numbers of metres or urinals (plus 1,000 portaloo’s)
206 – Years since the first Oktoberfest in 1810
184 – The % increase in accommodation prices during the festival on average
108 – Varieties of beer available
20 – Small Tents
16 – Number of days the festival runs for
14 – Large Tents
1 – Master of Ceremonies who signals the start of the festival by cracking open the first barrel (Usually the major of Munich).
Does anybody else want a beer, a pork sausage and a few (hopefully memorable) days in Munich right now? You could still get over if you act now with multi-day packages starting from €209 exc flights.