Visitors to Oktoberfest 2014, which numbered 6.3 million, drank substantially less beer than last year – topping consumption at just 6.4 million litres.
While Munich’s 181st Oktoberfest didn’t achieve the all-time record of the previous year, where 6.4 million thirsty guests guzzled their way through a staggering 7.7 million litres of beer, they brought with them much hunger: 112 oxen, 48 calves and over 600,000 chickens were eaten at the festival.
Thirsty visitors made a serious effort to break the beer consumption record again
Tent security stopped an incredible 112,000 people from taking their empty beer mugs home with them.
Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter called this year’s festival “unbelievably pleasant,” and police and rescue services were also very pleased. Only 600 punters had to be treated for alcohol poisoning this year, down from 629 last year and 739 in 2012.
The drop in visitors is thought to be because of poor weather – it was unusually cold this year compared to previous years.
Interesting Oktoberfest 2014 Statistics:
- 7,900 patients were attended to by the Bavarian Red Cross
- Munich police made 720 arrests (39 fewer than last year) at the festival
Lost & Found at Oktoberfest 2014
The Lost & Found office received:
- over 900 passports
- 530 wallets
- 330 mobile phones
- 305 bags
- 31 cameras
- 230 glasses
- 55 pieces of jewelry and watches.
Some of the more unusual items included two wedding-rings, a petticoat, a set of cymbals, a transport box for cats, and 4 tickets for the sold out football match between Bayern Munich and Hannover 96.
Still missing is a German Federal Cross of Merit (2nd Class).
Of course none of these items are quite as outrageous as the missing VW Golf which was lost for 5 weeks at last year’s festival.
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