Oktoberfest 2017 has come to an end, and the statistics are in: a staggering 7.5 million liters of beer was consumed by 6.2 million visitors over 18 days.
Record Numbers at Oktoberfest 2017
The 184th Oktoberfest in Munich ended as one of the most successful in its history, with excellent weather contributing to the festival’s 2017 results. With the official estimate of 6.2 million visitors, numbers were up by over half a million people from the previous year.
And according to data from ATMs on the festival grounds, it appears the entire world was at Oktoberfest this year. Outside of Germany, the top 10 countries represented were the USA, UK, Austria, France, Switzerland, Australia, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Denmark. Visitors from another 65 countries also attended.
Oktoberfest Security a Winner – Safety and security measures introduced in the previous year proved popular, with visitors welcoming additional screening and the ban on backpacks and large handbags.
Police have praised the cooperation between local authorities, the Red Cross and festival security personnel.
Oktoberfest 2017 Food & Drink
Beer tent owners reported being very satisfied with the consumption of food and drink, specifically at the smaller tents which all enjoyed an increase in visitors over previous years. Food stalls throughout the festival grounds also noticed a slight increase in punters.
127 oxen and 57 calves were consumed at the Ochsenbraterei and Kalbsbraterei tents respectively at Oktoberfest 2017. Over half a million roast chickens are also eaten at Oktoberfest every year.
Other Interesting Statistics
Some of the more interesting statistics that round up this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich:
- 120,000 beer mugs were confiscated by tent security from guests attempting to take home a “souvenir”.
- 5 lost children and 14 youths were assisted by the local youth welfare office.
- 4,055 items were collected at the lost & found office. Among them were 1,300 passports, 620 items of clothing, 600 wallets, 520 mobile phones, 360 sets of keys, 325 pairs of glasses, 120 umbrellas, 100 bags, 95 jewellery items and 15 cameras. Worthy of a special mention are a set of dentures, a pair of crutches, a drinking horn, a pair of leather pants, a women’s luxury watch, and a vehicle number plate from the German district of Limburg-Weilburg.
- More Oktoberfest trivia here.
Thirsty for Oktoberfest? Join us in the beer tents at Oktoberfest 2018.