Munich (dpa) – After two mostly rainy weeks, the Oktoberfest ends on Monday. The first Wiesn after two canceled Corona years will probably remain without records. Nevertheless, there was a happy partying in the beer tents, many were happy about a relaxed atmosphere with less crowds. At 1:00 p.m., the festival management wants to take stock together with the police, fire brigade and medical service.
Bad weather had repeatedly slowed down the influx of visitors. The number of guests is expected to fall short of the last pre-pandemic Wiesn in 2019. At that time, 6.3 million guests came.
So that the guests can warm themselves inside, mulled wine has been served since Sunday a week ago. Beer flowed less: Around 10 to 15 percent less was probably served, it was said at halftime.
The Oide Wiesn with historic fairground rides in the southern part of the site was significantly less popular up to half-time.
Fixed director Clemens Baumgärtner (CSU), however, has always made it clear that one is not on the hunt for records. It is important that the festival could take place again after a two-year Corona break.
Corona did not seem to play a major role for those who came to the festival. However, as expected, the incidence has recently shot up significantly. On Friday it was 792.8 in the city of Munich. That was almost a fourfold increase compared to Friday two weeks ago – i.e. the day before the Oktoberfest began.
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