Oktoberfest not what it used to be…end marred by crowd chaos

on 04/10/10 at 10:41 am


Oktoberfest  shuts off its taps on Monday evening after Munich’s beer festival welcomed record numbers of visitors to its 200th anniversary celebration. But along with the crowds came chaos this weekend.

Police in the Bavarian capital told daily Süddeutsche Zeitung that during the annual autumn festival’s final weekend they observed an “unprecedented flow of visitors” not only on the Wiesn, but also in the city’s streets.

On Sunday, beer tents, beer gardens in the area, and the special historical area set up in honour of the anniversary had to be closed for several hours due to overcrowding.

Oktoberfest organiser Gabriele Weishäupl told the paper the festival visitors, which police estimated to be as many as 800,000 on Saturday, had “spilled over.”

“There’s no longer a folksy mood,” she said.

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