With the Oktoberfest so close, there’s almost nothing else we can think about now – so we’ve been trying to still our hunger by reading up on the Wiesn as much as possible. And while doing so, we can across so many important, funny, and just plain crazy figures, that we decided to list them for you.
The Oktoberfest 2012 welcomed an amazing 6.4 million visitors, drank 6.9 million litres of beer – i.e. 1.08 litres per person! Sound crazy? That’s actually under the average per-capita consumption since 1980, which is around 1.12 litres. The most recent visitor number records were set in 2000 and 2011, both with around 6.9 million visitors, while the all-time high was in 1985: 7.1 million Oktoberfest visitors. Today, there are around 100,000 seats available every day, at which a visitor will spend an average of €54; meanwhile, around 500,000 brave chickens give their lives every year for the pleasure of Oktoberfest-goers.
It’s not just the Wiesn (measuring 43 hectares, of which 31 hectares are covered with the Oktoberfest), but the entire city of Munich that records extraordinary figures. The local transport authority reckons that there around 4 million extra journeys, for example; the Oktoberfest also creates 12,000 jobs, of which 8,000 are permanent and 4,000 temporary. In an average year, the owners of the tents and fairground rides have a turnover of around €450 million, of which €3.5 to €4 million head straight into the city coffers.
The Wiesn tents are supplied electricity using 43 kilometres of cables, through which roughly 2.7 million kilowatt hours are fed (13% of the Munich’s daily electricity consumption). A large tent consumes around 400KW, while a fairground ride needs 300KW. Around 200,000 cubic metres of natural gas are supplied to the tents through around four kilometres of pipes.
The most important fuel, however, is the beer, of which around 60,000 hectolitres are sold in a standard year. It comes in 200-litre barrels or – as of 2012 – through underground pipes.
Now, if you can remember all of this after your average 1.12 litres of beer, then… those 1.12 litres are on us!