Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 200 years, there's no doubt you've heard tales of the annual 16 day Bavarian beer fest. Running from late September through til the first week of October, young and old strap on their Lederhosen, lace up their Dirndl's and gather together to consume copious amounts of golden nectar and Bavarian cuisine.
While other countries around the world have Oktoberfest celebration's, none rival the Munich Wiesn with a staggering 5.9 million guests. These thirsty guests consume a staggering 7.7million litres of beer and 114 oxen and 50 calves (Sorry Vegans). With such large amounts of the liquid gold flowing it's no surprise that that Oktoberfest has built such a large reputation.
As the beer tents fill and the beers flow, it's easy to get into the Oktoberfest spirit. Whilst feeling like a beer drinking god as you scull your liquid gold filled Stein atop a table to the rowdy applause of your fellow beer-goers or making a mockery of pop classics with 5,000 other drunk revelers: it would be understandable to want a trophy for your triumphant beer drinking right? You did pay 10 euros for that beer after all. You wouldn't be alone in your drunken memento attempt with tent security stopping a massive 110,000 people form taking their Stein home with them in 2015.
The Lost and Found office can, as usual, come up with some very surprising finds. Apart from 600 passports, 580 wallets, 320 mobile phones, 220 bags and rucksacks, 18 cameras, 230 glasses and 45 pieces of jewelry and watches, there are also some unusual items, some of them still waiting to be collected by their rightful owner: Two wedding-rings, one brand new iPhone 6 and 4 tickets for the sold out football match between Bayern Munich and Hannover 96.
The top finds of the Oktoberfest 2015 are: 21 children and teenagers (taken care of by the Red Cross or municipal authorities, until they get back to their parents), A dog, two dirndl-dresses and two pair of Lederhosen... We chose not to ask further questions.
So what's to lose? Besides your dignity, some euros, material objects or soft squishy children? There's nothing to lose. Oktoberfest is an experience, and one everybody should experience at least once.
-Statistics thanks to http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/
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