The Munich Oktoberfest came to a close on Monday, and while it may have been one of the safest celebrations in recent years, turnout was the lowest it has been in 15 years with only 5.6 million visitors.
While bad weather affected the first half of the Oktoberfest, a lower turnout was expected after a string of terror attacks rocked Germany in July. The extra security precautions put into effect, including backpack bans and bag checks at every entrance, didn’t do enough to help convince those who were on the fence.
This low turnout was felt across the entire festival as merchandise, food and even beer sales were down considerably. Toni Roiderer, the tent proprietor spokesman, reported that the food and drink consumption was down 12-15 percent over last year.
Looking at the bright side of the record low numbers though is that attendees got better access to the beer tents and faced less pushing and shoving as they made their way through the event.