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Inofficial Oktoberfest Hit Song 2009

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

16 days of Oktoberfest madness come to an end today, and the public has found the inofficial “Wies’n Hit 2009″, i.e. the one song that was new in 2009 and received immediate root support by both the visitors to the festival and the bands in the beer tents. You know immediately that you face a Oktoberfest hit song when the band plays the song about once an hour, and the visitors know the songtext inside-out. This year it is Chris Boettcher’s 10 Meter geh’ (“walk 10 meters” in English). It is a truly Bavarian song, complete with oompa music (and thus perfect for Oktoberfest)!

The song is a funny little number that explores the difficult world of “top model” casting shows where the girls actually do not much more than to walk ten meters, something that everybody can do from early childhood. :-) Here is the respective video on Youtube: 10 Meter geh’. Very funny!

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O’zapft is

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Yesterday the 176th edition of the original Oktoberfest in Munich has begun. As always, a big parade of the tent owners and several traditional folk bands marched through the city center of Munich towards the Theresienwiese. The parade was lead by the Munich Child, dressed in the traditional black and yellow cape. When Munich’s Lord Mayor Christian Ude passed my location, I already noticed that he was in an extremely positive mood. He made jokes and was laughing loud while waving to the people. So it’s no surprise that he took just two hits to open the first barrel of beer at the Schottenhamel tent at noon, yelling  “O’zapft is” and wishing a peaceful Oktoberfest.

Now we have 16 days of madness in the city.

If you want to know more about the practicalities of Oktoberfest, I suggest to visit our sister site, Oktoberfest Insider.

The Munich Child (Stefanie Krätz) waves to the people.
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Munich’s Lord Mayor Christian Ude waves to the people during the opening parade of Oktoberfest.
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One of the horses of the Spaten brewery wagon receives a few good words to calm down.
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The main entrance of the Augustiner tent is already closed a few minutes after the official opening of Oktoberfest 2009.
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People walk along the beer street thirty minutes after the official opening of the Munich Oktoberfest. The tourism office expects about 6 million visitors from all over the world to come to the largest folk festival in the world.
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Oktoberfest 2009 – just seven more weeks to go!

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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Ah, it’s that time of the year again – Oktoberfest is approaching: Exactly seven weeks from now we will hear Munich’s Lord Mayor, Christian Ude, yell “O’zapt is”, and then we will have sixteen days of utter madness in the city. A good indicator for the upcoming festival is that people have already started to talk about who will go when, and with whom, and to which tent. Yep, a certain energy can be felt in the city. It’s Oktoberfest time. Wonderful.

So I thought it might be a good idea to see how much of the festival can actually be seen already. Well, the summer was OK for Munich so far, and the workers could make good progress over the past weeks. The big tents are up, some of them even have their tarpaulins already. The tents are surrounding by containers, and workers are busy drilling, hammering, pulling, hauling, and moving stuff.

Meanwhile, the city is also preparing for the rush. Hotels seem to have still some capacity, especially from Monday to Thursday. Until now, the booking was slightly slower than in previous years. This does not come as a surprise, given that many people across the world are feeling the pinch of the economic crisis. Oktoberfest 2009 won’t be a record-year for the tent-owners. But then again, the Oktoberfest will still be packed with people, and they will be enjoying the beer as they did in the years before. (The only difference for locals and ad-hoc tourists will be that they will be able to get benches and tables more easily.)

If you want to know more about the Munich Oktoberfest, please visit our sister site, Oktoberfest Insider where you can find the ultimate Oktoberfest FAQ as well as photos, tips on how to dress, and links to hotels that are close to the festival.

The photos below represent the status as of yesterday, Friday 31st July 2009.

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Oktoberfest 2009 beer price +3.8%

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

As every year in spring, the city of Munich has announced the official price-span for drinks at the official Oktoberfest 2009 in Munich. This year, one liter of beer will cost you between 8.10 Euro and 8.60 Euro; the weighted average price is 8.44 Euro. Compared to 2008, this means a price increase of 3.8% (after 5% last year).

As a side note, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the beer price over the past 24 years is 4.1% (i.e. the prices increased each year on average by 4.1%), so this year is slightly below this average. Then again – 8.60 for a liter of beer?

Which brings me to more practical issues – the cheapest tent this year are two smaller tents, Burtscher and Heinz Heilmaier oHG Hbr., where one liter of beer costs “just” 8.10 Euro.

Apparently, Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest beer are not seeing a crisis, and this surprises me a bit, to be honest. Yes, people still are thirsty during Oktoberfest, but when everybody else is feeling the pain from the economical downturn, I’d have expected at least a flat pricing that reflects reality. Companies will further cut budgets for team incentives at Oktoberfest, and individuals will probably either stay at home more often during the fest, or consume less while in the tent. It will be interesting to see how the “what crisis?” strategy actually will turn out.

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