MUNICH, GERMANY -- Some 6.4 million people visited the annual Munich Oktoberfest which came to a close on Sunday after two weeks of some serious partying by visitors from around the world.
Guests at the 180th "Wiesn," as locals call it, downed 6.7 million so called "Mass" one liter beers and devored 114 oxen and 58 calves while the consumption of "Brathendl," or roasted chickens was slightly lower than in previous years, according to the organizers.
In its "final report," Oktoberfest organizers also said that visitors of the 14 beer tents tried to steal 81,000 glass mugs which were confiscated at the various exits.
The same report also mentions that the Oktoberfest lost and found office was handed some 4,200 objects, among them 1,065 identity cards or passports, 520 wallets, 320 smart phones, 300 bags and 50 cameras.
Spokesman Dieter Reiter said the beer tent landlords had hoped to crack the 7 million mark for sold beers again but failed due to the weather conditions.
"I am convinced that we would have had a lot more, had it not been for the cold weather and rain during the second week," said Reiter.
"Especially the evenings were very empty because after 6 p.m., it was really quite cold and nobody sat in the beer garden. This also had an effect on the beer consumption."
"Even hard core Wiesn (Oktoberfest) fans at 7 p.m. did not sit outside anymore to drink a Mass," Reiter said.
Next year's Oktoberfest begins on September 20 and ends on October 05, 2014.