While the European authorities consider the travel of Russians an unacceptable luxury, Germany announced the holding of the Oktoberfest. After two years of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Munich will host the legendary Oktoberfest for travelers and beer lovers from September 17 to October 3, 2022. According to the organizers' expectations, more than 6 million tourists will visit the event and drink 8 million liters of beer.
According to the official website of the festival, there will be no restrictions on the coronavirus, so there is no question of a capacity limit. Enough space for everyone. “Judging by the political situation, the cancellation of Oktoberfest 2022 is not possible. Ultimately, everyone must decide for themselves whether they want to celebrate at the Volksfest and to what extent,” Mayor Dieter Reuter explained and added that he was looking forward to the festival and wished those who would attend have a great time.
< p>However, there are some changes that tourists should keep in mind. In particular, the city council has decided that the new opening hours will move one hour earlier than previous festivals. On weekdays, the opening is scheduled for 9:00 am. In addition, the marquees will be open for 30 minutes longer, until 10:30 pm, while the Bräurosl Peter Reicher restaurant, where the festival will take place, can accommodate 8,250 people, and a further 560 guests can be accommodated in the covered outdoor area.
At a time when the European authorities are still in power, the mayor has previously said that hosting the festival in his country during the events taking place in Ukraine is not the most appropriate. “Personally, I cannot imagine that I will happily enjoy the atmosphere of the festival, while in Ukraine, in our partner city Kyiv, people die every day in a two and a half hour flight. Ultimately, everyone will have to decide for themselves whether they are in the mood to celebrate,” Reuters said.
Recall that Germany is faced with an energy crisis, because. is trying to reduce its dependence on Russian gas and oil by at least 2% and replenish the state treasury. In particular, at the expense of the Oktoberfest festival. Usually it was visited by more than six million tourists, and a staff of 13,000 people managed to pour 7.8 million liters of beer. The event, which lasts approximately two weeks, brings in an estimated €1.23 billion to the local economy.
According to the Munich Oktoberfest website, 6.3 million tourists were registered in pre-Covid 2019, with 7.3 million liters of beer drunk. . In addition, at the moment the festival has about 8,000 permanent and 5,000 shift employees, and the price of beer starts from 10.80 to 11.80 euros (647-707 rubles), while in 2018 the cost of beer was slightly lower.
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