No BEER for You! Munich's Famous Oktoberfest tents are booked up
Probabally Germany's best known festival, the Munich Oktoberfest begins September 20 and runs until October 5. Last year the Bavarian festival drew in 6.2 million visitors who drank 6.7 million litres of beer. This year is the city's 175th Oktoberfest, and will sport not only beer (and plenty of fashionable leiderhosen and dirndls) but also rides and food stands. Unfortunately, though, it looks as though not everyone who attends will get to have a taste of their favorite Brew.
Nine weeks before Munich's famed Oktoberfest is to begin, German media is reporting that the famous beer tents are already booked solid.
Even the beloved Hofbräu tent, with 7,000 seats, has just a paltry few seats left, the reservation office told German news magazine Focus on Sunday. "The customers sense that the demand has increased and already reserved seats in January," Hofbräu's Angela Ofenstein said.
Only those with seats are allowed to be served, and anyone who's ever had to suffer the often chilly and damp outdoor seating knows how important a tent spot can be. German daily Bild has created a forum for Germans to register their displeasure over the unliklihood of getting a seat to enjoy their beer.