On the first weekend of Oktoberfest only half a million people turned up for the booze-athon. But there was a more banal reason than security fears to blame.

But security fears are likely to have played a smaller role than the miserable weather which washed out Munich on the first weekend.

Oktoberfest at night with view of Löwenbräu tent
Oktoberfest at night with view of Löwenbräu tent (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After weeks of sunshine, the heavens burst on Friday evening in the southern city and the rain didn’t stop until well into Sunday.

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Source: Oktoberfest visitor numbers down by half on first weekend – The Local