One of the real curiosities for locals at Oktoberfest is watching the “amateur Italians, Aussies, and Brits” lose their mind drinking beer (the Russians, on the other hand, handle it all quite nicely), and ogling the breasts of young female revelers wearing dirndls.
We thought we would give you a short list of other interesting items lost at Oktoberfest. These were culled from the official statistics provided by Munich’s Office for Labor and Economy.
Lost and found objects: 4,530 total items: including 1,460 ID cards and credit cards, 720 wallets, 856 mobiles phones, 3630 purses, backpacks and bags, 610 keys, 104 cameras and related equipment, 95 pieces of jewelry and ONLY 42 umbrellas.
Curiosities: Leg warmers (a pair of dress pants and two pairs of “unusual” traditional pants-what does ‘unusual mean?’), five notebook computers, two French Horns (huh? No trombones?), … a ping-pong racket (Okay…), a Playboy magazine with a personal autograph from the current Wiesn playmate (there’s a Wiesn Playmate?)
….and a dog. Yes, a dog. No pussy cats as far as we can tell, and thankfully, no snakes, snapping turtles or other reptiles which could potentially cancel the whole festival.
The recovery rate was 19 per cent.
If you lost something:
The lost items of the same day are being delivered by the tents and others at the earliest in the course of the following day. Earlier inquiries are usually futile. Most lost items usually show up in the course of the following days and weeks. So please be patient.
During the Oktoberfest you find a Lost & Found Office at the Service Center of the Theresienwiese (entrance “Festleitung”, basement). You find the Service Center behind the Schottenhamel Tent
01.00pm to 10.00pm
After the Oktoberfest:
Things that are not collected by their owners until the end of the Oktoberfest get stored in Munich’s central lost and found office for six months. After that they get sold in a public auction.
Fundbüro der Landeshauptstadt München
Oetztaler Str. 17
Further information can be found on the website of the city of Munich