Oktoberfest by the Numbers

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By Melanie Lieberman Posted September 20, 2016

Everything you need to know about the beloved German festival.

One of the world’s most beloved fall traditions, Oktoberfest, kicked off in Munich on September 16. Luckily you don’t have to travel to Bavaria to partake in the weeks-long celebration of autumn and beer.

In fact, according to WalletHub—which, in addition to credit reports and financial advice, crunches numbers on events like Oktoberfest—Cincinnati is the best U.S. destination for Oktoberfest celebrations.

While there’s plenty in the way of German Oktoberfest customs at the so-called Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in Ohio, the city has been able to invent some unique attractions, including the Running of the Wieners. While Cincinnati’s 650,000 Oktoberfest attendees may pale in comparison to the six million who flood Munich’s Volksfest, the numbers that surround Oktoberfest are pretty astounding across the board:

1.9 million

Gallons of beer consumed by partiers at the annual Volksfest.

510,000

Whole roast chickens consumed at every Oktoberfest.

80,500

Bratwursts consumed in America during Oktoberfest.

5,000

Average cost for an American to visit the Oktoberfest in Munich. Save a bit of cash by bedding down in one of the city’s most beautiful vacation rentals.

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206

Years since the first Oktoberfest was held, in 1810.

108

Beer varieties available at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

100

Daschunds that race in Oktoberfest Zinzinnati’s Running of the Wieners. Other unusual contents around the world include the beer stein races and crossbow competitions.

27.3

Percentage of population that identifies as German in Omaha (the most German city in the country).

3

The average price, in dollars, of entry to Oktoberfest festivals in Detroit and San Antonio, the most affordable places to celebrate the holiday in the U.S., according to WalletHub.

2

Beer gardens per 100,000 residents in Orlando, the most of any city. But according to FourSquare, the top-rated beer garden in the country is Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden in Austin.

1

Master of Ceremonies, who has the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest brew.

This piece originally appeared on TravelAndLeisure.com.

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