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Women in traditional dress pose with beer mugs at the Oktoberfest beer festival
Women in traditional dress pose with beer mugs at the Oktoberfest beer festival
Riders on the "Top-Spin" ride are suspended upside down during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Riders on the "Top-Spin" ride are suspended upside down during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival drink beer and dance on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: General inside view of Loewenbraeu beer tent, seen during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:Two men talk to each other in front of a merry-go-round on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors watch the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors watch the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Beer barrels are stored on a horse carriage during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A young woman waits for the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Beer barrels are stored on a horse carriage during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed women participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A Bavarian dressed girl looks on during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: The beer barrels for the opening ceremony arrive at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
Figures for July to September this year appear to show a shocking number of workers on casual and part-time work
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Waitresses put on their aprons in the early morning hours at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Fritz Wepper (L) and Susanne Porsche (R) attend the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fritz Wepper;Susanne Porsche
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Fritz Wepper (L) and Susanne Porsche (R)attend the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fritz Wepper;Susanne Porsche
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Joachim Fuchsberger and his wife Gundel attend the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joachim Fuchsberger;Gundel Fuchsberger
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A young women (R), disguised as 'Muenchner Kindl', symbol of the city of Munich greets during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors fight for the first 'Mass' (1 l mug) beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress is selling beer to visitors at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Young women wave with their beer steins while riding a decorated coach to the opening of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Some six million visitors from around the globe are expected to come to the Bavarian capital, until the end of the world famous beer festival on Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Young women seen with their beer steins while riding a decorated coach to the opening of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Some six million visitors from around the globe are expected to come to the Bavarian capital, until the end of the world famous beer festival on Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Munich mayor Christian Ude, left, toasts with Bavarian state governor Horst Seehofer, right, after Ude tapped the first beer barrel on the first day of the Oktoberfest in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The worlds largest beer-festival lasts until Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Uwe Lein)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A visitor of a beer tent poses for a picture on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors fight for the first 'Mass' (1 l mug) beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Japanese visitors of the Lowenbraeu beer tent pose for a picture on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A visitor of a beer tent poses for a picture on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
A waiter serves the first mugs of beer following the opening ceremony of the 176th Oktoberfest in a festival tent in Munich, southern Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The world's largest beer-festival lasts until Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Christof Stache)
Visitors raise their beer mugs in a beer tent at the start of the world renown Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The beer festival will see millions of visitors from all over the world.(AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Men wearing traditional Bavarian clothes cheer with beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Munich's mayor Christian Ude opens the first beer barrel with the traditional cry 'It's tapped!' to start the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors wait for the first 'Mass' beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A man wears a hops crown during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Horse carriages participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed legs are seen during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors enjoy the first 'Mass' beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Young women wave with their beer steins while riding a decorated coach to the opening of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Some six million visitors from around the globe are expected to come to the Bavarian capital, until the end of the world famous beer festival on Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Young women wave with their beer steins while riding a decorated coach to the opening of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Some six million visitors from around the globe are expected to come to the Bavarian capital, until the end of the world famous beer festival on Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: People fill the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: People fill the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed young men sit in front of auto scooter on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A merry-go-round is seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival ride on the 'Top-Spin' on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: General viw shows the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: General view shows the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival ride on the 'Top-Spin' on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A visitor of the Oktoberfest sleeps on a meadow on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors take pictures with digital camera during day 1 of the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed people participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A young women (R), disguised as 'Muenchner Kindl', symbol of the city of Munich greets during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed young women participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A Bavarian dressed member of a brass band participates in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A Bavarian dressed member of a brass band participates in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed members of a participate participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed members of a participate participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival drink a mug of beer on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A Bavarian dressed child participates sleeping in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Members of a band march participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed members of a brass band participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: General view of the main axe, the so-called street of beer tents, seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries plates with Bavarian food at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: General view of the main axe, the so called street of beer tents, seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: People fill the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Traditionally Bavarian dressed young people enjoy drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: General inside view of Schottenhamel beer tent seen during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A traditionally Bavarian dressed woman enjoys drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Traditionally Bavarian dressed young men enjoy drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Traditionally Bavarian dressed young people enjoy drinking beer at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A traditionally Bavarian dressed young woman enjoys drinking beer at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed young women participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A man is eating 'Schweinshaxe' (pork) at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: General inside view of Loewenbraeu beer tent, seen during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival drink a mug of beer on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A waitor carries a tray with different Bavarian dishes on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A waiter carries a tray with different Bavarian dishes on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed members of a costume club participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Three women pose for a picture at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 21 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A man wearing a wig poses with an empty beer mug on September 21 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

German authorities have banned flights over the annual Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich after a series of terror threats aimed at Germany.

The Interior Ministry in the state of Bavaria said today that the ban was ordered by the state's interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, and will run until the end of Oktoberfest on October 4.

Terror groups have directed threatening videos and audio messages at Germany in the past two weeks as citizens prepare to vote on Sunday in national elections.

Two were released on Friday, one by Osama bin Laden with German subtitles and another with the Taliban threatening attacks on Germany in revenge for its military presence in Afghanistan.

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