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Thursday 2 October 2014

In Pictures: Oktoberfest 2012 sees 14.6 million pints downed

Oktoberfest - the world's biggest beer festival
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 07: Thomas Mueller of FC Bayern Muenchen attends with Lisa Mueller the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent on October 7, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Revellers have fun attending Hacker-Pschorr beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest 2011 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

More than six million guests from around the world have descended on the beer tents of Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Munich's famed celebration saw visitors down an estimated 6.9 million litre mugs of Bavarian brew - some 14.6 million pints.

Organisers said they were satisfied with this year's event, which opened on September 22 and ends on Sunday - although visitor numbers were lower than last year.

Festival director Dieter Reiter says that is because the festival grounds were reduced to accommodate an agricultural fair which takes place every four years. In 2011, the Oktoberfest drew some 6.9 million visitors, who downed well over seven million litres.

Last year's visitors consumed almost 8 million two-pint mugs of beer.

This year a mug, called a Mass in German, sells at up to 9.50 euro (£7.60).

German authorities are keeping security tight around the fairgrounds which accommodate hundreds of thousands of people at a time, although, they say, no concrete threat exists.

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