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Published 17/09/2016

Visitors react as a waitress carries the beer mugs, during the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in a festival tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016.
The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors react as a waitress carries the beer mugs, during the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in a festival tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors salute with beer mugs during the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in a festival tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors salute with beer mugs during the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in a festival tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors salute with beer mugs during the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in a festival tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
A waitress (C) uses a whistle as she carries beer mugs during the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in a festival tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors enjoy the atmosphere and take selfies as a waitress serves beer mugs during the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in a festival tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016.
A waitress serves beer mugs during the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in a festival tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) Visitors arrive for the kick off of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Visitors hold up one-litre glasses of beer to kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hofbraeu tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Bavarian finance minister Markus Soeder taps the first one-litre mug of beer to kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hofbraeu tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Members of a Bavarian brass band arrive for the kick off of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revelers long for the first tapped beer mug on the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hofbraeu beer tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Members of a Bavarian brass band arrive for the kick off of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Visitors of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, raise their beer glasses just after the festival's opening on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revelers long for the first tapped beer mug on the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hofbraeu beer tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Visitors of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, raise their beer glasses just after the festival's opening on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revelers long for the first tapped beer mug on the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hofbraeu beer tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revelers long for the first tapped beer mug on the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hofbraeu beer tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revelers long for the first tapped beer mug on the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hofbraeu beer tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - September 17: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter pounds a tap into the first Oktoberfest beer barrel on the opening day of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - September 17: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) A visitor wearing a mask and hat walks in the rain at the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
Visitors of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, try to snatch a glass of beer just after the festival's opening on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) Candy hearts are displayed for sale during day 1 of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
A waitress carrying full beer glasses makes her way past visitors of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, just after the festival's opening on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) A visitor walks to the opening day of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
A waitress carrying full beer glasses makes her way past visitors of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, just after the festival's opening on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors hold up one-liter glasses of beer to kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hofbraeu tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
A waitress carries beer mugs during the opening of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: A waitress carries beer mugs after the kick off of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hofbraeu tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors hold up one-litre glasses of beer to kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hofbraeu tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors cheer with one-liter beer mugs to kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hofbraeu tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: The Muenchner Kindl Oktoberfest female patron Victoria Ostler arrives for the kick off of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) A visitor wearing a mask and hat walks in the rain at the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Visitors of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, crowd to get their first beer during the festival's opening on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, crowd to get their first beer during the festival's opening on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Andrea Berg (R) and her husband Uli Ferber attend the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival opening at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: The Muenchner Kindl Oktoberfest female patron Victoria Ostler poses at the opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter pounds a tap into the first Oktoberfest beer barrel on the opening day of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Heino and Florian Silbereisen attend the opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Gerry Friedle, aka DJ Oetzi, Heino and Florian Silbereisen attend the opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Florian Silbereisen and Andrea Berg attend the opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Florian Silbereisen and Andrea Berg attend the opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer is interviewed during the opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Heino attends the opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Gerry Friedle, aka DJ Oetzi and Heino attend opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer clinks the first beer mugs with Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter at opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer clinks the first beer mugs with Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter at opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter talks to the guests before he pounds a tap into the first Oktoberfest beer barrel on the opening day of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer lifts up the first beer mug at the opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter talks to the guests before he pounds a tap into the first Oktoberfest beer barrel on the opening day of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter pounds a tap into the first Oktoberfest beer barrel on the opening day of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter talks to the guests before he pounds a tap into the first Oktoberfest beer barrel on the opening day of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revellers dressed with typical Bavarian clothes arrive for the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter pounds a tap into the first Oktoberfest beer barrel on the opening day of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revellers dressed with typical Bavarian clothes arrive for the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revellers dressed with typical Bavarian clothes arrive for the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Security guards control visitors at the entrance to the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival area at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revellers dressed with typical Bavarian clothes arrive for the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revellers dressed with typical Bavarian clothes arrive for the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Police men control arriving visitors at the entrance to the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival area at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Security guards control visitors at the entrance to the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival area at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Police men control arriving visitors at the entrance to the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival area at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revellers dressed with typical Bavarian clothes arrive for the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Sales women of a candy shop wait for customers during day 1 of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Security guards control visitors at the entrance to the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival area at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Security guards control visitors at the entrance to the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival area at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Sales women of a candy shop wait for customers during day 1 of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Empty beer mugs are ready for use prior to the kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hacker-Pschorr tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors wait for the kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hacker-Pschorr tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors wait for the kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hacker-Pschorr tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Candy hearts are displayed for sale during day 1 of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors wait for the kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hacker-Pschorr tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Empty beer mugs are ready for use prior to the kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hacker-Pschorr tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Empty beer mugs are ready for use prior to the kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hacker-Pschorr tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Bavarian fast food is depicted on a food shop during day 1 of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors wait for the kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hacker-Pschorr tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors wait for the kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hacker-Pschorr tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through to October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Gerry Friedle, aka DJ Oetzi (C), his wife Sonja Friedle (L) and his daughter Lisa-Marie Friedle (R) attend the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival opening at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors wait for the kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hacker-Pschorr tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Gerry Friedle, aka DJ Oetzi (C), his wife Sonja Friedle (L) and his daughter Lisa-Marie Friedle (R) attend the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival opening at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: General impression prior to the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revellers dressed with typical Bavarian clothes arrive for the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors attend at the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors attend at the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors attend at the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors attend the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors pass a security check during the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors attend the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors pass a security check during the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors pass a security check during the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors attend at the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors attend at the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors pass a security check during the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors pass a security check during the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors attend the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors pass a security check during the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Visitors attend at the opening day of 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public until October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
Visitors arrives in a festival tent ahead the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens on this Saturday, September 17, 2016, and runs until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors wait for the opening in front of a festival tent of the Oktoberfest beer festival during heavy rain in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens on this Saturday, September 17, 2016, and runs until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors arrives in a festival tent ahead the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens on this Saturday, September 17, 2016, and runs until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors arrives in a festival tent ahead the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens on this Saturday, September 17, 2016, and runs until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
People wait outside a tent during heavy rain for the opening of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2016. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 16 to Oct. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Visitors wait for the opening in front of a festival tent of the Oktoberfest beer festival during heavy rain in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens on this Saturday, September 17, 2016, and runs until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
People enter a tent and wait for the opening of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2016. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 16 to Oct. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Visitors pose during their wait for the opening in front of a festival tent of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens on this Saturday, September 17, 2016, and runs until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
People wait in front of a tent for the opening of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2016. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 16 until Oct. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Visitors pose during their wait for the opening in front of a festival tent of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens on this Saturday, September 17, 2016, and runs until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
People wait in front of a tent during heavy rain for the opening of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2016. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 16 until Oct. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Visitors pose during their wait for the opening in front of a festival tent of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens on this Saturday, September 17, 2016, and runs until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors pose during their wait for the opening in front of a festival tent of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens on this Saturday, September 17, 2016, and runs until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors pose during their wait for the opening in front of a festival tent of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens on this Saturday, September 17, 2016, and runs until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images

Heavy rain and stricter security did little to dampen the spirits of beer lovers at the start of this year's Oktoberfest, which opened on Saturday in the Bavarian city of Munich.

Mayor Dieter Reiter tapped the first keg at noon with a respectable two strikes to the approval of thousands of visitors gathered in one of 14 vast tents on Theresienwiese fairground.

Responding to a series of attacks in recent months, authorities decided to erect a metal fence, ban large bags, install more surveillance cameras and make visitors go through security checks to enter the festival grounds.

In the worst incident, a German teenager fatally shot nine people at a Munich mall before killing himself.

Two other attacks were carried out by asylum-seekers and claimed by the Islamic State group; several people were wounded but only the attackers were killed.

"Personally, nothing that has happened has changed my opinion about coming to the Oktoberfest," said Nico Baunbach, a 34-year-old exhibition manager from Munich who was dressed in traditional Lederhosen, felt jacket, checked shirt and Bavarian shoes tied to the side.

The attacks have fed a sense of unease in Germany about the arrival of more than a million migrants since the start of last year - many of them refugees from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Security officials have acknowledged that while the vast majority of migrants are law-abiding and peaceful, a small minority may be coming to Germany with criminal intent.

While authorities say there is a "high abstract danger" of an attack at the 17-day festival which is expected to draw six million visitors, police have stressed there is no indication of any concrete threats.

Munich police plan to have some 600 officers on hand, about 100 more than last year, during peak times.

Another 450 security guards will also check bags and keep an eye on the sometimes drunk visitors.

There have been few major incidents at the festival, which was first held in 1810.

In 1980 a far-right extremist set off a bomb killing 12 people and himself, and wounding more than 200.

Last year, police reported responding to 2,017 incidents, including fights and stolen wallets and purses. Some 20 sexual crimes were reported, including one attempted rape.

AP

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