Landlords complain about higher costs: Oktoberfest: Price for Wiesn-Maß rises sharply

Bad news for Wiesn visitors: beer prices at this year's Oktoberfest have risen by more than 15 percent on average.

Landlords complain about higher costs: Oktoberfest: Price for Wiesn-Maß rises sharply

Bad news for Wiesn visitors: beer prices at this year's Oktoberfest have risen by more than 15 percent on average. The landlords cite increased personnel costs and higher energy prices as arguments.

At the first Oktoberfest after the corona-related forced break, visitors have to dig much deeper into their pockets for the beer. The price is between 12.60 euros and 13.80 euros (average: 13.37 euros), as the city announced. Compared to the previous Wiesn 2019, the price has increased by an average of 15.77 percent. At that time, a beer cost 10.80 to 11.80 euros (average 11.55 euros). The festival was canceled twice due to the pandemic.

"It's good that the sound barrier of 14 euros hasn't been broken," said Munich economics officer and Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner from the CSU. "Nevertheless, the beer prices are quite high. In the future, we'll have to make sure that the Oktoberfest remains affordable." However, the hosts would have higher costs; the increase should also be seen in relative terms given the period of more than three years. The landlords cite inflation, a 15 percent rise in personnel costs and sharply increased energy prices as reasons for the jump in prices.

"We didn't make it easy for ourselves, but we Oktoberfest hosts cannot detach ourselves from the general price trend either," said the spokesman for the Oktoberfest hosts, Peter Inselkammer. A large item are also material and craftsman costs when setting up the tent, said Inselkammer. "It's a tremendous position for us." It is still unclear what repairs will be necessary. The long storage could have damaged the cloth. The hosts are still looking for staff. Because of the long break, construction on the Theresienwiese will begin on June 20 this year so that any damage can be identified and repaired in good time after the break, as Baumgärtner announced.

The beer price at the Wiesn has always been a political issue in Munich - and of course it was always too high. In previous years, Baumgärtner and his predecessor Josef Schmid had tried to persuade the hosts to keep a clean sheet, but without success. Of course, that wasn't an issue this year. "It is more likely that the Wiesn will take place than that the price of beer will fall," said CSU Prime Minister Markus Söder last year as an outlook on a then uncertain Oktoberfest 2022. Those who drink water will get away a little cheaper. The liter costs 9.67 euros on average, which is 80 cents more than in 2019.

The city does not set the drink prices. She only checks whether the prices planned by the innkeepers are reasonable and compares them with the prices of the catering establishments in the city area. The Oktoberfest beer is brewed especially for the Wiesn. It has more original wort and a higher alcohol content than other pale beers. The Wiesn begins on September 17th and lasts until October 3rd.

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