Merkur.de has today, August 18, 2016 published an interactive map showing where the newly decided upon mobile fence will be erected around the Theresienwiese festival grounds during this year’s instalment of the Oktoberfest beer festival which begins in less than a month, on Saturday, September 17 at noon. We have embedded the map for you below.
The new fence is marked red and it can be removed within a minute. The entrances are also marked. The newly decided upon security measures for the Oktoberfest 2016 include a ban on backpacks and bags with a volume of over 3 litres. There will be controls at all entrances and more security personnel engaged than in previous years. The new measures have been introduced as a reaction to the OEZ shopping mall shooting, the Wurzburg train axe attack and the Ansbach bombing which all happened in July.
"We want to do everything we can in terms of security so that the people of Munich and their guests can revel in a relaxed way," Josef Schmid, Munich's deputy mayor told reporters. "We looked at all options," at a press conference held to announce the new measures.
6 million beer loving visitors are expected at the 183rd instalment of the traditional Bavarian beer festival in 2016. This year the Oktoberfest is set to take place at the Theresienwiese from Saturday, September 17 until Monday, October 3 (German Reunification Day).