Status: 21/09/2023, 15:57 p.m.
The waitresses at the Oktoberfest do intensive work during the fifth season. What is commonplace for the locals is an impressive spectacle for the visitors of the Oktoberfest.
Munich – The 188th Oktoberfest is in full swing. 100 attractions and 40 marquees invite millions of guests from 16 September to 3 October. It certainly won't be boring at the world's largest folk festival. Even ordering beer is an experience at the Oktoberfest, as shown by various videos on platforms such as X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram. Because the waitresses at the Oktoberfest manage to bring almost unbelievable quantities of beer mugs to the tables in the marquee with ease.
Oktoberfest service fascinates Oktoberfest visitors: "15 kilograms of beer. Crazy!"
Last year, the Oktoberfest counted 5.7 million visitors. According to the city portal Munich, the Oktoberfest is particularly popular with travelers from the USA, Switzerland and Italy. British, Austrians, Australians and French are also among the ten most frequent guests in Munich during the "fifth season".
The origin of "Ed" is not clear from his profile on platform X. What is certain, however, is that the man was deeply impressed by the performance of a waitress during his visit to the Oktoberfest this year. "That has to be 15 kilograms and beer worth 140 euros. Crazy!" the user wrote enthusiastically, adding: "I'm not coming home!". To this end, he published a video on the platform in which a waitress apparently effortlessly carries about twelve beer jugs to a table.
Munich Oktoberfest: This is how much the Oktoberfest waiters earn in two weeks
The waitresses at the Oktoberfest are working hard. During the Oktoberfest period, they don't have a day off and work up to 15 hours a day, often taking over 20,000 steps. The waiters are also well paid for this: they earn "a high four-digit amount," a waitress tz.de revealed last year. A good salary for two weeks of stress, but the golden days at the Oktoberfest seem to be over. The earnings are getting a little less every year, the waitress continues.
A Oktoberfest waitress brings the first fresh litres of beer to the tables in the Paulaner marquee (symbolic image, September 16, 2023). © IMAGO/Wolfgang Maria Weber
In addition to physical strength, the right technique is also crucial when carrying the beer jugs. For many of the Oktoberfest employees, the work is very attractive simply because of the good atmosphere – regardless of the pay. "What I like is that here, right now in the Hofbräu, the whole world comes together and that everyone just wants to have fun," said another waitress recently in a ZDF documentary.