A young participant of the Oktoberfest folklore parade walks through the city during the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Munich, Sept 17: A young woman poses with a beer mug in the Hofbraeuhaus-tent after the opening of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in a beer tent. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3, 2011 will see some millions visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Visitors to this year's two-week Munich Oktoberfest drank 7 million liters of beer, beating 2007's previous high of 6.94 million liters. This still doesn't explain why dentures, a leather whip, and a live rabbit turned up in lost and found.
Germans are upset that designers are producing tracht, traditional Bavarian garb, with shorter skirts and synthetic materials as Oktoberfest gains popularity worldwide. One local says the spectacle makes her, "overcome with fremdschämen," or "cringing embarrassment for the actions of others."
[Munich, September 19: Girls in traditional Bavarian outfits participate in Oktoberfest's Riflemen's Parade; it's the 200th anniversary of the hops-heavy celebration. And so an entire nation puts on its beer goggles. Image via Getty.]
[Munich, August 19. Model Francesca presents the official beer stein mugs for the annual Oktoberfest beer festival, which will take place from Sept. 18 to Oct. 4, 2010. Image via AP]