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The Munich Oktoberfest (September 16 through October 3) is one of Germany's biggest festivals. In 2000, an estimated 6 billion visitors attended. Five billion jugs of beer (Biermass, eine Mass = one jug) were sold, and 200.000 pairs of Schweinswuerstl were eaten. The Oktoberfest is a real Volksfest for both young and old people. It is not just a show for tourists. At the Wiesen (fairground), authentic Bavarian culture is still very much alive.