There’s a campaign to ensure women’s safety at Oktoberfest this year, and I think it’s a fantastic idea.
In 2012, the number of reported sexual assault cases increased – and that was despite a reduction in Oktoberfest-goers. So many times, I’ve seen girls wandering lost and drunk around the Theresienwiese, and a refuge point is completely necessary.
The campaign is called a “sichere Wiesn für Mädchen und Frauen” and they have a website in various languages available here. The main idea is prevention, rather than treatment. The website lists tips for Oktoberfest visitors, to avoid them ending up in dangerous situations. I can wholeheartedly recommend arranging a meeting point just inside a tent, should you end up lost. I don’t want to preach here, but I know from personal experience how easy it is to lose people after a couple of Maß and a lot of dancing.
The refuge point is located behind the Schottenhamel tent, just beneath the Bavaria statue, by the Red Cross. They’re open daily from 6 pm to 1 am, and Saturday from 3pm to 1am. Their phone number is also worth putting in your phone, just in case: +49 89/ 50 222 366.
Stay safe, ladies!