All of the four applications, or “apps,” start at €0.79 cents per download direct to the reveller’s iPhone. With these users can access daily Oktoberfest news and a Wiesn-barometre, to find out which tents they are most likely to find seats in. This app relies on other users to report on how full tents become, in a friendly gesture to those on their way to the Wiesn.
Another application helps users count how many drinks they’ve had and publish them straight to social networking site Facebook.
And with safety in mind, organisers have also created a blood-alcohol calculator to help visitors get home safe after a long day at the beer tent.
“Spending your day at the Oktoberfest, it can always happen that you lose count of how much you drank, and when you are close to being sober again,” the Oktoberfest site says.
Two other apps, which are garnering rave reviews on the iTunes website, are designed to assist the beer festival tourist. A Bavarian dictionary translates the regional dialect into German and English. And the “Ordering Assistant” literally orders drinks for non-German speakers. They simply choose among the typical items available in the beer tents and the iPhone orders in perfect Bavarian German over its speakers.