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Germany’s decision to restore border controls to stem a tide of refugees may have stunned Europe but is being cheered in Munich as it gears up for a far bigger influx of 6 million beer-swigging visitors to the 182nd Oktoberfest.

The annual festival, known locally as the “Wiesn” because it is held on the Theresienwiese, an open space near the city center, is a celebration where 7.5 million liters of brew are consumed over a two-week period by locals and tourists, many decked out in traditional lederhosen and dirndls.

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