The Munich Beer Festival has been slammed as a "money-making exercise devoid of its Bavarian cultural heritage".

The criticism comes from Wittelsbach Prince Luitpold, a descendant of the German royal family who launched the festival in 1810.

He claimed the price of beer was far too high, while crime and violence blighted the atmosphere.

Even so, organisers expect more than 6.4 million litres of beer and 400,000 sausages to be consumed at the three-week festival.

The Sunday Telegraph 24/09/2000

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The Observer 24/09/2000 (Escape)

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