Oktoberfest has finally come to an end.

The south German festival of excess has attracted in record numbers of tourists and sights you'll find very hard to un-see.

During this year's festivities more than 6 million visitors drank 7.5 million litres of beer, ate a herd of 124 rotisserie oxen and one ex-US president in Lederhosen. It's been a bumper year for Munich's biggest event.

Festival organisers say good fall weather helped attract 100,000 more people to the annual event than last year; in all, 6.3 million from about 70 countries. That's despite this year's Oktoberfest, which spanned from the 22nd September to 7th October, being two days shorter than in 2017.

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Lederhosen Bill: Former US President Bill Clinton celebrate in Munich's Kaefer marquee. Photo / Tobias Hase, AP
Lederhosen Bill: Former US President Bill Clinton celebrate in Munich's Kaefer marquee. Photo / Tobias Hase, AP

Former US President Clinton and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed up Friday night — he dressed in traditional Bavarian garb and she in a trademark pantsuit.

Security guards confiscated 101,000 litre-sized beer mugs from sticky-fingered guests seeking souvenirs.

The extremely large glass 'Maßkrug' have become a symbol of the German beer festival and have become a prized takeaway for merrymakers – though extremely difficult to take out of any beer tent unnoticed.

Prost! Locals see off the 185th Oktoberfest. Photo / Matthias Schrader, AP
Prost! Locals see off the 185th Oktoberfest. Photo / Matthias Schrader, AP

Munich authorities cleaned up 95 tons of garbage during the festival.

However they had some help along the way.

The Berlin- based magazine Focus reported that Manfred Eichmüller, a carpenter from Munich collected more than 3000 glass bottles.

In Germany – which operates a money-return system for recyclable bottles – up to € 0.15 is given per bottle returned.

His €450 of recycled glass earnings came together by creating a sculpture from it with a note asking for Oktoberfest revellers to donate their bottles.

Arranging the bottles in a heart it read: "The bigger and more beautiful the heart becomes; the more money collected in the end."

- With additional reporting by AP