I went last night to the Wiesbaden wine fest. It's a fairly big deal.....probably around 10,000 folks sipping a thousand different wines from the valley.
Of the local events to attract people.....it's one of the top three in the city.
Last night....was a bit different than previous episodes.
About two minutes into walking around....I came to notice a pair of German cops doing the foot patrol of the fest. It's typical to have a patrol there.
Three minutes later.....another foot patrol. Three minutes after the 2nd patrol.....came a 3rd patrol.
I would take a guess that four foot patrols were active at the fest. Normally, you might see one single patrol (2 officers) in the early hours, and a second patrol after 10PM.....mostly for drunk control.
Hyped up security? Yes. Probably due to the fear of terrorism.
It's a sign of how city leadership is viewing national trends and trying to ensure they've covered the essentials. A cost item for the budget? Well....yeah. If you consider there are around six of these fests per year in Wiesbaden, and each will require more cops on patrol....someone is having to pay for this.