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Oktoberfest begins September 18th and runs through Oktober 4th.

“O`zapft is!” (“It is tapped!”)

The rallying cry that begins Oktoberfest rings loud and clear. You’re surrounded by throngs of men and women of all ages rowdy to celebrate the historical German event. Maybe your glass is full and your spirit brimming, but you’re still not going to fit in wearing jeans and a tee.  Get your Dirndl on – check out our list of where to shop.

Traditional clothing is called ‘Tracht” in German speaking countries.  In Bavaria, traditionally it is men who wear Lederhosen (shorts) or Bundhosen (long pants) and women the Dirndl. Historically, this traditional garb was made tough and worn by laborers.  It has since become common to wear this clothing for celebration and special events, and families wear special colors and patterns depending on which region they are from.

In some traditions, a bow tied on the woman’s left side indicates she is single, a bow tied on the right means she is taken.


For Oktoberfest, just find something fun and flattering that you don’t mind spilling a bit of brew on. Here are quite a few shops where you can find tracht in Munich.

Schwabinger Holareidulijö – A funky second-hand shop that sells some traditional hand-me-downs.

Angermaier – From uber traditional to funky and punky colors, you’ll find beautiful Dirndl here, but be prepared to shell out a bit more for them.

Kleidermarkt – A large department store where you can find traditional clothing.

Wiesn Tracht & Mehr – Fun, colorful outfits marketed directly to Oktoberfest visitors.

Trachten Peterandl – High quality (and pricey!) traditional garb.  You can have your Dirndl custom made and with traditional patterns.  Worth a visit just to talk to the passionate and knowledgeable staff.

Exklusive Tracht – Find Dirndls made by designer Lena Hoschek here.  She studied with Vivienne Westwood, and let’s just say, Katy Perry bought one from her.

Online Shopping:
http://www.bowsandbandits.com – Austrian style, but vintage-style and very cute. Compared to others, the Dirndl are more affordable.

But really, where’s the beer?  Some quick Oktoberfest tips:

Craziest beer tents:

Schottenhammel – The oldest tent at Oktoberfest, and has 10,000 seats. It’s a popular place for young people, locals and visitors alike.
Hippodrome - A huge, colorful tent right at the front gates.
Hacker Pschorr Beer Tent – Heaven for Bavarians
Käfer’s Wies’n-Schänke – ‘Only’ 3,000 seats, but this tent is known for its great eats.

Be sure to check out our list of hotels in Munich.

Serving Hours in the Beer Tents:
Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

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  1. ThomasNo Gravatar
    Posted August 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Bavarians are very proud of their traditions and idiosyncracies, they don’t really appreciate having them imitated and belittled by tourists out for a lark. Far from being tough garb worn by labourers, Tracht is the finery reserved for Sundays and special occasions, such as the annual fair, especially in the country. The variations in dress are by region or village, not by family. It’s the equivalent of formal wear, and just as with the tuxedo, it ends up being worn by the wait-staff in a restaurant. All of it is quite expensive, especially lederhosen which are made bespoke. As you won’t be able to wear this sort of stuff anywhere else in the world and feel comfortable, save your money and go in jeans just like almost everyone else. Maybe a shirt with an appropriate pattern might give you that local look you are after. And anything goes, of course, with respect to hats!

  2. takNo Gravatar
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    SO…..I got the tickets, I rounded up the friends, and we’re on our way to Oktoberfest, 9/24. We have no reservations or plans for Munich, how do we get beer tent tickets? Any help would be much appreciated, danke!
    tak.ogihara@gmail.com

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