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A guide to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

The world’s largest beer festival begins, in fact, in September. The date changes every year, but it usually happens between the second half of September and the first week of October.

Where is the Oktoberfest in Germany?

The Oktoberfest is in Munich, it takes place in an amusement park, built just for the event, called Wiens.  It has wheel-giants, game stalls, souvenirs, food and huge typical Bavarian brewery tents.  Entrance to the park is free

To get there, go to Theresienhöhe station on U4 and U5 subway lines.

Arrive early. If you arrive late, you risk not getting into the tent, especially on Saturday and Sunday.


You can make a table reservation directly with the tent which you plan to stay, at the brewery site of your choice. You have to book months in advance and a minimum of 10 people is required to close the reservation.

Tips: If you are traveling solo or as couple, and you don’t have a table reservation just ask for seat. 

We recommend booking your accommodation at the hotel a few months in advance, to get better prices on hotel rooms. 

How much is a beer at Oktoberfest?

Beer prices at Oktoberfest change every year, but usually cost about 10 Euros for 1 liter.

What to buy at Oktoberfest?

The tents inside and outside, sell typical German foods , such as roasted quail, apple pies, and sausages with sauerkraut. Pretzels can easily be bought there along with heart-shaped biscuits, for you to give to someone you love.




What to wear at Oktoberfest?

The Dirndl (pronounced Durn-dull) is the dress worn by women, while the Lederhosen is worn by men. The two words describe the traditional clothing of Bavaria, used during Oktoberfest.

The dress originated in the 18th century, made of cotton and leather.  It was practical and easy for peasants and servants to wear. In 1870, the nobility decided they liked the fashion, and began to use such clothing from that time, made with the finest materials.

And for a long time this was the traditional Bavarian style, but it fell out of use after World War II.

The new generation of young Bavarians recovered the custom, and returned to use the dresses and leather pants, all as a symbol of good times.

The set of women’s clothing has a short white top. A dress well marked waist with full skirt and apron.

The goal is to tune the waist and enhance the bust. There is also a code to tie the apron: the loop on the left means that the woman is single, while a loop on the right, means she already has a man.

To complete the look, wear half transparent pants (or skin color) and black shoes.  As for men, the most common set includes a white blouse, leather shorts with suspenders, a hat and boots.

German Style!

The Dirndl and Lederhosen costumes are not mandatory, but very interesting.  Buy  clothes, to be part of the experience, even if you don’t plan to use them again.  Save them as a souvenir or wear them as a Halloween costume. There are several places that sell clothes in Munich, and the prices vary depending on the fabric and quality.

For us, it was very nice to have bought the clothes.  We felt more comfortable, walking around with the traditional outfit.

Cheers or PROST! (German)







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