A Guide to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

The capital of the state of Bavaria, Munich is a typical German city: happy people, a lot of beer, music, sausage, beer gardens, and sauerkraut.  Here the most famous and largest Oktoberfest happens.

Every year it brings together millions of tourists and Germans. Munich also takes the title of richest city in Germany, and it is ranked as having, some of the best quality of life in the world.

Points of interest in Munich:

Walk around Marienplatz:

This is where the Neue Rathaus or City Hall building is located.  This is a gothic style building with a clock that rings, while the dolls dance at 11:00-12:00pm and 5:00pm everyday.

Climb the City Hall Tower:

This is a old city hall building (Altes Rathaus), which was destroyed in World War II and rebuilt after.

Shopping in Munich:

Check out Neuhauser Strasse and Kaufinger Strasse, these are the main shopping streets of the city.

Check out Hofbrauhaus:

This is the most famous beer hall in the city. Here you can taste the German dishes such as sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels and our favorite, the pork knuckle. You will also enjoy listening to traditional German live music from the onsite band.

Let’s talk about Oktoberfest:

The Oktoberfest takes place in an amusement park in Munich, built just for the event, called Wiens.  It has a Ferris wheel, stores, food and huge typical Bavarian brewery tents. The world’s largest beer festival begins in September. The date changes every year, but it usually happens between the second half of September and the first week of October.

Drinking beer and having fun!

How much does beer cost at Oktoberfest?

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

What to eat 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 to 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.

We bought the clothespin Munich, and we felt more comfortable, walking around with the traditional outfit.



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