HOW IT WORKS
OUR OKTOBERFEST GUIDE
What are the Dos and Dont’s at the Oktoberfest? Are there special practices in the beer tents? How to style a chic Oktoberfest outfit and the perfect braids? To stay on the safe side, we have put together a few useful tips and recommendations for your (first) Oktoberfest visit to mingle under the experienced guests. With the following advices the Oktoberfest will surely be an unforgettable experience.
- Leave everything you do not necessarily need to celebrate at home – backpacks and large bags are prohibited
- Take the public transportation or walk to the Oktoberfest
- There are several side entrances around Theresienwiese – avoid taking the main entrance only
- Use the “Wiesnbarometer”: whether it is crowded or relaxed – this app shows the latest number of visitors at the Oktoberfest
- Dancing, singing and swaying to the music is a must. We recommend learning some German Schlager music in advance
- Allow yourself some Bavarian delicacies. Of course, there is a wide range of them at the Oktoberfest: roasted chicken, chocolate glazed fruits, cotton candy, roasted ox, beer and much more
- Learn some Bavarian words. The most important one is „Maß“ – that is how you call the beer unit. So, if you would like to order just tell the waitress or waiter: “One Maß beer please!”
- Let’s flirt – but never with the waitress or the waiter!
- Visit the „Oide Wiesn“ – there, a relaxing but original feeling is guaranteed
- During the week the Oktoberfest is more relaxed and the tents are less crowded, which makes it easier for you to get access to the beer tents – make sure to arrive midday for the best places
DON'T DO IT!
- Do not drink the last sip of your remaining beer, called „Noagl“
- Never tie the bow of your Dirndl wrong. Its position is of great importance for men – it signals your relationship status
- Never drink from other’s beer mugs, as this increases the likelihood of catching a cold. We recommend to bring a jacket as it gets cold at night
- Dancing on the tables is forbidden due to security reasons. However, dancing on the ale-benches is always allowed
- Be polite and gentle to waitresses and waiters. Always give some tip, that is the way they earn their money at the Oktoberfest
- CNever down an entire Maß beer in one go – beer tent owners won’t tolerate this behavior and will ask you to leave the tent
- No-Go: Plastic garbs and beer hats! Plastic exposes true tourists immediately and they are more suitable for carnival. Even if you do not wear an original garb – just pimp your outfit with some Bavarian accessories
- Never fall asleep on the slope under the Bavaria statue. It is a well known place where people relieve their selves or where they are sleeping off their hangover
- Every day from 06:00 PM, on Saturdays and on October 3rd, strollers are not allowed at the Oktoberfest
The most famous Oktoberfest outfit is the traditional garb or a modern interpreted version of it. Former dirndl and lederhosn have been working clothes. Nowadays, this trendy outfit is the best choice for Oktoberfest or any other public festivals. In case you are looking for more information about the origins of the Oktoberfest, just visit our timeline.
THE DIRNDL BOW
Do take care of the dirndl bow, it shows your relationship status! The bow has a huge meaning – is the lady single, taken or is she not sure?
Go for it: If the bow is tied on the left from the ladies perspective, she might be open for a flirt. Beware gentlemen: If the bow is tied on the right from the ladies perspective she is already taken. Sorry guys! If the bow is tied in the front the lady is a virgin according to tradition. If the bow is tied in the back, most likely the lady is a widow or a waitress.
LEDERHOSEN AND LOFERL
A lederhosen made of deerskin is the real classic. But as long as it is comfortable, any other leather is suitable, since it is more appealing the older and more worn it is. Combine it with a chic traditional shirt and matching shoes and you got the perfect outfit. Please leave your sneakers at home. Real Oktoberfest enthusiasts wear a belt with their initials.
Loferl are special stockings men are wearing with their garb. It is worn under the knee at the most powerful part of the lower leg. A pair of short socks will be hidden in the shoes.
Our Wiesn guidebook
Here you can find our guide for your perfect Oktoberfest journey to download.