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.


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.


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.


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.