A Dirndl has other secrets than Lederhosen.
Here is our 60 seconds special HOW TO OKTOBERFEST Part 2: A guide for the ladies.
Thanks to our lovely guest host Julia Kautz!
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First of all: Literally noone in Munich calls the world’s largest beer festival Oktoberfest. Locals appreciate it if you use the term “Wiesn” (“meadow”), after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds where it has been held since 1810, the Theresienwiese. Also, "Wiesn" is more appropriate, as the Oktoberfest confusingly starts in September.
00:06 The Bavaria Statue
A 19th century statue and female personification of the Bavarian homeland, commissioned by Ludwig I of Bavaria. It is one of Munich’s most famous landmarks and is situated at the western side of the Theresienwiese.
…or Kotzhügel, which literally translates into "mount puke". An infamous part of the Wiesn, close to an exit. Do you really wanna know where it is?
First of all: A proper Dirndl always covers the knees! And: Quality has its price. A pretty Dirndl with a blouse and a skirt starts at 200 Euro and can easily top 1000 Euro. Proper traditional Bavarian costumes can be found here in Munich:
ENA Trachten (Türkenstr. 52)
Angermaier Trachten (Landsbergerstr. 103 / Rosental 10 / Hohenzollernstr. 11)
MOSER Trachten GmbH (Altheimer Eck 2 / Taunusstr. 51 / Kistlerhofstr. 243a)
Daller Tracht (Schleißheimer Str. 6-10)
00:41 Be careful where to put your ribbon! If it's placed on the right it means: Taken. On the left: Single. In the middle: Virgin. And placed in the back it means: Widow.
00:46 The subway station Theresienwiese (U4/5) might be the most obvious choice to get off. But it is also the most crowded one. Depending on where at the Wiesn you really wanna go, there are far better and less stressful alternatives. For example the subway station Goetheplatz or Poccistraße (U3/6).
00:54 To get into a tent on the first day, some people start cueing up at about 5 AM, although tents don’t open before 9 AM and beer is served no sooner than 12 PM.
On the following days it is advisable to cue up around 9 AM. Beer is served from 10AM-10:30 PM during the week and from 9 AM-10:30 PM on weekends. Tents are usually open from 10 AM - 11:30 PM.