Oktoberfest is almost upon us and millions of Lederhosen clad men and women will make their way to Munich for the largest beer festival in the world. Those of us who have attended Oktoberfest before know that the fun doesn’t have to start (or end) at the Oktoberfest Grounds. Instead, if you plan your travel correctly, the journey to Munich can become a memorable part of the entire Oktoberfest experience. Poor travel planning on the other hand is a source of undue stress, frustration and anxiety in what was supposed to be the experience of a lifetime.
So, here’s a small list of things that you should keep in mind when traveling to Munich for Oktoberfest this year. It’ll make the trip for first time attendees so much more enjoyable and their time at Oktoberfest a blast.
Purchase Authentic Lederhosen & Dirndl Dress Beforehand
If you want to do Oktoberfest right, then you have to show up dressed in authentic Lederhosen and dirndl dress of the best quality. Locals of Munich show up in huge numbers and being dressed in genuine leather Lederhosen is a sure way of getting into their good books. Tourists who wear good quality Lederhosen show that they respect the Bavarian culture and garner respect from the locals in return. It’s also a popular topic of discussion and an easy way to make new friends at the event. Poor quality Lederhosen however is frowned upon and it would be best if you avoid wearing it altogether.
OKTOBERFEST LEDERHOSEN OUTFITS
OKTOBERFEST DIRNDL OUTFITS
So if you’ve already got Lederhosen or dirndl dress, then great. If you don’t, then you better get one right now! As Oktoberfest draws closer, Lederhosen demand skyrockets and you won’t be able to get a decent pair anywhere, least of all in Munich itself. So it’s advisable to purchase your Lederhosen before you set off for Munich since you won’t find a good pair in Munich once September begins. Fortunately, we’ve got plenty of Lederhosen for sale available at the Lederhosen Store where you can find genuine quality Lederhosen at affordable prices. So order yours today and keep it ready for when you set off for Munich.
Pack Your Lederhosen & Dirndl Dress the Right Way
Once you’ve got your Lederhosen or dirndl dress, you need to pack them carefully because ruined Lederhosen are as bad as poor quality Lederhosen. Despite their soft texture, Lederhosen are made from leather and are durable so you can simply fold them up and pack them in with your other clothes.
The issue arises when packing your traditional dirndl dress since it is made of fine fabrics like satin, silk or net and has delicate embroidery embedded into the cloth. Both the fabric and the embroidery can get ruined if it is packed roughly with the other clothes. The best way to pack dirndl dress is in a hard shell suitcase or separately in your hand carry bag.
Keep Cash on Hand
This is imperative when traveling to Munich as well as when attending Oktoberfest. Despite Germany having one of the best cashless systems in the world, the days of Oktoberfest in Munich are strictly cash only because of time efficiency. When there are millions of people queuing up to buy a mass of beer at Oktoberfest, the waitresses won’t accept your credit or debit card. Cash will also come in handy when traveling to Munich from train.
Make Reservations for Main Days of Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest spans 16 days from mid September to the first Sunday of October. There are numerous events planned for each day but the biggest, such as the First Keg Tapping Ceremony, have the most attendance. If you’re attending Oktoberfest in a group of 10 people or more, you need to make a reservation in the tent of your choice for the main day events. Otherwise you’re going to have to stay on your feet all day and if you’re wearing heels with your German dirndl dress then that will be torture.
Book Your Hotel Room in Advance
There were 6.3 million attendees for Oktoberfest in 2018 alone. Munich Oktoberfest is the largest Oktoberfest in the world not just according to the size of the festival (which covers an area of 420,000 square feet) but also because of the highest number of attendees which stands at 7.7 million. So it’s safe to say finding accommodation is an issue if you haven’t made prior reservations. Make an advance booking for a hotel room before you set off for Munich. Not only will this ensure you have a place to stay once Oktoberfest starts, but the sooner you reserve a room, the cheaper you will get it for.
Use Cost Efficient Travel Options
Attending Oktoberfest is not cheap. It can cost you 50-55 Euros for just one day of food and drinks at Oktoberfest. One mass of beer costs around 11 Euros and festival activities aren’t much cheaper either. So you need to save money wherever and however you can. The best way to do that is to opt for public transport when getting to the Oktoberfest Grounds. Use busses, trams and local trains since they are just as efficient as a taxi and cost less as well. You can even pack some comfortable shoes if you think you can cover the distance to the Oktoberfest Grounds by walking.
Complete your Lederhosen & Dirndl Dress Outfit with Accessories
Lederhosen are not a complete outfit. They are an H-shaped pair of leather trousers. The complete men’s Lederhosen outfit consists of a Bavarian underneath, socks and Trachten Lederhosen shoes that go with the color scheme of the outfit. You can accessorize further by opting for a stylish Bavarian vest that goes on top of the shirt. You’ll find all sorts of variety in Bavarian shirts at the Lederhosen Store including checkered shirts that are trending for Oktoberfest 2019.
Ladies can accessorize their dirndl dress with beautiful 2 way flip aprons and as well as with vintage dirndl blouses available in a large assortment of colors. It’s really up to you how you want to accessorize your Lederhosen and dirndl dress but be careful not to go overboard, because excessively flashy and superfluous dirndl dresses don’t sit well with locals. Paris Hilton was actually kicked out of an Oktoberfest for having come dressed in a sparkling gold dirndl dress!
Stick to these tips and you’ll have an amazing stay in Munich during the celebrations while having fun traveling to and from the historic city as well.