Servus! About time the world starts opening up after Covid, huh?! This year I got to enjoy the real Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany (it runs 3 weeks). We decided to do 1 day. Oktoberfest is celebrated everywhere in the world, and there are smaller ones in the towns of Germany but Munich is the main and original event.
(1st Photo: Traditional German dress called a dirndl -- i loved the pattern so much).
Fun fact: Where you tie the apron bow matters. Right,: Married or Spoken for. Left: Single. Back: Widowed, a Waitress, or a child.
At the festival, my friend and I couldn't stop pointing out all the beautiful floral patterns other ladies had.
Unfortunately, it was freezing cold and raining so I couldn't show off my pretty dress as a coat was covering it the whole time.
The male version is called a lederhosen. It's thick shorts, made out of leather. No, not the shiny kind of leather, rather it's made out of deer, soft and light. (See 2nd photo below of me and my boyfriend standing in front of the entrance to Oktoberfest. He wore his spiffy lederhosen and janker, which is the traditional jacket. Accompanying his outfit were loferls, which are split socks and his shoes called trachten.)
Might I add we went thrifting before heading out to Oktoberfest. We thought we weren't warm enough with rain headed our way and there we found the janker and my soft fuzzy shawl. Such a perfect store, everything was in perfect condition that we wouldn't have known it was a thrift store until we realized there was only one of everything. Everyone dresses the part in Oktoberfest it was very fun to be a part of their culture.
We caught a taxi to this event. Heading into Oktoberfest, it immediately gives the same vibe as a carnival. Rides in a section in the back, booths for food and goodies for all ages. Remembering this isn't a 21+ years event, children attend these too with their families, they just don't drink. 16 years old is the legal age to drink in Germany. Only difference to a Carnival in the US is all the large tents (14 large tents and a bunch of small beer gardens) that serve beer. In all honesty I'm not even sure they were called tents. These were very large buildings that sit up to thousands of people, These tents were heavily decorated, some even moved. It makes you want to check each beer tent. Oktoberfest is free, you are able to walk around, enter each tent and pick which beer tent to try. Another thing, they will not serve you beer unless you are sitting at a table. Beer was about €12. Reservations for a table are months to one year in advance. So it is highly recommended you make some new friends at a table. Everyone is so friendly and just so happy to be there. They stand on the table and sing their hearts out. I think they played more American songs than German and then the traditional bottoms up song plays every so often and you give a "Prost!" (cheers!) with everyone around you at the table!
(3rd photo: Rides)
(4th photo: Entrance to one of the beer tent called Augustiner-Brau)
(5th Photo: The beer tent we decided to go to called Lowenbrau) Also in the photo is our friend we came to visit on top of going to Oktoberfest in Germany.
(6th photo: The beers) Each tent only serves one beer and all the same size. Literally the size of my head.
(7th + 8th photo: At the end of the night we decided to get some drunk snackies, We got potato tornado and waffles)
We hailed a taxi to go home and that concluded Oktoberfest.
The hotel we decided to stay in was called B&B Hotel Munchen City - Nord. Try to plan ahead as hotels get very pricy around this time of the year due to millions of people trying to enjoy Oktoberfest. Prost!