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Headed to Munich in October? Then you can’t miss out on Oktoberfest! Before heading to the world’s largest beer festival and fun fair, check out our readers’ tips on what to pack for Oktoberfest!
How to Dress for Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is not only Germany’s biggest celebration, but it’s also the world’s largest beer festival, drawing, on average, over six million visitors over its three-week run. If you’re headed to Munich for this celebration, you want to make sure you dress the part.
Here’s what our readers recommend for what to wear to Oktoberfest.
A Traditional Dirndl
If you’re wondering what to wear to Oktoberfest then make note that locals wear a traditional dirndl and a trendy, yet untraditional option is to wear a pair of lederhosen under the dress. This Bavarian dress is a great way to get into the spirit of the event and embrace the local culture.
One reader says, “All the locals will be in dirndl and lederhosen. If you want to, join them! It’s so much fun.” Another adds, “I would highly recommend wearing a dirndl – it made it so much more fun and most people at the beer gardens (we went to Paulaner and Hofbrau) were wearing them.”
You can buy a dirndl cheaply at the store C&A in Munich, along with a blouse to wear underneath, or you can purchase these items online. One reader recommends buying one in Munich, explaining, “There are little shops outside the Munich train station and storefronts where you can buy them. They aren’t cheap – I think I paid € 60 for mine – but it was well worth it and I don’t regret spending that money.”
Another says, “We bought ours there and had so much fun with the shopping. We went to the Karstark department store where they had a huge selection and everything you need. We spent a few hours there but all three of us got dirndl, shirts, aprons, etc.”
However, if you’d rather shop ahead of time, several readers have ordered one online, with one saying, “I ordered a Dirndl from Amazon. It was made in Germany. They are quite expensive there, so I bought online to save money.” Just remember, European sizing is different from US sizing!
Tip: Be careful which way you tie the bow. To the left means you’re single and to the right means you’re taken!
Countless readers recommended packing at least two pairs of comfy and waterproof shoes (for beer spillage). You might be surprised at how many shoe options you can choose from when deciding how to dress for Oktoberfest!
As one reader says, “At the Wiesn, no one cares if you’re wearing the right shoes. You just need to be able to walk for 5 miles minimum and stand on a bench and sing and drink and still be able to walk home afterwards.”
For her trip, this reader wore walking flats on one of the days and fashion sneakers on the other, explaining, “It was very trendy for younger women to wear low cut, Euro-style sneakers with their dirndls. Even though I’m 20 years older, I did it anyway and was so happy I did. A local friend told me I was on trend and they looked good so I felt justified!”
Another reader recommended boots, as they’re waterproof and comfy, while still looking fashionable.
Tip: Consider purchasing a pair you’re okay with using just for this trip. One reader says, “You will NOT want to bring your Oktoberfest shoes back home with you. My experience involved a lot of spilled beer and mud. Your feet will be the grossest you’ve ever seen them before.”
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As it’s October in Germany, it can get pretty chilly, so you’ll want to pack a jacket. One reader says, “I used a light fleece zip-up and my H2Off jacket from L.L. Bean daily. These were both a good choice!” Another adds, “Bring a trench rain coat. I took one last year and wasn’t disappointed.
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Bra Stash or Money Wallet
If you’re planning on wearing a dirndl, you don’t want to distract from your cute outfit with a handbag. Instead, consider wearing a bra stash or money wallet. This allows you to enjoy Oktoberfest hands-free without having to worry about your cash, credit card, or identification.
One reader says, “I’ve been to Oktoberfest several times and am also a Girl Scout. I always wore a money wallet around my waist.” Bra stashes and money wallets are similar in function, so it comes down to what style you find more comfortable to wear and access.
Here’s the best money belts and anti-theft travel accessories for travel!
If you have more items to carry, consider also bringing a crossbody bag. One reader says, “During the day and at the Wiesn, I used a small leather Fossil crossbody that what I needed perfectly,” while another says, “I liked bringing a crossbody because I could drape my rain jacket over it.”
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Other Packing Essentials
For days before and after Oktoberfest (or if you decide not to wear a dirndl, one reader shared her complete packing list. She brought:
- 3 short-sleeve shirts
- 2 cardigans
- 1 scarf
- 1 long-sleeve top
- 1 tank top
- 2 pairs of jeans
- 2 dirndls
- 1 fleece zip-up jacket
- 1 rain jacket
- 3 pairs of shoes
She adds, “I wore a dress and leggings on the plane for comfort. I didn’t end up needing the tank top or long-sleeve shirt, and I did have to wash my pantyhose during the week. I found the three short-sleeve shirts were perfect to mix and match with the cardigans.”
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Oktoberfest Travel Tips
Now that you know how to dress for Oktoberfest, follow our readers’ other tips for an enjoyable trip.
- If you want a table at the event, call and reserve at least a few months in advance.
- Some tents are more popular so even if one is packed it doesn’t mean that all of them will be. Be sure to explore the different tents, as some will be busier than others. Get to the event before noon for the best chance of getting a seat.
- Most tents also have tables inside that are first come first served. These tents can quickly get rowdy and it’s hard to find a spot if you have more than two or three people in your group.
- If you don’t love big crowds, consider visiting the Marstall tent. It’s smaller and less raucous, they have good food, and it’s much easier to find a table there than in some of the bigger tents.
- Book accommodation at least six months in advance, as most places book up right away. Airbnb is a great option, as it’s cheaper than most hotels.
- Make sure to arrive before noon because it gets busier in the afternoon and evening.
Read these Airbnb tips for more info!
What are your tips on what to wear to Oktoberfest? Share in the comments!
For more tips, please read these Europe packing lists:
- The Ultimate Packing Guide for Vacation in Europe
- 2 Week Packing List For Europe
- First Time Travel Tips for Europe
- What to Wear in Munich
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