Everything you always wanted to know about Oktoberfest
What to wear to Oktoberfest?
by Mark Zanzig
Oktoberfest is approaching at the speed of light (please read the Oktoberfest FAQ and see more photos). Last year I could finally convince Petra that I needed a Tracht, the traditional dress worn in Bavaria. (Tracht, by the way, means just "traditional attire", be it for women or men.)
How comes? Well, two weeks ago we have been off to one of those fantastic warm up events prior to the main Oktoberfest (you need to train the drinking, otherwise you won't survive). One of Petras colleagues from the U.S. brought her husband (a Brit), and they both showed up in traditional Bavarian dresses! I was the only one wearing jeans and a normal shirt. Boo! While I am not a native Bavarian, I have been living in Munich for 12 years by now, and concluded that if these guys could wear a Tracht (proudly and good-looking), then I should be allowed to get one, too.
All said and done. Off we went to one of the major Trachten Outlets in Munich, and I got a nice Tracht for myself.
Which brings me to the ultimate question, asked again and again each year by the foreign guests to the Oktoberfest: What to wear to Oktoberfest?
Now, yesterday was yet another Wies'n Warm Up at a local pub, and before we went in we made a brief photo shooting, just a couple of shots actually, to illustrate how it looks. The photos itself are not the fancy stuff you can expect from me, as they were taken with our tiny Canon Ixus 60 camera. Hope you don't mind. :-)
Traditional Bavarian dress for him
Here we go. That's me with my brand new Tracht, consisting of:
A word about the price for a Tracht. The Munich dealers offer complete sets, containing the items above (including the dreaded scarf). These usually are Euro 199.00 including taxes. If you want more robust leather trousers, we recommend to have a look at the more expensive ones. You will still receive a discount on the list price when you are buying a complete set. For example, the regular price for my combination was 367.90 Euro, but I negotiated for a 35% discount and paid just 239.60 Euro.
In any case, please rest assured that when you buy your Tracht in Munich, the sales ladies at the stores will help you with the selection of the right items.
(Note to myself: Watch hand position when posing! :-)
Traditional Bavarian dress for her
And this is Petra showing off her Tracht, consisting of:
Traditional Bavarian Couple
And the result is a nicely looking traditional Bavarian couple, ready to hit the fun at the Oktoberfest. Nobody will realize that I am from Northern Germany, and that we do not wear the Tracht up there. Not until I start to speak anyway (my accent gives me away always). :-)
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