Wearing Dirndl at Oktoberfest

It’s two weeks until I go to Munich for Oktoberfest opening weekend 2017, and I thought I’d look back on my photos from Oktoberfest last year, so I can start planning for what to wear, which tents to go to, and how much money to save, because it gets quite expensive! Last year I visited Oktoberfest during the week, but this time we’re going hard at opening weekend, which I’m sure will be a lot crazier. Wondering what to expect at Oktoberfest this year? Read on…

Hair, makeup and dirndl for Oktoberfest

Oh, but before we head to Munich, do you know what to wear to Oktoberfest? I got my Dirndl from Amazon. I think it’s literally one of the first options if you search “dirndl” on Amazon. If you’re already in Germany you can get a Dirndl from TK Maxx and a lot of big groceries like Kaufland stock cheap ones. Or you can get it in Munich, there are retailers everywhere including the Hauptbahnhof (main train station). Girls reading this… please don’t buy the sluttiest dirndl you can find. You will look like an idiot.

Selfie in front of the Schottenhamel tent

Inside the Schottenhamel tent

Last year we stayed at A&O München Laim, and it was cheap and pretty decent so that’s where we’re staying again this year. It’s costing us pretty much 50 euro per person per night to stay there over the weekend, for a 6 bed dorm room, and this is some of the cheapest hostel accommodation in Munich. Yup, Oktoberfest is expensive. But the alternative’s camping!

Sunny days at Oktoberfest, MunichRollercoaster at Oktoberfest

Some other tips for Oktoberfest this year:

  • Take loads of money. Plan to spend at least 50 euro per day you’re there, not including accommodation.
  • Dress warm – wear tights with your Dirndl, and bring a jacket. Especially at the end of Oktoberfest it can get super cold.
  • Don’t carry a big bag. Last year they made my friend check in her handbag. A little cross-shoulder bag is all they’ll allow.
  • Get in early and grab a seat. Once you’ve got a seat, don’t leave it! Go to the bathroom one at a time, not altogether.
  • Tip 10-15% per beer or you’ll stop getting served. So that’s about 11-13euro for each beer.
  • If you’re like me, you can drink a maximum of 3 beers in a day. To slow down, have a beer first and then have Radler (beer with lemonade).
  • If you’re reading the German menu, “Gerichte ohne fleische” means meals without meat! Sadly, there aren’t many. Brez’n, anyone?

Have you been to Oktoberfest? Do you have any more tips to add to my list?

the Aussie guide to Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany