How to dress for Oktoberfest 2010 in Munich
If you really want to celebrate Munichs Oktoberfest in 2010 in style like one of the Bavarian locals then why not get into the swing of things by dressing in the traditional local garb.
For Gals, this means a dress known as a DIRNDL and for the Guys, leather pants known as LEDERHOSEN.
Styles and prices of these "Trachten" (traditional Bavarian costumes) vary widely; you can get a simple and savvy, short vintage Dirndl for as low as 60 Euros or a richly embroidered custom-made dress for a couple of hundred Euros. Traditionally both Dirndls and Lederhosen are handed down from generation to generation through each family but of course you can still purchase them today. What you do need to be careful of is quality, as in recent years there have been a number of cheap, rip-off imports popping up in and around stores in Munich.
Here is a short list (and by no means comprehensive) of stores that stock only original or handed down authentic Dirndls and Lederhosen. We hope you will be able to find something to suit your tastes at least one of these stores.
For over 60 years, the specialty shop Angermaier has been selling traditional Bavarian costumes in fine quality, from Dirndl and Lederhosen, to accessories, and shoes. During Oktoberfest, Angermaier offers a "Weisn-Special" - a Dirndl set, complete with dress, shoes, scarf, and apron (around 129 Euro), or a Lederhosen combo, consisting of short leather pants, shirt, and shoes (for around 200 Euros).
Rosental 10, 80331 Munich; Phone: +49 89 23 00 01 99
Landsberger Straße 101-103, 80339 Munich, Phone: +49 89 50 16 77
Mo-Fri, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sat 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Loden-Frey, one of Munich's top city centre department stores, offers an extensive selection of Dirndl and Lederhosen, from exclusive designer brands to more basic outfits. The high quality at Loden-Frey has its price but you can get great deals if you head to the Loden-Frey outlet store outside of Munich's city centre.
Loden Frey Department Store, Maffeistrasse 7, 80333 Munich; Phone: +49 89 210390
Loden Frey Outlet Store, Triebstraße 36-38, 80993 Munich; Phone: +49 89 1490 080
Mo-Sa, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
3. Weisn Tracht und Mehr
Weisn Tracht und Mehr has three stores in Munich's city centre, selling new and second hand Dirndl and Lederhosen to a mostly young crowd. Besides traditional costumes, you'll also find here short Dirndls in bright colours and modern patterns. Both new and vintage costumes are very affordable, and you can get your complete Oktoberfest outfit (dress, blouse, apron) for less than 100 Euros.
Tal 19, 80331 Munich, Resents. 4, 80331 Munich, Hohenzollernstraße 7, 80801 Munich
Mo-Sa, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
4. Trachten Peterandl
If you are serious about your Dirndl (and are willing to shell out a bit more), check out the specialty store Trachten Peterandl. Here, you find custom made high quality dresses with traditional embroideries. The staff are passionate about Dirndls and very knowledgeable.
Lindwurmstr. 15, 80337 Munich; Phone: +49 89 2654 54
Opening Hours: Mo-Fri, 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Kleidermarkt is one of the biggest second hand stores in Munich. On three floors, you can browse through a great selection of affordable vintage Dirndls and accessories. Make sure to come here for "Happy Hour": On Tuesdays, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., you get 30 % off your treasures.
Im Tal 30, 80331 Munich, Phone: +49 89 228 80868
Mo - Sat, 10.00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
www.shanebaisden.com says that there are just 155 days to go from the date of this blog post until the opening of this years festival in Munich, so you still have plenty of time to sort out an outfit and do your research.
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We hope to see many of you in Munich for Oktoberfest 2010 in September/October!!
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