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6 Things I Learned at Oktoberfest| VRAI Magazine

There are a few German traditions everyone around the world knows. One of them is definitely the Oktoberfest in Munich which is celebrated every year. Due to my German roots and family in Bavaria I decided to take a trip there and find out more about the world's biggest beer festival. Here is what I learned:

1. Train your arms!

The " Maß" (German word for a mug of 1 litre beer) is pretty heavy - so you better have trained arms to hold it otherwise you will end up holding the mug with both hands - which is kind of embarassing. Plus: Never underestimate the power of beer. German beer is strong and most of the Germans are very trinkfest (hard-drinking).

2. Leave your heels at home!

Despite some women who believe that wearing high heels at the Oktoberfest is a good idea, most people know: it is not! The ground is usually pretty uneven, which makes it hard to walk on. Plus: you will be standing around a lot or even dance on the table - which will kill your feet eventually unless you were flats!

3. Keep it classy!

Your Dirndl (traditional German women's dress, see below) should never (!!) end above your knee. Even though some women think that it makes them look more sexy - let me tell you - it does not look sexy at all! Classy women always wear their Dirndl in an appropriate length (at least knee-length or longer!) because otherwise they would look cheap and clueless.

4. Hold your breath!

Pretty much every woman looks amazing in her Dirndl. Still, I had to experience one painful thing: your Dirndl dress has to sit tight - very tight. When the saleswoman at the Dirndl store told me that my dress was too loose and I should rather go for a skin-tight version. I would have never imagined how tight it would really be. The next hours I literally felt squeezed into my dress as if I were wearing a corset. So better be prepared!

5. Suddenly you feel stupid without your Dirndl

Everyone is wearing Tracht ( Dirndl or Lederhosn) in Munich. In my entire life I have never felt so exotic when NOT wearing Tracht in public. Pretty much every second person you see is wearing a Ledernhosn (traditional german leather pants, see below) or a Dirndl. No matter where you are - these two weeks are the perfect excuse to wear your Dirndl nonstop without being asked stupid questions about it.

6. Prepare to be very patient.

It doesn't matter if you are queued up at the train station, at Oktoberfest itself, whilst shopping downtown or at the airport - be prepared for long waiting hours, big crowds and many drunk people.

Link to: Dirndl and Lederhosn