Want to celebrate Munich's Oktoberfest in style? Then get yourself the proper outfit, generally identified as Tracht or traditional Bavarian wear. For woman, this is usually the Bavarian dress known as a Dirndl and if you got a guy, drag him along and outfit him in a pair of Lederhosen (which literally translates to leather pants).
Styles and prices of Trachten vary widely; you can get a sassy, short costumey Dirndl for 50 Euros or a richly embroidered custom-made dress for hundreds of euros. Either way, it's a fun way to be part of the festivities.
Locals and tourists alike rock outfits and if you don't have proper gear , Munich is the best place to shop. It can actually be hard to find a shop outside of the region. Have a look at these Munich shops to find your perfect Tracht.
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For over 60 years, the specialty shop Angermaier has been selling traditional Bavarian costumes in fine quality, from Dirndl and Lederhosen, to accessoires, and shoes. During Oktoberfest, Angermaier offers a "Wiesn-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.
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Loden-Frey, one of Munich's top city center department stores, offers an extensive selection of Dirndl and Lederhosen. From exclusive designer brands to more basic outfits, they have it all. 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 center.
- 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.
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Wiesn Tracht und Mehr has five stores in Munich, including the city center. It sells new and second hand Dirndl and Lederhosen to a mostly young crowd.
Besides traditional costumes, you will also find short Dirndls in bright colors 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
- Rosental 5, 80331 Munich
- Hohenzollernstraße 7, 80801 Munich
- Neuhauserstraße 10, 80331 Munich
- Neuhauserstraße 15, 80331 Munich
- Prälat Zistl Straße 4, 80331 Munich
Mo-Sa, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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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 is 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.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Another option is to purchase an outfit online. This can offer significant savings, but remember that it is best to try on your Tracht before buying. Go to a local store and experiment with your options and measure carefully before shopping virtually.
Also check ebay for new and pre-owned, heavily discounted outfits.