Oktoberfest Special: Top 10 Reasons to go to Oktoberfest

Image copyright Ludus Tours

Image copyright Ludus Tours

 

If you have been still thinking whether or not to visit this year’s Oktoberfest at Munich, stop thinking and start reading! Backpacking Croissants asked  Ludus Tours, a travel company founded in 2003 by avid sport fans and former athletes with just one motto: to make bucket list dreams come true, to write a guest post for us sharing their reasons why one needs to visit Oktoberfest once in their life. And they give you not one, but 10 reasons to visit Oktoberfest at Munich, Germany. Ludus Tours have also been organizing special Oktoberfest tours, so that when you are in a tent with 10,000 fellow beer drinkers and the band strikes up, you are going to take in that experience and remember your time in Munich for long!

Here are their 10 reasons to visit Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest Special: Dirndl Designer Erika Neumayer Talks About How to Rock a Dirndl

Image copyright Erika Neumayer

Image copyright Erika Neumayer

Oktoberfest, an important event in the Bavarian culture, is also one of the biggest funfairs in the world held in Munich, where litres and litres of (not so free!) beer and German food, music gigs, attract visitors from all over the world – over 6 million, to be precise!  

And of the ways to really enjoy the event is to soak yourself in the Bavarian way – and no, we aren’t talking only about the beer! As you would have seen, men and women during this time wear a traditional costume – an important aspect of the Bavarian culture. Women typically wear a ‘dirndl’ – consisting of a bodice, blouse, full skirt and an apron. Though it may appear to be a simple dress, dirndl can be quite expensive. Men wear a checkered shirt, leather trousers (called lederhosen), trachten socks and shoes.

Image copyright Erika Neumayer

Image copyright Erika Neumayer

When I moved to Germany, I got acquainted with this very beautiful dress. The first time I saw it was during the many Christmas markets. But it was during the summer months and the various smaller beer fests around our cities that I really had a good look at what a dirndl looks like. I loved the flowing skirt and a bright apron, often coordinated with hair done up in braids – it looks straight out of a story book, and yet stylish in its own simple way.

So, if you are looking forward to visit this year’s Oktoberfest (Sept. 19 – Oct. 6) like a true Bavarian, why not do it in authentic Bavarian style! Dirndl designer and owner of Rare Dirndl, Erika Neumayer, talks about the tradition of Dirndl, how she mixes traditional concepts with modern design, and how you can rock one this Oktoberfest, in this very special Oktoberfest special guest post. 

Over to Erika!

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