Munich Oktoberfest 2018
What is important for a single woman to know about the Munich Oktoberfest starting 22 Sep 18 until 07 Oct 18?
For the Munich Oktoberfest you do not really need a reservation, because as a single person you are much more flexible than groups are.
Should you encounter a “closed tent”, you just wait a couple of minutes and sneak in once the tent is open again. Even in front of a closed tent, a single woman (who is not drunk yet!) can always tell the security guy that her colleagues are inside, and ask politely whether he could make an exception for you, just once, just this time. Be sober and friendly, you know the drill. He might actually let you in. 🙂
Meeting new people is not a problem. Pick one of the tables where the guys are not too drunk, with plenty of normal people around (families, business guys, younger folks). It is not a good idea to inquire at a large table with just (drunk) males. They certainly will find a place for you, no doubt about that, but will you have a fun time after a few beers?
Anyway, You can avoid getting drunk in front of your customers by making a smart dealwith your waitress.
What To Wear at the Munich Oktoberfest 2018
THE TRADITIONAL BAVARIAN DRESS FOR HER consisting of:
• Short-sleeved white blouse
• Traditional dress (the Dirndl)
• Sheer pantyhose
• Elegant low-heeled loafers
You should be aware of a few rules for the female dress:
- The knot of the pinafore indicates the status of the woman. Bound on her
right side (just as Petra on the left) means: “I’m Taken”. Bound on her left side
means: “I’m single and/or available”. Cool, eh?
- The traditional Dirndl is long and falls down to below mid-calf, just as in the
photo above. They will sell you a short Dirndl as well, and as a male I agree
that it looks quite appealing, but this is a tourist item and has nothing to do with
the traditional dress.
- The pinafore should end at the same height as the Dirndl itself. Having a
shorter or longer pinafore will definitely indicate that you are not one of the
locals. A big no-no. (Petra’s pinafore has the correct length, but the camera
angle makes it appear to be slightly longer than the Dirndl. It is not.)
- The pantyhose should be just a sheer one, maybe tanned, but definitely not
black or weirdly colored.
- The shoes should really be low heeled loafers or ballet flats, black or white.
High-heeled pumps might be a beautiful sight and a nice surprise for your
husband, but it’s not something you wear as part of a traditional Oktoberfest
- Some dresses allow you to thread thin silver chains through the front section.
If you have one of these you should definitely wear the silver chains, otherwise
the empty hooks will look just plain weird.
Other than that, it’s pretty simple, really. The sales ladies at the stores in Munich
will help you with the selection of the right items anyway.
Tips For Single Women Visiting The Munich Oktoberfest
Visitors to the fest come from everywhere in the world, with lots of English speakers around. So you have a good chance to meet someone. And the locals like a nice chat, too. If getting a seat is a problem in a packed tent, just ask the waitress politely for a place. She will almost always be able to assign a seat for you. You will want to avoid the darker corners of a tent. While you should not feel insecure there (security staff is omnipresent), you will just experience half
of the action (band, people, etc.). A good place is somewhere in the middle of the tent, not too close to the band, but not too far away either.
When asking for a seat at a table as a single woman, it is always a good idea to stay close to the aisle until you are more comfortable with the situation. That will make it easier to get away should the need arise (i.e. when the guys can’t behave).
Alternatively, try to sit next to another woman in the group. The mood on a table can change quickly! It’s just a matter of another round of beer. In such situations just grab your purse and beer and leave the table. It is not unsafe at the festival, but sitting at a table among a bunch of drunken guys is not genuine fun either.
For a single woman, I do not think that all the tents are equally suitable.
I’d avoid the Weinzelt (wine tent) which – as the name suggests – is not a beer tent. A lot of older folks can be found here, so it’s not that much fun anyway. The Käfer tent is the place where the German celebrities hang around, but it’s quite hard to get in, and it is not your typical beer tent either. Gay people tend to like the Bräurosl.
Please consider buying a conservative (long) Dirndl, the traditional female dress of Bavaria (see tips on what to wear to Oktoberfest on page 45). It looks good and will let you mingle more easily with the locals.
My Natural Hangover Smoothie And Why It Can Keep You Fit During The Munich Oktoberfest too!
This special smoothie is quick and easy to make, convenient, protein rich, use berry blend and a handful of greens like broccoli or spinach.
- 1 scoop Complete Chocolate or Vanilla
- 2 Berry Blend capsules
- 250ml / 1 cup buttermilk
- 60ml / ¼ cup skimmed milk
- 120g / ¾ cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
- 3 dates
- 1 tablespoon linseed
- Mint to garnish
- Water as needed (depending on the water content of the fruit)
- Cinnamon. One of the highest antioxidant-rich spices, and it tastes great.
- Turmeric. Known to be anti-inflammatory and can even protect the liver.
- Cumin: people use it against indigestion, diarrhea or nausea.
My no. 1 priority is drinking enough water in the morning and before going to bed to prevent hangover symptoms. And with it I treat my body with lots of vitamins.
My favorites are ginger tea and cranberry juice and the vineyard blend from Juice Plus+. All helps rehydrate the body and stay fit before – during and after Octoberfest.
Are There Any General Etiquette Tips For The Munich Oktoberfest?
1. Most importantly, don’t be rude, especially not to the girls. This can get you faster out of a tent than you can say “hey!”. So, you should know your limits and (try to) not drink too much.
2. Parents with small childs should leave the baby strollers in the hotel as they are not allowed due to security concerns.
3. If you have a formal reservation, be sharply on time. If you come too late, your seats are likely to be occupied.
4. Do not dance on the tables. Never ever. This is a hard rule. You may dance on the benches for as long as you wish, but do not step on the tables. This might get you removed from the tent really fast. For tables located in the first floor, there may be additional restrictions to prevent falling over the balcony.
5. Do not take a beer stein or glass with you (or anything else that does not belong to you). They are checking bags when you leave. If they find a glass, it is – legally speaking – theft. Should this happen to you, do not make a fuss about it. Usually, they just take the beer stein and let you go, but nothing can stop them from calling the police. To avoid any of this, just do not take a beer stein! (However, you may purchase beer steins at the souvenir stands of the tent. Make sure to keep your receipt as proof of purchase.)
6. Do not smoke inside the tents. Smoking inside the tents is not permitted. Each tent has outside smoking areas.
7. Do not bring glass bottles to the Theresienwiese. These are not allowed.
8. Do not wear silly Oktoberfest hats. You will really look like a tourist.
Have a great time and do not hesitate to download Mark Zanzig’s Munich Oktoberfest-Insider PDF