What was considered completely stuffy in the 1970s and 1980s is in vogue today

What was considered completely stuffy in the 1970s and 1980s is in vogue today

The child should have a cell phone with them and they should have the number of their parents or companions written on a piece of paper or on their arms.

In general, there are special rules for children: Children and young people under the age of 16 are only allowed into the beer tent when accompanied by an adult. From the age of 16 there is beer, wine and sparkling wine – but no hard things. Children under six years of age are no longer allowed to be in the tent after 8 p.m. After 8 p.m., children and young people up to the age of 16 are only allowed to visit the Wiesn with adults.

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Former national soccer player Philipp Lahm (35) is looking forward to the Oktoberfest. "As a Munich resident, it goes without saying that you go to the Oktoberfest"said the captain of the 2014 world championship team. "I’m a Oktoberfest goer, I like to go there, I enjoy it." The long-time professional of FC Bayern Munich named this his favorite among the rides "Around the Tegernsee" and the "Devil’s wheel".

Lahm ended his playing career in 2017 and is now one of two managing directors of DFB Euro GmbH. He takes care of the organization of the Munich location at the EM 2020 and also the final round in 2024. The Munich Oktoberfest starts on Saturday in a week.

++ Adidas presents Wiesn sneakers 2019 ++

The sporting goods manufacturer Adidas is selling two special sneaker models for the Oktoberfest this year. The Adidas Originals "Munich Made in Germany" is – inspired by lederhosen – in brown and beige tones and has a small pretzel and the "cheers"- Embroidered lettering.

Another shoe model, the SC Premiere sneaker limited to 100 pairs "cheers", was designed together with the label BSTN. The special thing about this shoe: the insole is decorated with the pattern of the Bavarian flag, on the side is the word "cheers" As a golden lettering and at the same time the sneaker serves as an entry ticket for the VIP area of ​​the Paulaner festival tent on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest.

Celebrities such as presenter Lena Gercke, rapper Sido and footballers David Alaba and Serge Gnabry took part in the advertising campaign for the Oktoberfest sneakers 2019. Both sneakers will be released on September 14th.

++ Another brewery could soon serve beer at the Wiesn ++

A small brewery in Munich sees itself a decisive step further to be able to serve beer at the Oktoberfest in the future. This has only been reserved for six breweries in the state capital for decades, as groundwater from Munich, among other things, has to be used for brewing. According to Giesinger Bräu, he received permission from the authorities on Thursday to drill a deep well to pump groundwater. The responsible department for environment and health initially did not confirm the decision.

So far, according to a spokeswoman, Giesinger Bräu has been using tap water that is not taken in Munich, but in the foothills of the Alps. With groundwater from the state capital as an ingredient, the company from the Giesing district fulfills one of the criteria to "Munich beer" to manufacture. The brewery was founded in 2006 and became known nationwide within a few years.

According to the Munich Breweries Association, six beer manufacturers have been serving at the world’s largest festival since 1952. These are Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, Staatliches Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten, which are the only members of the association.

++ Current traditional costume fashion is shown ++

Models show traditional costume fashion at the Dirndl Summit: Every year models or celebrities present the latest costume trends for the world’s largest folk festival at the Dirndl Summit. (Source: Felix Hörhager / dpa)

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At the Dirndl Summit 2019, models presented the latest traditional costume fashion in the Hofbräuhaus.

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++ Wiesn boss justifies high beer price ++

The new Munich Oktoberfest boss Clemens Baumgärtner wants to polish up the image of the festival. The Wiesn is much more than just a drinking festival – and offers the highest quality, said the CSU politician, who took up office as the new economic advisor in March and thus also took over the management of the Wiesn. "I want to move away from the price discussion and focus on quality. You will hardly get higher quality goods anywhere than at the Oktoberfest."

The innkeepers must meet strict criteria in their annual application for approval, and not least, there are points for sustainability and regionality. The city also keeps an eye on prices. On average, Oktoberfest visitors this year have to pay 11.54 euros per measure – three percent more than at Oktoberfest 2018.

The beer price is essentially not significantly higher than in restaurants in downtown Munich, says the Wiesn boss. The annual increase is moderate, three percent more "still acceptable". After all, the beer is brewed especially for the folk festival. He says to lamenting guests: "Look at the quality of this beer."

In addition, the Oktoberfest is not just about beer. "The Oktoberfest must not be reduced to eating and drinking"says Baumgartner. Families in particular, who make up a large proportion of the guests, do not even go to the marquee, but instead come for the rides.

++ The official Oktoberfest beer mug 2019 is here ++

Official Oktoberfest beer mug 2019: In addition to the classic Oktoberfest symbols, this year’s mug adorns deer, dachshunds and a sow, horses and fish. (Source: Andreas Gebert / Reuters)

Ferris wheel, beer mug and pretzel – the Oktoberfest insignia adorn the official Oktoberfest beer mug again this year. The presentation of the jug marks the start of this year’s Oktoberfest for him, said the new Oktoberfest boss Clemens Baumgärtner (CSU), who took over the post in spring. Above all, he wanted to raise awareness of the diversity of the festival, emphasized the Munich economics officer. It’s not just about a place in the beer tent and drinking beer, but about the traditional folk festival atmosphere with rides and stalls.

In addition to the classic Oktoberfest symbols, this year’s jug is adorned with deer, dachshunds and a sow, horses and fish, probably because of the popular fish on the stick. A key can also be recognized – perhaps because hundreds of keys always end up in the lost property office at the festival or because the Oktoberfest seems to some to be the key to happiness.

70,000 copies of the stone jug are to be sold in the festival tents, at souvenir stands and over the Internet. Since 1978 there has been a new jug every year that is highly coveted by collectors. The Oktoberfest hosts had presented their mug with their own motif in July.

++ Wild camping prohibited at Oktoberfest ++

If you want to travel to Oktoberfest by mobile home, you should find a parking space in good time. Because it is forbidden in the entire city area to camp in a mobile home or caravan on the roadside. Camping is possible on several campsites that the city lists on the Internet. For example, 1,500 parking spaces are available on the motorhome parking lot at the Riem exhibition grounds.

Important to know: In the area around Theresienwiese and in the area around the former mobile home parking lot in Arnulfstraße there are two restricted zones for mobile homes during the Oktoberfest.

++ Traditional beer mugs come from the Westerwald ++

The collector’s beer mugs from the city of Munich and the hosts at the Oktoberfest do not come from Bavaria, but from the Westerwald in Rhineland-Palatinate and differ from the official Oktoberfest beer mugs. When the world’s largest folk festival begins on September 21, it will be accompanied not only by the official, but also by the ornate collector’s ceramic jugs from the drinking glass manufacturer Rastal in Höhr-Grenzhausen.

Oktoberfest beer mug 2019: The Upper Bavarian artist Maximilian Fliessbach called Marsilius designed the mug in the style of the 19th century. (Source: Overstreet / imago images)

Why the ceramic mug improves drinking pleasure

With glass mugs, visitors can easily see whether it is clean and has enough beer. A ceramic mug, on the other hand, keeps the barley juice cool longer and represents tradition. Sound is necessary for its production. The so-called Kannenbäckerland in the Westerwald has one of the largest clay deposits in Europe.

According to the 100-year-old manufacturer Rastal, the ceramic collectors’ mugs, some of which are handmade, are each limited to several thousand pieces by the city of Munich and the Oktoberfest hosts.

This is what the jugs look like in 2019

The gray stoneware collecting jug for the city of Munich, which Rastal has been producing since 1978, has a different decor every year. In 2019, this Oktoberfest poster motif shows miniature symbols such as Bavaria, beer mug, veal sausage, ferris wheel, tuba, dachshund, stag and snack board. "I wanted to do something different, something modern, clear. The Oktoberfest symbols combined in one picture for searching and discovering – like these hidden objects", explains the Munich-born artist Mirjam Mößmer.

The Oktoberfest hosts’ collector’s mug relies on traditional items. The Upper Bavarian artist Maximilian Fliessbach called Marsilius designed the jug in the style of the 19th century.

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All about the Oktoberfest

The 186th Oktoberfest will take place this year between September 21 and October 6, 2019 in Munich on the Theresienwiese. It is one of the largest folk festivals in the world. The first keg of Wiesn beer is traditionally tapped by the Mayor of Munich in the Schottenhamel tent on September 21 at 12 noon. With the exclamation "O’zapf is" Oktoberfest starts, especially on the weekends when it traditionally gets full at the Oktoberfest, as the folk festival is still called. It is therefore best to plan your visit with the Oktoberfest baromater and only travel by public transport, as the prices for food and drink have risen again this year. Wiesn visitors pay an average of 11.54 euros per measure, 8.87 euros for water and up to 13 euros for a roast chicken. Entry to the festival is free.

History of the Oktoberfest

The folk festival goes back to the celebrations for the wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig (King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen on October 17, 1810. Since the people of Munich liked this festival so much, they repeated it every year. It took longer and longer and the beginning was moved to September due to the better weather.

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Flowers in hair. Braid on the head. High neckline. Dirndls and lederhosen are still popular at Oktoberfest 2017. But instead of being short and gaudy, this year it’s going to be more conservative. Has the Oktoberfest become good?

What was considered completely stuffy in the 1970s and 1980s is in vogue today. Young people love customs, folk dancing and traditional costumes. Traditional cuts and muted colors are right on trend in 2017. The globalized world, so many believe, creates a longing for home. "Anyone who wears dirndls and lederhosen shows that they want to belong", says Manfred Newrzella, managing director of the Festring Munich, who organizes the annual costume parade to the Oktoberfest.

Glitter is out – dove is in

According to Newrzella and other traditional costume experts, mini dirndls with glitter aprons are out. You wear muted colors. The dove is very popular – and chaste: the knee is covered below, the top not much cleavage.

Buttoned up: Lilly Becker will appear at Oktoberfest on September 18, 2017 in a silver-gray, high-necked designer dirndl for 27,500 euros. (Source: ATP / Wenn.com)

"The deep neckline is currently rather out", write that "Handelsblatt" and quoted Axel Munz, head of Trachten Angermaier in Munich, of one "Vintage trend" speaks. In addition to the high-necked dirndl, this can also be recognized by elements such as peplums on the back and closures on the bodices. Some things are more reminiscent of bourgeois costumes. But at least: nostalgic.

The visitors Laura, Franziska and Lena (from left to right) wear wreaths of flowers in their hair and have opted for a more revealing cleavage. (Source: Tobias Hase / dpa)

Braids and flowers for the 2017 country bitches

The matching hairstyle with braided hair that artfully winds around the head also comes from those earlier times. The Frida Kahlo memory flower wreath in the hair – a dispute. Blasphemed them "Southgerman newspaper" about "Land bitches", the Bavarian Trachtenverband sees it as a traditional costume element in the broadest sense. "The trend is definitely towards more fashionable headgear. It’s nice when the girls adorn themselves with flowers in their hair", says Erich Tahedl, managing director of the Bavarian Trachtenverband, who is pleased that the dirndls are more traditional again. "Whether that’s the length, the colors, the more closed clothing. Not everything has to be disclosed."

Increasing incidents of groping at the Oktoberfest

Whether the new chastening at the Oktoberfest 2017 should be a preventive measure against the increasing incidents of grabbing has not been proven. In 2016 the so-called "Security Point" More than 200 women who were sexually molested were cared for at Oktoberfest. 31 offenses were reported to the police. In 2015 there were still 21 advertisements. The number of unreported cases is far higher. After the German sexual criminal law was reformed in November of last year, women (and of course affected men) can show groping directly.

Flowers have to be in 2017: Giulia Siegel chooses something between honest and sexy. Friend Ludwig Heer traditionally high-necked and checked in green. (Source: dpa)

For men, hand-embroidered and classic checks

In 2017, men also choose traditional items. Oktoberfest boss Josef Schmid (CSU) appeared in his new lederhosen with blue, hand-embroidered decoration. Blue was the color that was previously reserved for kings, he reported. As the successor to King Max I, the very first Oktoberfest boss in 1810, today’s festival leader automatically deserves the blue.

This season, too, people like to wear a checked shirt – in red, blue and even green. Even if Trachtler turn up their noses at it. Because, in her opinion, a white linen shirt with stag horn buttons belongs to the Oktoberfest. Another trend that men tend to follow: the hat, for example in the form of chicken or beer mugs.

Daring outfits like last year, when a visitor from Wisconsin appeared in a white and blue diamond suit, are rather the exception.