Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

Cailin looking the part at Oktoberfest with a real traditional dirndle dress, liter beer and pretzel - Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

Attempting to blend in at Oktoberfest with my liter of beer, pretzel and dirndl dress

When going to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany one typically wants to look the part and for that you need the traditional costumes of a dirndl dress for women and lederhosen pants / shorts for men. But where do you buy them?  Here are my best tips for where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

trying to fit in at oktoberfest not wearing at dirndl dress

Not blending in so well in my normal clothes, but I wasn’t the only one!

Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

Instead of searching for them in a costume shop or online somewhere before arriving in Germany I suggest you wait and pick them up in Munich. It is not required to wear the traditional dress but about 3/4 of the hordes of people in attendance will be wearing them. The first day I was there in normal clothes I definitely felt a bit left out. The minute I bought my Dirndl my experience at Oktoberfest was a million times better.

If you have money to burn there are a couple dirndl and lederhosen shops in Munich that are open year round. These are the traditional outfits that the locals will be wearing. They are high quality and really nice. However this will cost you about 300 Euros just for your dirndl. A dirndl is made up of a white blouse, dress and apron. Each piece is often sold separately in these shops. Proper leather lederhosen are about 150 Euro.

If you have the money and want to look like a true local check out Ludwig-Therese. They are located at 136a, Georgenstraße, 80798 München, Germany. For another option check out the Dirndl shop Leder Fischer located at Lindwurmstraße 15, 80337 München, Germany.

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One of the many pop-up outlet shops near the Oktoberfest fair grounds and train station

If you are on a budget like I was and don’t need a high class traditional dress I suggest searching one of the MANY pop-up Oktoberfest costume shops. Located just outside of the Oktoberfest fair grounds near the train station on the street called Bayerstrasse. These shops are not hard to miss. They have tons of ads and posters in their windows, along with millions of dirndls and lederhosen. That is literally all they sell.

Note: That oddly they don’t sell any outfits or costumes in the fair grounds.

prost at oktoberfest! wearing my new dirndle traditional barvarian dress - Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

You spend a LOT of time standing on the benches at Oktoberfest,  you might want to consider wearing shorts under your dirndl

What should your Dirndl look like?

To fit in with the locals look for a dress that hits right at the knee or just below. Anything higher and it is seen as a bit crass. Short dirndls are also a big flag for being a halloween costume and not a proper Dirndl. Same goes for the really long ones that reach your ankles, none of the Germans really wear them that long. But most importantly, chose a length most comfortable to you.

Note: You actually can’t buy dirndl’s or lederhosen at Oktoberfest itself on the fair grounds.

oktoberfest costume outlet in Munich for dirnle dresses and leather lederhosen - Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

Another outlet shop full of cheap dirndl’s and lederhosen

Many of these shops boast 25 euro dirndl’s and lederhosen but a lot of these aren’t the best of quality. Some of the dirndl’s are even one sewn together piece of all three items, the blouse, dress and apron. The further you walk east on Bayerstrasse away from the Oktoberfest fair grounds the better the quality of outfits get and the price goes up to match.

I am also not a skinny European lady. I wear about a 16 US dress and for the life of me I could not find a 25 euro dress anything near that size. If you are a bit of a larger lady, keep this in mind and keep walking further down the street. You will definitely find a shop with dirndl’s that fit you.

dirndl dress selfie in our airbnb rental in Munich for Oktoberfest - Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

Dirndl selfie in the hallway of our AirBnB in Munich

I tried on many dresses in my search for the perfect, cheap dirndl. We kept making our way down the street until we found a shop with lots of larger sizes. Then I found the one just right for me. I paid about 70 Euros for my perfect dirndl. A bit pricey but well worth it for the experience and memories. Now I also always have a good dirndl and/or halloween costume.

Best Tips for Wearing your Dirndl and Lederhosen

At Oktoberfest you will probably wear the same dirndl a couple days in a row without having a chance to wash it. It will get beer on it and you will sit on many sticky benches in the beer hall. This is also a good reason to go with the cheaper option in case it gets ruined. Hang it to dry each night and you should be good for the next day.

I wouldn’t recommend wearing nice shoes to match your dirndl or lederhosen as your shoes will get dirty and full of beer. You will also be walking a lot and standing and dancing a bunch in the beer halls so be comfy. No one at Oktoberfest cares about what you have on your feet. Wear sneakers or something comfortable and you won’t regret it.

cailin and candice single dirndl dresses tied on the left at Oktoberfest in Munich

Candice and I made sure to keep our dirndls tied on the left!

How do you tie your Dirndl strings?

Once you do get your dress and put it on know that there is also a special way to tie the strings on your apron. Tied on your left states that you are single and on your right side it means that you are married or taken. Tied on the front and center a virgin and tied in the back a widow.

If you aren’t a fan of dresses (like me), wear shorts under your dirndl. Women sometimes wear lederhosen as well, so that could be a better more comfortable option for you too.

To see more from my experience at Oktoberfest check out my video:

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Kara
    September 16, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Hello! Any chance you remember the approx. hours of the pop-up discount shops you found?? I will be coming in on a train the day before I attend Oktoberfest, so will only have that afternoon to find my outfit…eeeek! But my train will get in at 2:30pm ,so I’m hoping that should be plenty of time?

    • Reply
      Cailin
      September 16, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      Hey Kara, I am not sure of the times but I imagine they would be open all day! Getting in at 2:30pm will give you tons of time!! Good luck!!

  • Reply
    Shannon
    September 10, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    I love your dirndl! You look so cute in it! Do you remember the exact name of the store where you bought it? I’m also plus size and I’m a little concerned about finding one while I’m there.

    • Reply
      Cailin
      September 11, 2019 at 12:12 am

      Most of the Dirndl shops are temporary and are just set up for the festival so I dont think they really have names? There
      are just a bunch of stores on that one street near the festival entrance and train station that I mention in the post with these pop
      up shops. I was a size 16/18 when I was there and it seemed the further you walked down the street from the festival grounds
      the more plus size outfits I found. The shop where I found one that finally fit had a bunch of them though. Don’t worry you
      will find one!!

      Just avoid the shops that sell the 300 euro ones! lol The sizes were really random but dont give up searching! Good luck!!

  • Reply
    Kat
    July 18, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Really helpful info! thanks!

  • Reply
    Adam
    October 30, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Great outfit … hope to make it for Oktoberfest next year!

  • Reply
    Cam
    September 26, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Useful guide, considering I will be in that part of the world next fall … thanks!

  • Reply
    Annika
    September 15, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    You’re so cute in your dirndl. Oh! if ever you want to drink beer, serving hours is around 10am-10:30pm for weekdays and 9-am – 10pm during Sat and Sun.

  • Reply
    Faye
    September 12, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    oh, you’re are so cute on dirndls. A special way of tying apron string is quite interesting. I’ve never been in Munich but I’ll consider this on the list. Thanks.

  • Reply
    Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate
    September 12, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    How cute are you in your dirndl? I went to Oktoberfest in 2007, and it was one of my favorite travel experiences ever! We were in Munich last week visiting local friends and went by the grounds to check out the set-up. Scott joked about buying a lederhosen while we were there but they were 200+ euro everywhere we went!

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