So you’re studying abroad in the spring, which means you missed out on Oktoberfest. Bummer, right? Well, not exactly! The city of Munich hosts Oktoberfest’s little sister in the spring: Fruhlingsfest, better known to us as Springfest.
Just like Oktoberfest, but warmer, Springfest has plenty of revelries to lose yourself in! There’s more than giant steins of beer at Springfest, as the whole city lights up for this historic festival.
If this sounds like your kind of party, join us on our Munich Springfest Meet Us There Tour!
To get into the Springfest mood, why not dress up like a local? If you’ve always wanted to don some Leiderhosen or a dirndl, now’s your chance.
As you’ll see, the traditional costumes for men and women are very different. So let’s take a look below.
What to Wear for Women: Dirndls at Springfest
Don Your Dirndls
Dirndls, once called Dirndlgewand or “maid dress”, are the go-to outfits for women at Springfest (and Oktoberfest). This folk costume includes several pieces: the bodice, a blouse worn under it, a high-waisted skirt, and an apron to go over it.
They range in colors and uniqueness, so don’t be afraid to be creative with them! Beyond being beautiful and unique, Dirndls are also a form of communication. How you tie the apron and where the knot is located says a lot about your relationship status.
A knot tied on the woman’s right side means she’s taken, married, in love, or in a relationship. If the knot is on the left, she is single. When the knot is located at the front, she’s a virgin and when it’s tied in the back, she’s either a widow, server, or child.
Dirndls play a large role in German culture, make sure to do it justice with your gal pals. We love how they help us feel like a local. Plus, they’re super cute and more than flattering!
Next Up, Gents: Learn About Lederhosen
Made from tanned deer leather, Lederhosen is a durable and soft outfit. Today, there are many variations so it’s possible to find a cheaper (or vegan) version. The shorts can be found in different lengths, typically right above the knees, and they’re full of pockets to hold your necessities.
The most distinctive part of the look is the codpiece, or drop front, which sets it apart from all other traditional wear across Europe. Then to complete the look, pair the shorts with matching overalls and finish with a button-down underneath.
It’s most traditional to wear a plain white button down, but a colored, checkered shirt is a modern, fashionable choice that lets you make lederhosen your own! Lastly, don’t forget the stockings.
The festival days are long, and sometimes the spring weather surprises can be changeable. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes that will last you all day. Traditional shoes are known as Haferlschuh for men. Of course, they’re made of leather with a very durable sole. Traditional shoes for the ladies were heels!
Today, you can get away with just about anything. For the gents, we highly recommend Timberland-style boots to keep you toasty. If it’s nicer out, or you want to really dress the part, look for a loafer with a raised heel, rounded toes, and rough leather laces.
For the ladies, we recommend flats. It’s not the most traditional option to rock a pair of converse or over-the-knee flat boots, but if you’re comfortable and warm, you’ll be happy and it’ll still look super cute on the ‘gram!
Large bags are not allowed inside the festival. If you can avoid taking a bag altogether, we suggest it! But if you feel like you’ll need one, the smaller the better. All you need is cash, your ID card, and a place to stash your phone, anyway!
If you’re looking to book your Springfest adventure, get in touch! Or, if you’re unsure, take a look at some of our other Springfest tours to get a feel for the celebrations. If you’ve ever wanted to try glamping in a different country, our Springfest Glamping Adventure may be for you!