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Monday, September 15, 2014

Celebrating Oktoberfest in Germany

Since I already visited Munich in July this year, I knew I would not be making it down for Oktoberfest. Luckily, Lüneburg hosts an Oktoberfest of their own each year.

Löwenbrau Beer Tent

After receiving a Dirndl last year from Marco's father and his girlfriend for Christmas, I was excited to finally have a chance to wear it out for the first time. Unfortunately, Marco does not own any Lederhosen. However, he did wear a checkered collared shirt, which is what men traditionally wear with their Lederhosen.

Wearing a Dirndl at the Lüneburg Oktoberfest

For one weekend each September, Lüneburg holds a proper Bavarian Oktoberfest on the city's main fair grounds, known as the Sülzwiesen. The fest includes a beer tent with enough seating for 2,000 people.

Second stage at the Lüneburg Oktoberfest

To be completely honest, I did not see much of the fairgrounds at all, with the exception of a few rides and food stalls that I walked by as I headed to the beer tent. My friends and I went around 9 p.m. on Saturday evening, so the tent was already at capacity when we arrived. Luckily, we only had to wait about five minutes until we were let in.

Inside the tent, there were two stages. The main stage (pictured below) had a traditional German band from Franconia (Franken), which is a region within Bavaria. The other stage (pictured above) had a cover band that played a mixture of classic rock and modern pop songs.

Band from Franken at the Lüneburg Oktoberfest

Only in Germany do bands have cup holders that can hold a Maß of beer attached to their microphone stands.

Main stage at the Lüneburg Oktoberfest

Overall, I had a really great time at the Lüneburg Oktoberfest and cannot remember why Marco and I took this picture towards the end of the night...

Fun at Lüneburg Oktoberfest

With hundreds of Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the U.S. and Germany, you definitely do not have to be in Munich to have a great time at Oktoberfest. So, why question for you is:

Have you ever been to an Oktoberfest? Where was it?


  1. Ahhhh! I love how both you and Alexandra (from Speaking Denglish) posted about Oktoberfest today! I have never been, but if we're still kid-free next year, we're going to try to go. Today I found out that there are a couple Oktoberfest celebrations here in Richmond, VA, so I'm hoping to attend at least one of them for a taste of my beloved Bayern!

  2. 'Tis the season :)

    I have never been to the original Oktoberfest in Munich, and I do not know many people that have (it is not actually very popular among Germans), but I also hope to go sometime in the next few years!

  3. Perhaps it's more popular with southern Germans? Nearly all our friends, family, and acquaintances have been at least once (the only exceptions are Oma and some of the older Tantes). I have no experience outside Bayern and Baden-Württemberg, however!

  4. Oh definitely. It is actually quite characteristic of Northern Germans to stick up their nose at the sound of anything Bavarian (which is a shame). But my boyfriend is from Baden-Württemberg, and most of his friends/family still have not been.

    I read that 75% of attendees are from Bavaria, so I guess it is mostly just people that live within an hour of Munich that go.

  5. That's fascinating how there is such an attitude difference between north and south sometimes. My husband's German is heavily Frankish. We encountered some German tourists in SC once, and when my husband offered to take a picture for them, they laughed and said they immediately knew where in Germany his family is from! They were polite but there have been others who have been snobby or rude (not unlike how people with an American southern accent are treated sometimes). I learned today that southern Swedes are also viewed as more "uncouth" than their northern counterparts!

  6. The worst is by far when someone has an East German accent. Those poor people are heavily judged. I saw a news program recently where a very attractive woman would ask men on the street in Berlin to coffee in Hochdeutsch (without accent), and almost everyone said yes. When she used an Eastern accent, everyone said no. The Germans are crazy about their dialects.

  7. That's a shame. I've only ever met one person from eastern Germany (Dresden), and I didn't notice any difference. But my German isn't all that good yet. 😊 I recognize Frankish and Bayrisch but it's hard to miss something so distinctive!

  8. Wow, you must really love it to go two years in a row!

  9. I've been to the real Oktoberfest, and also to Constatter Wasen (the Stuttgart one). I still can't drink a Mass before it gets warm though!

  10. We were discussing this the other day - 90% of Germans in general have never been to Oktoberfest, but 90% of Germans living in Munich HAVE been to Oktoberfest.

  11. Hahaha, I admit that mine was definitely warm by the time I reached the bottom!

  12. I think that explains it perfectly. Living in Northern Germany, it is really difficult to find someone that has been.

  13. Cool! There are so many great fests in Germany, who needs Munich's Oktoberfest!

  14. You should go to the Hamburger Oktoberfest in the Altonaer Fischauktionshalle.

  15. I have to be honest, I have only even been in the Fischauktionshalle at around 6 AM after a very long night, but I will make sure to check it out this year!


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