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Oktoberfest is a major international tourist festival in a modern, progressive country. No one will question your attendance, no matter how you look. The only reason it would be awkward is if you told everyone that you didn't like German beer! [The only suggestion of racism I could find was where an Asian customer was asked to move from a table at ...


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Germany is a very safe place to be in, even as a woman, even when travelling alone. That includes festivals such as the Oktoberfest with obvious caveats I’ll deal with in a second. The assault series you mentioned drew as much attention as they did because: They are not typical for Germany, i.e. the count was exceptionally large within a small timeframe; A ...


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There is no meaning in the ‘dress code’ of your picture — simply because there is no dress code involved. Your wife attempted to look like the locals — wearing a Dirndl — but failed absolutely miserably at it. Traditional Dirndl are ankle-long, come with an apron and don’t show the underdress. The underdress (clearly visible in your picture) is essentially ...


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Munich local here. We welcome everyone at Oktoberfest, doesn't matter where you're from or how you look. The only things you really have to be careful about is getting excessively drunk (the beer is strong and plentiful), and getting into drunk arguments (which can get nasty when everyone has large, heavy glass steins in reach).


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There were many crimes (a few cases of rape, mostly theft, robbery, and assault) during the New Year's Eve Celebrations in Cologne which have been attributed to young migrants from North Africa. The police underestimated the situation and mishandled the aftermath. Under German law, rape is distinct from sexual assault. According to Wikipedia, there were ...


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Well...it has no meaning as "dress code", it simply looks wrong. Here a picture of actual "diandlgwand" (girl clothes) with different cuts of colors: and here the short form: All clothes have one-piece (!) skirts which at least reaches the knee, very often combined with a apron. Your wife skirt is too short and it is not one piece: it shows a second skirt ...


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The City of Munich operates a number of indoor (and outdoor) swimming pools in and around Munich. These pools are invariably fitted out with changing rooms and showers. There is no need to go swimming if you only want to use the shower, but you will still have to pay the entrance fee. You can peruse a list at Statwerke Muenchen. As for 'reasonable fee', ...


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The Oktoberfest is a strongly German cultural event. It is for this reason that you are likely to be welcome there (rather than otherwise). The Germans are looking to "spread the word" (regarding their culture) to people from other parts of the world. In this context, the fact that you are obviously "different" is a positive rather than a negative. Just go ...


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Young Indian traveller's perspective here - every year many students (~700 - 1000+) from India's premier graduate and undergraduate colleges go on European student exchange semesters or internships around this time of year. I would say close to 60% of those students visit Oktoberfest, and I have seen Facebook feeds overflowing with Oktoberfest pics. Apart ...


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There are paid toilet and shower facilities located in the basement of munich central station. The service is provided by the private company Mc Clean and costs around 7€ for a shower including towel and a selection of soaps. Opening hours are daily from 6am to 12pm.


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I'm not sure I completely understand the question, but if it is "Why has this dress been met with surprise at the Oktoberfest in Munich, I see two points: Comparing to pictures of random dirndls the white underskirt strikes me as very long and visible, it is typically not or barely visible/there. Also the typical apron is missing. See Wikipedia on ...


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As a Munich native I simply can't just move on after seeing this question =) Please forgive me if I expand the scope of this question too much - but there is simply no way to explain the biggest Volksfest in one or two sentences. There are quite some different factors influencing your chance to get your Mass beer: Yourself If you're travelling alone and ...


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To add to the other good answers: I am Bavarian, and in 2007 I attended the Esala Perahera in Kandy. It will be a similar experience when you visit the Oktoberfest. Some people might gaze at you out of curiosity for not looking like the majority. But over all, it is a celebration, and people are there for a good time (be it rooted in religion or not). This ...


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I can't say definitively that animals are not allowed however: Animals are not allowed in tents - Official Oktoberfest website Dos and Don’ts inside the tents You may not take food or beverages into the tents. You can take cigarettes with you, but it's forbidden to smoke inside the tent. Of course also any kinds of weapons are not allowed. ...


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The Oktoberfest homepage has some of information in English as well. Unfortunately the page about accessibility is only available in German (I'll include the information below). Going by car is pretty much impossible. Taxis are of course a different matter and perhaps an option to you. But fortunately, the festival ground is very central and easily ...


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Munich native again. Of course all tents serve typical Bavarian food. The food can be roughly divided into two categories: warm dishes and proper starters/desserts as served in any Bavarian restaurant and Brotzeit, a German/Bavarian classic consisting of bread or Brezn (pretzel) with various spreads, hearty toppings and often accompanied by some kind of ...


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Of course you're welcome. You don't even need to drink either. It's all pretty mellow and I've never heard of or seen any trouble. Just be aware of the cultural difference that some Germans, even when being what for them is considered relaxed and friendly, are still quite reserved. Some tents seem to be more corporate networking or hardcore drinking in ...


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Update for 2016: No. Darf mein Hund mit auf das Oktoberfest? - Einfache Antwort: Nein. Das Mitführen von Hunden ist auf der Wiesn nicht gestattet. Außerdem tut man den Tieren bei all dem Trubel mit einem Wiesnbesuch in den allermeisten Fällen auch keinen Gefallen. Google translate [edited by mts]: Can I take my dog to the Oktoberfest? - Simple answer:...


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Answering from a non-Bavarian point of view, your wife more closely resembled a Funkenmariechen than someone wearing a Dirndl. The former is the name for female dancers in a specific costume of a different German tradition from a completely different region of Germany. Just google for pictures of Funkenmariechen. They are typically bright blue or sometimes ...


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Yes, they're pretty safe. The reports of the sexual assaults gained such publicity because of how loaded that topic was/is in a political sense. Although still horrible, they weren't mass rapes rather than sexual slander and infringements. These actions in almost all of the cases happened in the anonymity of a larger crowd that even before acted agressivly....


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The existing answers and comments explain the situation quite well, but for completeness I just want to add a picture of what is evidently the model for your wife's costume: source Practically every detail matches. This costume is currently on sale for 17.85 USD at AliExpress, described as "Womens Sexy Beer Girl Maiden Oktoberfest Bavarian Halloween Dress ...


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For a standardized American breakfast: McDonald's, Im Tal 6 (near Marienplatz) opens at 6:00; Hauptbahnhof (downstairs near S-Bahn) open 24/7. Burger King, twice at Hauptbahnhof, open 24/7. Starbucks, Hauptbahnhof, opens at 3:30.


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After some searching on Foursquare and Google Maps I've found the following places: Sultan Backparadies Open from 6AM to 10PM and located 800 meters from the heart of Oktoberfest. The address is Goethestraße 40. Judging by the photos, the place serves eggs, salad, sandwiches and a variety of bakery. Dunkin Donuts Open 24 hours per day and located near ...


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I have been to the Oktoberfest only once and on a single day, the opening day, so this is not any exhaustive experience. I think it is pretty hard to give a precise answer to your question. The sources you quoted sound realistic to me. The exact time to come is obviously unknown because every tent does not get filled at the same time, there are even ...


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Tourists are absolutely welcome in Munich. The city is doing a lot to get tourists from all over the world to visit (and to bring money with them). Sales people from my company (close to Munich) bring customers from all over to the Oktoberfest every year and they love it.


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All things being equal it's safer to go just about anywhere in Germany or just about anywhere in Western Europe than it is to be in the US: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate DE: 0.9 / US: 3.8 http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Crime-levels#amount DE: 23.57 / US: 55.84 Even if there's a ...


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There should be no meaningful change in the S-Bahn schedule due to Oktoberfest, but lookout for any posted notices. Exit controls and screening should take <30 min (my last experience was <10 min actually). This will depend on any expedited queues you qualify for. For clarity, there might be additional, but not necessarily separate checks. I ...


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