How to wear a Dirndl

How to wear a Dirndl

Many ladies come to Munich excited to try on one of the gorgeous local outfits; the Dirndl. However at first it can be rather intimidating as there are so many options and styles to choose from. So with the help of my friend Schatzi Dirndl, I have for you a little example guide.

The Vocabulary

First things first, what the heck are these dress pieces called?

The Dress: Dirndl

Corset or bodice: Mieder or Dirndl oberteil

Blouse: Bluse

Apron: Sch├╝rze

Bow: Schleife

The Traditional Dirndl

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Here we have a simple style in some very typical colours.

Screen Shot 2018-09-03 at 1.28.01 PM  Traditional Dirndls are often found in Red, Blue and Green ( particularly Tannenbaum gr├╝n) They are paired with either a checkered dress or sch├╝rze and a full shoulder covering bluse

The Modern or Couture Dirndl

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This Dirndl is a very unique option to show the modern flare seen nowadays at Oktoberfest. In Some areas and zelts it can be a very big fashion competiton and many woman strive to have the most unique dirndl.

In General, the modern dirndl is highlighted by the variations of colours and patterns. Some years I have seen them with wild patterns, mountains of ribbons, jewels and even pearl embeleshments.

Two other differences would be the mieder and Bluse

Screen Shot 2018-09-03 at 1.34.12 PMThe modern bodice style is still rather traditional but instead of ties, goes together with man hidden metal clasps. In terms of the blouse, this is often a longer 3/4 sleeve style, often with a bit of lace or decorative piece around the collar.

Tying the Sch├╝rze

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One of the most frequently asked questions for dirndls is which side to tie the bow.

When tying the schleife on your dirndl, the location in which you put it can send off a couple different messages.

Left: This means you are in a relationship or married

Right: Single ( and ready to mingle)

Middle: Child or virgin

Back: Kellnerin or widow

What do you think about Dirndls? have you gotten yours this year yet?

I hope this post helped you out a bit! let me know if you have any other dirndl related topics and I’d love to chat with you

Happy shopping

xxA

Dirndls curtesy of Schatzi Dirndl  and Trachtlerin

Xaver’s Wirtshaus

Xaver’s Wirtshaus

German food? YES first thing on everyone’s mind is typically images of our lovely bavarian eats like Schweinebraten or Schnitzel or a great big ole Brezn, but let me tell you, here in Munich they have a way of mixing traditon with modern.

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I was recomended to go to a reletively new wirtshaus in Glockenbachviertal called Xaver’s. It was founded and is owned by three siblings from a local Munich family. I checked out the menu and it seemed pretty tasty ( also mainly localy sourced, so super cool!) and called them up, invited Hayley and we went for a meal.

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The oldest of the siblings was there to show us around, chat a bit about the Xaver’s way and give us a bunch of ssseeehhrr sehhhrrrr lecker food #teamjakob

Peep some of our delicious meal here

but don’t let me carry on here, see the vlog bellow to get the full feel and enthusiam

xx A

Schatzi Schenk mir ein Dirndl

Schatzi Schenk mir ein Dirndl

Can you believe it? Summer is half way through and you know what comes after summer…..Herbst!..but most importantly for us Germans..WIESN SEASON!

aka my favourite time of the year.

Down here in Bayern, Tracht ( Dirndls and Lederhosen) are not just a seasonal costume, but a cultural uniform. Dating back to the 1600s, Tracht was a regional uniform to distinguish societal class. From Farmers to nobility, families wore a similar style of oufit.

It was distinguished by the quality of Dirndl or Lederhosen one had. It was not until the late 1800s that Tracht become more of a fashion that practical clothing, in the start of his reign, Prince Luitpold showed the public his love for these garments and it soon became widly popular amoungst the upper class.

Today in Bavarian, Tracht is used for many occasions such as; Oktoberfest, Summer fests, Weddings and even Christenings for local families. It is also a casuals summer outfit that can be seen worn throughut Munich on a Summery day in a biergarten or by the river Isar.

Screen Shot 2018-07-25 at 7.52.09 AMFor us expats ( and Münchners)  the fashion aspect is highly enticing. Thats where wonderful boutiques like Schatzi Dirndl come in. They not only provide a place to get your favourite Bavarian outfit, but offer a glimpse into the mix of local culture and mode scene.

I have recieved many messages throughout the year asking about where to get a good dirndl in Munich, and so I decided to team up with my favourite designer and show you all where to go to look your 2018 Oktoberfest best.

Ok ok it was a little sneak peak, but guys, we have time and I have ordered my dirndl this year..so check back in the next few weeks when the pre-wiesn season hype really kicks into full swing.

Bussi bussi babes

A

Photos by the Talented Tim Gresser

Wish you were bier

Wish you were bier

As the early summer sun shines on Munich, the locals flock out to enjoy it after a long hard winter-before the typical long hard summer.Engaging in the favourite bavarian past time of sitting around with friends drinking copious amounts of beer.And what better place to do so then in one of Munich’s many and a plenty biergartens.

So be prepared to pack up and go get your prost on, here are eight of the great.

Seehaus Im Englischer Garten

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As it is one of the most well known and beloved destinations, we’ll begin our biergarten tour with the Seehaus. Literally named lake house, this charming pavillion sits cozily aside the Kleinhesseloher lake in the middle northern tip of the Englischer Garten. Open for breakfast through dinner, this resteraunt/ garten is prepared to offer you options for all your dinning and day drinking needs.

Adress| Kleinhesselohe 3, 80802 M├╝nchen

Chinesischer Turm

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Direct in the middle of Englisher Garten sits one of the biggest biergartens in Munich; Chinesischer Turm. Apply named for its large chinese tower, this biergarten has over 7000 seats and regularly delights its geusts with day long brass band performances from within the tower. Easily accessable by bike or foot, this touristy hub of a biergarten is good for those looking to get social and enjoy a long day filled with oompah music.

Adress | Englischer Garten 3, 80538 M├╝nchen

 

Aumeister im Englischen Garten

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The final noteworthy Englischer garten beer spot is the Aumeister. This little biergarten is located up in the norther edge of the Englischer garten and often refered to as a bit more of a local spot than the others. A good place to hide away from the summer crowds and heat, the Aumeister terrace has an excellent selection of tradition Bavarian food and beers.

Adress |Sondermeierstra├če 1, 80939 M├╝nchen

 

Waldwirtschaft

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Down near Gro├čhesselohe, the Waldwirtschaft garten is looking to offer you a modern mix on the timeless tradition. As you relax on your spacious outdoor seating, under the bathing shade of chesnut trees you can enjoy your beer and obazda whilst being treated to some live jazz music ( particularly nice on weekends when the bands play all afternoon). In addition to the outdoor patio, WaWi offers four different indoor resteraunts.

Adress:| Georg-Kalb-Stra├če 3, 82049 M├╝nchen

 

Gutshof Menterschwaige

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Over on the edge of Munich, headed towards Gr├╝nwald youll find this nestled away biergarten. Just above the banks of the Isar river, Mentnerschwaige is the perfect place to spend your day. Previously voted most beautiful biergarten in Munich, it offers over 2.500 seats, so if your interested in a visit its best to get there earlier in the day. However, theres always the indoor option if you need to beat some of the crowd.

Adress | Menterschwaigstra├če 4, 81545 M├╝nchen

Augustiner Keller

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If your looking for an authentic biergarten experience, I’d recomend you head down to Auugstiner Keller. As one of the oldest biergartens in Munich, it is garenteed to give you an authentic Bavarian experience. Not only does it have a great outdoor area, but a large indoor beer hall as well.

Adress | Arnulfstra├če 52, 80335 M├╝nchen

L├Âwenbr├Ąukeller

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Right in the middle of Munich L├Âwenbr├Ąukeller offers a good summer escape. This traditional biergarten is the perfect place to get posted with a picnic and enjoy a nice pint or beer or a refreshing Radler ( beer mixed with lemon soda). However, if picnicing isnt your thing, they do offer a lot of delicious alternatives.Such as Flammkuchen ( a pizza esk treat) or a standard hendl ( roast chicken).

Adress | Nymphenburger Str. 2, 80335 M├╝nchen

Hirschgarten

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Looking to enjoy a beer and a deer? Hirschgarten has you covered. This greenery and scenery is the perfect mixture of relaxation and entertainment. This wildlife reserve also happens to be an excellent option for families. Bring your kids, let then run around while you enjoy a cold one. Pretty ideal oder?

Adress | Gy├člingstra├če 15, 80805 M├╝nchen

 

 

 

 

Top five Summer activities in Munich

Top five Summer activities in Munich

Ahhh yesssss, finally the days of snow are through and the temperature is headed up. Summertime is starting in Munich, and what better way to enjoy it then hurry on outdoors.

But wait! what is this you say? You don’t know what fantastic activities Munich holds for this season? Well then my dear, let me give you a little help.

  1. Englischer garten

Known as one of the biggest urban parks in the world, the englischer garten is by far one of the first attractions youll want to hit up in the Munich Summer months. It stretches on throughout Munich with its many wooded trails and chill  sunbathing friendly greenery. People come from all over to lay by the river, play volleyball, do sports and spend their whole days in the sun.

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They even have a part of the river where people surf. I knowww right? bananas.

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2. Open airs

Another popular summer activity in Munich is to attend an “open air”

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An open air is a bit of a loose term. Its like any sort of gathering event, with music and drinks outside. It ranges from big music festivals to smaller outside gatherings and even outdoor cinemas. Below I’ve added a couple standard open airs that would definitly be a good option to see for the new to Munich:

and here are some bigger note worthy festivals around the area

3. Cafes and Roof top bars

 

Now on to on of my favourite activities…eating and drinking! The long sunshine hours of summer create the perfect opportunity to sit outside, enjoy the weather and some treats. Whether you choose to brunch, lunch or go out for a drink the options are endless. Since I tend to post about my favourite cafes, right now I will just tell you about to great rooftop bars.

Flushing Meadows | http://flushingmeadowshotel.com/bar/

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This hotel bar sits in Fraunhoferstra├če between the Reichenbackbr├╝cke Isar and G├Ąrtnerplatz. They serve amazing smoothies and A├žai bowls from Super Danke and have a fabulous list of drinks and cocktails ( my current favourite being the Flushing Meadows Spritz) Its a wonderful place to go anytime of the day, but particularly evening I find lovely.

Caf├ę Vorhoelzer Forum | http://www.vf.ar.tum.de/cafe/

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Located above the Technical University of Munich ( TUM or TU) is another great-and super popular- roof top bar. Naturally as its above the university, finding a spot there can be difficult but when you are lucky or have put your weight in it is worth it. The food is not someting extra ordinary and the drinks are standard but the atmosphere is really what catches you. And the view of the city is really great.

 

4. Glockenbach

Glockenbach is one of the more popular districts in Munich ( coincidently also my home). However it has two main areas that are great local attractions:

G├Ąrtnerplatz

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A small enclosed roundabout between Marienplatz and Sendlinger Tor is host to a wonderful mini garden park. People often come and sit on its benches and stairs under the central fountain for the day. Drinking a beer or radler, eating some ice cream or even just sunbathing with friends. The area is always very well manicured and the plants are changed out for each season.

Reichenbackbr├╝cke Isar

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The part of the Isar flows under the Reichenback bridge near Fraunhoferstr. ( just a few minutes walk from G├Ąrtnerplatz) Its a great place to go and relax in the sun. It doesnt quite have the swimming capabilities as the Englischer Garten, but its more for just chilling in the grass or running along the paths.

5. Lake trip

Now this is a bit far off, but any proper Munich inhabitant will know it is one of the best ways to spend some free summer time. And with the amazing German public transport system, its pretty easy as well. All around Bavaria there are many great lakes or in german Sees to visit. Here are some of the most popular:

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