19 Oktoberfest Words You Should Know

It’s Oktoberfest season, and whether you plan to make the trip to Germany or celebrate close to home, we have some German vocabulary for you to test out for the festivities.

das Oktoberfest – Oktoberfest

die Wiese – meadow  die Wiesn – meadow  (Bavarian dialect)
The site of the famous Munich Oktoberfest

der Wirt (-e) – bartender

der Kellner – waiter

die Kellnerin – waitress

das Bier – beer

der Bierkrug (-krüge) – beer mug/stein

die Brezel (-n) – pretzel

das Radi (Bavarian dialect) – radish
A popular snack with beer

die Wurst (Würste) – sausage

die Festhalle, das Bierzelt – beer hall/tent
Oktoberfest has 14 large beer “tents” or beer halls

die Blaskapelle – brass band
Plays Blasmusik, oompah, brass-band music

das Karussell – carousel, merry-go-round

die Achterbahn – roller coaster

das Dirndl, das Dirndlkleid – dirndl
Traditional female Bavarian costume

der Familientag – family day
Family-friendly Oktoberfest prices and attractions on selected afternoons

Ozapft is! – “It’s tapped!”
Traditional opening cheer for Oktoberfest


Photo © Flickr User 46137

Stephen Fuchs

About Stephen Fuchs

Stephen Fuchs is the founder of German Pulse and is actively working to bring new life to the German-American community by reaching out to all generations. He also works full-time editing commercials for Feld Entertainment.

Tags: ,



  1. […] habe auch zwei Vokabellisten gefunden: hier (19 Oktoberfest Words You Should Know) und hier (O’zapft is! 18 essential German words and […]