19 Oktoberfest Words You Should Know

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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


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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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