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Oktoberfest Glossary

Annotated English-German Glossary

Munich's Oktoberfest

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amusement rides  die Fahrgeschäfte (pl.), die Schaustellerbetriebe (pl.), die Vergnügungsbetriebe (pl.)

Oktoberfest is much more than a beer party. One of its biggest draws is a large array of amusement rides and attractions found at any large fair: die Achterbahn (roller coaster), das Riesenrad (ferris wheel), das Karussell (carousel, merry-go-round), die Schießbude (shooting gallery), das Teufelsrad (devil's wheel), der Kettenflieger (swing ride), and other attractions.

bartender  der Wirt (-e)

Bavaria  (das) Bayern (state, Bundesland)
Bavaria  die Bavaria (statue, symbol of Oktoberfest)

beer  das Bier

beer hall/tent  die Festhalle, das Bierzelt (Oktoberfest has 14 large beer "tents" or beer halls)

beer mug/stein  der Bierkrug (-krüge)

die Litermaß or der Maßkrug - A liter stein of beer, the standard size used for Oktoberfest and at Munich's beer halls. In 2005 a Litermaß cost from 6.80 to 7.25 euros ($8.30 to $8.90), depending on the brand of beer.

brass band  die Blaskapelle (plays Blasmusik; see "music" below)

carousel, merry-go-round  das Karussell

cheese  der Käse

dirndl  das Dirndl, das Dirndlkleid
dirndl dress  das Dirndlkleid (traditional Bavarian costume)

family afternoon  der Familiennachmittag
family day  der Familientag (family-friendly Oktoberfest prices and attractions on selected afternoons, days)

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meadow  die Wiese (die Theresienwiese, see note below)
meadow  die Wiesn (Bavarian dialect)

Die Theresienwiese, a large fairground in Munich, is named for Princess Theresa, King Ludwig's bride at the original 1810 Oktoberfest. It is called die Wiesn by locals. See Oktoberfest: It Starts in September for more.

merry-go-round, carousel  das Karussell

Munich  (das) München

music  die Musik (usually loud Blasmusik, oompah, brass-band music)

Oktoberfest  das Oktoberfest

pretzel  die Brezel (-n)

radish  das Radi (Bavarian dialect)
radish  das Radieschen, der Rettich

Salted radish (Radi, Radieschen, Rettich) is a popular Bavarian snack washed down with beer. See the Oktoberfest-Lexikon for more Bavarian dialect terms.)

roller coaster  die Achterbahn

sausage  die Wurst (Würste)

shooting gallery  die Schießbude

tap v.t.  zapfen (Ozapft is!, "It's tapped!" = traditional opening cheer for Oktoberfest)

tent  das Zelt (-e) - Also see "beer hall" (Bierzelt)

waiter  der Kellner
waitress  die Kellnerin


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