Bavarian and Austrian Traditions, the Dirndl and Lederhosen

Born and raised in North Bavaria, it was natural for us to wear the traditional costumes or “Tracht” at least once a year to a festival. Sometimes I wore my Dirndl to the “Kiliani” Festival in Würzburg.

Wearing the Tracht to the Town Festival or Biergarten is becoming popular in other parts in Germany, not only Bavaria or Austria

Today, this traditional clothing (Tracht) is mainly worn on special occasions such as family celebrations, weddings or folk festivals. It should be noted that “the Bavarian Tracht or costume” does not really exist. Rather, there are many styles of Tracht that vary from region to region. For example, they differ in color, ornaments and stitching from each other. Well known Tracht are, for example, the Werdenfelser Tracht, the Chiemgauer Tracht or the Miesbacher Tracht.

Below you see a “Trachtler” in Sankt Gilgen, Austria
  • Sankt Gilgen Trachtenzug
  • Sankt Gilgen Trachtenzug
  • Sankt Gilgen Trachtenzug
  • Trachten Umzug
  • Sankt Gilgen Trachtenzug, Parade

Also in Franconia/Bavarian and Swabia have their own Trachten. Numerous Folk clubs in Bavaria ensure that the customs around the country-typical clothing continues to be maintained.

Many people (especially non-Germans) imagine the typical Bavarian men in a Lederhosen. And it’s true, the Bavarians love their “Tracht”

Trachten, Lederhhosen, Bavarian

Every year on the first Sunday of the Munich Oktoberfest, the largest Trachten parade in the world takes place. National Trachten groups from all over Bavaria are passing through the city center of Munich, even Trachtlers from different countries of the world.

Dirndl, Bavarian Trachten

Women wearing a dirndl, consisting of blouse, dirndl dress and apron. The loop of the apron gives the men important information about the marital status of the lady: If the loop is tied on the right side, the woman is already taken. However, if she wears the loop on the left, she is still available.

The fancy Lederhosen are 3 to $4000 and are hand stitched. Watch a little movie how the artful stitching on the Lederhosen is done:

To the traditional Tracht belongs the Lederhosen (leather pants), Haferlschuhe (shoes), a traditional shirt and Trachtenjancker (vest).

Hirschfaenger Hunting knife

The Hirschfänger knife is one of the male accessories.

Bavarian hat, Gamsbart

A hat with “Gamsbart” is bushy hat with fur hair of the mountain goat

I really enjoy watching small children in their Dirndl and Lederhosen

Austrian Tracht

This Austrian Lady wore her Tracht that has been passed down through generations, almost 200 years.

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