Useful German Phrases for Oktoberfest


Oktoberfest lederhosen attire

Lederhosen – 

Shorts, but in leather, worn handsomely and elegantly in Alpine regions of Europe – with H-shaped suspenders – by men and women.

Here’s a fun, handy glossary with useful phrases in German and English translations we’ve put together for your Oktoberfest experience!


  • How to say cheers in German:
  • Prost! or Ein Prosit! (a toast)
    Bier stein

    Commonly found in Bavaria, largest state of Germany, steins are earthenware, often decorative, large beer mugs.

    Bierkrug –

    Glass beer mug that comes in a liter or half liter. A liter is about two pints. Mugs are often collected for their emblems of local brewers or regions.

    Bierstiefel –

    A glass beer boot available and can be filled at some German bars and restaurants.


    Costume or festive dress some wear to Oktoberfest — a colorful way to show your Oktoberfest/Octoberfest spirit.


    German cuisine’s roasted ham hock (also called roasted pork knuckle), often served with sauerkraut, potatoes or dumplings.


    Refreshing cucumber salad, prepared with herbs and yogurt or sour cream.


    Boneless, tenderized meat, coated with flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs, then fried for a snack or main course.


    Popular egg and flour noodle or dumpling, shaped by hand.


    Sausage, which can include bratwurst and other varieties. Great with a pretzel!

    Senf –

    Mustard, which can come in several varieties, including sweet (süßer) or hot (scharfer).

    Currywurst –

    A favorite street food choice and dish at restaurants – pork sausage, often fried, served with curry ketchup.


    Delicious German plum sheet cake or pie. 

    Frühstück –


    Kaffee / kaffee mit milch und zucker –

    coffee / coffee with milk and sugar

    Wasser / eiswasser –

    Water / ice water


    Restroom or ask for the WC (water closet).

    Danke / bitte –

    Thanks / please

    Ja / nein, danke –

    Yes / no thanks (or not for me).



    Guten Tag –

    Hello, or good day.

    Freut mich

    Pleased to meet you!

    Wo ist –

    Where is..? E.g., Wo ist die toilette?

    Wie viel kostet es?

    How much does it cost?

    Wie komme ich nach –

    How do I get to…

    E.g. Wie komme ich nach der bahnhof (the train station)?

    Fährt dieser zug / bus nach..?

    Does this train / bus go to..?

    Taxi zum flughafen/hotel, bitte –

    Taxi to the airport / hotel, please.

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