The Bavarian Look

Bavaria – the land of folklore

Folklore costumes play a huge role in Bavarian life, more so than in any other state of Germany. The saying goes that: "Clothed in a dirndl or lederhosen you are always dressed to perfection." Folklore dress not only is and always will be a fashionable way to dress but it will always represent an essential aspect of Bavarian culture. Worn by locals to traditional Bavarian festivities such as the hoisting of a maypole, the Oktoberfest or on church high days and holidays, Bavarian folklore costume is also popular at weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.

Passau townswoman wearing their traditional gold-caps

Passau gold-caps - traditional tracht by townswomen of Passau »

Two hundred years ago, Passau townswomen presented their wealth and the prestige of their families by showing off their rich array of gold-caps, which was part of the attire known as Tracht. Today, these fine Passau gold-caps are still being made.

Women wear traditional costumes

Lively folklore traditions and customs »

The folklore movement enjoyed a real boom back in the 19th century. King Maximilian II was the first to lay down the law as to what was considered correct folklore dress and what not.

Lederhosen - traditional Bavarian leather breeches

Lederhosen - traditional Bavarian leather breeches »

As the kilt in Scotland and the cowboy hat in the US, Lederhosen are a great source of national pride worn by men of all ages across the state.

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Women in traditional costumes © Tegernseer Tal Tourismus