Traditional Dance at the Oktoberfest

How about some Schuhplattler? The origins of this social dance are found in an early courtship display (Balztanz). Such a dance was described in 1050 by a monk of Tegernsee Abbey in the knightly poem Ruodlieb, wherein similar postures and movements of the Schuhplatter are depicted.

The homelands of the Schuhplattler dance are the Northern Limestone Alps (Bavarian Prealps, Chiemgau and Berchtesgaden Alps) of Upper Bavaria (Germany) and the adjacent Austrian states of Tyrol and Salzburg, down to South Tyrol and the Drava Valley in Carinthia.

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