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Visiting Munich during Oktoberfest - is it totally overrun?

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My husband and I are visiting Munich this September 20-22. We already have the Marriott Courtyard near the train station reserved using points, so we are not paying an obscene amount of money for our lodging.

I am not thrilled about going to Oktoberfest, but it is kind of a bucket list thing for my husband. We are in our early thirties, not at all big partiers, but for whatever reason this is something my husband really wants to see. I have read quite a bit about Oktoberfest, and have explained to my husband that it will be incredibly packed, and we probably won't even get a table. He says that is fine, he would be happy to see the grounds and the tents and I guess then he can cross it off his list.

We arrive on Saturday around noon. We have visited Munich before, and there is nothing we particularly want to see again. Anyways, we will only have the rest of Saturday and all of Sunday in Munich, as we will be heading down to Italy on Monday morning.

Is all of Munich overrun during Oktoberfest? I am considering walking around Marienplatz on Saturday afternoon/evening. On Sunday maybe we would would head to the grounds just after it opens to walk around, and then catch some of the parade. After that I am thinking about heading to the Englischer Garten for the afternoon. Having dinner somewhere (not Hofbrauhaus) and calling it a night.

Is this at all realistic? If not, what would you recommend for someone who just wants to "see" Oktoberfest, and his wife that doesn't love huge crowds of drunk people?

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