Oktoberfest HELP!

Jan 17th, 2005, 06:49 PM
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Oktoberfest HELP!

Going to Oktoberfest this year - not alot of info on the web - the "official" website is not very useful - Those who have been - Please Help!

Do I need to make a reservation for one or more of the tents ahead of time? Can you get a seat in one of the tents without a reservation? Is there a "cover charge" or ticket price which includes the beer & food, or is it "a la carte"? Any tents to recommend?
I already have a room reserved at the Le Meridien but it is way $$$ and I am thinking of the Hotel Uhland - cheaper, closer and still have a few rooms left.

Thanks in advance for any help
twodanes is offline  
Jan 17th, 2005, 06:55 PM
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There are other hotels in Munich.
Quite a few in Schwabing at cheaper prices than the downtown price gouge.
All hotels in Munich raise their prices, because the demand is there.

As for the tents, you need a reservation. But as the evening wears own, and the drunks start milling about, no one seems to know who was sitting where. At least that is my general experience.

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Jan 17th, 2005, 06:57 PM
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I am not much help...we were there 25 years ago. All I can remember is we paid for beer and food in the tents we visited and it was WILD. We ate wild boar and oxen and the like. I don't remember paying ahead of time for a reservation but things may have changed.

What a NIght! My very quiet husband ended up dancing on the table and singing German songs. The food booths that were outside were amazing..not like in the states with corn dogs, etc. They had really smashing food for sale. I remember with fish grilled on poles... It was memorable. Don't miss it.
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Jan 17th, 2005, 09:10 PM
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How many of you? Never heard of reservations, but we had no trouble finding space and settling in - at several tents, but mainly in the Lowenbrau one. There are agencies in Munich that specialise in reasonably-priced apartments that are vacated by their owners during Oktoberfest. Try the 'BavariaBen' website.
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Jan 18th, 2005, 04:47 AM
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We were at Oktoberfest '04 and stayed at the Le Meridien! The Hotel was very nice and close enough to walk to the fest grounds. As far as making reservations, if there is only two of you like us, you can't. It is free to go in the tents and the beer is 6 Euro per MASS, food is very expensive and not that good plus it is so very busy in the tents at night so eating is not worth it! We ate on the midway of the fair and it was cheap and very yummy!
We did not have a favorite tent they were all fun. most of the tents are standing room only because 99% of the
tables are reserved but you can wiggle your way into the stand up tables in the middle of the tents if you dare!
There are 100's of tables outside and finding an open one will be no problem
and they serve beer or food there too!
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Jan 18th, 2005, 05:07 AM
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Hi TD,

>I am thinking of the Hotel Uhland - cheaper, closer and still have a few rooms left.<

I recommend you switch hotels. The Uhland is very nice and is well located.

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Jan 18th, 2005, 05:10 AM
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I've stayed at LeMeridien and it is a very nice hotel but you do NOT need to be right next to the main train station IMO to easily get around in Munich as the public transport system is excellent.

If the Uhland seems like a better deal then I would definitely go for it.
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Jan 18th, 2005, 06:08 AM
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We stayed at the Uhland over Christmas and loved it. Obviously that wasn't Octoberfest but we give very high marks to the hotel and you are right, it it virtually across the street from the O-fest (a shorter distance to stagger home).
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Mar 21st, 2005, 01:44 PM
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Have been to 3 out of the last 4 Oktoberfests, going again this year. Used to live in Munich. Reservations not required during the week, but if you want to ensure getting a place, get to a tent by 5pm, 5:30pm at the latest (slightly earlier on Fridays and earlier still if you want a prime seat near the band). Otherwise you'll be trusting to luck. At weekends, find out when the tents open (11am?) and go for then, otherwise you'll find it very hard to get in anywhere.

As for which tents, just about all of them are great for the atmosphere, though I have a soft spot for the Paulaner tents.

No cover charge - all pay as you go normally - but if you reserve in advance, you can get a ticket which normally covers you for 2 beers and a Haenchen (half a chicken - the traditional food served).
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Mar 23rd, 2005, 08:01 AM
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We loved the Hotel Uhland last June. It's literally one block from the Oktoberfest park. A wonderful B&B place, a converted mansion on a tree-lined street. Would be a great respite from craziness at the Oktoberfest. Good breakfast buffet, great service, renovated bathrooms and rooms, very atmospheric. If they have availability and are even cheaper than Le Meridian, definitely jump on Hotel Uhland. Le Meridian is about a 10 minute walk from the Oktoberfest park, through a slightly seedy neighborhood IMHO. Stay at Uhland, you'll love it. Even free bikes to borrow and free parking (although space is limited).
Mar 23rd, 2005, 08:13 AM
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If you don;t like the looks of the Uhland you could also try the acanthus. As to the so-called "seedy" neighborhood where the LeMeridien is located: the neighborhood has, among other things, the train station with its many in-city travel connections, many "ethnic" restaurants, and yes, there is a "sex store" across the street from the hotel.

If THAT puts you off then I suggest you skip the whole Oktoberfest idea.
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Mar 23rd, 2005, 09:03 AM
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I said you can walk "THROUGH a slightly seedy neighborhood", not that Le Meridian is IN a seedy neighborhood. There's a difference. Between the two hotels, if you walk it, there are a couple of blocks of divey bars and sexy shops where some dodgy characters can hang out at night on the sidewalks-- and as I stated, IN MY OPINION. I was probably especially aware of this situation because we were with our kids. And not a reference to ethnic restaurants, for heaven's sake, it was not a racial statement! Not a reason to skip all of Oktoberfest, either, Intrepid1! Maybe you should actually read a post before you respond to it so quickly and vehemently, and give people a break.
Apr 22nd, 2005, 01:53 PM
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Twodanes -
Have been to Oktoberfest 3 times in the last 6 years and have stayed each time in a different place. Stayed at the Renaissance by Marriott last fall. It was a short train ride to the Marienplatz, where we got off, shopped, ate and then walked to the fest grounds aka Wiesn. Previous time stayed at Le Meridien which is very close to Oktoberfest and a very nice hotel. The concierge helped us get reserved seats in the Schottenhamel tent! The first time, stayed at Hotel Helvetia which I wouldn't recommend unless you're just out of college and used to having a shared bathroom.

You didn't mention how many people in your group, but I believe you need 6 to get a table. With a reservation, you pay a certain amt. but that includes food & 2 liters of beer. Try emailing your concierge at Le Meridien to see how they can help. Well worth the tip we gave him to have seats ready & waiting for us when we arrived.

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Apr 22nd, 2005, 04:25 PM
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This is absolutely hysterical...worrying about walking through a so-called "seedy" neighborhood which consists of one sex store and several very ethnic carry-out restaurants...vs. the some of the behavior you'll undoubtedly experience during Oktoberfest. Pleeezzzeee...
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May 13th, 2005, 03:10 PM
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Have to echo Intrepid1 - in the so-called "seedy" part there's a sex-shop or two, a few take-aways, and a LOT of hotels! I had to live in one of those hotels for a month, and it was no problem. The area round the station might appear seedy, but isn't really - you will/should not get prostitutes approaching you round there - well, I worked 1/2 a mile away from there and travelled by there for over 3 years and didn't see anything to be concerned about!

And in any case, after a few of the Oktoberfest beers, you won't care where it is you put your head down....
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May 14th, 2005, 05:33 AM
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My previous post on where to find "seedy areas" in Munich has been deleted by Fodors. You wont find any "official" prostitution downtown simply because it is illegal there and Police are there 24/7.
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May 14th, 2005, 05:13 PM
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We went to Oktoberfest last year and had a blast. We made lots of new friends, ate and drank all day. Agree with you that there was not much info on the web, so we didn't know what to expect. It worked out great, so don't worry. Many people wear hats. The crazier, the better. Some large groups had matching hats. Were there on a Sunday and had no problem getting into any of the tents. We heard that on Saturday, it was so crowded that many people were not allowed into the tents and lines formed outside. Any hotel that you can afford is fine. My friend made our hotel reservation and we didn't check in until we enjoyed the whole day at the fest, so....um, I don't even remember where we stayed, but it was not next to the festival. We got to our hotel with no problem since public transportation in Munich is fine and there is so much to do/see in Munich besides the fest. After surviving the Monday morning hangover, we decided the do other tourist attractions.
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Aug 23rd, 2005, 07:19 PM
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I'm still looking for info on How Much a hotel room should cost. What are we talking here? $100, $200, $300 US dollars for one night? How much for the Ulman?
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Aug 24th, 2005, 12:42 AM
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Rates in Munich hotels soar during the two weeks of the Fest...IF you can still find an empty room. Paying hundreds isn't out of the question so you have to ask yourself if it is worth it.

Some people stay up in Augsburg and take the 1/2 hour or so train trip into the city for festivities.
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Aug 24th, 2005, 06:39 AM
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The Hotel Uhland's URL is http://www.hotel-uhland.de/enwelcome.html You can look up their rates on-line. I'd be surprised if they have availability for this Oktoberfest, but it's worth a try.

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