We did Oktoberfest this year, had a blast and plan on doing it again in '23. We stayed in Munich at the Aloft directly across from the Munich Hbf. Excellent location and great hotel but next year we'd like to stay in a small town and take public transportation to and from the Wiesn. Now that we figured out and feel confident about using German trains/buses etc, we'd like to find a small but nearby (45 minutes or closer) town to Munich and travel back and forth to the festival instead of staying downtown. Ideally it would be near local biergartens, Bavarian restaurants and walking distance to the bahn back to Munich. I see plenty of towns around Munich on a map but hoping for some first hand accounts. Thanks
There are lots of threads discussing nearby alternatives like Augsburg, Landshut, Rosenheim, Tegernsee, Landsberg am Lech, etc.
I'm partial to the Tegernsee area (but it's just under an hour by train to Munich). I stayed in a really nice holiday apartment in Gmund the opening weekend of Oktoberfest this past year. The lake has several small villages surrounding it which are joined by bus (free if you are staying in the area), a foot/cycle path or ferries. It is close enough to Munich using the BRB train (they have a combo BRB-MVV ticket) that you can go into the city have some fun and come back the same day if needed, also public transportation around the lake is usually included with your hotel. Since it is a touristy area there is a lot of good infrastructure for visitors. There is a great Brewery/Restaurant right on the lake, Bräustüberl Tegernsee. It also beats any areas north of the city in terms of scenery. Last of all rooms are cheap compared to Munich, this year my room was 99€/night for the first weekend of Oktoberfest.
Thanks! That’s sounds exactly like what I’m looking for!
We lived in Augsburg for four years and did the Oktoberfest three times by taking the train. It works out well.
This was the service I used in Gmund: https://stayfritz.com/en/sonnhof/
Thanks for the advice everyone!
Gasthof zum Wildpark in nearby Straßlach is an unforgettable Biergarten/restaurant/butcher that attracts clients from Munich for dinner year around. The interesting thing is the owners run one of the main tents at the Oktoberfest - the Hacker Festzelt. I've linked to their website but I don't see an option to switch the site to English. They have been in business - the same family - at this location since 1904, but the place has been an inn/biergarten since the 17th century.
This place holds a special place in my heart, as my family went there for Sunday lunch most weeks for the two years we lived in Straßlach when I was small. But I've been back recently and it really is as good as I remember. The Biergarten is very lively and the food is great too.
Getting to Munich from Straßlach is easy, as it's just at the southern edge of the city. I don't know any lodging to recommend, but either Straßlach or Grünwald will have something suitable. The Gasthof does not have rooms. But it's definitely worth a visit.
Thanks that’s perfect!