I will be in Munich on the 23rd and 24th of September. I know its Oktoberfest and that everything will be booked out in Munich. But since I am on a tight budget I am stuck having to look for a decently priced hostel, however the closest hostels to Munich that I have found are an hour and a half to two hours away. I can't find anything within a half hour of Munich. Guess I'll just have to get up earlier during those days and enjoy a much longer ride into town.
Well there are plenty of places available even smack dab in the center of the Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt. It all depends on your budget.
35 per night is my max because I will be om a 17 day trip and my flight, rail passes and food will be making everything expensive which is why I have to stay in hostels.
I stayed here on the last Saturday night of Oktoberfest in 2007, and they had rooms available and had not raised their prices. Landsberg is about an hour by train from Munich Hbf. According to the website, single rooms start at 33€/night. You might see if they have rooms available for that price. "my ... rail passes ... will be making everything expensive" Maybe that's part of you problem. A railpass is not the least expensive way to get around in Germany. For instance, with a Bayern-Ticket, you could travel to and from Munich from Landsberg in a day for 22€.
Sorry, I meant dollars not euros. I've been looking for hostels in Landberg but can't find anything but hotels.
Aaron, One possibility might be to check this hotel: http://www.letomotel.de/en/ It's on the way to the airport and only a short ride into town via S-Bahn. I haven't checked the prices, but with travel at that time of year you may have to adjust your budget accordingly. While you may find cheaper accommodations further outside Munich, you'll need to balance that against the time and cost of getting back and forth to the city each day. Happy travels!
We stayed at Wombats, near the train station. Clean rooms and bathrooms. Laundry facilitites. Bar and breakfast was decent. And the place was huge. They gave us a suite that was meant for 10 people all to ourselves. All the pillows I could ever want. You should check into it.
Hi, I would also suggest staying at Wombats Hostel in a dorm room, which is what I did the one time I did stay there. That's the cheapest rate. Wombats is a very comfortable and convenient place close to the station Munich Hbf. Take the Bayerstrasse exit from the station. If you want to get to the airport without the S-Bahn, there's the "Lufthansa Airport Bus" which you board on the opposite side of the Hbf. Take the Arnuftstrasse exit, the bus stop is next to the row of taxis.
Wombats in Munich is booked and everything is sky high. Guess I'll be staying in Fussen instead.
BTW, at the place I mentioned above, Augsburgerhof, breakfast is included with the room (not included, I noticed, at the hostels mentioned). If you were looking at only the cost of the room, with breakfast purchased extra, that might help a little. I don't think Munich at Oktoberfest is consistent with cheap travel. Looks like Füssen might have hostels in your price range. If they are not available, I would suggest here, in Oberammergau. She might have rooms for one for 35€ (~$45), with breakfast. Another possible place would be in Pfronten. This place charges 33€ ($43) for a single, with breakfast. They say they include the kurtax in that price. With the kurtax, you get a free bus pass for the area, which would take you to the castles.
Hi, What about Augsburg? Not that far from Munich. There is a HI hostel in Augsburg under DJH Augsburg.
Seems like everything in Augsburg is booked up.
Good news, I decided to do an Augsburg search again at first wasn't finding anything, then I came across a kayak.com link that brought me to a hostel that was priced at $25 per night called the Haunstetter Hof. I got 3 nights within a 30 minute train ride of Munich for $78!
Not a bad deal. In the future something to consider is skipping Oktoberfest entirely, as others have said, it's not in line with budget travel. Stuttgart has a large beer festival during much of the same time, without the tourist hordes and accompanying huge spike in accommodation prices. I've not met a single person - out of literally dozens - who have been to both Stuttgart's Volksfest and Munich's Oktoberfest who preferred Oktoberfest.
I'm actually planning or hoping to go to both Oktoberfest and Volksfest. My only question is where could I stay that would be close enough to Stuttgart and the Black Forest? It seems like accommodation prices in Stuttgart area are higher as well. I am hoping to hit up the Canstatter Volksfest while touring the Black Forest.
Hi, Good that you got the accommodations in Augsburg. Is it at an independent hostel, not the one that is part of DJH (HI) hostel. There are numerous cities/towns where you can find accomodations outside of Munich and still make it for Oktoberfest....Augsburg, Ulm, Ingolstadt (see the museum in the Schloß there too), etc.