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1. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 9y

Hey everyone... So this is the moment I've waited so many years for... I'm 18 and I've just graduated high school and recently booked my flight to Amsterdam (from Toronto) in September... I'm planning on traveling through the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, then heading into Germany for Oktoberfest!!

It's all working out terrifically so far, in terms of booking hostels ahead and whatnot, but I've run into troubles in Munich... I thought that by booking three months in advance, it wouldn't be a problem finding accomodation (even for one night) in a cheap youth hostel somewhere in Munich... BUTTT it seems that everywhere i've checked online is booked solid for the duration of Oktoberfest...

...anyone have any suggestions? I'm not bringing a tent, so that rules out the possibility of camping..

Also, I was reading in LET'S GO, there's a place called "Jungendlager Kapuzinerholzl", which is some sort of a giant circus tent... does anyone know anything about this? Apparently it can accomodate 250 people and everyone sleeps on a wooden floor with foam mats... I'm not too picky about WHERE I stay, but I do have to stick to a budget..

Any suggestions or ideas are much appreciated!! Thanks...
Lauren;)

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Hi,

3 months in advance for Octoberfest is very late, places can be booked out for this event as early as 6 months in advance.

If you cannot find accomodation in Munich for this time, stay in a neighboring city and commute/do a day trip. With Bayern-Ticket this is feasible and relatively cheap to do from places as far away as Salzburg, Regensburg, Nurnberg and Passau.

I was at Kapuzinerholzljust 2 weeks ago. They have 3 options: You pitch your own tent, you sleep in one of their beds in the big tent or on the floor. Floor is the cheapest, but can be pretty cold and drafty especially in late September. If you are staying there sleeping on the floor for longer, bring a good sleeping bag and invest into a cheap foam matress for 10 EUR that you can donate to a homeless person afterwards. For the above reason I highly recommend booking one of their beds if you can still get it. It might also be sensible to plan the rest of your holidays around your accomodation in Munich.

BTW, from Munich it is quite easy to get to Prague and Cesky Krumlov. Since I just did that trip, I can highly recommend it. Hostels in the Czech Republic are cheaper - around 10 EUR per night compared to 18-25 EUR per night in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. If you are on a tight budget, you should consider this. The difference adds up over a period of a week or more.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Lauren:)

The tent place is a good, cheap and easy going.
My boyfriend stayed there, a few times, while looking for an appartment, for us, in Munich.

I dont know, if it is possible to pre book a place there, but if it is, do so immediately. Even that place will likely be full, during the Oktoberfest.

If u cant get someplace to stay, I suggese u get a night train into Munich, hang out during the day, and go out all night(or most of it anyway). Then get a train out of Munich, the next morning.
If u are planning to have a table at the Wissen, book it now. That is if there are any left.

Mel

4. Posted by flynn (Inactive 140 posts) 9y

Hi ChIqUiTtA,

I had to come to Munich last year during Oktoberfest's last week and I got a room in a youth hostel without reservation. I'm not saying, try the same, but you could check with them in advance ;)!

They will close in ten days to undergo serious renovation and reopen mid of September. If that's early enough for you, check http://www.jugendherberge.de/jh/bayern/muenchen-thalkirchen/.

There's also a second one which I don't know personally. In case you want to have a look, the address is http://www.jugendherberge.de/jh/bayern/muenchen-neuhausen/

To stay in these hostels you have to apply for membership which you could do when checking in, so no problem there.

Good luck, Flynn

5. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 9y

Quoting t_maia

Hi,

3 months in advance for Octoberfest is very late, places can be booked out for this event as early as 6 months in advance.

If you cannot find accomodation in Munich for this time, stay in a neighboring city and commute/do a day trip. With Bayern-Ticket this is feasible and relatively cheap to do from places as far away as Salzburg, Regensburg, Nurnberg and Passau.

I was at Kapuzinerholzljust 2 weeks ago. They have 3 options: You pitch your own tent, you sleep in one of their beds in the big tent or on the floor. Floor is the cheapest, but can be pretty cold and drafty especially in late September. If you are staying there sleeping on the floor for longer, bring a good sleeping bag and invest into a cheap foam matress for 10 EUR that you can donate to a homeless person afterwards. For the above reason I highly recommend booking one of their beds if you can still get it. It might also be sensible to plan the rest of your holidays around your accomodation in Munich.

BTW, from Munich it is quite easy to get to Prague and Cesky Krumlov. Since I just did that trip, I can highly recommend it. Hostels in the Czech Republic are cheaper - around 10 EUR per night compared to 18-25 EUR per night in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. If you are on a tight budget, you should consider this. The difference adds up over a period of a week or more.

That place looks perfect. I'm going to be in Germany the first week of October, so I've looked into checking out Oktoberfest, but I can't find any other reasonably priced accomodation.

Do you know if The Tent has parking? I'll be traveling by car, so I really need a place to stay with parking.

6. Posted by mannable (Inactive 4 posts) 9y

I went to Oktoberfest last year - it's really an awesome festival, you'll love it! ;)

I know you said you didn't want to camp but...... if it's your last option you could check out 'Camping Obermenzing'which is a short bus (there is a stop for the campsite right outside) & train ride into the city centre, where a 5 min walk will then take you to the festival.

The campsite vibe was great, and it was full of festival goers from all over Europe so there's always people to hang out and travel into the city with. We arrived on the penultimate day of the festival and managed to get a pitch without any problems. I would imagine it will be busier for the first day of the festival so phoning for a reservation might be a wise idea (they speak great English).

I can't remeber how much it cost per night, but we stayed in a camper van & it wasn't too expensive. So I guess a tent would be even cheaper.

Watch out at the festival though! Those 7 Euro glasses of beer soon add up!

Matt
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