What is the best way to do Oktoberfest, rent a house? We are 10 guys from New Zealand and not sure how long to stay and what is good to do?
Public transportation to the Theresienwiese (where the festival is held) is good, your choice of the subway system, tram cars or buses. Get yourselves a Munich Transportation Map (http://www.muenchen.de/int/en/traffic/timetables/public-transit-maps.html) so you can plot your rides to & fro.
The festival is very popular, so hotel or hostel would be difficult, renting a house (because of your group size) might just be more cost effective. A good place to start your house search, would be http://www.vrbo.com. As you can vary the location in & around Munich.
Lets see now, what to see in & around Munich - some of these responses are going to be based on the assumption that you will have a car, others, just use the Munich Public Transportation system;
2) Dachau Concentration Camp Terrible reminder of WW2, but a must-see for any visitors to Munich. Go to the central train station and take a train there.
3) Marienplatz No cars area of downtown Munich, lots of good locations to eat, drink or shop. Ride the subway here.
4) Nuremberg This would be a day trip from Munich, but only if you have a car. This is one of the key sites for the Nazi Party in WW2, and they have an amazing museum here.
5) Neuschwanstein Castle Another day trip by car - but this might just be the most beautiful castle in all of Germany.
6) Eisbach Might be too cold by then for the channel surfing, but if not, go see it as it is very near the river and the guys who surf there are very good. See it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTTct6xBIc8.
7) Nymphenburg Palace You might not have enough time to see this one, but it is worth the visit if you do have the time.
Have fun and enjoy yourselves !
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