Originally Posted by pullmyfinger
I know lots of people like Oktoberfest, but I don't like huge crowds and I don't drink alcohol! Those are the reasons I ruled it out. Not sure if it is possible to watch from a distance.
We stopped by Octoberfest two years ago when we were picking up our car (we dropped it off in Munich).
We didn't really go to Munich *for* Octoberfest, but since we were that during it, we thought we should stop in.
DW isn't big on crowds and noise and so on. I dragged her into one of the big tents. After getting kicked out of a couple of seats (they were reserved) we found a place to sit down. Just then, the band started up right next to us. That was enough for her (it *was* a bit loud ;-) ) and we headed out.
I'm glad I got to see it. She's not so sure.
My take was that it was a lot like the Ohio State Fair with way more drunk people!
Oh, all the hotels in Munich charge a lot more during Octoberfest.