So my dad's from Austria, and his dream has been to take a vacation to Munich and take a trip from there to his hometown of Graz in Austria. Has anyone been to the Big 'Fest? How much money is it to go?
About 9 of us went in 2010... It's a very fun time. I would just bounce from table to table meeting new people... all very cool.
I think 10 Euro a stein... we knew a guy who was an exchange student from high school so we were able to get a nice table and appointed waiter but the key was just going from table to table to meet people - nobody was rude, everyone was happy to meet you... of course we were all drunk though.
I went last year. It was 10 euro per stein for the tent we were in. There are I think 12 different tents with the different beer companies from there. Get there early and stay at 1 tent otherwise you do have to have a ticket to get into each tent which costs money. Wife and I had a great time there. There is a ton of history all over Europe so spend as much time there as you can and see as much as you can. If you have an I phone I know there are Oktoberfest fest apps on it download it and check it out. Good luck and have fun!