The Munich Oktoberfest is the world’s largest folk festival, attracting over six million visitors every year. It takes place in Munich in late September at the Theresienwiese (Therese’s Meadow). The origin of the festival goes back to the wedding celebration of Prince Ludwig I and his bride, Therese, in 1810, which is why the Oktoberfest grounds are called the Theresienwiese. Ludwig the I was the grandfather of Ludwig II, "the fairytale king" famous for having built the Neuschwanstein castle, 90 mins. South of Munich.
The Oktoberfest always begins on the 2nd to last Saturday in September and ends 16 days later on the first Sunday in October, unless,the holiday for German Re-unification (1989) on October 3rd is on a Monday, in which case the festival naturally lasts an extra day. Indeed, if this holiday is on a TUESDAY, it's extended for TWO days longer than it usually is.
In 2015 the Munich Oktoberfest is from September 19th through October 4th.
To get to the Munich Oktoberfest Grounds from the city center, take the U4/U5 to Theresienwiese or U3/U6 to Goetheplatz or any S-bahn to Hackerbrücke and then just follow everyone else.
For budget accommodation during the Munich Oktoberfest we suggest you visit www.oktoberfest-beds.com