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1st steps taken for Oktoberfest trip
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We just booked a hostel in Munich for the first part our trip Sept. 27-Oct. 5 to get to the great Oktoberfest.  Now I have a few questions to get the rest of the trip set up. 
 
1.  How the hell do we get there as cheap as possible?  Would it be better to fly into London or something like that and get a cheap flight from there or make a direct flight to Munich?  We will be flying out of Washington DC.  Don gave me some prices but I don’t really know if they are good or not and how he came upon them.
 
2.  We are going to try and spend a couple days in the Lake Como region of Italy after Munich.  Is that recommended?  Also, what would be a good place to stay in the area?
 
3.  Would Florence be too far away if we had to be back in Munich for a flight out?
 
4.  What will the weather be like and how should we dress for this time of the year?
 
I know these questions are better suited in other forums but I wanted to lump them all together.  Thanks

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Cheaptickets.com shows flights from Wash (IAD) into Munchen(MUC) for:
 
  $867  (taxes & fees incl.)     DEP:  9/26/08    RET:  10/8/08  or 10/9
 
 Carriers:  United & SwissAir
 
 
Travelocity.com showing $855 for IAD into Frankfurt (FRA) on same dates.
 
Those prices are about average,and should not change much in coming months. 
 
I would pay a few $$ more and fly-into MUC out of IAD or Balt. (BWI), etc.  The only way it’s worth it to fly into FRA would be a $150 to $200 savings or more over flights into MUC airport.  The train ride on S-8 from the MUC airport is only 42 mins(to HBF in City Center), and about 5 EURO’s… 
 
 

I am leaving from EWR with $4000 for 9 days

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but is it not the most anticipated 42 minute train ride of the year?

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so if it won’t change much will it be safe to wait a month or two to see if by some chance the prices drop a little?  We did this last year and it worked perfectly, though I am scared it could go the other way too

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Slayer:  You can certainly wait 1 month.  Hotel rooms book early, but seats on airlines are generally available thru August each year.  I sincerely doubt you will have to pay more than $870 out of IAD, and it MAY drop to about $720 in a few weeks…  Still, I would use $650 + taxes & fees as a “base” guideline for this fare..  You’re going to be around $800 that way.  However, fares could drops to $599 + taxes on a particular carrier.

I am leaving from EWR with $4000 for 9 days

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