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That is what I figured.  DUS is there main hub im Deutschland.  They(LTU) fly back & forth from Dusseldorf to Ft. Meyers and one other Florida airport about twice per week.  The prices are almost always very good…
 
My price on US Airways is FREE this year, so you cannot beat that!  However, I had to cash-in 50,000 award miles to get the flight for nothing.  Still, I have almost 57,000 remaining, will earn about 9,500 on the trip in Seet. + another 1,800 in April to DTW…  Not to mention I plan on putting at least 2 nights in Europe on my USAir Mastercard at 2 miles per $ spent…  So, I will fly free, and still end-up with approximately 75,000 miles at the end of 2007.  I also have enough to fly anywhere in the world free on Delta, Northwest, Lufthansa, and quite a few miles on Continental…  Maybe not enough to go to the Orient, but anough for a free domestic.  I was patient over the years, and saved my miles.  Had I not flown my mom back & forth to JAX from DTW a few times (at 25,000 ea) – I would still have about 200,000 on NWA

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Der countdown: 
 
198 days, 2 hrs, 57 mins, 33 secs.

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We are under 200 days !!!!!

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I do not have much of an Munchen itinerary yet, and do not plan to make one this year.  In the past, trying to stick to a schedule of meeting places/times has caused a bunch of “missed ya by ten mins” situations, and puts pressure on people to leave a place where they might be having a good time.  So, other than meeting some locals around 1700 hrs(reserved table) at the Schottenhamel on 9/24/07, I plan on just giving you guys my travel cell # – and just winging it! 
 
Prost!

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This is my first post, just joined. Me and some buddies are going over there during the first week. We are booking everything solid here next week. We were thinking of going to Prague for 2 nights, Munich 3, and Amsterdam 2. Will it be worth it or will most people be in Munich partying? i know it won’t really be the tourist season there so I don’t want to waste my time.
As for lodging. We are planning to stay in hostel’s. Which one’s are closest/best to the festival grounds?
if worth going too, would those 3 cities be good choices. We are in our 20s and are looking to have a good time, not really touring and looking at buildings. Just good old Drinking and Partying. Any suggestions would be great. This is my first time planning a trip like this so any help would be great. Thanks in advance!

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Even though there will be 6.2 to 6.5 million people visiting Munchen over a 16-day period, trust me,,, it is always worth going to Praha & Amsterdam!  Those two cities are great, and will not be so expensive that time of year.  Hotels & business owners in Munchen jack everything up about 33% in Sept.  Whenever someone asks if they should see Prague, almost every experienced traveler on this board tells them “yes, make time to see it” for sure!
 
If you are staying two or three nights im Munchen; I would book it now, and do so during the week.  Getting lodging on the weekends is difficult to do after Feb 1st.

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Thanks sun. You sound like a seasoned traveler. I appreciate the advice. If we are just going to those 3 cities, should we just get one way train tickets? I loooked into rail passes and its $65 for Czech and 225 for Germany/Netherlads. We only need a train ride twice. We are probally going to walk Unless the cities are more spread out than what i’m thinking. We are going to book  our hostel this week and plane ticket and train tickets later. Any suggestions of places to stay in any of the cities?(best for the lease amount of money)

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EEEEEIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN
 
prosit ein prosit… ich liebe bier!

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Binner:  No worries.  Gernerally, if you are traveling to 4 or less cities, I would just purchase the tix individually.  A Eurrail pass is good, but might be a few Euro’s more…

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May as well post in here and say – was in Muenchen 2005 (for World Cup Semi-final) – Forza Italia! (the wife is Italian) And, originally, was meant to get to Oktoberfest in 1996 with my dad (but went to Bosnia instead on assignment). 
 
Beautiful city and great hospitality anywhere we visited.  I don’t drink any ‘domestic’ U.S. beers – I get my stuff imported – Just took a great package mix of belgian ales (most of which are unavailable in the U.S.).  Truly enjoy the tripel’s, but for those of you who like to try get some Taj Mahal or Haywards 5000 (Indian beers) – flavourful and fruity, with a smooth taste.  Was in India in April 2005 on work, an experience more than worth the days working in intense heat with 30lbs of equipment.

For those going to the ‘fest (although I noticed more than a few of you will be getting their post “O’Zapft is”) I’ll be around quite a bit – Also, keep and eye out for “Tommy Sex” – U.K. radio host.  Looking forward to seeing any out there.

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Wilkommen Patrick.  We have a place near my home here in North Florida which carries many good German, Dutch, Czech, and most of all…  Belgian Ales..  They have Trappist Ales, Belgian Wheats, and many different “heavier” strong type ales, etc.  I too cannot stand mass-produced, watered-down, U.S. garbage!
 
This will be my 11th Ofest!  We shall keeo an eye out fo ya.

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178 Days 19 Hours 14 Minutes!

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Countdown & Official bier prices released, per Oktoberfest.de web site…
 
Zwischen 7,30 Euro und 7,90 Euro werden die Fans des goldenen Gerstensaftes auf dem Oktoberfest 2007 für eine Maß Bier löhnen müssen. Denn diesen Preisrahmen gaben die Wiesn-Wirte und die anderen Beschicker des Oktoberfests dem Referat für Arbeit und Wirtschaft bekannt. Preiswucher sei dies nicht, denn auch in anderen gastronomischen Großbetrieben im Stadtgebiet sei eine vergleichbare Preissteigerung zu verzeichnen.

Also heißt es jetzt noch 116 Tage, 1 Stunde und 33 Minuten sparen, denn dann wird das 174. Oktoberfest eröffnet.
 
So, the average price of a beer(Mas / Litre) will be a tad over 7,30 EUR…  Only a few cents higher than last year. 

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thats not too bad.  That would equate to almost 3 beers (12 oz) in the US for $9.50.  Btw…..the past 2 months have flew by.  Cant wait for sept!

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I do not mind paying it.  However, many visitors to the fest are on a bit of a budget.  I have always contended that they should leave a mas at an even number – perhaps 6 EUR, then the hard-working girls would make more in tips.

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ya seen sun, you and i, and you more than i, have a lot of experience over there, and not just for Wies’n time…. i have absolutely no problem at all paying 7,30 for arguably the most delicious bier in the world…. and if you think about the fact that you don’t pay for entrence, and people like us are on vacation and there to have a cultural expeience, the price is almost a non-issue….. i can smell the steckerlfisch and wies’n hendel already…. i’m going to go look over at some webcams, and post pics as Theresienwiese begins to ge built up and Oktoberfest begin to take shape….
 
to all of the Wie’n vets out there, what is you favorite festzelt to eat in?

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You normally start seeing real progress (structures starting to go up) around June 15th thru 25th or so…

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