Is the Festhalle open every day/night during the Oktoberfest season? Looking to visit Helen sometime in October. Is it better to visit on a weekend or during the week??
Here is a link to the 2011 schedule - helenga.org/events/41st-annual-oktoberfest.
Expect Helen to be very crowded on the weekends in Oct. Your best bet to avoid the crowds is to go during the week, or a weekend in late September. Most folks don't seem to know that Oktoberfest actually begins in September. You should also be able to get cheaper rental rates during September or during the week, as opposed to October weekends.
If you are looking for a cabin, check out the "by owner" websites, FlipKey, VRBO, HomeAway, VacationRentals, etc, rather than rental agencies as you are likely to get more and pay less. Agencies charge a 40% management fee so their prices are almost always higher than owner listings. Caution: FlipKey will tell you if it is a "verified owner" while the others only require the listing be made by the owner and it may still be agency managed.
Thanks! Great info. Wasn't really thinking about a cabin but sounds good. I am familiar with VRBO and will investigate.
The only issue with a cabin is that someone in your party won't be able to drink so that you can drive home. I understand from past research that taxis are scarce.
What Cabin properties are within walking distance from downtown Helen?
Has Oktoberfest changed or is it me? This year everything seemed very seedy, way too many strollers and babies with drunk parents. Middle aged women out of control ,even a pregnant woman drinking. This was all in the afternoon, after dark we got to witness a woman remove her pants and run across the river, several people puking etc.... So many better places to spend your money, unless of course you are in to this type of event. Consider yourself warned!
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