This event has been on my list for years. 4 of us are doing a 3 week ride out of Munich on rented GS's, then at the end of the ride we're spending 4 days in Munich during Oktoberfest. We've been there before in 2010, about 2 weeks before Oktoberfest festivities started, and got to all the famous beer halls, great time. Anyways, I was recently told that to find a seat in one of the temporary beer tents, one has to reserve a seat to get in. So my question to anyone who's been there during this time, is there 1 or perhaps more locations where the best times/atmosphere can be found? Is it really going to be tough getting into these places? We've booked hotel rooms 4 months ago, 15 minute train ride north of the Marienplatz [sorry for the spelling] . Thanks very much!