We've begun planning our 14-night honeymoon in Italy (departing September 9th, 2012 and returning September 24th, 2012). Given that the last 2 full days of our vacation correspond with the first 2 days of Oktoberfest, we thought it would be very cool to take a night train up from Venice and spend our last 2 nights in Munich. Our main objective will be attending Oktoberfest, but we'll also want to catch some of the top sites if time permits.
I've done some searching and reading of other posts and it would appear that we're already well behind in our planning for the upcoming Oktoberfest. I'm looking for some suggestions on where we should look for a hotel. Because of our limited time in Munich, I was thinking of staying somewhere central within walking distance of the Oktoberfest grounds and sites within the city center. In my searching, I've come across a couple of hotels for $300-$330/night USD near the Hauptbahnhof train station that still have some availability left. While this is at the top end of our price range, I get it due to the location and dates we'll be staying there. While this seems ideal from a location perspective, any thoughts on this particular location as well as other parts of the city we should look into that are close to public transportation?
Also, we need some advice on attending Oktoberfest. We know that because we'll be there for the opening weekend of the festival that it will be extremely busy. It will only be the 2 of us, so even if we were not late in our planning, we would not want to reserve a table for 6 or 8 as that would be far too much chicken and beer. While we would love to get a spot in one of the various tents, we may have to just enjoy the festival from outside of the tents if weather permits. Any suggestions on how we should attend the festival and if getting a spot in a tent is feasible for a group of 2 on the opening weekend?
All thoughts and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!