Munich’s excellent public transport system puts you within easy reach of everything. If you prefer being steps from the trophy sights, find a place in the Altstadt, although you’ll pay a premium for the privilege. Choices are greater and rates more reasonable in Ludwigsvorstadt near the Haupt-bahnhof and the Oktoberfest grounds. Party people will enjoy Schwabing, Maxvorstadt and the Gärtnerplatzviertel-Glockenbachviertel area. Lodging options are thinner on the ground in slower-paced residential neighbourhoods such as Haidhausen and Lehel, but are often the most charming and authentic. Room rates skyrocket during Oktoberfest and other major events and trade shows. Book well ahead to avoid disappointment.