THRIFTY at Munich airport
Munich airport THRIFTY car rent return fraud
Three weeks after returning the car with no damage, and no previous communication. The company charge us 650€ with this pictures of How know what as a “prove of damage”.
Avoid THRIFTY at Munich airport
Unique Suggestions: Ask some staff to sign the delivery and return of the car at Munich airport THRIFTY car rent return
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The history of this sounds great, but they do have 140 shops that almost all are on the expensive side of purchases. The food costs are high, and there are no bargins for buying meats, cheeses, spices, or other items.
Sea Life Center
This is an aquarium located in Olympiapark - the entrace fee is higher than the official Tierpark/Zoo - yet you only see more or less 3 aquariums from different angles with nothing spectacular
unless you want to blow extra Euros in all kinds of useless machinery this is a place to avoid - even on a rainy day.
This place is as far away from being fun than Munich is away from the sea
Unique Suggestions: dont
Fun Alternatives: the zoo has actually more fish for less moneyRelated to:
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No need for bus tours
Instead of paying 20 euros for the bus tour why not see Munich by foot and just walk around the city and discover everything on your own besides all the best architecture is hidden away from the buses. Besides Munich is not that big and it's great exercise.
Also make sure to go inside some of the architecture it is quite amazing.Related to:
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Money Exchange - Best Exchange Rates
This Tip is for Americans who have accounts with Bank of America.
We all know that Money Exchange places are all rip-offs. If they advertise 0% commission, they give you crappy exchange rates. If you get good exchange rates, you take it in the shorts with the commission.
We're told that Banks or Credit Cards get the best rates. But credit cards typically come with a 2% to 3% foreign exchange rate charge (and you can't get cash, unless you pay through the nose). ATMs give you good rates, but typically charge ATM fees from both your bank and the withdrawing ATM's bank (i.e. you get hit with double ATM fees). Often the withdrawing bank charges you 1% of the transaction amount, and your bank will charge you $3 to $8 flat fee for non-bank ATM (or even 1% again for Citibank account).
BIG TIP: Bank of America is part of a Global ATM alliance that does not charge fees if you use another partner's ATM in their respective home country. Specifically, Deutsche Bank is partner's with BofA in Germany - so no fees from either bank when you use Deutsche Bank in Germany. (Please be aware that if you use Deutsche Bank ATM outside Germany, you will incur the double ATM fee).
Here's the list of Global ATM Alliance
Barclays (United Kingdom)
BNP Paribas (France)
China Construction Bank (China)
Deutsche Bank (Germany)
Santander Serfin (Mexico)
Westpac (Australia and
Definitely NOT must buys ...
Nowadays hardly any Bavarian wears the funny grey hats they sell in some tourist stores. Furthermore, people drink their beer from glasses and usually don’t use the heavy ceramic steins with a silver lid on the top. These are typical tourist souvenirs, which are not necessarily a must-buy.
Unique Suggestions: Wear the hat where nobody can see you.... ;-)
Drink your beer from the stein, but don't tell your friends at home that Germans drink their beer like that...
Also the rumor that Germans drink their beer heated is WRONG ....
Fun Alternatives: Good Munich souvenirs (in my opinion):
- go to the Alps, day-hike and take some beautiful pictures
- local cheese, liquor and hard saussages are good also
- if you happen to go to the monastery of Andechs: they sell a six-rack of beer bottles, self brewed by the monchs and every bottle contains a different kindRelated to:
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Do not exchange money at the Munich Airport...you will not get a good rate!
Unique Suggestions: If you HAVE to change money, ie you have no euros, only change as much as you will need until you are able to change more money.
McDonalds is probably a tourist trap wherever you go. It's convenient, familiar and too easy. At least at Karlsplatz, you can see the McDonalds sign in many different languages, it's still no excuse to enter though!!!Related to:
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BMW Museum takes you for a ride!
There is very little to see in the museum- less then ten old cars, few automotive and aviation engines, couple of 10 years old prototypes, like a crude mockup of an in-car navigation system. More sofsticated versions have been available in production cars for several years. Exposition like this would be impressive, if found in a local BMW dealership, but I expected much more from the factory. The museum is rather small, with no room to add more expostions, so I don't hold my breath that situation will improve.
Unique Suggestions: Take your picture sitting on a motorcycle- they don't let you touch anything else.
Fun Alternatives: Olympic Park is just 10 minutes walk from the museum. Observation patform on the TV tower in the park offers some excellent views.Related to:
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No traps in Munich
I don't think I want to add anything negative after I had such a good time in Munich.
But if I was aware of any scams or things where my fellow Vt'ers should be told then of course I would let you all know.
Unique Suggestions: I still think that buying the Welcome card is really handy for traveling around Munich and some places of interesting that your visiting will offer a discount for entrance if you have one.
The Bavaria statue at the...
The Bavaria statue at the Theresienwiese!
It's of no use climbing her head: it's very, very tight up there, you can hardly move without banging your head and it has only three tiny wee peepingholes to look out - don't expect a good view of the town, when you can't manage to peep through with two eyes the same time and when there's someone beside you who wants to have a look by themselves or keeps pushing you with every move you make because it's so narrow in there!
Unique Suggestions: Save your money and stay outside - wait for your friends or family to come back and enjoy the fresh air at the statue's feet.
Fun Alternatives: If you want to have a look from top climb the "Old Peter" near the Viktualienmarkt. It's cheaper and much more comfortable!
Maximilian's - Just for Wannabes
It's not only a Tourist Trap, also many Munich people think the Maximilian's is a good nightclub ;-) The Maximilian's is one of the "most difficult doors" in Munich - not everyone is wellcome. Beside this everything is very expensive because there are many celebreties (for example some of the players of FC Bayern München) and wannebe-celebreties. The place is decorated like a cheap smalltown-disco and the music is not that good.
Unique Suggestions: Don't go in ;-) (just if you're a young woman who wants to find an old, perhpas rich, man)
Fun Alternatives: Munich is full of alternatives, not difficult to find another and better place.Related to:
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cant really say...
umm...no clue...there are so many tourists here...anywhere...Marienplatz, Altstadt, Schwabing, Olympiapark, Englischer Garten, Schloss Nymphenburg, etc...
Everything is different, you have to pick what you like to do and see.
Restrooms - Make sure you...
Restrooms - Make sure you carry change with you and be prepared. Nearly all restrooms, including those in McDonalds of all places. Not being a man, I don't know if they get charged but ladies we certainly do, around DM1 each person, if not can be a little more.
It´s not really a tourist...
It´s not really a tourist trap.
Haus der 111 Biere (the house of 111 beers), has as the name say it 111 kinds of beer from 25 different counties.
1. if you really want to try the wonderfull bavarian beer, it´s not your place
2. because they really have this all 111 beers take a look at the date of expiration.
There are some funny stories about this pub:
1. if you break the record, you can drink for free for the rest of your life
2. if you drink all the 111 kinds of beer it will be your pub
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