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 kind
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Don't forget to cancel your ticket (even single trip tickets) before you get on these trains:
Look out for little blue boxes near ticket selling machines.
When you chose a place where to sit, take a look around and see where the closest toilette is and try to understand if you will be able to reach it, I say that cause it is very simple to end up dying to go to the toilette and find out that it is impossible cause you should walk on people's heads!
did you know? The hometown of PUMUCKL (little cobold) and its MASTER EDER is in an old carpenter work shop in SCHWABING! Children love this cobold ;-)
more infos: www.pumuckl.de
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Where ever you are be carefull, dont drink too much and dont get hunted like these wild horses..
Everywhere many traps are waiting for you be carefull
(especially you Geoffry when you will come to Turkey beware of Turkish beer/biers/bears)
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Requires you to use your own can opener, and requires you to read the directions carefully before opening the can. Originally only came in an 8-oz. can, but now comes in a 16-oz. can. However, the can is divided into 8 compartments of 2 oz. each, which have to be accessed separately. Soon to be discontinued, although a lot of people are going to keep drinking it after it's no longer available.
At first, came only a 16-oz. can, but now comes in a 32-oz. can. Considered by many to be a 'light' beer. All the cans look identical. When you take one from the fridge, it opens itself. The ingredients list is not on the can. If you call to ask about the ingredients, you are told that 'you don't need to know.' A notice on the side reminds you to drag your empties to the trashcan.
Windows 3.1 Beer
The world's most popular. Comes in a 16-oz. can that looks a lot like Mac Beer's. Requires that you already own a DOS Beer. Claims that it allows you to drink several DOS Beers simultaneously, but in reality you can only drink a few of them, very slowly, especially slowly if you are drinking the Windows Beer at the same time. Sometimes, for apparently no reason, a can of Windows Beer will explode when you open it.
Comes in a 32-oz can. Does allow you to drink several DOS Beers simultaneously. Allows you to drink Windows 3.1 Beer simultaneously too, but somewhat slower. Advertises that its cans won't explode when you open them, even if you shake them up. You never really see anyone drinking OS/2 Beer, but the manufacturer (International Beer Manufacturing) claims that 9 million six-packs have been sold.
Windows 95 Beer
The can looks a lot like Mac Beer's can, but tastes more like Windows 3.1 Beer. It comes in 32-oz. cans, but when you look inside, the cans only have 16 oz. of beer in them. Most people will probably keep drinking Windows 3.1 Beer until their friends try Windows 95 Beer and say they like it. The ingredients list, when you look at the small print, has some of the same ingredients that come in DOS beer, even though the manufacturer claims that this is an entirely new brew.
Windows NT Beer
Comes in 32-oz. cans, but you can only buy it by the truckload. This causes most people to have to go out and buy bigger refrigerators. The can looks just like Windows 3.1 Beer's, but the company promises to change the can to look just like Windows 95 Beer's - after Windows 95 beer starts shipping. Touted as an 'industrial strength' beer, and suggested only for use in bars.
Comes in several different brands, in cans ranging from 8 oz. to 64 oz. Drinkers of Unix Beer display fierce brand loyalty, even though they claim that all the different brands taste almost identical. Sometimes the pop-tops break off when you try to open them, so you have to have your own can opener around for those occasions, in which case you either need a complete set of instructions, or a friend who has been drinking Unix Beer for several years.
The company has gone out of business, but their recipe has been picked up by some weird German company, so now this beer will be an import. This beer never really sold very well because the original manufacturer didn't understand marketing. Like Unix Beer, AmigaDOS Beer fans are an extremely loyal and loud group. It originally came in a 16-oz. can, but now comes in 32-oz. cans too. When this can was originally introduced, it appeared flashy and colorful, but the design hasn't changed much over the years, so it appears dated now. Critics of this beer claim that it is only meant for watching TV anyway.
Requires minimal user interaction, except for popping the top and sipping. However cans have been known on occasion to explode, or contain extremely un-beer-like contents. Best drunk in high pressure development environments. When you call the manufacturer for the list of ingredients, you're told that it's proprietary and referred to an unknown listing in the manuals published by the FDA. Rumors are that this was once listed in the Physicians' Desk Reference as a tranquilizer, but no one can claim to have actually seen it.
With thanks to BEER IS MY LIFE .COM creator
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!
It is not actually a tourist trap. But unlike in Italy, where I live, the opening times and days of shops are strictly observed, even on particular times of the year or when the city is flooded with tourists. Unfortunately on Saturday shops close at 4 PM, and on Sunday everything is closed, except restaurants. Besides, the Deutsche Museum was closed on New Year's Eve. What a pity!
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