Watch out for bike traffic in Munich. There are special areas along the pedestrian walkway reserved for bike traffic. Do not walk on those areas: If you get hit by a bike there, you're responsible for your injuries. Many locals use the bike as a form of transportation.
Remember that where ever you see what looks like powerlines and rail tracks on the street you will find a tram. The trams do not like to stop for cars that are blocking the way and have been known to bump a car or two and if it is a rental it will cost you $$$$
Also remember to look in both directions when walking across the tram lines.
Within the Mittelerer Ring there are thousands of cars trying to get around. The traffic is bad, to say the least, and it takes about 1 hour to get form north to south on the inner ring. It can get worse in the main center sector, though
This is a very bad situation if you have a car. Parking in the center near Marienplatz can make you go broke before your time. Parking outside just a few hundred meters from the center begins zone permits. That means you need a permit to park on the streets, and it/they are reserved for locals only; not tourist vehicles. Spaces are very precious and hard to find.
We were in south zone near Sendlinger and we could not park within 6 blocks or more of our apartment. Only further away can a person park on the street, and then the search for a spot is on.
As I was walking along the streets of Munich city center, I looked around, up and down and suddenly I happened to glance on something that should not be on the clean streets of this city.
I saw a big pile of animal droppings! So, if you are happily walking around and looking at all the sights, be careful where you put your feet. You don't want to step onto some "nice and fragrant" souvenir from Munich. :-)
In Munich it is better to leave your car outside the city and use the excellent public transportation system in the city center - one of the best in Europe!
Here is a photo from Königsplatz, easily reached by U2! See my travelogue for more photos!
The only one thing I can think of is that, if like me you come from a country where they drive on the left hand side of the road, is that in Munich like in the USA they drive on the other side of the road. So be careful crossing it, and always cross on a crossing with the little green man, otherwise if you get caught it is an instant DM200.00 fine.
For some really strange reason, you cannot by all tickets from U-bahn stations. As a local, it really annoyes me that I cannot by week or month tickets from U-bahn station, which is close to my apartment. I have to go to S-bahn station. Luckily many newsstands sells all tickets. However, if you want to buy such ticket on Sunday or on holiday, there is no change but to go to the S-bahn station.
I could not make head or tail out of the ticket machines in the U Bahn stations. You can buy from the information desks when in doubt. You MUST validate your ticket when you go down to catch your train by sticking it in one of the little machines, they are situated just before you take the last set of stairs down to the platform.
forget about a car - as much as i love my hometown - but our police is a shame for mankind - here you get the ticket already before you even parked or did something wrong - just in case you probably could - so use subway, bus or tram instead of supporting the 'froggies' -
So being a typical American I cannot speak a lick of any other language than english.. Even that one I have trouble with ! Anyway.. When driving out into the hinterlands it may be worth noting that much less english will be spoken.. In town no problem. But out in the sticks.. Not so much english... I got miserably lost and had a heck of a time getting back.. Not being inclined to ask questions for starters then the answers being in German.. I was in a fine fix...
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?
The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.
This still doesn't explian why my female co-driver turns the map all around when I'm asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!
Keep your eyes peeled for the painted red strips of pavement. Those are the zones for bikers. They will run you down if you're not watching. That is their territory and they are aggressive about it.
I was concentrating at this beautiful building and almost fallen into the underground walkway, Wheew !! that's my warnings