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Important Online Resources for Munich Visitors
Sarah N Walker
New in the City: www.new-in-the-city.com
Come to Germany: www.cometogermany.com
Germany Online: www.germany-info.org
Toy Town Munich: www.toytownmunich.com
Expats in Bavaria: www.expats-in-bavaria.com
Germany Tourism: www.germany-tourism.de/e/dest_cities_muenchen_e.html
Food in Translation: www.muenchen.de
Online Maps: www.stadtplandienst.de
Driving in Germany - Road Signs and their meanings
home.att.net/~texhwyman/zeichen2.htm: I like the above site, and I have linked to what I consider the most important page—Right-of-way is a bit different in Germany and it could be a source of accidents.
www.training-for-germany.de/signs/sign.htm: This is another link that explains the meaning of traffic signs in three languages.
german.about.com/library/blauto_traf.htm: About.com highlights the most important road signs in Germany.
The Airport (Flughafen-Franz Josef)
www.munich-airport.de: This is the homepage for the airport in Munich.
Public Transport Links (City-wide)
Munich has a fairly user-friendly public transportation system. Nevertheless, even the most seasoned users take advantage of the maps and planning services available online. Inside the trains you will find accessible maps of the underground (U) and suburban (S) train lines. Tram and bus plans can be found at their stops and in underground stations you can find regional, local and street-area maps. The schedules are posted at all stops.
www.mvv-muenchen.de: This is a great link to introduce you to the MVV (emm fow fow), Munich's transport authority.
www.mvv-muenchen.de: This is the sitemap for the MVV. You can find links to ticket prices, maps and other administrative issues. Many maps come in downloadable color PDF form. Plan ahead and make a copy!
www.mvv-muenchen.de: This is the very useful trip planner, which allows you to type in your starting point and destination and get a detailed, printable plan of how to get from A to B (and when). This feature is also available on the home page in the upper left hand corner. Make sure you type 'Munchen' or Munich for the town (unless you are coming and going into the outskirts).
Castles in Munich and the Rest of Bavaria
www.schloesser.bayern.de: This is the English index of those castles managed by the Bavarian state. You can get the admission prices and opening times by clicking on the names. All of these castles are eligible for free admission if you purchase a family card (valid for one year from date of purchase) from one of the locations. In 2002 the card cost 40 euro and covered two adults and two children. If you plan to visit many of the Ludwig II castles or those in Munich, it might be worth it to get this card. I cannot find any information on the internet about the card, but look for it at the Kassen and use the links to calculate what your grand total on castles might be to see if this card is right for you.
www.schloesser.bayern.de: This is the main page of the Bavarian Palace Department mentioned above. You can link to specific sights and events.
www.schloesser.bayern.de: This is an informative run-down of the sights managed by the BPD in Munich, including the Residence, Nymphenburg, Blutenburg and Amalienburg or nearby Schleißheim.
www.neuschwanstein.com: This is a link from the sites above, but since Neuschwanstein is so popular, I thought it might save some the effort of searching.
Below is an incomplete list of web sites for local museums. Check for holiday closures, special exhibitions, transport connections and free entry dates.
BMW Museum: www.bmw.com
These links may prove useful to those who plan to tour Bavaria.
www.garmisch-partenkirchen.de/infomaxcms.php?index=01&lang=de: The link to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, at the foot of the Alps.
www.sta5.de: The "Five-lake district" is located just south of Munich and includes the lakes Starnberg, Ammer, Worth, Pilsen, and Wesslinger. There is plenty to do and see, as this wesite demonstrates.
www.tegernsee.de: The Tegernsee is located about an hour SE of Munich and is a popular tourist destination for Germans because of its upscale shopping and dining opportunities and outdoor offerings.
www.chiemsee.de: The Chiemsee is the largest lake in Bavaria and a lovely vacation spot. Herrenchiemsee, the Bavarian version of Versailles is located on one of it's islands, the Herreninsel. A great place to stay overnight is on the lovely Fraueninsel. This site is well-designed and has a fantastic interactive map for visitors.
www.oberbayern-tourismus.de: Here you can do research on the southern, but 'upper' region of Bavaria: Oberbayern. Many consider Oberbayern
© Sarah N Walker, 2004
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