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Important Online Resources for Munich Visitors

Sarah N Walker

Publications

New in the City: www.new-in-the-city.com
An Annual Guide (May 2004), that can be bought for 6,50 € at the magazine area in Hugendubel, and free quarterly newsletters will help you to pinpoint resources you need while visiting or staying for an extended period of time. The website is in the works, but worth checking.

General Links

Muenchen.de: www.muenchen.de
This is an excellent link connecting you to many of the official web sites you might need to find out about events, like Oktoberfest, sights and museums, weather, transport routes to and from the airport, Oktoberfest, the train station…etc.. There are even explanations about documentation and work permits for those wishing to move to Munich. This is nearly one-stop shopping!

Come to Germany: www.cometogermany.com
Here's the home of the German national tourist board. It covers the whole country and not just Munich.

Germany Online: www.germany-info.org
Germany Online is sponsored by the German Embassy and offers information to all kinds travelers and visitors.

Munichx: www.munichx.de
This site in German covers Munich events and lifestyle issues.

Expat Links

Toy Town Munich: www.toytownmunich.com
This website has developed into a fairly resourceful link for those interested in what is happening and what is of interest to foreign Munich residents (and visitors). There are even restaurant reviews that were included in Groovy Munich, a sort of Zagat Guide for expats which you can buy at local bookshops (take the recommendations with a grain of salt). Read the message board to see what is moving the English-speaking world in Munich, and an explanation elsewhere on the site as to why the town is dubbed a 'Toytown.' Lot's of laughs, and even a discussion in 2002 about German toilets.

Expats in Bavaria: www.expats-in-bavaria.com
This site is a bit more business-y and general and does not focus on just the (spoiled) English-speaking population in Munich...

Travel Services

EurAide: www.euraide.de/munich.html
This is the link to the Eur Aide office in the Hauptbahnhof. They cater to English-speaking tourists and can assist you in buying tickets, planning excursions and finding accommodation, among other things.

Germany Tourism: www.germany-tourism.de/e/dest_cities_muenchen_e.html
A site I haven't yet used but which seems to have relevant, up-to-date information for visitors.

Food in Translation: www.muenchen.de
A partial list of food words in English and German.

Webcams: www.muenchen.de
Several webcams throughout the city can be accessed from this site.

Weather: www.wetter.de, www.wetter.com
I wouldn't recommend relying on one weather site, as they often show conflicting reports.

Online Maps: www.stadtplandienst.de
This links to an interactive map of all of Germany through which you can access city maps.

Transportation

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.

Museum Links

Below is an incomplete list of web sites for local museums. Check for holiday closures, special exhibitions, transport connections and free entry dates.

The Pinakotheks (Alte, Neue, der Moderne) Villa Stuck: www.pinakothek.de
www.muenchen.de/villastuck

Das Deutsche Museum ZAM: www.deutsches-museum.de
www.zam-museum.de

Lenbach Haus Haus der Kunst: www.lenbachhaus.de
www.haus-der-kunst.de/de/

Münchener Stadtmuseum Bayerisches Nationalmuseum: www.stadtmuseum-online.de
www.bayerisches-nationalmuseum.de

BMW Museum: www.bmw.com

Regional Links

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 was born and raised in Seattle, Washington but currently lives in Munich, Germany.

© Sarah N Walker, 2004

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