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Munich’s Colorful U-Bahn


In theory, a mass transit system should just be about getting from Point A to Point B, hopefully quickly, safely, comfortably and without having some drunk guy try to talk at you. Unfortunately, as anyone living in any city knows, public transport all too rarely achieves those simple goals . The mere fact of a city having subway system, however, achieves something more than even the most well-managed bus service. Having a subway means that your city is in the big leagues, like London, New York and Paris. In Scotland, the citizens of Glasgow will forever pour scorn on the citizens of the country’s capital, just 45 miles away, because, for all its majestic beauty, Edinburgh does not have a subway. Glasgow’s subway is tiny and its route is a simple circle serving just a few parts of the city, but none of that matters: all that matters is that Glasgow has a subway while Edinburgh does not...

Neuschwanstein: A Castle Worth Feasting Your Eyes Upon


The very embodiment of a fairytale castle, Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Palace) is one of the most iconic structures of the 19th Century. Well worth the journey of under two hours from Munich, you can put this attraction firmly in the category of “must-see”. Until such time as you can see it in real-life, we have put together five galleries that will fill your eyes with some lovely sights and your brain with some fascinating details. The galleries are this one, which features photos, taken outside, of the castle itself and a few of the surrounding area, to give you an idea of what to expect when you visit. The second gallery will show you the well-preserved and historically interesting interiors. The third gallery shows some of the excellent views from the castle. The forth is a short slideshow early photographs that have somehow survived from the time of the construction of...

Munich and the Migrant Crisis


It is a difficult and upsetting subject to discuss but, if you plan to visit Munich, it is important to be informed about the consequences of the 2015 migrant crisis upon this, Germany’s most southern major city, and, therefore, the recipient of a disproportionate share of the up to 1.5 million migrants expected to arrive in the country during 2015 (during September, up to 13,000 per day were arriving at Munich’s central station). There is nothing here which should affect your enjoyment of this marvelous town but, when traveling, it is always wise to be aware of local context. Also, be aware that the more visible side effects, such as migrants sleeping in the central train station, will ease over time as most of them are redistributed to other German provinces and as more accommodation is found for those who remain in Munich. This article will explain the background to the crisis and,...

A Winter Fairytale: Neuschwanstein Castle in the Snow and Fog


Just when you thought that Neuschwanstein Castle could not be any more beautiful, along comes winter, transforming this part of Bavaria into a snow-filled vision. You will need warm clothes, but a visit to Schloss Neuschwanstein at this time of year is something you will never forget. You also should not forget that this Munich Vacation Guide includes a grand total of five slideshows featuring this lickably delicious castle. There is the main one, featuring shots of Schloss Neuschwanstein in the Spring and Summer, there is one of featuring the views from the castle, there is another featuring the beautifully preserved interior rooms and there is even one displaying fascinating photos that have somehow survived from the Nineteenth Century construction of the castle. So, after all that lot, you won’t even need to go see it for yourself. Just...

Steven Spielberg on the Controversy Caused by his Movie “Munich”


Naturally, it is a terrible, despicable crime when, as in Munich, people are taken hostage, people are killed. But probing the motives of those responsible and showing that they are also individuals with families and have their own story does not excuse what they did.

Steven Spielberg