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Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory

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Inside Neuschwanstein Castle

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Well, if you have climbed all the way up to Neuschwanstein Castle, you might as well buy some tickets and pop inside for a tour of the interior. Don’t steal anything, they have security cameras hidden inside the suits of armor! Don’t forget, this guide offers, for your extreme viewing pleasure, four more slideshows featuring more photos of this stunning castle: Neuschwanstein Castle from the outside, Neuschwanstein Castle from the outside + snow, Neuschwanstein Castle being built (to be honest, I had hoped it had popped into existence as the result of a fairy godmother granting wishes but, no, apparently it did actually involve builders, bricks and all that humdrum stuff) and some splendid views from Neuschwanstein...

Mark Spitz on the Munich 1972 Olympic Games

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The memories of the Munich games for me are of triumph and tragedy.

Mark Spitz

Munich and Terrorism

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In the wake of the November 2015 attacks in Paris by Islamic terrorists, it is natural for visitors to Europe to feel somewhat jumpy and to wonder how safe the various cities on their itineraries might actually be – sure, the chances of anything happening are incredibly slim but, of course, that is probably what the folks enjoying a rock concert, a Café au lait or a nice Cambodian meal thought, right up until the moments that a bunch of lunatics turned up with kalashnikovs. With a rich cultural history, Munich should be famous for many things but, for most people outside Germany, the word Munich is synonymous with the tragic 1972 Olympics, when what should have been a triumphant moment for the city became, instead, a dramatic and bloody introduction to the uncertain new world of Islamic terrorism. Those events shaped Munich, giving its security services an early baptism of fire and an...

The Munich U-Bahn … Naked!

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No, it’s not what you think! When I say that Munich’s subway system is “naked”, I am talking about this interesting image by artist Neil Freeman, depicting the Munich U-Bahn system stripped of all the usual colors and text labels. Seeing it as a simple network, we can admire the simple functionality of the system we are so familiar with that we usually don’t even notice it. I do not, however, want to leave those of you who excitedly visited this post, hoping to see actual nudity on a subway, bitterly disappointed 😀 Here is a fascinating art video, featuring an extremely brave young woman, traveling on the early morning subway in Dusseldorf (everyone knows that they are all certifiably crazy up there in the north of Germany). What I really enjoy in this video are the reactions (and strained non-reactions!) of the other...