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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...

Strange Happenings at The Fraunhoferstrasse U-bahn


Munich is a terrific party city but if, on your way back to your hotel via the Fraunhoferstrasse U-bahn station, you see something like this, well, perhaps you should skip the partying tomorrow...

The Munich U-Bahn … Naked!


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...