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    Munich - a brief overview

    Bavaria’s capital is arguably Germany’s most beautiful city. Its legendary architecture dominates the bustling city centre, with plenty of stop-offs for those thirsty for a stein of strong local pilsner. Culture vultures will find ample places to indulge their passion, with first-rate modern art museums and churches to rival any major European city.

    Sports fanatics should make a beeline for the Allianz Arena to catch the superb FC Bayern Munich in action, while shopaholics should be certain to stop off at the Fünf Höfe mall and spend a few Euros on the latest in high-end fashion and art.

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    Residenz Museum

    Residenzstraße 1
    80333 Munich
    Germany
    Tel: (089) 290 671
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    Opening times: Daily 0900-1800 (Apr-mid Oct); 1000-1700 (mid Oct-Mar)

    The largest city centre palace in Germany, the Residenz Museum houses a huge collection of art which once belonged to one-time residents, the royal Wittelsbach family. The courtyards and architecture are majestic, but the arresting Renaissance Hall of Antiquities is this huge building’s undoubted highlight.

    Pinakothek der Moderne

    Barer Straße 40
    80333 Munich
    Germany
    Tel: (089) 2380 5360
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    Opening times: Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun 1000-1800, Thur 1000-2000

    One of three Pinakothek museums in central Munich. This gallery is all about cutting-edge modern art and architecture. Think challenging contemporary photography and out-there designs and you’ll get the picture.

    Neue Pinakothek

    Barer Straße 29
    80799 Munich
    Germany
    Tel: (089) 2380 5195
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    Opening times: Thurs-Mon 1000-1800, Wed 1000-2000

    Away from the more abstract focus of its sister Pinakothek der Moderne, the Neue Pinakothek focuses on 18th- and 19th-century European art. You’ll find work by artists ranging from Goya to Hogarth to Liebermann. One of the continent’s best galleries.

    Alte Pinakothek

    Barer Straße 27
    80333 Munich
    Germany
    Tel: (089) 2380 5216
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    Opening times: Tues 1000-2000, Wed-Sun 1000-1800

    The largest museum in the world on its completion in the 1820s, the Alte Pinakothek plays home to works by Old Masters and classic German painters. Da Vinci brushes shoulders with El Greco and Rembrandt in a gallery that few in the world can match.

    Allianz Arena

    Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25
    80939 Munich
    Germany
    Tel: (089) 6993 1222
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    Opening times: Daily 1000-1800

    Take a tour of this magnificent modern stadium, home to both Bayern and 1860 Munich. Alternatively, try and grab a ticket for a game. The former’s position as Germany’s premier side means seats are hard to come by, but the atmosphere and passion on match day is worth the money and the effort.

    Englischer Garten

    Englischer Garten
    Munich
    Germany
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    This vast park stretches northeast from the city centre, its origins dating back to the late 18th century. Modelled on classic English country gardens, it’s larger than New York’s Central Park.

    Neues Rathaus

    Marienplatz 8
    80331 Munich
    Germany
    Tel: (089) 23300
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    Opening times: Mon-Fri 1000-1900, Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1000-1400

    This magnificent building on the city’s central Marienplatz is Munich’s most recognisable. Still the seat of local government, visitors can climb to the top of its 85m (278ft) tower for huge views of the city and the forests beyond.

    Munchner Stadtmuseum

    Sankt-Jakobs-Platz 1
    80331 Munich
    Germany
    Tel: (089) 2332 2370
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    Opening times: Tues-Sun 1000-1800

    This excellent museum, housed in a one-time arsenal, tells the exhaustive history of Munich. There’s a superb collection of musical instruments, and the photography gallery has a wealth of pictures documenting life in the city.

    BMW Welt and Museum

    Am Olympiapark 1-2
    80809 Munich
    Germany
    Tel: (089) 1250 16001
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    Opening times: Daily 0730-0000 (BMW Welt); Tues-Sun 1000-1800 (BMW Museum)

    One for petrol heads. BMW Welt and its attached museum are based at the carmaker’s plant outside the city. Check out vintage motors and engines, or book yourself onto a factory tour to see the company’s latest models roll off the production line.

    Olympiapark

    Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21
    80809 Munich
    Germany
    Tel: (089) 30670
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    Opening times: Daily 0900-2000 (mid May-mid Sep); 0900-1800 (Apr-mid May and mid Sep-Oct); 1100-1600 (Nov-Mar)

    Built for the 1972 summer Olympics, Munich’s Olympiapark hosts huge concerts in the summer and other key sporting events at its myriad venues. Bayern Munich once played in the main stadium here. Its green spaces are beautifully kept.

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    Country overview

    Still misunderstood by many, Germany stands as one of the most endlessly engaging countries on the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to rigid Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock. As a travel destination it’s somewhere with huge personality, notable for a clutch of truly lovable cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so heart-melting you’ll be left bemused why some people still think of the place as lacking allure.

    It’s the country’s urban highlights that tend to draw the attention first. Berlin is the very definition of a dynamic city, having forged a goodtime reputation for ground-breaking creativity while still keeping sight of it’s past. Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg are rich in historical buildings, eyes-to-the-future nightlife and excellent gastronomy.

    Geography

    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2,962m (9,718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit – it can also be climbed.

    General Information

    Key facts

    Population: 81.147.265

    Population Density (per sq km): 227

    Capital: Berlin.

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German. Minority languages include Danish and Sorbic, while some English and French is also spoken.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600 (many close earlier on Fridays).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Regional observation only.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2014
    Day of Reformation: 25. October 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Repentance Day: 19. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2015
    Day of Reformation: 31. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Repentance Day: 18. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    As with other major German cities, Munich has a peerless public transport system. Its U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tramways and buses are run by MVV (www.mvv-muenchen.de). Tickets work across all forms of transport. Single tickets must be validated either on the platform or, in the cases of buses and trams, once you board. Visitors should pick up a CityTourCard to get discount travel and money off at various key sights.

    Taxis

    Cabs can be easily flagged down in the city, just look for the lit signs. Taxi ranks can also be found in key areas of the town. Round up the fee, but don’t worry about tipping excessively.

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    Nightlife in Munich
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    Munich’s nightlife immediately brings to mind beer halls, oompah bands and sing-alongs.

    You can get all that in abundance, but if you want a cocktail or a club to strut your stuff, the city delivers on those fronts too.

    Hofbräuhaus

    Platzl 9
    80331 Munich
    Germany
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    Munich’s premier beer keller moves to the sound of banging drums and the clink of stein glasses. A must.

    Augustiner Bräustuben

    Landsberger Straße 19
    80339 Munich
    Germany
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    Away from the tourist trail, this beer hall is a great place to share a few beers with the locals.

    Pusser’s Bar

    Falkenturmstraße 9
    80331 Munich
    Germany
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    Sick of beer? Then Pusser’s has a massive cocktail list and bartenders generous with their measures.

    Neuraum

    Arnulfstraße 17
    80335 Munich
    Germany
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    A big club that attracts big-name acts and DJs. One for night owls.

    The Atomic Café

    Neuturmstraße 5
    80331 Munich
    Germany
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    This small joint does a great line in live music, plus serves superb cocktails.

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    Munich’s traditional German cuisine, including succulent meats and sausages, is readily available throughout town. But there are plenty of places to eat something completely different.

    Haute cuisine, New York-style cafés and gourmet takes on local classic are yours for the taking.

    Weißes Bräuhaus

    Tal 7
    80331 Munich
    Germany
    Tel. +49 89 2901380
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    Traditional tavern culture is celebrated here in the headquarters of the Schneider brewery dynasty, where tripe, lung and bull testicles are washed down with oodles of beer. Loud and lusty, just like in the old days.

    Theresa Grill Restaurant

    Theresienstrasse 29
    80333 Munich
    Germany
    Tel. +49 89 28803301
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    A sizzling marbled rib-eye or a prime rib from the beechwood barbecue? The Theresa is arguably the best steakhouse in town. There’s also has a skittle alley in the basement that can be rented for parties.

    No Mi Ya

    Wörthstraße 7
    81667 Munich
    Germany
    Tel. +49 89 4 48 40 95
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    Sushi and skewers with plum wine or a cloudy pale ale from an earthenware tankard: This Japanese-Bavarian watering hole in Haidhausen is always bursting at the seams.

    Last Supper

    Karlsstraße 10
    80333 Munich
    Germany
    Tel. +49 89 288 088 09
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    Even after relocating to Karlstraße, the Last Supper remains living proof that punk rock and culinary delights, tattooed waiters and a cozy rustic setting make an excellent match.

    Käfer-Schänke

    Prinzregentenstraße 73
    81675 Munich
    Germany
    Tel. +49 89 416 82 47
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    Tourists, locals, celebrities – this place attracts people from all walks of life. The food is excellent, the atmosphere convivially Bavarian.

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    Pub Crawl Munich

    Every Saturday
    Website

    Venue: Pub Crawl Munich

    For an evening of fun and admittance to four different pubs and clubs, look into Pub Crawl in Munich. Meet new people and let loose as you’re led through the city by guides to the different local locations.

    Open Art

    12 – 14 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various galleries in Munich.

    For one weekend in September, the 65 galleries of contemporary art in Munich join forces to open the new season with Open Art. The galleries and their exhibitions, located across the city, can be visited throughout the weekend. A party is held on the Saturday evening.

    Oktoberfest

    20 September – 5 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Theresienwiese.

    The world’s biggest and most famous beer festival, accompanied by the world’s largest fair, for better or worse, the Oktoberfest is the very reason that literally millions of visitors actually come to Munich each year. It all began as a royal wedding celebration in 1810. Over two centuries later, the revelry is on an epic scale that has to be seen to be believed. Bear in mind that flight tickets and accommodation for Munich virtually evaporate during this period.

    Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market)

    27 November – 24 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Marienplatz.

    Munich’s Christmas Market is a great place to soak up the festive spirit and buy Christmas gifts. There are also plenty of stalls offering traditional Bavarian culinary delights, including baked apples, roasted almonds and pepper nuts. Particular regional specialities include Lebkuchen, Springerle (aniseed-flavoured biscuits), Fruechtebrot (loaves containing dried fruit), Schmalzgebaeck (deep-fried cakes), hot chestnuts and figurines made from plums. When the shopping gets too much, head to one of the drinks tents for a warming glass of glühwein (hot mulled wine).

    Fasching (Munich Carnival)

    15 – 17 February 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues across Munich.

    A fortnight of revelry marks Munich’s pre-Lenten carnival season, characterised by street parades and fancy dress balls. One of the biggest events is Mad Munich (‘Munchen Harrisch’) on the last Sunday before Shrove Tuesday. During the celebrations, thousands of dancers and revellers in fancy dress make their way through the streets to Marienplatz where there are several stages as well as numerous food and drink stalls.

    Die Lange Nacht der Musik

    9 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Over 400 musical performances ranging from classical and jazz to rock, pop and folk all on one evening – ‘The Long Night of Music’. Stages are set up all over Munich in venues ranging from bars and restaurants to concert halls and churches. If music be the food of love, then this annual evening is an orgy!

    Opernfestspiele

    24 June – 31 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Nationaltheater.

    When the summer evenings are at their longest, the Bavarian State Opera takes the opportunity to stage its spectacular ‘Opera for All’. Held outside against the stunning backdrop of their home at the Nationaltheater in Franz-Joseph-Platz, this celebrated opera festival marks the climax of Munich’s theatre season and draws the world’s top performers and conductors. It is all the more special for also being Europe’s oldest music festival.

    Filmfest München

    26 June – 4 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Gasteig and various cinemas.

    Munich’s International Film Festival has been running for a quarter of a century, celebrating cinema as an art form. It’s one of Germany’s biggest, and although it’s a heavy-weight industry event, members of the public are strongly encouraged to attend screenings of the nearly 50 new films that are shown here each year.

    Tollwood Sommerfestival

    25 June – 19 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Olympiapark Süd.

    Held in the fantastic environment of Munich’s Olympic Park, the annual Tollwood Summer Festival is a mellow open-air celebration of rock and pop music, cabaret, street performance and theatre. Taking place over 26 days, this is an event that always proves itself an equal draw for music and culture enthusiasts, grown-ups, teenagers and kids alike.

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    Munich’s hotel scene offers an excellent selection of business-style accommodation, with a plentiful array of locally run guesthouses for those keeping an eye on their budget.

    those keeping an eye on their budget. For those after a more luxurious pad, the city centre has a few choice spots for pampering.

    Bayerischer Hof

    Promenadeplatz 2-6
    80333 Munich
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Quite simply, this beautiful spot has it all. Gorgeously furnished rooms and six bars to choose from.

    Hotel Königshof

    Karlsplatz 25
    80335 Munich
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    The clue’s in the name. Swanky rooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant make this one of Munich’s best.

    Motel One Deutsches Museum

    Rablstraße 2
    81669 Munich
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Amazing rates belie a hotel that offers rooms and service you’d usually find in far pricier joints.

    H'Otello H’09

    Hohenzollernstraße 9
    80801 Munich
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Sleek modern rooms, with top-floor suites offering access to a stunning roof terrace.

    Hotel Deutsches Theater Garni

    Landwehrstraße 18
    80336 Munich
    Germany
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    Category: Cheap

    This art nouveau-style bed and breakfast is perfect for those after a cheap stay in the heart of the action.

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    Climate and best time to visit Munich

    Munich buzzes most during Oktoberfest, the annual beer festival held at the end of September. Huge crowds flock to the city to drink beer, eat sausages and sing heartily, starting as early as 8am. The more manageable Starkbierzeit spring beer festival is a good bet if you want to have a few jars without the heaving crowds, with hotel rooms easier to come by. Temperatures plummet in the depths of winter, while high summer can become unbearably hot and sticky. Thankfully, the vast Englischergarten and Bad Georgenschwaige provide the perfect way to cool off when things become a tad too sultry.

    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the high summer months. Unpredictability, then, is a major factor. The average January daytime temperature is 3°C (38°F) and in July is 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital sits at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend significant periods of time outdoors. However, the spring and autumn shoulder seasons also hold real attraction for those who want the promise of decent(ish) weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness "slow" periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when large trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +49

    Telephone

    Local and international calls can be made from phone boxes in towns and cities. These usually accept both coins and pre-paid cards (available at post offices and other outlets). In larger cities, you’ll often be able to make international calls from internet cafes too.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving. If you’re going to be in Germany for a long period of time, consider obtaining a local SIM card.

    Internet

    Internet is readily available; there are many Internet cafes all over the country. Large Internet access centres exist in most main cities. Most hotels also provide facilities, either included in the room rate or charged separately.

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    Shopping in Munich
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    Key Areas

    Munich’s city centre buzzes with small shopping streets. The alleyways and main roads off of Marienplatz play home to major global stores and chains. Schwabing is worth heading to if you’re after cool clobber and smart accessories but money is tight. Glockenbachviertel is also an excellent bet for off-kilter boutiques.

    Markets

    Markets are everywhere in Munich. Viktualienmarkt is the place to head to fill up on farmers’ market goodies and tasty lunchtime snacks, as is Schwabing’s Elisabethmarkt. The Saturday Riem flea market is worth trawling, even if you’re not buying. Cool bric-a-brac and great souvenirs can be found on most stalls.

    Shopping Centres

    Funf Hofe is the must-see mall in Munich. It’s a modern masterpiece, home to some of the city’s finest high-end clothes stores, as well as places selling beautiful furniture, art and books. Raritäten & Sammlungsobjekte is a trendy alternative.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting such as “guten tag”

    (or “grüss gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theatre, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified and on public transport and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German produce as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being fatty). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally draws the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, ensure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August, it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe a brolly too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travellers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of too much alcohol consumption. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beer’s ABV levels can be 6 or 7%, so should be treated with respect.

    Flight and accommodation

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