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Alternative christmas markets in the midst of high terror alert

Alternative christmas markets in the midst of high terror alert

Nov 23rd, 2010, 08:23 AM
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I'm thinking, Appointment in Samarra.
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Nov 23rd, 2010, 08:42 AM
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Instead of replacing one "big and famous" Christmas market in one city for another, you should give the smaller towns a try.
The markets are not so crowded, and the small towns can be more pretty and "authentic".
In the Frankfurt area, for example, Michelstadt. A picture perfect little town (which does not even have an English-language website). The Christmas market starts Nov 26.
If you do a picture search with Google you get an idea what it looks like
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Nov 23rd, 2010, 09:07 AM
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The OP is certainly entitled to change their plans if they want - but the airport is probably the place at most risk.

Also - not sure where they're fom - but NYC has been on permanent orange alert ever since 9/11 - and our sidewalks are overflowing with tourists of all types. (And yes you will see armed soldiers at all airports and major bus and train stations.)
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Nov 23rd, 2010, 12:10 PM
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As mentioned, it is the airports and train stations that would be your fear, more than the Christmas Markets themselves.
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Nov 23rd, 2010, 12:17 PM
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Oh my god, I'm soooo scared, we're all going to die.
The world is coming to an end.

Heeeeeellllllpppp. Treerrrrooooorr all over the place.

Just stay in bed, that's the safest place, unlesssss....

I like it.
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Nov 23rd, 2010, 12:28 PM
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I recall a Simpson episode where the alien terrorists threaten to "kill all of your leaders" in Washington. Anybody know where I can find that on youtube?
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Nov 24th, 2010, 01:30 PM
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There was a high terrorists alert when we flew to Munich 2 years ago, it was in the papers and on the State Department's web site, but we still went. Also flying back several years ago from Italy, thru Germany, we went thru 5 security checks and they patted down the WHOLE PLANE before we would get on.

logos999, if OP is having real concerns, why bother with your remarks
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Nov 24th, 2010, 03:24 PM
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Logos, you sound like an imbecile loser who needs to grow up and learn basic polite courtesy.  
I can empathize if your life is so pathetic that you can't help acting so immature and negative on this travel forum. Your online bullying merely shows what a miserable character you are in real life.

Thanks to other posters who provided useful suggestions. We had the unfortunate experience of traveling through a place where a terrorist attack occurred and we had to struggle to get out of there. Once you've been caught in such a situation, you'd understand that it doesn't take much to turn any great destination into hell. Needles to say we want to minimize our chance of having to go through it ever again, which does make us overly cautious. No travel destination is worth the risk of ignoring confirmed terrorist threats unless we have to live and work there.
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Nov 25th, 2010, 02:35 PM
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You too will die one day, that's a fact, face it. Those cops at the central station have nice big MPs, they will protect everybody from evil, so be happy.

As mentioned your best option is to stay in bed.
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Nov 30th, 2010, 07:02 AM
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Having just flown to Germany on the 19th and returned on the 29th, I would like to address this. Although I agree with the comments that you can't let these things run your life, there is no need to make obnoxious comments to the OP. This was definitely a much more precise terror alert than many and worth at least considering.

In October the US had a general warning for France/Germany/UK. On 11/17, this was changed to Germany ONLY and for airports, train stations and tourist destinations and specifically for the end of Nov. On 11/18 a bomb making device (later determined to be a test device) was pulled of an Air Berlin flight from Namibia to Munich. I left on the 19th.

Several colleague suggested I cancel my trip. As I mentioned, I agree with the comments that one can't let these warnings run your life and I can't imagine cancelling a trip at the last moment BUT I have to admit that it did cast a pall over my excitement for my trip. Given that I was going for the entire end of Nov (minus the 30th) and would be in airports, train stations and tourist sites particularly Christmas markets, it was a big sobering.

People on the plane were discussing it as well - hard not to when it's in the German and English language newspapers they are handing out!

But once I got there I promptly forgot all about it other than when I saw lots of heavily armed police in the train stations. On the plane ride back yesterday I read that the alert was now confined to the Reichstag and that it has now been closed to tourists.
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Nov 30th, 2010, 07:28 PM
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But a more precise terror "alert" not threat still does not change the fact that you are at great risk of body injury when driving to and from your airport. It needs to be put in perspective. Even a greater alert, higher threat does not increase the risk that you will be injured. You chances are still one in several million. Not so when driving to the airport.
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Nov 30th, 2010, 10:24 PM
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Yeah, someone should open a thread "The top 100 ways of passing away".
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