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Any safety issues in Munich?

Old Sep 9th, 2013, 07:31 AM
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Any safety issues in Munich?

My daughter and I will be in Munich a couple of nights and wondering what to
do at night. Is it safe for us to use the public transportation and wander the street of Munich after dark? Any areas to avoid or things to watch out for? We lived in Bavaria in the 70's and never thought about safety but not sure about current situation. Thanks!
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 07:34 AM
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We found it very safe. The only area that looked dodgy were some of the poorer neighborhoods near the main train station. Old town was very safe.
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 07:59 AM
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I've never felt unsafe anywhere in Germany.
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 08:43 AM
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The biggest safety issue that I encountered in Munich was after an evening of beer drinking in the beer garden, while walking back to our hotel (a few blocks), my sandals just would not stay on my feet. They were slides, so no back to keep them secure. It was the weirdest thing - never had a problem with those sandals before, but they just kept sliding off my feet, which made walking very treacherous. I am sure the 2 liters of beer that I consumed over the course of the evening had nothing to do with this strange phenomenon.

In all seriousness though, Munich is a very safe place. Even the dodgy-looking areas around the main train station aren't dangerous - they just don't look especially nice.

If you rent bikes and ride around in central Munich, do be careful in traffic though - there are a lot of bike lanes, but there can be a lot of traffic too, so you have to watch carefully. Riding through the English Garden and other parks on a nice day is absolutely lovely though.
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 08:46 AM
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After dark could mean anything from 5PM onward, depending on time of year. No reason to worry.
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 09:08 AM
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My daughter and I will be in Munich a couple of nights and wondering what to do at night. Is it safe for us to use the public transportation and wander the street of Munich after dark? Any areas to avoid or things to watch out for? We lived in Bavaria in the 70's and never thought about safety but not sure about current situation. Thanks!

Whatever your daughter does to keep safe where she is now is what she should do in Germany and she will be fine.
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 11:05 AM
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You do have to visit the Hofbrauhaus, just to see what it's all about.

On the ground floor, look at the ceilings and the way they slope up for smoke to go. This is where Hitler first stood on the tables and shouted out his beliefs.

The oom-pah band is also worth listening to.

You can have dinner on the second floor, as there is a very large restaurant.

I've been to Munich more than 10 times on business. My trips all lasted more than a week each.
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 12:45 PM
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<and wander the street of Munich after dark?>

disclaimer: I know nothing about safety in German cities.

But as a female solo traveler, I like to know where I'm going after dark and not "wander" around after dark anywhere (which I think can make you appear vulnerable or potentially end up in a less desirable part of town).
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 03:00 PM
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I don't think that it changed much since the 70's. Of course there's some crime but basically it's pretty safe.
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 03:42 PM
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Thanks for all the replies! I know I felt safer when we lived in Germany than a few places I've lived in the States. It's so nice to know things haven't changed.
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 03:44 PM
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November Moon - thanks for the tip about backless sandals. I'm sure it was the shoes. And I can't wait to taste some German beer again - it's the best!
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 05:16 PM
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s long as you are sober and it's not the middle of the night - as in 3 am - you should be fine in any tourist/hotel area.
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