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I will be traveling to Munich, Germany in November of this year! I am really excited but I would love any books you might recommend that take place in Munich or Bavaria, fiction or not, to get me even more enthused.
I was stationed in Germany for 8 years.(late 80's-09's) I was in the Air Force, and belieive me I traveled a lot, thoughout Germany. To me the train is the best and cheapest way to go, it will take you anywhere. If you do not speak German, no big deal, they love when you muddle through . Just about everyone speaks English maybe not a lot but it will get you through. If your just a tourist and you stay anywhere in a high tourist area, they speak great English. Its a requirment in school now. The people are great you'll love them and you will fill safe, but read up on a lot about Munich. To be honest with you if you are going for the Octoberfest or near there be very very careful. I know its been awhile the last time I was there, but beleive me I've been going to that Country from 1975-1993 and it never changed, maybe more buildings but thats about all. OH, Germans love to walk everywhere or take the train. If you go into france at all, remember a lot of them do not like us.
I love Germany and would go to live there if I could.
You will have a great time
Enjoy, wish It were me
We lived over there for 31/2 years back in 73-77. (Courticy of the United States Army) Walking is their national pastime. Beer, their national beverage,some of the most sincere people in the world. Beautiful country with a rich history,marked with castles, and quant little burgs( towns) they have one of the best rail road systems in the world. (Built by the US after the war) The bigger cities have KFC and Micky D's the rest have charming little guesthouses and resteraunts with menues and atmosphere that are simply out of this world. You must not visit without having a kieserschnietzel and German potatoe salad, or at least a Cordon Blue "German style".
Careful with the beer and wine, the alcolhol content runs from 10 to 30% and unless your in a tourist area it is warm.
We lived for a year in the little town of" Massuenbach", in a little Schloss( small castle) owned by the baron in a town named after him.
Ahhh, Baveria. . . Black forest clocks, streams so clear you can count the stones in the bottom, cobble stone streets beautiful old arctitecture. The air cool and crisp but as others have said though temps rarely get below the 0 degrees celcious it seems to go right to the bones.
If you have an adiction for viena sausages, Reese cups, Twinkies, Ho Ho's, Pizza and the such best take them with you as they are practicly impossible to get there. Says my grandson who has lived there for some 6 years now.
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