Culture Shock!: Munich

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CultureShock!, Munich is the must-have guide for anyone who is interested in the real Munich. Packed full of practical information as well as interesting trivia on the colourful customs and workings of this historic city, this book will help make your stay in Munich as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Learn how to choose suitable accommodation, how to get around efficiently and how to assimilate into the local society. Get acquainted with the various festivals and events that are hosted in this city of ...
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Overview

CultureShock!, Munich is the must-have guide for anyone who is interested in the real Munich. Packed full of practical information as well as interesting trivia on the colourful customs and workings of this historic city, this book will help make your stay in Munich as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Learn how to choose suitable accommodation, how to get around efficiently and how to assimilate into the local society. Get acquainted with the various festivals and events that are hosted in this city of castles and museums. Discover the beautiful parks and popular local haunts. Find out what makes the people of Munich tick and how to make new friends in a foreign country and discover the best places to eat and drink. Whatever your wants, needs or interests, CultureShock! Munich has the answer, equipping you with the tools and confidence for a pleasant time in this culturally and historically rich city.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vi
Dedication     vii
Map of Germany     viii
Map of Munich     ix
Munich Subway Map     x
First Impressions     1
Munich at First Glance     2
Overview of Land and History     9
Birth of Munich     10
The Wittelsbach Dynasty     11
Flourishing Arts and Culture     14
A New Era for Munich     17
Hitler's Munich     17
Post-World War II     18
Rebirth of Munich     20
Centre of Technology     20
Snapshots of Residential Munich     22
People of Munich     34
Common Perceptions     35
Fashion     37
Bavarian Society     39
Socialising with Locals     40
Making Friends     41
Women's Clubs     43
Be a Volunteer     44
Help Lines     46
Beer Gardens-The Social Equalisers     47
Foreign Communities     47
Gay and Proud     49
Cycle of Life     49
Setting In-Your New Environment     54
Munich, An International City     55
A Safe City     55
Honesty is the Best Policy     56
Temporary Accommodation     57
Advantages of Renting     64
House Rules     66
Legal Requirements     71
Relocating Pets     72
Setting Priorities     74
The Search Ends     77
Letting Agents     79
Relocation Agencies     79
Settling In     81
Waste Recycling     84
Services     87
Public Phone Booths     90
Dealing with Landlords     91
Buying a Place of Your Own     93
Council Charges     95
Car Packing     95
Shops and Services     97
Publications     97
Newspapers     99
Television     101
Radio     102
Internet     103
Videos and Dvds     105
Post office     105
Travelling by Rail     107
Buses, Trams and Taxis     110
Lost Property     111
Biking in Munich     112
Cat Travel     116
Car Sharing      118
The Roads Around Munich     123
Road Signs     124
Banking     125
Medical Care     129
German School System     136
International Schools     143
Libraries     144
Entertaining Children     146
Shopping, Munich Style     148
Secondhand Shops     159
Refunds     168
Antiquitaten     171
Religions in Munich     172
Food and Entertainment     176
Food and Drink     177
Bavarian Cuisine     179
Restaurants and Cafes     183
Bars     190
Beer Gardens     192
Enjoying the Bavarian Culture     197
Vacation Spots Nearby     198
Munich's Cultural Heritage     198
Musical Legacy     200
World-Class Theatres     201
Marching to the Brass Bands     203
Museums     204
Art Galleries     205
Cinemas     208
Partying through the Night     209
Parks and Wildlife     211
Celebrating Nature     213
Olympiapark     216
Sports for Everyone     219
Festivals and Celebrations     236
Learning the Language     256
Learning the Language     257
Trying to be a Local     261
Off to Work     263
Work Permits     264
Job Hunting     265
Taxation     267
Insurance     269
Labour Rights     270
Child Benefits     271
Trade Unions     272
Chamber of Trade and Industry-IHK     273
Corporate Cultures     273
Fast Facts About Munich     275
Famous People     278
Culture Quiz     282
Do's and Don'ts     290
Glossary     293
Resource Guide     297
Further Reading     304
About the Author     307
Index     308
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