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CultureShock! 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 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Dedication
  8. Map of Germany
  9. Map of Munich
  10. Munich Subway Map
  11. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. Munich at First Glance
  12. Chapter 2: Overview of Land and History
    1. Birth of Munich
    2. The Wittelsbach Dynasty
    3. Flourishing Arts and Culture
    4. A New Era for Munich
    5. Hitler’s Munich
    6. Post-World War II
    7. Rebirth of Munich
    8. Centre of Technology
    9. Snapshots of Residential Munich
  13. Chapter 3: People of Munich
    1. Common Perceptions
    2. Fashion
    3. Bavarian Society
  14. Chapter 4: Socialising with Locals
    1. Making Friends
    2. Women’s Clubs
    3. Be a Volunteer
    4. Help Lines
    5. Beer Gardens—The Social Equalisers
    6. Foreign Communities
    7. Gay and Proud
    8. Cycle of Life
  15. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. Munich, An International City
    2. A Safe City
    3. Honesty is the Best Policy
    4. Temporary Accommodation
    5. Advantages of Renting
    6. House Rules
    7. Legal Requirements
    8. Relocating Pets
    9. Setting Priorities
    10. The Search Ends
    11. Letting Agents
    12. Relocation Agencies
    13. Settling In
    14. Waste Recycling
    15. Services
    16. Public Phone Booths
    17. Dealing with Landlords
    18. Buying a Place of Your Own
    19. Council Charges
    20. Car Parking
    21. Shops and Services
    22. Publications
    23. Newspapers
    24. Television
    25. Radio
    26. Internet
    27. Videos and Dvds
    28. Post office
    29. Travelling by Rail
    30. Buses, Trams and Taxis
    31. Lost Property
    32. Biking in Munich
    33. Car Travel
    34. Car Sharing
    35. The Roads Around Munich
    36. Road Signs
    37. Banking
    38. Medical Care
    39. German School System
    40. International Schools
    41. Libraries
    42. Entertaining Children
    43. Shopping, Munich Style
    44. Secondhand Shops
    45. Refunds
    46. Antiquitäten
    47. Religions in Munich
  16. Chapter 6: Food and Entertainment
    1. Food and Drink
    2. Bavarian Cuisine
    3. Restaurants and Cafés
    4. Bars
    5. Beer Gardens
  17. Chapter 7: Enjoying the Bavarian Culture
    1. Vacation Spots Nearby
    2. Munich’s Cultural Heritage
    3. Musical Legacy
    4. World-Class Theatres
    5. Marching to the Brass Bands
    6. Museums
    7. Art Galleries
    8. Cinemas
    9. Partying through the Night
    10. Parks and Wildlife
    11. Celebrating Nature
    12. Olympiapark
    13. Sports for Everyone
    14. Festivals and Celebrations
  18. Chapter 8: Learning the Language
    1. Learning the Language
    2. Trying to be a Local
  19. Chapter 9: Off to Work
    1. Work Permits
    2. Job Hunting
    3. Taxation
    4. Insurance
    5. Labour Rights
    6. Child Benefits
    7. Trade Unions
    8. Chamber of Trade and Industry—IHK
    9. Corporate Cultures
  20. Chapter 10: Fast Facts About Munich
    1. Famous People
  21. Culture Quiz
  22. Do’s and Don’ts
  23. Glossary
  24. Resource Guide
  25. Further Reading
  26. About the Author
  27. Index