No go areas in Munich?

NO-GO AREAS IN MUNICH?

Are there areas or certain districts in Munich to avoid as a tourist from abroad? Munich is very popular with tourists. All the more it is understandable that many of them ask questions like: Are there any no-go areas or districts in Munich I should avoid as a tourist? Especially during the Soccer World Championship in 2006 this issue spread in the entire USA in particular and is again an issue due to the media.

What is a no-go area?

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This term comes from the military vocabulary meaning a restricted, unsafe zone. In tourism language „no go areas“ are zones that shouldn’t be visited by tourists because of a lack of knowledge about the location and the bad social situation or crime rates there.

Are there no-go areas in Munich?

Like every bigger city, Munich has some districts with more or less critical social issues. It would be an exaggeration to say that there are no-go areas in Munich! As a tourist, you can walk everywhere in the city without having to fear getting into trouble. Even in districts which are not considered „the better ones“ you can walk around without any problems. But this depends on your personal definition of a “threatening” or “dangerous” place. If you feel uncomfortable passing by an angry-looking bouncer in front of a table-dance-bar or seeing a beggar in the street, you will have another feeling about “secure places” as somebody who doesn’t care about that.

Like in every bigger city in the world you can become a victim of theft and lose your travel money. Places, where masses of people or tourists are, may also attract pickpockets. So you should take some basic precautions and not leave your backpack, handbags, camera, mobile phone, wallet, etc. open and unattended. Especially where many people are or at festivals like Oktoberfest or the Christmas markets you should pay more attention to your belongings.

To make things short: In Munich, there are no “no-go areas”! As a tourist take the basic precautions like everywhere, especially where masses of people meet such as tourist places or festivals (Oktoberfest, Christmas market).

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But are there areas in Munich with higher crime rates or more social problems?

Sure there are such districts also in Munich. When you ask locals which district or quarter to avoid, they will come up with districts like „Hasenbergl“, „Neuperlach“ or „Am Hart“. Some of these quarters had social problems and a high unemployment rate, especially in the late 1980s and early 1990s but things have changed.

Today these districts or quarters still show statistically lower income, higher crime rates, and some social problems, but you can’t compare Munich to other cities in the world concerning „bad districts“. Even the considered „worst district“ in Munich would still be an average district in some US-Cities. Everything depends on the definition of „bad district“. When you grow up in a city where there are quarters where even the police avoid showing up at night, you will definitely agree this quarter is a bad one. But coming to Munich with this mindset, you will never find a bad neighborhood and even the district with the lowest income and highest social issues will look like a fine place to stay.

But what to expect in districts considered as „bad“ in Munich?

Actually not much. As a tourist, you will hardly find your way to such districts as these districts do not have any tourist attractions. Most of them are residential areas or a mix of residential and industrial areas. Sometimes you will find hotels there, but as mentioned above, you can still walk in the streets at night in such districts.

Neighbourhood-o-meter map of Munich

A trip to US cities like Miami and New York gave me the inspiration to create a map for you showing the good and the less good areas of Munich. As a traveler finding such maps online for the cities I visited, I found it very useful as I already had an idea where to go and where my hotel should be located. I then could look up the neighboring area and decide where to be extra careful when walking around. For Munich, such a thing doesn’t exist – until now. I’m working on it and the map will be released here soon. The map will have the following features:

  • Map layer with easy to recognize colors (from green = very good neighborhood to red = least good neighborhood)
  • Markers showing hotspots where to be attentive (because also in a very good area there can be a corner where you should keep an eye on your belongings)
  • Markers of hotels, where tourists from abroad often check-in

Stay healthy: Ticks in Munich and Bavaria

The Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham)

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Adress: Landsberger Str. 270, 80687 Munich, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0) 89 558 983 70

Nearby Airports:

  • Munich International (MUC) – 40 km / 25 mi (ca. 30-45 min by car, 45-55 min by public transport)
  • Memmingen Airport (FMM) (aka Munich West) – 108 km / 67 mi (ca. 1 hour by car, 2 hrs. by public transport)

The Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham) is one of two Super 8 hotels in Munich. The hotel is not located in the inner city, but has  a very good connection to the city centre as well as to Munich International airport, as the urban rail station is around the corner. The hotel has double rooms, a rather small lounge with a coffeshop and a quite huge breakfast room. The Super 8 is located in Munich’s west, a mostly residential district. It’s clear this hotel is made for business travellers and travellers on a budget.

There are only double rooms available, which can be also used for single occupancy. The hotel is mid sized compared to the number of rooms. All rooms feature en suite baths with a shower, a hairdryer, and bath amenities (bulk).

The Super 8 Munich West Hotel doesn’t feature a full restaurant, but there is a small coffeeshop in the lobby, where you can order a beverage and a snack. Ideal for business travellers to meet after a day full of work and have a drink before going to bed.

 

The Super 8 Munich West is a well rated business/mid-range hotel. It gets good ratings in the different portals:

  • Trivago: 8.3 out of 10.0 (Very Good)
  • Tripadvisor: 4.0 out of 5.0 (Very Good)
  • Hotelscombined: 7.8 out of 10.0 (Good)

What people like:

  • The close proximity to the urban rail station Laim (good connections to the city centre and Munich International Airport)
  • The breakfast
  • The cleanliness of the rooms and the good work of the housekeeping staff

What people dislike:

  • the loud and sometimes crowded breakfast room
  • visitors sometimes indicate that the reception staff is not always 100% polite and courteous
  • The lack of parking possibilities (on-street metered parking; too few parking spots available)

What to know:

  • The Super 8 Munich West doesn’t have a full restaurant. But you can order drinks and snacks at the lobby coffeeshop/bar.
  • The district around the hotel is a residential district so there are not as many possibilities to go out dining around the hotel as you would get at a more centrally located hotel.
  • Bar/coffeeshop
  • Restaurant
  • 24/7 reception
  • Free WiFi in rooms and lobby
  • Breakfast available (ca. 9 EUR / 10 USD per person and day)
  • Bath amenities
  • Iron/Board
  • In-room safe
  • Free coffee/tea
  • Air conditioning & heating
  • Cable/Satellite TV

Laim district:

Laim is located in the western part of the city and mainly a residential district. Additionally there are some industrial/commercial areas (mainly car garages, car dealers) along Landsberger Street. This street (also named Bundesstraße 2 – Federal Road No. 2) is a major road for commuters. So expect lot’s of rush hour traffic during weekdays.

Dining out:

restaurants and bars are available but limited. Most of the restaurants and bars can be found in Fürstenrieder Street.

The best options for dining out in walking distance to the Super 8 Munich West are a steakhouse (Asado), an Italian restaurant (Il Cortile), a Greek restaurant (Tou Bakali), and a Chinese restaurant (Hakeyo House).
Fast food options are also avilable. Within walking distance you will find Mc Donalds, Döner Kebab (Beste Döner) and a bit further a Subway.
Coffeshops: There is a coffeeshop (San Francisco Coffee Company – SFCC) ca. 350 metres / 380 yards from the hotel.

Supermarkets:

There are supermarkets within walking distance. You will find a REWE (normal supermarket) and an ALDI (discount supermarket) ca. 700 metres / 770 yards from the hotel near the commuter station.

Is the area safe?

Yes, the area and quarter around the Super 8 Munich West is generally a safe area. Yet its is not a prosperous quarter with wealthy inhabitants. Further uptown Landsberger Street (approx. 700 metres / 770 yards) there is a brothel and a nightclub/table dance club. This area might not be suitable for children and families during the nighttime.

The Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham) is a good business/mid-range hotel. As it is located in Munich’s Laim district you can expect lower prices than for hotels in the inner city of Munich. Prices per double room start at ca. 55 USD per night in the low season and can reach approx. 150 USD in the high season. Of course there are some dates thoughout the year where Munich hotels are nearly fully booked (e.g. trade fairs). Prices can then rise to ca. 220 USD per room and night for the Super 8, too.

You can book directly via the official website:

Getting to the Super 8 Munich West is really easy. You can get there

  • By public transport
    The urban rail (S-Bahn) station “Laim” is literally just around the corner. From there you have direct connections to the Main Station and City Centre (Lines S1, S2, S4, S6, S7 and S8) and Munich International Airport (Lines S1 and S8)
  • By taxi/limousine service
    Choose your favourite transport service and the driver will bring you to the hotel.
  • By (rental) car
    The hotel is quite easy to reach. Be aware that the parking situation is quite bad. Only on-street-parking (metered), but often you won’t find any free space.

I had the opportunity to fully test a standard double room with breakfast. To see if I would recommend this hotel read my full review about the Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham).

Stay Healthy: Typical Travel Illnesses – Common Cold

Stay healthy: Typical travel illnesses - Common Cold

As Munich is in the heart of Western Europe, you don’t have to fear diseases like you’re going to Africa or the Amazonas. You don’t need specific vaccinations or such things. But of course also in Munich you can catch a cold, get a headache or may encounter insect bites which may give you a hard time when you have an allergy. So here I want to explain what you can encounter as traveller in Munich.

Common Cold

Colds are probably the most common travel sickness that a tourist can get. Colds are infections of the body and primarily the nose, caused by viruses or bacteria that can cause the symptoms known to everyone, such as coughing, stuffy nose, fatigue, headaches, sore throat, hoarseness and fever.

Usually a cold begins with fatigue, a sore throat, sometimes headache, followed by a couple of days with a runny nose, cough and a feeling of being chilled or even fever.

Duration

Usually a common cold lasts up to ten days with a peak on day two and three after the first symptoms. Unfortunately, a cold can last up to three weeks. So when you’re planning a trip to Munich, and only have one or two weeks you shuld try to avoid a cold at all costs to enjoy your trip.

Risk of catching a cold in Munich during the Year

January
Very high risk
February
Very high risk (esp. carnival)
March
High risk
April
Medium risk
May
low risk
June
low risk
July
low risk
August
low risk
September
High risk (esp. Oktoberfest)
October
Medium risk
November
High risk
December
Very high risk (esp. Christmas Markets)

How to Avoid

As it is quite easy to catch a cold especially during the winter season, as a traveller you should avoid large crowds like festivals (Oktoberfest, Christmas Markets, packed public transport) or flights. Where lot’s of people come toghether, you are usually exposed to viruses and bacteria.
But as a tourist, you somehow come for such events and you can’t sometimes avoid a flight.

To be honest you can’t really avoid a common cold. But you can try to boost your immune system. Additionally you can take some precautions to minimize the
chance of getting a cold.
Here are my five tips for avoiding a cold when on route to Munich:

1. Two weeks before your flight or departure to Munich, begin to eat helathy. Lots of vegetables, less fast food and less sweets.
2. Additionally get some vitamins from your local pharmacy. Also supermarkets sell immune booster products.
3. Fly long-haul like a pro: Have a scarf, thick socks, an additional jacket, and long trousers with you or in your hand luggage.
Trust me, no matter how hot it is in Munich or at your home destination. After four hours at 18 C /64 F you will feel chilled. The chance to catch a cold is now very high.
4. Avoid ice cold beverages three days before and three days after your journey to Munich.
5. Wash your hands regularly. Also have hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly.

What to do against a cold

It is best to avoid activities that are strenuous for the body. In any case, sports, strenuous walks and unfavourable weather conditions (rain, snowfall) should be avoided.

What to do if you have a cold:

– Avoid cold drinks and drink many warm drinks (especially teas).
– Get additional vitamin boosts. Vitamin C is very important for colds.
– Pack a travel-first-aid kit with cold medications.
– Take cold medication. If you don’t know what to take, contact a pharmacy.