Health & safety
During Oktoberfest crime and staggering drunks are major problems, especially at the southern end of the Hauptbahnhof. It’s no joke: drunk people in a crowd trying to get home can get violent, and there are dozens of assault cases every year. Leave early or stay very cautious, if not sober, yourself.
The Föhn (pronounced ‘foon’) is a weather-related annoyance peculiar to southern Germany. Static-charged wind from the south brings exquisite views clear to the Alps and an area of dense pressure that sits on the city. Visiting filmmaker Ingmar Bergman wrote that the Föhn makes ‘nice dogs bite, and cats spew lightning’. Müncheners claim that it simply makes them cranky.
The US and UK consulates can provide lists of English-speaking doctors on request. Most pharmacies have employees who speak passable English, but there are several designated as ‘international’, with staff fluent in English.
Ärztlicher Bereitschaftsdienst (01805 191 212; 24hr) Emergency medical service.
Bahnhofs-Apotheke (555 830; Bahnhofsplatz 7)
Ludwigs-Apotheke (260 3021; Neuhauser Strasse 11) English-speaking pharmacy.
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