U.S. Guide to Oktoberfest in Munich

Munich’s famous Oktoberfest takes place for the 179th time and the U.S. Consulate General Munich has compiled some useful information in case of an emergency.

To get a better view of this guide, visit U.S. Consulate General on Facebook.

Cold and Homeless around Frankfurt

With temperatures supposedly dropping to an all-time low in the coming days, the homeless are the ones who suffer most. Temps can get as low as – 25°C ( -13 F).

If you are in Frankfurt or the surrounding area… if you see any homeless without a warm place to sleep, please call the Kältebus (an organization to pick up homeless during very cold periods) at 069 – 43 14 14.

While I’m at it, here is the number for the Kältebus in Hamburg: 040 – 40 17 82 15; In Berlin, call 0178 – 52 35 838


Winter can be deadly

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Edited on 3 Feb 2012:

Kältebusse 2012

Czech Autobahn Pirates

In the May 2011 issue, the ADAC alerted its readers to the issue of Autobahnpiraten (highway pirates) driving along the Czech highway scouting for cars with German license plates.

This is how they operate – they follow the car along the highway, then ask the driver to pull over.

They might beg for money or try to sell fake jewelry. If the driver is not willing to give money or buy, then in some cases, the wallet will be taken by force.

Alert: Do not stop and/or call  112 for help.

Emergency Dental Service in Hessen

Just discovered this notice in our Oberursel paper, published 9 June 2011:

– Starting 1 June 2011 –

If you need emergency dental care, then contact the Notfallvertretungsdienst for Hessen at 01805 – 60 70 11.

You no longer have to go through your dentist to find out what on-call dentist is available in an emergency.

Calling this number will give you the nearest dental emergency clinic operating in your area.

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