Subject: Safety for single female, Munich and Berlin train station areas
Hello Ziners,

I just purchased my Germany Flexipass from Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door! (Rick is my idol.) When making this purchase, I was allowed three travel questions. One of my questions was what areas in Munich and Berlin a single female in her mid-40s should avoid at night, if any. The response I received, from a woman, was the areas around the train stations in both places.

Well, I have my reservations all set for lodging, and in both Munich and Berlin I am staying near the main train station. Ironically, my reservations are both at hotels/pensions which were recommended in Rick Steves' guidebook.

I am wondering if any of you have experience in staying near the train stations in either of these cities, and if so, what was your experience like in regard to safety? I really don't want to have to return to my hotel room to avoid the dark! I was hoping to enjoy a bit of the nightlife, such as visiting the Hofbrauhaus in Munich and walking up the Reichstag in the evening and maybe even going to a jazz club near Savignyplatz in Berlin. Do I need to change my

lodging reservations to a different location? I hope not. I thought I had a pretty good plan made for convenience in terms of transportation and ease of getting to a variety of activities.

I use a money pouch under my slacks for large bills, credit cards, passport, etc., and carry only a little cash within easy reach.

However, I am usually carrying a 35mm camera, which does attract some attention and spells t-o-u-r-i-s-t, but it is always on a strap around my neck. Maybe I need to dump the camera before dark, although I really don't want to?

I'll be looking forward to reading about your experiences, especially those of single women in these cities at night. Thanks.

Sincerely, majeba (Barbara) Rawlins, WY (where winter continues)