- Never in my life have I received this many compliments on my bike. It’s just a regular black grandma-bike which everyone has in the Netherlands, but apparently it’s quite a special one here.
- In Amsterdam I was definitely not one of the fastest cyclists, and people would take over all the time. But here it feels like I’m going at the speed of light compared to the others. Dutch people on bikes always seem to be in a rush!
- If you’re cycling in the opposite direction a taxi driver will stop and start shouting at you. And I've heard that you can’t listen to music in both ears and you can’t walk next to (!!) your bike when you’ve had one drink too much. I know the rules are the rules but some of them are truly strange (considering public full-on nudity and drinking in public is allowed). I must say I have slightly adapted to these rules since living here (= looking around extra carefully if there’s police around and continue cycling if the coast is clear).
- Bikes are crazy expensive in Munich, which explains why most people use old or second hand bikes. For the price of my Dutch bike, you could only buy a second hand bike here.
- Going out at night for dinner or drinks + biking is considered a little odd. When I tell people I biked to the restaurant or I will bike to the bar they’re almost shocked. Maybe it’s a little too Dutch for Munich? ;)
- Like I said in my first post, cycling in Munich is really safe due to the many cycling paths. Very relaxed!
- Bikes don’t get stolen very often in Munich. In Belgium and especially Amsterdam, not double-locking your bike to a pole, lantern or bridge guarantees that it will be stolen, no matter what. In Munich, I can pretty much leave my bike anywhere with a single lock and the chances are slim that it will be stolen *knocking on wood*. I even left my keys on my bike several times because I forgot them. Anywhere else, that would be an open invite “Please steal my bike”
Are any of you cyclists? Have you noticed a big difference in different cities? I’m so happy that Munich is a safe city to bike, in London I wouldn’t even dream of using my bike every day. I think if I would move back to a city where biking isn’t as safe, I would be a little sad. My bike is really one of the most useful things I brought to Munich!