Munich - News
There are four daily newspapers in Munich: the TZ, the Abendzeitung, the Bild and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The first three are of the tabloid variety, while the Süddeutsche Zeitung is the highbrow newspaper.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung produces various regional copies of itself, so if you live far out on an S-Bahn line, then you won't necessarily get the Munich version of the paper, but a local edition (which is still just as informative and highbrow). The Süddeutsche Zeitung costs 1.40 from Monday to Thursday and 1.60 on Fridays and Saturdays (2205) due to the real estate section on Friday and the Job and Car sections on Saturday. They have lots of sport reporting on Mondays, a TV guide and travel guide on Tuesdays, and they also have a lift-out on Thursdays for things to do on the weekend.
The TZ costs 50 cents from Monday to Friday and 60 cents on Saturdays (2205). On Wednesday and Saturday there is car advertising, and on Thursdays a special lift-out for things to do on the weekend.
The Abendzeitung costs 60 cents on Monday to Friday and 80 cents on Saturday (2005). They have a big rental section on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The Bild costs 50 cents (2005). We have nothing more to say about this paper except it contains a lot of gossip.
Newspapers can be bought from stationers, little boxes on the street or by men who walk around restaurants selling them.
It is also possible to get international newspapers at stationers at the big train stations.
TV news bulletins in Munich generally go for less than half an hour. The main free-to-air stations don't all show their evening news reports together at a fixed time, so no matter what time you get home from work, you can catch up on the news (as long as you can understand German!). Many stations also have an extended midday news program. The earliest evening news report starts at around 5pm and the latest at 9:45pm. There are two exclusive cable news channels: Euronews in German and CNN Europe in English. Euronews bulletins cycle through every half hour with minor changes.
Because Munich is so close to Austria it is possible to pick up some Austrian radio stations as well as Bavarian ones. The advantage of this if you don't yet speak German is that Austria's FM4 is an English language station.
The majority of Munich stations play either classical music or a mixture of soft rock/easy listening music from all decades since the 60s, with news reports that go for three mintues or so every half hour in the mornings, petering out to on the hour in the afternoons, and then no news in the evening. There is also the devoted City News Talk München news station. This cycles through a full news bulletin every 15 minutes.
For international newspapers go to one of the Press und Bücher shops with red and white signage at one of the major train stations. These stock a variety of papers (and specific international editions thereof) from around the world.
British papers include: the Sun, Daily Star, The Times, Daily Mail, the Guardian.
US papers include the Financial Times, USA Today, New York Times and the international edition of the Herald Tribune.
Spanish papers include: El Mundo, El Pais and some dailies from Mallorca.
Italian papers include: La Stampa, il Giornale and Corriere della Sera.
French papers include: Le Figaro and Le Monde.
There is also a large selection of Greek newspapers, some Chinese, Arabic and from several countries in Eastern Europe that use the Cyrillic alphabet. For obvious reasons the names of these papers are not listed!
If you cannot find a hard copy of your favourite newspaper from home, try looking up the online edition. If typing the name of your newspaper and home city or country into google ( www.google.de ) draws a blank, then visit the website: www.onlinenewspapers.com for a comprehensive list of most online newspapers in the world. Remember when you're searching for your newspaper, go to your home country, not Germany. (Unless you're German, of course!)