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Airfare to Munich from $546 Round Trip

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

What a great opportunity to find discount airfare to Germany.

Purchase your tickets by November 30 and grab a flight to Munich for as little as $273 each way. Travel is valid this winter, from November 30 through March 31 (with the exception of some holiday blackout dates. During the holidays, don’t miss Munich’s popular Christmas market, Christkindlmarkt.

For more information and reservations, please visit the Lufthansa Web site.

Sample Fares
Departure Destination Fares
Atlanta Munich $327 OW
Boston Munich $317 OW
Charlotte Munich $287 OW
Chicago Munich $305 OW
Dallas Munich $319 OW
Denver Munich $327 OW
Detroit Munich $341 OW
Houston Munich $323 OW
Los Angeles Munich $343 OW
Miami Munich $290 OW
New York Munich $273 OW
Orlando Munich $323 OW
Philadelphia Munich $277 OW
San Francisco Munich $352 OW
Seattle Munich $352 OW
Washington D.C. Munich $285 OW

Travel Dates: November 30, 2010 through March 31, 2011.

Advance Purchase Requirements: A 14-day advance purchase is required.

Expiration: 11-30-10

Minimum/Maximum Stay: Maximum stay is one month.

Blackout Dates: December 16 through 23, 2010; and January 1 through 9, 2011.

Additional Fees: Fares do not include applicable fees, taxes and airport charges up to $245, including the September 11 security fee of a maximum of $10 per roundtrip. Additional baggage fees may apply. Additional fees may apply.

Further Restrictions: Fares are subject to change without notice. Seats are limited and may not be available on all days or flights. Tickets are nonrefundable. Further restrictions may apply.

Biking the Iron Curtain Trail

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

THE first thing that struck us was the distance between the watchtowers. We had just cycled a strenuous mile uphill above the medieval village of Geisa, along the Iron Curtain Trail that follows the old Warsaw Pact-NATO divide in central Germany. Now, in the tranquillity of the early evening, we emerged at the top of the hill onto a verdant field adorned with European Union and German flags — and two sinister-looking structures that faced off against each other no more than 70 yards apart.

Between them stood a remnant of the original Iron Curtain fence: its concrete support posts had once been fortified with antipersonnel fragmentation mines loaded with an explosive charge of 110 grams of TNT and 80 metal splinters that could be propelled 30 yards in all directions. A German shepherd molded from concrete and painted in shades of brown and black, a classic piece of cold war kitsch, was tethered by a metal chain to a tree.

But it was the towers that demanded attention: the East German relic, erected in the early 1970s, was an ugly white column about 40 feet high, topped by an observation slot and a bristling array of listening equipment. The American installation, dominated by an open-air deck, looked like a combination military post and lifeguard station — “Seven Days in May” meets “Baywatch.”

From 1953 until 1989, these watchtowers straddled the most dangerous border in the world. American troops from the 14th and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiments stared down East German soldiers just across the divide from their base, Point Alpha, waiting for the ground attack that would

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