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Sunbathing naked in public parks in Germany

I've learned it's practiced to sunbathe naked in public parks in Germany. But also in some parts of some parks. What are the general legal regulations about naked sunbathing in public parks in ...
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How can I travel to Germany with my dog?

I will be traveling to Germany (from the USA) in a few months and hope to bring my dog, a 10 lb Chihuahua-mix. I would like to do this with a minimum of difficulty, so I am hoping to hear the ...
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How fast may you drive on the Autobahn?

As every American teenager "knows" there is no speed limit on the Autobahn. My understanding, however, is that there is still such a thing as excessive speed even on this free-for-all. So, ignoring ...
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Is wild camping possible in Germany? Where?

Is it possible to do wild camping in Germany? Are there specific zones for that? If yes, can someone recommend a few, preferably with nice trails to walk. The idea is to go into nature.
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Cheap bus lines in Germany, something like Orangeways?

Are there any cheap bus lines inside Germany? Something like Orangeways? I've checked Deutsche Bahn cost for transport from Berlin to München and I was shocked with the price about 100 Euro. By ...
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Why does Google suggest roundabout routes in Berlin?

Have a look at this way to get from point A to point B as proposed by google maps: http://goo.gl/JuV4K Why does it use S5 and S1 and then some walking instead of using U1? Won't using U1 be faster ...
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Are there any issues with using credit cards in Germany?

On my last trip to Germany my credit cards (chip-based Visa and MasterCard) were declined more than usual. I've been there like 10 times and haven't noticed this before but on this trip train ticket ...
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Visa for European countries when traveling from the U.S

What documents do I need when I fly from the U.S. to Germany? Assume I'm going for a few weeks of vacation. Obviously I need my passport. What about a "visa"? Anything else?
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Can I take my bicycle into all German trains?

I want to take a train with my bicycle from somewhere in Germany to Switzerland. Concerning this, I have a couple of question that all go to the same direction: Can I take my bike in every train? Or ...
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How can I see the Berlin Wall?

What, if anything, is left of the Berlin Wall, and where and how can I see it? Is there any official monument and/or museum I should include in my visit as well?
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Travelling from Germany to Iran

Travelling from Germany to Iran, I'm looking for the cheapest but comfortable way. One idea is to travel to Turkey then going to Iran form there. There are many flights with reasonable price for ...
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Are there any analogs of the Malbork castle in Poland or Germany?

Some time ago I was in Malbork castle and was amazed by its size and beauty. I want to know - are there some castles similar to the Malbork's, may be not so famous. I'm interested in castles in Poland ...
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Do all German airports lack free wifi?

I've just been talking to another traveller who was particularly grumpy about Munich airport not having free wifi when he was there recently. Now I seem to recall that Germany has pretty strict laws ...
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Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic - Suggestions for 3 week vacation [closed]

My wife and I are looking to take a vacation next year, in September, to the above noted countries. I would like to solicit the 'must see' places in those countries. I focus more on the history (ie. ...
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Communist architecture in Berlin

I am going to be in Berlin for a weekend and would like to photograph and tour some Bismarck structures, underground bunkers or any industrial complex. What are my options?
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Driving into Germany over Easter weekend

There's a Demoscene party (Revision) that occurs every year on the Easter weekend in Saarbrücken (Germany), and I'm thinking of attending this year. I live in England and am looking into methods of ...
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What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Germany?

I'll be staying in Berlin for one month and I have an unlocked iPhone (GSM) that I'd like to use while I'm here. What are my choices for SIM cards and packages that include data?
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Getting from the Frankfurt-Hahn airport to Saarbrücken (Germany)

I posted a question (Driving into Germany over Easter weekend) about getting to Saarbrücken for a demoscene party and it looks like flying might actually be the cheapest option. I can get to ...
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Can I wear all types of military surplus clothing in Germany?

I have a lot of clothing from military surplus, mostly trousers, because they are solid and cheap, and they dry fast. But I've heard that at least some kinds of military surplus clothing are illegal ...
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Museums in Germany about the First World War

In Germany there are many museums about the Second World War and the Nazi regime. But are there also museums about the First World War or at least history museums with exhibitions about the war?
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How to travel (relatively) cheaply by ICE trains in Germany?

When I first checked prices for ICE trains in Germany, I was a bit shocked by prices of over 100 Euros (in Poland not long ago the trains were the cheapest way of public transport). But then I found ...
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Do I need a towel in saunas in Germany?

There is always a problem: what to take with, and what would be provided on place? How it is with towels in saunas in Germany? Do you have to take a sauna towel with you? Or the towel is rented in ...
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How can a US citizen obtain a Russian tourist visa from Berlin?

I'm in Berlin and plan to travel to Saint Petersburg in the not-too-distant future. How can I obtain a Russian visa while I'm in Berlin? Here are my criteria: Obtain a Russian tourist visa while in ...
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Are there any guarded parking lots anywhere in or near Berlin, Germany?

Are there any guarded parking lots in or around the city of Berlin in Germany? By guarded parking I do NOT mean "guarded" by an automated gate or camera - that is a joke. I mean a real guarded ...
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Can I live in Munich - Germany for a month with 500 Eur

I have to travel Munich Germany (specifically: Hansastraße) and live for a period of 3 months. I have 500 Eur/ Month stipend. So, can I live? Is it possible to manage Food (pure-veg), Accommodation ...
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Is it possible to travel from the Dutch to the Polish Border on a “schönes Wochende Ticket”?

I'm planning a trip from the Dutch border to the Polish border in Germany, as cheap as possible. I found out that there is something called a "schönes Wochende Ticket", a ticket which provides ...
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Can I make reservations for trains in Italy, France and Belgium from the Bahn ticket desks in Germany?

Assuming that the trains I'm booking don't pass through Germany. So e.g. Rome-Paris.
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Is it allowed to drive a bike after 1 (2, 3) beers in Germany?

What is the regulation about bicycle driving in Germany? What is the acceptable alcohol rate in blood? So, am I generally allowed to drive a bicycle after 1 or 2 beers? In Poland, for example, I ...
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Which parts of the Reichstag building are open for tourists?

I would like to visit the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany and I wonder: Which parts of the building are open for tourists? Is it for free? Do I need a reservation? Are there any restrictions ...
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How to get from Frankfurt-Hahn airport (HHN) to Frankfurt am Main International Airport (FRA)?

I have found a flight from Frankfurt International airport (FRA), but from my city only Ryanair flies to Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN). The problem is that one airport is 114 km from the other. What's the ...
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Is there Wi-Fi and electric socket in long-distance buses in Germany?

Traveling with Polish bus operator PolskiBus I got used to electric socket and free Wi-Fi on board. I could just charge my smartphone and browse internet or read books. How does it look like in ...
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Tipping in hotels in Germany

When staying in a hotel in Germany (Bavaria), what are the customs concerning tipping hotel staff, in particular chambermaids? Is tipping expected, and if yes, how much? What is a reasonable amount ...
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Where can I find short term apartment rental offers in Berlin?

I'm looking to rent an apartment in Berlin for three months starting in April. What websites / real estate agents / vacation rental companies exist for renting an apartment long term in Berlin? I've ...
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Where can I buy the German environmental badge while driving to my destination in Germany?

I am driving to Germany today and just noticed that I am traveling to a city which requires a so called "Umwelt-plakette" or environmental badge to enter. Normally you need to order them in advance. ...
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What kind of Visa do I need to land on the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg?

Assuming I'm not a citizen of the European union, and that I have a Schengen Visa with Germany as the main destination, do I need to make any special arrangements to land at this airport? The ...
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Extended stay visa for Germany

I want to apply for an extended stay visa for Germany to visit a friend. I want to visit beyond the 90 days that American can visit Schengen countries without going through an application process. ...
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Tourist destinations from Frankfurt-Hahn airport besides Frankfurt

Some low cost airlines, mainly Ryanair, provide several low cost connections with the little Hahn airport. Usually this airport is referred to as Frankfurt-Hahn airport and, from a tourist point of ...
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Is it safe to buy-and-forget prepaid SIM card with internet tariff in Germany?

When you're geocaching, or using mobile maps for navigation, or simply you're internet addict :) you're likely to buy a prepaid SIM card for internet in your smartphone when you're in foreign country. ...
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Berlin to Munich in 5 Days

My wife and I are going to spend our anniversary in Germany in May. We are flying into Berlin and out of Munich, and we have 5 days to get from one place to the other. What would be a good general ...
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Hiring a car in Berlin and dropping it off in Barcelona for a road trip

I am planning on a road-trip from Berlin to Barcelona. I am most interested in knowing if I can hire a car in Berlin and drop it off in Barcelona. (also, if anyone has tips on routes to take that is ...
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Offroad experience in Germany

I'm looking for a offroad park in Germany, where I can rent an offroad vehicle (but not an ATV) and have some fun for 2-3 days. The best case would be such a place in Hesse or Rhineland-Palatinate, ...
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Is it true that a “dekoriert”-sign means that naked women are dancing?

During carnival in German-speaking Europe, there are a lot of bars that have a sign at the front door stating "dekoriert", which means decorated. However, when you go inside, there are no decorations ...
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AAA benefits in Europe?

The Wikipedia page for the American Automobile Association (AAA) mentions that members may receive reciprocal benefits from European agencies while traveling in Europe. What benefits does AAA ...
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Approx how long will it take to go to Cologne Bonn Airport from Cologne city center?

I will be attending Symfony Day 2011 which will be held at Komed Im Mediapark. Unfortunately my flight home leaves at 17:40 from Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) so I have to leave before it's all over. ...
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Can go to Germany on all-year tires in winter?

I know that German law requires tires apt for snow in winter time. It's quite obvious that I cannot use summer tires, but can I go on universal all-year tires? What are the exact requirements?
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Can I buy a SIM card in Germany for a short duration?

I will be travelling to Germany for 9 days and I need a SIM card there as soon as I arrive at Frankfurt Airport. I can take a SIM from India with international roaming activated but that option seems ...
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Is it better to ship bicycle from Egypt to Leipzig, Germany or to buy/rent one?

I'm studying going to Germany and specially Leipzig this summer for around 100 days. Personally I am very interested in cycling as a sport and as a means of transportation. I have a good bicycle here ...
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What are the standard border checks when traveling between Warsaw and Berlin by various types of transit

I know that there is always a passport check when traveling by air. Is that the same case when traveling by train, bus, and car?
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Need a cheap hostel in Berlin - how much should I expect to pay?

I'm planning to visit Berlin. I'd like to stay in hostel and pay as little as possible. £10 would be an acceptable price, but £20 would be definitely over my budget. So, can I expect to find ...
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Half day in Berlin - after non-classical tourist spots

I will have half a day to spend in Berlin, on a Saturday afternoon. What do you recommend I should go and see/taste? I am not aiming for classical "tourist" spots, as we have a guided city tour ...