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I was in a similar situation a few years ago. I actually sent an email to US Customs & Border Protection. Their response back then was that they would expect me to be outside of the US for about an equal amount of time to what I had just spent inside before returning. In my case, I had been in the USA with a visa waiver (as a EU citizen) for 82 days ...


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All things being equal, no, it's not good idea: people entering to visit girlfriends/fiances/etc for long periods of time are at high risk of overstaying and/or working illegally, and you'll get additional scrutiny. However, it's much worse to lie about why you're visiting, since immigration officers are very good at spotting any inconsistencies in your ...


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I just can tell you about my personal experience: Most often it would have been possible for me to pay with Euros in restaurants, bars or hotels, but the exchange rate was really bad. So I preferred to exchange money in a bank and then use Czech crowns. If you book tickets or accommodation online, it wasn't a real problem for me because the prices in Euros ...


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You've just seen a reason why to avoid tourist trap restaurants in the centre of Prague. Just today there is an article published in Czech newspapers about these service charges in the centre of Prague. They write that English speaking inspectors got these additional charges 5-15 % in many restaurants they checked. That never happened when they spoke Czech. ...


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It is neither a good or bad idea, it's your only option because it is the truth. Getting caught on a lie would surely make things worse, so unless you are a conman or a politician, I would not advise testing USCIS officers ability to catch liars -since that's what they do for a living-. Personally, I spent many months (never more than 3 at a time, since ...


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You could simply get an International Driving Permit. This, coupled with your US driver's license, is recognised in over 70 countries. The American Automobile Association and the American Automobile Touring Alliance's National Automobile Club are the only entities in the United States to issue IDPs. As for recognising your country license, each EU country ...


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I would recommend the following things (sorted by country): Switzerland Visit Top of Europe. You can take a train to the Jungfraujoch which is 3545 meters above sea level. There you can exit the train and walk around. For example to a restaurant or over a glacier. Visit Luzern and its world famous Chapel Bridge Visit the Italian part of Switzerland, named ...


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You may be able to make a Eurail Pass work for you. Oh so dear but oh so wonderful global pass Regional passes here eg Germany Poland here Eureka! - There are "Select Passes" allowing 3 or 4 or 5 countries of your pecification. These were not shown in the general menu. Eurail 2013 routes map PDF download. Large and impressive. Regional Passes: ...


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There are no objections to taking the train from Vienna airport to Brno. However, in your precise case, the bus has two advantages. The bus is direct. You get in the bus at the airport and get out off the bus in Brno. No need to change. With the train you have to change at least once, sometimes even twice or three times. You have to carry your luggage ...


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I am not aware of any "common" rule around here except that tip is almost always given by rounding the price up to next multiple of 5 or 10 CZK. Which makes the usual amount depend on the price quite a lot, considering that normal pub where commoners go to lunch the lunch costs around 100 CZK. Tip is not mandatory. It is quite common, but usually not that ...


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I have been to Prague over a weekend once so here are my suggestions based on that trip. I am sure there are much more to consider. Hradčany castle on the left bank of Vltava is impressive and the area around it worth a stroll. A bit to the south is a park on a hill reachable with a funicular. At the top is an old mirror house. The old town is really ...


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By public transport it's little harder to get there, but yes, it is possible: 1) Go to Brno first. The easiest and most comfortable is by bus with the company Student Agency (it's very popular transport - I recommend to buy a ticket in advance - you can do it online) 2) Brno to Blansko by train and Blansko to Punkva caves by bus Search departures on ...


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Where did you find the price for the ICE? I think there is no ICE between Nuremberg and Prague. There is even no direct train. If you do want to go by train, you have to travel on regional trains and change once. Just check the schedules here. The Deutsche Bahn has a bus service from Nuremberg to Prague. Prices start at 19 EUR for a single ticket. It takes ...


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I did some checks on prices for you. Prices are from Bahn.de. Please verify this yourself as well. Krakow - Prague: $37 (this one's from Rome2rio.com - Bahn wouldn't give it up) Prague - Munich: $120 $87 Munich - Hamburg: $200 $102 Hamburg - Warsaw: $200 $102 (possibly cheaper possible, since these are ICE train) Total: CAD$328 A 5 day Eurail Select ...


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After somebody mentioned Rome2Rio.com on another question, I've gotten a lot of great use out of it. It doesn't demand a date from you, and it's not limited to air. It will combine all sorts of transportation to give you different options and different prices. http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Krakow/Prague However, sometimes it tells me I can go from A to B for ...


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Citing from http://wikitravel.org/en/Prague#Money In Prague, especially around tourist sights, there are plenty of Exchange offices with very bad rates which also charge commission. Best rates are found around Main Railway Station (Hlavní nádraží) - exit the station, left across the park, to street "Politických vězňů". There are about 5 offices, mostly ...


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Normally, you should not be asked for your passport on the Czech-German border. However, the situation in Europe is currently (spring 2016) not normal. Due to the European migrant/refugee crisis, the Schengen travel area is under severe stress. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of migrants/refugees are attempting to travel by whatever means possible ...


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Château de Chillon near Montreux on the shore of lake Geneva is a must see. You will find some graffiti made by Lord Byron in the dungeon. He wrote a poem about a protestant jailed there. Linderhof Palace in Bavaria is a pretty small castle built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, that tries to mimic Versailles in a pocketsized handkerchief. Its Galerie des ...


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It is very difficult to say because it also depends on your preferences. But generally I would recommend option c) since Dresden is really worth a visit! And it is directly on the way from Berlin to Prague, so you don't have to do any detour. On the contrary you can split a long journey into two parts. Prague is very well connected to Dresden (take the DBB ...


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I have found some information on city-pilot.cz: There is a partial decriminalisation of drugs in the Czech Republic – However, beware: decriminalisation does not equal legalisation! Possession of drugs for one’s own use is not punishable, that is, you will not go to prison, however, the possession of drugs is also judged as an offence. What does ...


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You could take a Eurolines bus directly from Nuremberg to Prague for 39 € (or 35 € for "Promotional Ticket - can not be changed or refunded!") The trip takes 4 to 4½ hours, and looks like there are 1-3 daily connections. I don't know if this is the cheapest public transport option available (probably not), but it's much better than the ICE price, and quite ...


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As can be seen from Wikipedia, the legality even in European countries varies greatly from country to country. In Latvia, Estonia's neighbour, for example, pepper spray in canisters is classified as a self-defense device and can be bought and carried by anyone over 16 years of age. Pepper spray handguns can be bought and carried without any license by ...


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300 USD should even be enough to cover all these itineraries. To know the exact price for tains to and from destinations in Germany, you can have a look at http://www.bahn.de For the tickets from Krakow to Prague you can have a look at http://www.polrail.com . Or try at the station in Krakow. The Czech railways only allow booking into the other direction. ...


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I can add a few comments from my trip to the area. Neuschwanstein: You may already know about it but be sure you also see Hohenschwangau at the same time (you can get a combo ticket). I have some friends who went to Neuschwanstein as part of a bus based tour and they did not go to Hohenschwangau due to time. When I went I had my own car, so we set the ...


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Most of central Prague is full of tourists and its hard to escape them because that's where most of the interesting sights are. It will keep you busy if there are just there for one (long) weekend. After a few days I needed a break from the touristy parts and just walked around in the more residential areas. I walked from the bus station at Florenc to ...


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And here is my personal experience from Prague: Exchange rate in the banks was between 23,5 and 24,5 Crowns for 1 Euro ticket machines for public transport are still not accepting Euros, but parking automats are accepting Euro coins(only 1 and 2 Euro coins), exchange rate: 1 EUR= 25 CZK in the hotel we could pay with Euros too, and the exchange rate was 1 ...


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According to the official EU website: In addition to their own valid passport or ID card, all children travelling: alone; or with adults who are not their legal guardian; or with only one parent may need an extra (official) document signed by their parents, second parent or legal guardian(s) authorising them to travel. You should first ...


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The best approach: Withdraw money from an ATM. Nothing beats the ATM rates in any country in the world, unless there happens to be a black market for local currency (which doesn't apply to any EU countries). Second best approach: Exchange physical euros. You can find a comparison of exchange rates in Prague on Kurzy.cz ("Čistého Kč" = amount of CZK you ...


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A bus runs between these two cities a few times per day, operated by ARRIVA MORAVA a.s.. You can find the exact schedule on the IDOS - Trains + Buses website: For some reason it's impossible to buy the tickets online, but you shouldn't have any issues getting one on the spot from the driver. The price is 35CZK per leg.



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