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Germany is a very safe place to be in, even as a woman, even when travelling alone. That includes festivals such as the Oktoberfest with obvious caveats I’ll deal with in a second. The assault series you mentioned drew as much attention as they did because: They are not typical for Germany, i.e. the count was exceptionally large within a small timeframe; A ...


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There were many crimes (a few cases of rape, mostly theft, robbery, and assault) during the New Year's Eve Celebrations in Cologne which have been attributed to young migrants from North Africa. The police underestimated the situation and mishandled the aftermath. Under German law, rape is distinct from sexual assault. According to Wikipedia, there were ...


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I'd recommend either May or September. In particular, Paris is going to be overrun with crowds during June, July, and August with students and families that are only able to travel during those months.


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I would recommend summer. The weather is warm but not too hot, less than in Italy or Japan. See this minimum/maximum graph in Nice (in Celsius, 25°C=77°F): During summer touristic places are open everywhere, even in the South, the warmer the better. During summer people working in Paris leave for the South, but Paris still has a lot of activities, even ...


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Often Ryokans will either make dinners mandatory and exclude single guests if they feel a too big impact from this. Specially during festivals the rules might be even more strict. If your Ryokan does not exclude single guests and does not include the dinner in the price, you are normally free to come as a single guest and also skip dinner. Of course you ...


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The Oktoberfest homepage has some of information in English as well. Unfortunately the page about accessibility is only available in German (I'll include the information below). Going by car is pretty much impossible. Taxis are of course a different matter and perhaps an option to you. But fortunately, the festival ground is very central and easily ...


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"Festival time" in Edinburgh comprises most of the month of August. There are actually festivals in Edinburgh throughout the year, but in August several festivals overlap - the biggest of which is of course the Edinburgh Fringe. You don't buy tickets for the festival itself, as it's really just a collection of events held at different fringe venues around ...


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I haven't been to Rock Werchter specifically but I have been to a few other Belgian festivals like Pukkelpop (similar in size). There's a few aspects to your question Fun(Music) Hands down the camping area. I've seen on the website that all 10 camping areas are located surrounding the festival area so you'll always hear the music even at your tent which ...


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Yes, they're pretty safe. The reports of the sexual assaults gained such publicity because of how loaded that topic was/is in a political sense. Although still horrible, they weren't mass rapes rather than sexual slander and infringements. These actions in almost all of the cases happened in the anonymity of a larger crowd that even before acted agressivly....


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It actually all depends on where you intend to go and what you want to do. France has very strong regional differences, both in weather and touristic periods. For Paris, I'd recommend visiting it in August, where most locals have left the town. It'll be full of tourists, but there will still be less people than in other times of the year, and the weather ...


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Late May-June and September-early October are best. You'll avoid crowds, lodging will be MUCH cheaper, and you'll avoid problems with shops being closed due to their owners being on vacation. The weather will be comfortable/warm or even hot depending on your luck.


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The best time to visit France is in the spring (Apr-June) or fall (Sept-Nov), July and August are the worst for crowds. Visit France during Spring or fall you can enjoy your trip at that time.


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Lock your Valuables Away I think the heart of the question lies in this requirement: keeping my stuff safe Fulfilling this is somewhat accommodation-independent. You could look for luggage storage places -- such as those usually available in train stations -- or lockers -- some festival campsites do have them --, and use those for the valuables you ...


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Holi supplies is a seasonal industry, similar to how fireworks are a seasonal industry based around Diwali. Most commercially available Holi dyes will be hard to find outside the festival season, although you should also be aware that most of them are unsafe due to presence of heavy metals such as lead and mercury! Yes it looks fun, but many of them can ...


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I have heard that many people in France take their holidays during August, and hence many shops/business will be closed and many tourist accomodations will be busy and booked out. I spent ~ 2 weeks motorbike around France in the first 2 weeks of September, and didn't have a problem with booking accomodation, I was able to just turn up at 5pm and have a room ...


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August Outside Lands Festival Music, Food, Wine, Beer, & Art Festival in Golden Gate Park. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival The genius of Shakespeare in San Francisco's most relaxing setting. Admission is free every Saturday and Sunday through the month of September. Arrive early for a good seat; shows begin at 1:30pm. San Jose Jazz Festival With ...


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This is "opinion only" - I cannot speak with authority on specifics but, I have visited Singapore a number of times (4 or 5?)and the following would be what I would expect based on what I have seen there and elsewhere in Asia:. While I have seen the downturn in Asian public activity immediately after Chinese New Year (even Hong Kong gets very quiet) I'd ...


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The festival grounds (Lauluväljak) is a bit out of the way but not very far (a little over 3km east of the old city). There are several bus lines going past the festival grounds, including 1A, 8 and 34A from Virus Keskus and line 5 which goes through the old city, each with 2 to 4 buses per hour on Sunday. Some lines go to the Oru stop on the other side of ...


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You best option is to stay at the camping of Rock Werchter (camping tickets should be bought separately, since they are not included in you combi ticket). Camping & food You'll most likely arrive at Leuven station by train. There are a lot of free buses from Leuven, which brings you near the campings. You could best buy some cheap food in a ...


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All things being equal it's safer to go just about anywhere in Germany or just about anywhere in Western Europe than it is to be in the US: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate DE: 0.9 / US: 3.8 http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Crime-levels#amount DE: 23.57 / US: 55.84 Even if there's a ...


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I am not sure if this will help but I am sure that some of these strange -> weird -> bizarre sports have presence and competitions in the NorthEast US. I haven't gone through all of them but you are welcome to search. :) Complete List of Unusual Sports Present locally: Bike Polo Chess Boxing P.S. Some of these sports are painful just to read about.


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According to sakunavoyage and tourismlaos, the big racing day will be on the 20th of October, 2013. The week that precedes the racing day is more of social activities (what you are experiencing now) as mentioned in tourismlaos: One week before the race, Fa Ngum Quai (along Fa Ngum Road) is taken over by stalls selling all kinds of goods and foods or ...


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The quote from the Wikitravel page is quite mistaken. Singapore in no way comes to a "standstill" during the first two days of the Chinese New Year (CNY). Whoever wrote that must have assumed that it was somehow analogous to Christmas in Europe or the USA. Not at all. Indeed I would be quite surprised if there were even one major tourist attraction that ...


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According to the Barranquilla’s carnival 2016 program, the festival takes place at many different locations around the city: So you would have to go to different streets/stadiums depending on which day you'll be there. There is also a detailed plan of the route which is incredibly useful since Via 40 is very long.


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As, according to the information in your question, it does not really matter what you wear, it has to be how you behave. I would say, if you see one of the blue girls walking around who might have a ticket, make eye contact, smile a friendly smile and hope for the best. As so often, it will be the charm of the person they select that will be the reason to ...


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Castells go normally attached with festivities around Catalonia. Since these occur in summer, you are definitely going to have the opportunity to see them. People doing this go throughout cities and they even have competitions. The most important groups are from cities in Tarragona, like for example Vilafranca del Penedès and Valls (full ranking from this ...


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The answer to your question will heavily depend on which region of India you are planning to visit. Holi is more prevalent in North India. In south Indian states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala for example, the color aspect of Holi is celebrated only in a few areas in the cities, typically where either North Indians have settled or where more young people live. ...


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I attended La Tomatina 2 years ago. I'd suggest you take a few things under consideration: 1) There are a TON of people. Campers, drivers (I slept in a car), and busload after busload of drunken Australians (sorry, but there were!). As such, there will be traffic delays, and buses will be jammed. 2) While La Tomatina was fun, in Requena nearby the night ...


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If you arrive to Valencia at 8:00 in the morning there is a regular line bus from Valencia to Buñol that leaves Valencia at 9:00 and reach Buñol at 9:55 (according to the official schedule), so if you manage to be in Valencia before 9:00 it is possible to be in Buñol in time. Going from Nimes to Valencia by road, using a bus in your case, is a travel of ...



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