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Won't using U1 be faster and easier? Yes - but Google Maps doesn't know about it. Apparently the public transit data in Germany is based exclusively on a cooperation with Deutsche Bahn (which operates the S-Bahn). Other public transit (including regional trains not operated by DB) are not taken into account. They may eventually expand their data base ...


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The statement 'there is no speed limit on the Autobahn' is not really correct. I couldn't find any official statistics, but I've seen a number of only 50% of German Autobahns without any limit. Many parts have a permanent limits of 120 or 130 km/h (74 mph or 81 mph). Some parts are limited to 80 (50 mph) due to construction work. Also, some limits are only ...


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Check out Freagle. Freagle is like couchsurfing, instead of your couch you can offer your backyard, barn... It's not wild camping per se but it is trying to fill the gap between the illegal wild camping and the normal camp site. And indeed, not so many hosts available. Still worth a try. My own experience with wild camping in Germany is positive if you ...


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Having a car in Berlin is more hassle than a convenience, just because of the parking situation, and the money you spend on parking meters. Driving in Berlin is also not exactly fun with the traffic congestion, or much faster than the bus or subway either. Leave your car at home, save the money and then decide after 3 months if you really need a car in ...


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Yes, you can: Accommodation: Hostels are very cheap, here says that you can stay one night from 10 euros. Anyway, in my experience, if you talk with the owner you can get a discount for a long period stay. So, say you will expend 300 euros on this. Transport: Forget to take public transport. Use your legs. Try to find a hostel near the places you will ...


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Checkpoint Charlie is probably worth seeing anyway but it's very touristy and not quite a piece of the Berlin Wall: The checkpoint has been rebuilt and stands alone in the middle of the street. Incidentally, it became a symbol for several reasons but it was only mostly notable as the only checkpoint for members of the allied forces. Other border crossings ...


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Note that there ARE actually some speed limits: A hard limit is imposed on some vehicles: 60 km/h (37 mph) Buses carrying standing passengers Motorcycles pulling trailers 80 km/h (50 mph) Vehicles with maximum allowed weight exceeding 3.5 t (except passenger cars) Passenger cars and trucks with trailers Buses 100 km/h (62 mph) Passenger cars ...


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For general communist architecture I would start at Alexander Platz and walk down the 'Karl-Marx-Allee' all the way to 'Frankfurter Tor' in Friedrichshain. There is nothing super special there, but the street was used for the big parades and still has a bit of an 'East German' feeling to it. As for bunkers, there are still many around, some of them from the ...


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No! Profitieren Sie als BahnCard-Inhaber von 25% Ermäßigung auf den Normalpreis der Auslandsstrecke bei grenzüberschreitenden Reisen in über 30 europäischen Länder. Die Ermäßigung wird auch im Anschluss an Globalpreise (z.B. Thalys), gewährt - nicht aber im reinen Binnenverkehr des fremden Landes. The last sentence says 'not valid for travel ...


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In short: no. Mostly, credit card acceptance in Germany is still the exception rather than the norm. There are a couple of places, however, where you can expect at least Visa and MC to be accepted, most notably ATMs and gas stations. Be prepared to pay in cash everywhere else.


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Germany is part of the Schengen area, so the visa requirements are the same as for any of the Schengen countries (i.e. most of the EU, excluding the UK and Ireland) As a US passport holder, you can spend up to 90 days in any half year period in the Schengen area without need of a visa, provided you're not working. See the wikipedia page for a good ...


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This wiki is a very good source of info: http://www.prepaid-wiki.de/ Many companies offer prepaid SIM cards. blau.de is a good option. I use a NettoKom SIM card, which is a re-branded blau card that is sold for 5€ in Netto grocery stores; other discount grocery stores (Lidl, ALDI, etc) have their own offerings. A one-month data plan will cost 10-15€. I ...


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Short answer: no, you cannot take your bicycle into all German trains (but you can probably reach any destination in Germany). Many trains in Germany carry bicycles. This is particularly true for local trains, but also most intercity (IC) trains. However, the most common train for long-distance travel is the high-speed InterCity Express or ICE. Usually, ...


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The most useful single reference seems to be the "Pets: Cats, Dogs and Ferrets" page of the German Missions in the United States, followed by the USDA's page titled "Taking Your Pet to a Foreign Country". In summary: The microchip must meet standard ISO 11784 or ISO 11785 for identification purposes. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies ...


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First of all, a disclaimer: while you're probably right that flying to Hahn is the cheapest option, it almost certainly isn't the easiest option. If getting to and from Hahn airport sounds too awful to you, consider paying a bit more to fly to Paris (from where you can take a bullet train to Saarbrücken in under two hours) or to Frankfurt am Main (there are ...


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Currently, there is unfortunately a lot of scaffolding going on in Neuschwanstein. I quote the official homepage: Restoration works at the western and northern façade Because of restoration works the western and northern façade of Neuschwanstein Castle will be scaffolded until the end of 2012. We apologize for any inconveniences. The ...


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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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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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Personally I would suggest looking for a different routing - as you've discovered Frankfurt-Hahn airport is a very long distance away from both Frankfurt itself, as well as from Frankfurt am Main airport. If you do decide to go ahead with this connection, there is a bus service that runs between the two airports, run by BOHR. Travel time is 90 minutes, and ...


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I know that German law requires tires apt for snow in winter time Very close, but no cigar. The original law is: § 2 Abs. 3a Satz 1 StVO: Bei Glatteis, Schneeglätte, Schneematsch, Eis- oder Reifglätte darf ein Kraftfahrzeug nur mit Reifen gefahren werden, welche die in Anhang II Nummer 2.2 der Richtlinie 92/23/EWG des Rates vom 31. März ...


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This is the official website where you can get all the informations you asked for (in english as well): http://www.bundestag.de/htdocs_e/visits/index.jsp Short summary: There are no restrictions for non-german citizens. You can participate in a guided tour and you can even watch a debate from the tribune of the reichstag for ~1 hour. You need a ...


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This should not be an issue in big stations. Usually they have an international ticket desk. Though my experience doesn't include Germany, I was able to buy tickets for foreign trains in France (for Italian, Spanish and Belgian trains), in the Czech Republic (for Swedish trains), in Sweden (for German and Italian trains), and probably others that I don't ...


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It's generally hard to find free WiFi in Germany; it's pretty much as you said and has something to do with the fact that the hotspot owner would be hold responsible for whatever his users or guests do or download on his network. There was a case about this a few years ago where some kid used his neighbors open wifi and downloaded movies or music - therefore ...


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Poland is now in the Schengen border-free zone so there should not be any border check at all. As noted in the comments, you will still need a valid ID to fly, but that is generally true even on domestic flights in Europe. It is purely for the sake of air security. That said, it is always best to have your passport when flying within Schengen as it is the ...


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update4: new bus companies and bus search engine Meinfernbus, Flixbus, city2city, München-Stuttgart-Express and Aldi-Fernbuslinien are new to me, so I'll share this here. bus search engine: busliniensuche DeinBus.de is a another alternative. Bus transport is going to get bigger in Germany since there is no more monopoly to long-distance travel from ...


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Yes you can. If there is no snow/ice you are allowed to drive with summer tires, but it's not a good idea. But if your tires have M+S symbol it's allowed to drive with them in winter (in summer too) Here is a link to the source (only in German)


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This device is legal as long as you do not publish the video. In case you want to, you need to pixelate license plates and faces. Also you are not allowed to have a specific person "in focus", meaning: You are not allowed to sit in the car and point it at specific people. Regarding your comment, having a camera in there that does not record is perfectly ...


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Interesting question because I was also wondering about a museum which only shows the First World War. I have not found something like that, but there are exhibitions in some museums Bayerisches Armeemuseum (Bavarian Army Museum), Ingolstadt http://www.bayerisches-armeemuseum.de/de/ausstellungen/dauerausstellungen/der-erste-weltkrieg.html ...


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Not in Germany, but within reach: When in school, our class went on a day trip from Germany to Verdun, France. We visited Fort Douaumont, the Douaumont ossuary, and the museum. Finally - perhaps as a contrast - we went to the city of Verdun, which I remember as picturesque. I highly recommend visiting the Verdun battlefield if you are interested in WWI ...


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The Deutsche Bahn travel planner covers local (tram & bus) transit in most German cities as well, although it will not display the price. Otherwise, googling "(city name) Verkehrsbetriebe" will usually lead to the main provider of public transport, the larger of which will have a form for trip planning, as is the case for Hannover. Look for the word ...



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