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I am not a member of such fraternities, but my father was and my brother is, so I have some good second-hand knowledge of these traditions. Such duels are always between two fraternities, so to take part in one you would first have to join one. Eligibility criteria differ from fraternity to fraternity, but practically all require that you are a student of a ...


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According to the legend this tradition was started by hotels in the 19th century. Unlike today there was a single bathroom for a whole floor. This room was at the beginning of the hallway and not a real guest room. Hoteliers therefore used the room number "00". Other common explanations include the shape of an opened toilet seat but as far as I know that ...


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I can not comment yet on this SE, and this is not an answer to the question, but I feel like I have to warn you. And the other two answer you got (Jan's and Tor-Einar Jarnbjo's) are still pretty good. Before you go racing, you may want to check this video about a situation identical to yours: https://youtu.be/fUapNMXiz0k This happened a year ago on a ...


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I'm not sure if you're aware, but these fraternities and their traditions are met with derision or disgust by a great majority in modern German society. Besides that, these duels are usually carried out inside the fraternity houses. I'm surprised, but take your word for it, that some of them are open to the public. Anyway, they probably aren't attracting a ...


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1: Contact police, which you have done. 2: Contact the Russian Embassy in Paris about obtaining an emergency travel document and starting the process of replacing the lost passport - +33 1 45 04 05 50 3: Call the airline and ask what they will accept in lieu of the passport for boarding the flight back to Germany. 4: Contact German Immigration and find ...


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(Source: I am German, have been driving in Germany for 25+ years, and had, altogether, 3 temporary driving bans of one month each for speeding) Yes, these things are enforced. A different answer says enforced in areas that are urbanised, substandard, accident-prone, or under construction, this is at least misleading. Those areas are more prone to having ...


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FRA is one of the largest international airports in the world, and right next to Frankfurt itself. HHN is a small airport and was completely unknown, until RyanAir started flying there and simply declared it as 'Frankfurt'. It is nowhere near Frankfurt (or near anything).


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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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I didn’t find any maps that included the actual lengths of stretches, but I found two that at least tell you the speed limit (or absence of one). I entered the legs into Google maps to get their lengths. I found one map on autobahn-speedhunter.com from 2012 (according to copyright) and another from autobahnatlas-online.de (link to the second map’s colours’ ...


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I've had the (mixed!) pleasure of racking up many, many kilometers on German highways, also in various cars that can go faster than most other traffic. While I have no specific answer to what stretch is best, please note several caveats that might, in the worst case, get someone killed: You should not go "too" fast in a car that you are not familiar with. ...


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The short answer is: you cant. As an "honorary" member of a Burschenschaft, I fought two duels in Freiburg in 1988, leaving me with a prominent Schmiss on my right cheek (11 stiches) and a small one (one stitch) that probably wont be noticeable even if and when I go bald. I've probably witnessed over 100 duels. Though a lot of time has passed since I ...


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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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There is no meaning in the ‘dress code’ of your picture — simply because there is no dress code involved. Your wife attempted to look like the locals — wearing a Dirndl — but failed absolutely miserably at it. Traditional Dirndl are ankle-long, come with an apron and don’t show the underdress. The underdress (clearly visible in your picture) is essentially ...


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The official website does not explain what to do in that scenario but the DB is very specific about it: You have to travel with the exact (credit or ID) card registered as a token when you booked the ticket, no exceptions. If the card expired, you are expected to present the old, expired card instead of the new one (or possibly both if you are travelling ...


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Well...it has no meaning as "dress code", it simply looks wrong. Here a picture of actual "diandlgwand" (girl clothes) with different cuts of colors: and here the short form: All clothes have one-piece (!) skirts which at least reaches the knee, very often combined with a apron. Your wife skirt is too short and it is not one piece: it shows a second ...


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There is absolutely no part of any German highway guaranteed to have no speed limits. Even if there is usually no speed limit, road works are quite common, not always announced in advance and usually bring with them a speed limit of 80 or even some time 60 km/h. If you still want to give it a try, you can find several helpful resources online. The web site ...


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You do indeed need a yearly vignette to drive on Swiss motorways. It costs CHF 40 and needs to be affixed to the windshield to be valid (in principle, merely having one somewhere in the car isn't enough to avoid a fine). The vignette for a given year is valid from the beginning of December in the year before until the end of January in the year after. I don'...


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As someone who has driven well past 200 km/h often, I can offer these additional suggestions, based on my own experience: You need to concentrate extremely hard at any speed above 150 km/h, because you have very little reaction time. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS IN A CAR YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH. I cannot stress this enough. Make sure you are using the correct ...


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You nationality is irrelevant as far as German law is concerned. You can go as fast as you want unless there are signs telling you otherwise. Most of the Autobahn has these signs. Especially the Frankfurt area also has lots of radar speed traps. I wouldn't recommend going faster there. The "Richtgeschwindigkeit" of 130km/h is what you're supposed to go, ...


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FRA is about 15 km from the center of Frankfurt. HHN is about 125 km away. FRA is also closer to Mainz than HHN is.


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In Germany there are no special vignettes - it's all free. But yes, as already written in the comments, in Switzerland you need a vignette. The vignette costs 40 Swiss Francs and will be valid for one year. There is only this one version. The vignette is only needed for motorways, not for the rest. You can buy them at gas stations, or - most often - ...


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No fraternity would allow what you want. Your wish seems to me more boyish than masculine. Like in dangerous sports like archery: The first what a responsible person would do, if others seem to not taking things serious enough, is to stop them to participate. Just to rectify some things: I am a member of a Corps (political neutral and other nationalities ...


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The dueling scar may be considered a mark of honor by the fraternities that still practice dueling, but outside that small group a dueling scar is meaningless at best and may mark you as a fool if the story of how you got it becomes known. Dueling was somewhat accepted several centuries ago, but is against the law just about everywhere these days. Society ...


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First, the Verpflichtungserklärung (I'll call it VPE) is not really an invitation. If you cause unplanned substantial costs for the government etc. (law suit, deportation, medical costs...) that you can't pay on your own, the VPE is a guarantee that your friend will pay for you. While not mandatory in any way, it can be the difference between getting a visa ...


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German speed limits come in two flavors: mandatory limits, exceeding which is punishable by a fine, and recommended limits (Richtgeschwindigkeit), which can be exceeded as long as you stay in control of the car. This also means that, if you have an accident while exceeding the recommended limit, you have increased liability. So the answers: Around 50% of ...


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I'm not sure I completely understand the question, but if it is "Why has this dress been met with surprise at the Oktoberfest in Munich, I see two points: Comparing to pictures of random dirndls the white underskirt strikes me as very long and visible, it is typically not or barely visible/there. Also the typical apron is missing. See Wikipedia on ...


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EDIT: I've rewritten my answer, especially to address the question about the variable speed limit. The signs These signs can show different speed limits, which is for example used as flow control. If there's much traffic or even a jam ahead, speed limit is reduced. In general, these signs are as valid as their normal, printed counterpart. Enforcement ...


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Everthing is clearly explained in the Swiss Autobahnen site . The vignette is required for most major highways, and costs 40 swiss francs. In can be bought at "post offices, petrol stations, garages, touring club offices (TCS) and Customs". The time I used it I had rented a car in Frankfurt. As far as I recall, I got it at the border.


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Once your first flight lands, and you disembark and enter the airport, there will either be a sign, or an airport employee signalling which direction transit/onward/connecting passengers should go. Follow that and you should enter a part of a terminal where there are gates and one or more TV screens that show which flights correspond to which gates. Look at ...


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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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