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Passports are (unusually!) not enough. From the DB site: In order to book online tickets you need: An identification card (BahnCard, bahn.bonus Card, credit cards*, ec-card/Maestro or ID card**) for booking via Internet and as identification during fare controls on the train. The ID cards of the following countries can be used as ...


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If you are flying from the US to Spain via Düsseldorf, you will clear immigration for the Schengen area on arrival in Düsseldorf. After that nobody is going to stop you from going wherever you like. For instance, you can take the SkyTrain directly from your arrival terminal to Bahnhof Düsseldorf Flughafen (Düsseldorf Airport train station; €2.60) and then ...


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There is no special procedure or any extra document needed for minors to cross the German border (you do need a passport/ID card and, possibly, a visa). Note that if you don't leave the international transit area, you probably won't have to go through a passport check at all and if you are an EU citizen, you should not be asked any question (or at least ...


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I don't recall any peculiar rule. You are supposed to walk on the sidewalk and to cross streets only when the pedestrian sign is green (unlike the UK, if that's where you come from). You can receive a small fine for failing to do so. It's not as bad as Amsterdam but do beware of bike lanes and treat them like streets (look right and left before crossing, ...


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Nationwide strikes have become more common in the last couple of years but they seldom last that long. Last week's strike was the last one in a series but with 8 days it was the longest in many years. Also, I have travelled during strikes. It's a bit more difficult because you have to be prepared for delays, crowded trains, and impromptu announcements in ...


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There is no train, S-Bahn or Metro station at Tegel airport. The most convenient option is to take a bus to Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central station) and to catch there the train to Göttingen. http://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-txl/to-and-from/buses-and-trains/long-distance-transport/index.php Trains to and from Göttingen also call at Berlin-Spandau, ...


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By regulation no. For the online ticket, the ticket has an owner (you) that needs to be present with the identification card for the ticket to be valid: Online-Tickets are non-transferable and are only valid for the person named during booking (and travellers accompanying them, if applicable). The tickets are valid only in connection with the ...


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You have no need to worry. Deutsche Bahn accept debit cards just fine. I have used my UK Visa Debit Card to buy tickets online and identify myself many times. Furthermore, I believe that when you select "Credit Card" as identification, you have to present the card you booked with(they swipe it to check), not just any card that happens to have your name on ...


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Neither DB's homepage nor their terms of service have clear definition of what constitutes a credit card. The only things that are mentioned in the terms of service are that it needs to: show a name have a number be machine readable (i.e. has a magnetic strip) The website additionally includes it needs to be one of the following: American Express ...


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According to this resource (in German) you can book max. 3 months in advance. The online booking system internally regards that as 92 days: Frühestmögliche Buchung Fahrkarten können frühestens drei Monate vor dem Reisetag gekauft werden, im Onlineverkauf ist die 3-Monats-Frist mit 92 Tagen festgelegt. Hierbei wird der aktuelle Tag mitgezählt, ...


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The different Länder-Tickets allow unlimited travel with almost all regional trains within a specified area for a whole day. The tickets are (with very few exceptions) not valid in inter-city services (train numbers starting with ICE, IC, EC, TGV, THA, RJ, EN, CNL, HBX, X). DB regional trains generally accept the tickets. Also the tickets are valid for most ...


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In addition to jpatokal's good answer, it should be added that there is also the possibility to buy a saver fare over the telephone. http://www.bahn.com/i/view/USA/en/home/contact/international_service_hotline.shtml Normally, when ordering a ticket via the phone, you receive a code that you can type into a ticket vending machine prior to departure to ...


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If you: have a valid passport are a citizen of a country that does not need a visa to land in Germany have an onward ticket to your final destination the right to land at your final destination then you won't have any problems. Teenagers travel by themselves all the time. You can even have a beer at the airport bar. A beer. Singular. One. This assumes ...


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The trains from Berlin to Göttingen are ICE (fast train) running from Berlin Hauptbahnhof (i.e. Berlin main station) and going through Berlin Spandau. You can find an example of the itinerary here. Starting your trip from Tegel airport, you will need to first take a bus (TXL) to Berlin Hauptbahnhof (thanks @Gagravarr for the comment) and there does not seem ...


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The prices for regional trains between Aachen and Cologne are set by the transport association VRS (fare level 7). A single trip costs 17€ per person. A four-trip ticket is available for 61.20€, a day ticket for unlimited travel 28.50€ for one person, 41€ for five persons. All these tickets are available last-minute at the train station. Other ...


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It is unpredictable if there will be a strike on June 21st. However, based on experience from past strikes, I wouldn't worry too much if you are somewhat flexible regarding either departure or arrival. Not all train drivers participate in the strike, and the affected train operator (Deutsche Bahn) has managed each time to publish a reduced timetable ahead ...


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German railway tickets can usually be booked online 91 days in advance, see this page under "Terms and conditions" for flexible tickets. Discount offers may have different conditions: Pre-sales deadline: From 91 days until shortly before departure There are some exceptions however. If e.g. a timetable change is scheduled and the new timetable is not ...


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Train is the fastest and bus is the cheapest means of transportation for that route. For a departure in seven days I found the following: Train: 29 EUR, ~ 2h45 Bus: 18 EUR, ~ 4h00 For a departure today, there are still bus tickets available at 18 EUR. The train fare is 80 EUR in that case. If you are fine with travelling on local and regional trains, ...


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Have a look at Mitfahrgelegenheit. Its search will show you "Sparpreis" fares on the Bahn, busses, and people offering rides in private cars in exchange for gas money. You might also want to look at l'tur. The "Bahnreisen" section has cheap connections for one country every month. If that happens to be Switzerland, you can get a direct ICE to Basel that ...


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You won't get five years up front, I fear. But let's walk through the basics first: To attend college in Germany, you need an Aufenthaltserlaubnis (residence permit). To get that, you will have to show evidence that you are able to support yourself. €10k per year should be enough, but plan for at least one year of delay. You won't have the possibility to ...


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I also checked in on the Bahn.de site and found that it is a 2 hour plus journey, even by fast train. That means that there is likely no local buses that can make your journey fast and cheap, there are long distance buses and you will find more lower down this answer. The standard cost of the tickets is €80. The savings fare means that you book your ticket ...


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As far as I know, you need a signed and notarized letter by both your parents or all your legal guardians to cross borders while traveling under the age of 18. Until a better answer comes in, I would plan on getting one of those letters. Added: Seeing the other answers, you do not need that letter to get into/through Germany but it is still a good thing to ...


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In principle, you are indeed allowed to spend another 90 days in the Schengen area, because the time spent under a long-stay visa or residence permit does not count towards the maximum duration of a visa-free short-stay, see Does tourist visa (90 days) apply after a working holiday visa ends in Schengen countries? One issue will however be how those 90 days ...


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I would recommend Meininger Berlin Central Station. It is half-hotel half-hostel, so you can find good rooms and facilities for low prices. I've stayed there twice in their hostel style 4-bed rooms. Nice, clean, and no problems. It is literally next to the fairly new Berlin Central rail station, which connects you to all the major parts of the city (and ...


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the identification card needs to be swipeable, and passports do not meeting this criteria. The identification card is swiped at the same time that the online ticket is scanned by the conductor, and this data is saved by DB. This helps ensure the ticket is being used by the person it was intended for. I personally have never seen a conductor let this ...


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You have to take a train from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and from there the rack railway to the Zugspitze. The journey takes almost three hours and the trains from Munich to Garmisch run hourly. Thus it is possible to do a round trip from Munich in one day. Here are some recommended schedules: The round trip from Munich to the Zugspitze costs 59 ...


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Since Königssee and Salzburg are much closer to each other than to Munich, it should definitely save your some time and money, roughly 2 hours and 50 EUR. You'll have to decide whether that's worth the hassle of switching acommodations twice, dealing with luggage, etc. You'll probably have more choice regarding acommodation in Salzburg.


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I have no idea about (2) -- try calling the consulate and ask! -- but as for (1): In order to get the Belgian consulate to process a visa application, you need to propose an itinerary where Belgium is the main destination of your trip, which means it has to be the state where you will spend most of the time (15 versus 7 days ought to do it). If they issue ...


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Broadly, the answer to your question is 'no', there is no logic that routes the traveller through Lyon. Assuming that the two end points are Omaha Beach in Normandy and the Sylvenstein Dam in the Bavarian Alps, the prima facie route is Caen - Paris - Stuttgart - Munich. It's shown below... Even in the fictional journey from Normandy to the Bavarian ...


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As long as you stay completely in the Schengen region, you don't need to re-enter, which means you don't need a multi-entry visa for a flight from Germany to France. It's similar to a domestic flight, essentially there's no difference in terms of visa issues between flying Frankfurt-Munich and Frankfurt-Paris. Obviously you should make sure the number of ...



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