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If you want to visit your sister in the UK, you should apply for a UK Visitor (standard) Visa (family visit visas were recently abolished). Your question is about accommodation arrangements. When assessing accommodation, the ECO is obliged to consider the various provisions in the Housing Act 1985 and various amendments to the act. If your sister lives in ...


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There really isn't a good alternative. You could try to go further south via A39, A7 and/or A44 but it's substantially longer and has pretty much the same traffic challenges (if not worse). High speed train (ICE) would be significantly faster and more predictable, if that's an option. It's about 4.5 hours. And they sell beer on the train :-) As said in the ...


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In Germany, all bilateral exemptions are regulated in § 16 AufenthV and listed in Appendix A. Those exemptions are summarized for official use in section 4.1.3.1 of the VwV-AufenthG (general administrative regulation for the residence act). Regarding the 90-180 rule exemptions apply to citizens of the following countries (see below for a rough ...


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You could follow one of the Camino routes from Köln to Santiago de Compostela and then south to Lisbon. It can be done on foot or by bicycle. Might take a few months though. You can find lots of information online on the costs of hostels etc. on the routes.


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There are direct bus connections from Cologne to Lisbon and Porto. It takes more or less 33 hours. A single ticket cost ~ 140 EUR. YOu can check schedules and prices via busradar. It is also quite straightforward to do the journey by train. The fastest routes goes as follows. Travel from Cologne to Paris Nord. Take a metro to Paris Montparnasse and from ...


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A visa can be rejected for any reason. On medical grounds, even if not contagious, you can be denied a visa if you do not have proper health insurance, which is especially true if they think you might actually need it.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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So you want to make sure you have a proper identification, and according to the Deutsche Bahn, your bank card is your best bet. I think the question here is that more what makes your card a debit or credit card. It depends on how you want it to behave I have also a bank card that may act as a debit or credit card and have used it extensively either as one ...


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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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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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Have you tried the Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin? The hostel is located in Berlin City Centre, a 10-minute walk from Hackescher Markt, the Museum Island and Humboldt University of Berlin. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it is under a 10-minute stroll from Berlin Friedrichstrasse Railway Station. They have dormitory rooms at around 11 Euro per night. ...


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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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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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Yes, Berlin is somewhat cheaper than other places in Western Europe. Eating out tends to be more expensive elsewhere in Germany, in the South or West of course but even in places like Magdeburg or Leipzig or in small towns. In Berlin, you can certainly find a Mittagstisch or street food (Currywurst, Döner) for about €5. At the same time, while the economy ...


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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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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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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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Indian nationals can Transit without Visa via FRA or MUC if holding a valid visa for the destination and a valid Visa for any of the following countries: Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Ireland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Romania, UK and USA (the approval notice I-797 is not valid document for visa free airport transit). via Lufthansa ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Not sure what can or cannot be done but you can always apply. If the consulate cannot issue a visa for a technical reason like that, they should decline to process the application, which means you would get back your visa fee and the documents you submitted. In principle, they should also tell you that quickly. There is no risk of an actual visa refusal, ...


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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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There is also the Sunflower Hostel that is near Warschauer Str. It's not exactly central, but near public transport, and last time I took a short walk from Berlin Ost station. If you cross Warschauer Str. from there, you end up in the heart of Friedrichshain, with lots of restaurants and bars.


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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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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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What you got is a long-stay visa so you can indeed travel to other Schengen countries as explained in Can I visit Schengen countries on a Type-D German Visa? As far as Belgium, France, etc. are concerned you have the right to stay there for up to 90 days and in most cases you won't even see any border guards when travelling between these countries and ...


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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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