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I only went to a small number of ATMs, but had no issue using my American magstripe cards on them.


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Human minds don't deal well with the statistics of low-probability events. Take a six-sided die and record a hundred throws. The chance that the first two results are both "6" is 1:36. The chance that there is another "6" after you throw a "6" anywhere in the sequence is just 1:6. Consider the recent cases: On July 24th, a Syrian refugee exploded a bomb ...


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Currently there are no travel restrictions I have heard of. Politicians are still undecided about what measures to take. For example the mayor of Munich announced that he thinks that more bag controls should be in order and that he considers a ban of backpacks on the Oktoberfest which starts in two months. So as a tourist you should expect that your luggage ...


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Do I need a visa to visit the UK? The need for a UK visa is determined by what passport the person is travelling on. Having a residence permit in the US or Europe is not sufficient, because these are visas issued by other countries and are not recognized as travel documents. This includes permanent residence visas like Green Cards, European Permanent ...


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I'll just stick this on as an answer for completeness (I previously posted it as a comment): I took 3 DB rides without the card used to book the tickets with no problem. On all 3 of my train rides, there was no trouble explaining my situation and showing my passport as ID, no need to repurchase tickets, and no "you should bring your credit card next time" ...


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As a German who travels often with the Bahn: Forget the whole thing. While it was in earlier times possible to buy tickets inside the train, the Deutsche Bahn has now a much more rigid approach: Not only are people prohibited from entering the train if they have no ticket (even if the only vending machine is out of order), the conductors have the order to ...


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For Poland, it depends on the season of course, if you plan to visit Gdansk during the weekend or holidays (anytime in July and August) I doubt you'll find anything cheap anywhere on whole Polish coast. This year, due to well-spread terrorism in Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, etc., most Polish people chose to visit Polish seaside and it was all booked long before ...


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You need two different visas for two different purposes. So you can either apply for a work visa in Germany, or one to study in Amsterdam. For each, you will need to submit your passport; and each require a different set of requirements in terms of paperwork. Therefore, you cannot apply for both at the same time.


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You can apply to any number of visas at a time. However, most countries will require your passport while processing a visa. This would make it difficult to simultaneously apply to two visas, but you could apply for a German visa now, and then one for the Netherlands next.


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You are planning to travel during the school holidays in the area, many hotels and hostels will be full to the gills. But if you are willing to spend a few minutes every evening to book accommodation for the next night, you are likely going to be able to stay in or very near to the main cities. Taking Amsterdam as an example, the city is often booked out, ...


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Those $500 are due if you did not have a valid ticket. DB has classic tickets, usually printed out at the station, and online tickets. If you print your online ticket yourself, it would be easy to print it several times, so the printout itself isn't enough. When you order an online ticket, you specify how you are planning to validate it. With the ...


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Normally, you would plan your itinerary thus: Book a return ticket for you, the origin is your current location. Book a return ticket for your family, the origin is Germany and the destination is your current location. Next, make sure your return flight (from Germany) is the same as their departing flight. However, as you have already booked your one-...


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Pay at the counter Every train station except rural stops has a ticket counter, where you can buy tickets for immediate departure or up to 90 days in advance. They take cash and ask no questions (other than your destination and departure date). Larger stations have a dedicated Reisezentrum (travel center), in smaller stations the counter may be hidden in ...


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Yes you could I guess but I am not sure I would do it, for two reasons: Timing I made a quick ideal case scenario: 1h from landing till you are through immigration 30min to the city center by train your time in the city 30min back to the airport by train 1h again at the airport 30min last call for boarding before departure time which leaves you with ...


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In addition to Omega Terus' answer: Some of the self-service machines only accept coins, which can be a problem if you didn't anticipated it and all shops / counters are closed. If possible you can try to buy the ticket early (a day early, few hours early) so you have some time to gather coins if needed. Source: Own experience, ~ 7 years ago.


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You can buy Deutsche Bahn tickets at a train station with cash, either at the counter (if you are at a manned station within the counter opening hours) or in the self-service machine (at any time). You won't need any card for that, not even your ID or passport.


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Lufthansa has already tried to respond to a person asking a similar question on their Facebook page: Passenger: Dear Lufthansa My sister is flying with Lufthansa on Thursday, from Johannesburg to Zagreb. She will be flying with her musical instrument, the violin. Please let me know how we can get permission for her to take her violin on board as ...


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If you want to take the train you will have to travel through Germany, that's for sure. The Deutsche Bahn has a quite good search and as you can see the fastest connections are usually via Frankfurt and Nuremberg or Berlin. If you want to be cheap, Deutsche Bahn has a Sparpreis (which translates to saver fare). The thing is that only one point of your ...


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Bus services like Flixbus (And I believe there are many others, I see these buses often here) can take you from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Prague. This will cost you from 45 euro to 65 euro, depending on how many stops you have. If you get the 65 euro, nonstop ride it will take you 12 hours. 45 euro and 1 stop is about 18 hours. Amsterdam Sloterdijk is a ...


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Deutsche Bahn has a pretty good connections finder (usually works in Europe pretty well), you can explore your train options there.


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Have you considered using solutions like renting to individuals? There are few websites allowing you to rent cars from individuals rather than regular renting companies. You get the same insurance and coverage but it is usually cheaper. Links : http://www.ouicar.fr/ https://turo.com/ https://carclub.easycar.com/


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The other answers (to whom +1) have cast light on the moral aspect of your question and I agree with them, you can not expect service (even if not used) at no risk/cost for you. I mean, you got one of the last rooms in town because of the conference and they likely lost on big cash because of your no-show. During big events cancellation terms often are more ...


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Based on your sequence of events: Yes, from step 2 onwards you have undergone a contract with the hotel. Your step 1 was ‘please book a room’. Their step 2 was ‘we confirm your booking’. In my economy and law classes back in high school, step one would have been termed offer and step 2 acceptance of offer. As per the BGB (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch, German ...


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You explicitly asked them to book a room for you. They sent you an email confirming that they had done this. You are now claiming that "Please book a room for me" meant "Please tell me if there is a room available." That is nonsense. You owe them the money.


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Based on the sequence of events you posted, here's the problem. You seem to believe that there should have been a step #2.5: you write back and accept their offer. The problem, in my opinion, is that you can't have it both ways: had you shown up at the hotel at step #3 instead of getting ill, you would have rightly expected them to have a room ready for you....


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During that time of year, the connection Hamburg–Copenhagen is very busy. Before they introduced compulsory reservation in the summer months, I had a train that was so full, I had to almost physically fight my way to my resered seat, and this almost happened. (They did leave in the end — with a delay — but still very packed.) Thus, you should reserve a seat ...


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I am not a lawyer but... When you book a room, and the booking is accepted, you have entered a contract. If you don't follow through on that contract the hotel is entitled to cancellation fees according to the contract. The hotel sent you a confirmation of booking. If you had not meant to book you should have corrected them at that stage. But by your own ...


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Just book a seat reservation only, without a ticket, if you are worried. Pick a train, select book without registering to pay with paypal or credit card, and print your reservation


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Not too long ago, you needed to book a Sparpreis (savings fare) ticket three calendar days in advance. Then it changed to one day. Now, the official site explicitly says: The "Sparpreis" (saver fare for Germany) is for sale 91 days before intended travel date up until shortly before departure. (Emphasis mine) I personally haven’t tried getting a ticket ...


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There are no student discounts available for DB tickets — neither for school nor for university students. Everybody aged 14 or older is required to pay the adult fare, no exceptions.[1] However, I wouldn’t blatantly discard the option of a BahnCard. There is a so-called Probe BahnCard (trial BahnCard) which only costs €19 but gives you the full 25 % ...


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Reservations are optional on most ICE trains, notably including those Cologne–Brussels. Since you are travelling first class, there will be seats available, so there will be no need to reserve.


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First, it is very, very unlikely for German ICEs to have all seats reserved. Many Germans don’t reserve their seats because they either have season tickets or a non-fixed itinerary or don’t want to pay the reservation fee. (This may change once reservations are included in the ticket price, but that has recently been postponed to a later, unannounced date.) ...


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If you are travelling terminus to terminus on a ICE train it is unlikely that you will not be able to find a seat, especially if you are not travelling at peak business times. I have used ICE trains before without reserving and never struggled to find a seat. Just check the small display above the seat and be prepared to move if a seat is free now but not ...


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You would have to stand, unless there are too many people standing, so that escape ways would be blocked. In that case at first they would ask for volunteers to vacate the train (they might get some vouchers etc.). If that doesn't work out, then the police will come and remove some passengers (without getting vouchers). The last case happened some times in ...


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Your situation is that you are visiting someone already in Germany; so you need to apply for the appropriate visa type. The family reunion visa you mention is for permanent residents of Germany that wish to bring their family members to reside with them permanently in Germany. Your husband probably has a German National Visa (which is for longer term stays,...


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It's very difficult to predict the waiting time. As for pricing the differences are significant. Check out the pricing table here: Danish, English.



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