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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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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 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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I guess that I've found the answer of my question, the catch of this dress is the "bow": *Dirndl apron bow in the middle Tying the bow of sexy dirndl dresses this way can attract a lot of incredulous looks, especially when the wearers themselves don't know its meaning. Different from what you might think (left-free, right-taken, middle-unsure?), these ...


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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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I would put it like this: There is no general speed limit on the Autobahn, meaning that when there is no specific speed limit announced via signs, you can theoretically go as fast as you want (Nowadays though, there are speed limit signs on most sections of the Autobahn). This applies to any drivers, regardless of nationality. I would however recommend that,...


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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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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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As, according to the information in your question, it does not really matter what you wear, it has to be how you behave. I would say, if you see one of the blue girls walking around who might have a ticket, make eye contact, smile a friendly smile and hope for the best. As so often, it will be the charm of the person they select that will be the reason to ...


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The German children’s show die Sendung mit der Maus once talked about that. Their explanation was: Weil da 0 arbeiten und 0 wohnen. Because 0 work there and 0 live there. I am aware that the explanation is a little sketchy but it was broadcasted on national TV so …


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It's an outhouse Flushing toilets are marked WC Non flushing toilets like outhouses, porta pottys and shitholes in general are marked as 00


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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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Apart from the regular travel search, DB also features a Sparpreisfinder (rough translation: cheap price finder). You will need to use the out-of-country one that I linked (hopefully the link doesn’t die), select Sweden as the country and Stockholm as the station. It features four options from Saarbrücken to Stockholm ranging from €139 to €169 if you don’t ...


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You can rent wheelchairs, scooters and walkers in many cities in Germany on: https://meinhilfsmittel.de/en (Note: I am one of the developers of the site, if you have any question feel free to ask :)


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Download the DB app in your smartphone. Then use the ticket number to download the ticket into the DB app in your smart phone. It will become a Handyticket automatically. In that case all you show is your smartphone. I have done it several times.


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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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Frankfurt Flughafen is the right choice for what you have described. There is a tube stop in the airport where you can take the "S-Bahn" to Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. It leaves every 15 minutes between 0500 and 2330 and it's a 15 minute ride. From Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof it's a 10 minute walk along the river to the Römer Platz (the cultural center of gravity) ...


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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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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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I agree with user "9ilsdx 9rvj 0lo" that your friend needs to get her paperwork in order. A Verpflichtungserklärung is not only an invitation letter. She agrees to pay all costs of the goverment related to your stay (and your removal, should you overstay). Because of her low income, she will have to put some money into a bond. If something goes seriously ...


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Doing the following click-path makes them offer the credit card and PayPal options for a new user. In fact, I have been unable to find a way to get to a payment screen without those options. First choose the appropriate BahnCard type: Then choose to order as a guest (it is important to not login with your account as this does not allow you to book for ...


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You've got something wrong there. It's unlikely it's required to be home owner in order to issue VPE because most people in Germany don't own homes/flats, they just rent them. It seems your friend is not registered at her current place of living, which is mandatory, and she should do that immediately! It doesn't matter who is the owner of the place where ...


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No, you will not go through border control (unless you need to collect and recheck your luggage). I've done this many times and there are buses, airside, connecting the terminals in Heathrow. Just follow the 'Flight Connections' signage. You will, however, go through a security screening at some point (in Terminal 4 if I recall correctly).


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There is actually a South African company that provides what they call Autobahn Blasts: driving at high speed on a de-restricted section of the Autobahn. Now, I do not know if they're trustworthy, but they seem to have a number of high-profile sponsors. Here's a link to the relevant page on their website: http://www.roadandrace.co.za/services/road-tours-...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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You are talking about Germany, of course there are alternatives. For so long a journey you have the choice out of several long distance motorways, Google finds both the A1 you plan to use and the A7, which they recon is a few minutes faster. And it is not coming near Blankenheim/Tondorf or Kelberg. But does taking the A7 make you miss all works on the ...


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As others have noted, these temporary speed limit signs are equally valid as permanent signs are. As such, when speeding and getting caught you face the same consequences as if there had been a fixed sign on the roadside. However, I disagree with the other answers somewhat. Germany is very lenient when it comes to enforcing speed limits. It is not unheard ...


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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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As pointed out by @sweber these signs are valid and this being Germany, yes the limits will be enforced. I've been passing through one such stretch fairly frequently and while I have never seen mobile radars there, I have been warned of popular spots and have frequently heard the warnings on the radio. Also the vast majority of drivers really sticks to the ...


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Other answers have covered the options of buying a Swiss vignette, however there's one more option you can try. When you get to the rental agency, ask if they have a car with a Swiss vignette in their inventory. While this may seem far-fetched, I've actually seen rental cars in Czech Republic with a valid Swiss vignette. Since they're valid for 14 months ...


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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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Currently, 52% of the German motorways do not have a speed limit, 15% have temporary speed limits due to weather or traffic conditions and 33% have permanent speed limits. On unlimited sections there is a 130 km/h recommendation. German Autobahn Speed Limit Information German autobahns have no federally mandated speed limit for some classes of ...


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1.You would also need a ZAV letter commonly known as the work permit from the Arbeits Agentur. Is this "invitation letter" your Internship agreement/contract? And does it have the exact dates of your internship? 2. Its a little illogical to go for an "internship" in Germany when you are already working in China assuming its a full-time job. Mostly, an ...


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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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It seems the German officials are not convinced that you will return to China or to India after your internship. A former employer in China is no compelling reason for you to return to China. There seems to be no compelling reason for you to return to India, either. Your appeal should focus on those things. An old background check from India won't help ...


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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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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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All things being equal it's safer to go just about anywhere in Germany or just about anywhere in Western Europe than it is to be in the US: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate DE: 0.9 / US: 3.8 http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Crime-levels#amount DE: 23.57 / US: 55.84 Even if there's a ...


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When I last travelled to switzerland by car I was able to buy a Vignette in Frankfurt, at ADAC


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Edited 1: check with your car rental company about the vignette. Border areas will most likely provide a car with the vignette already affixed if they know you will be traversing Switzerland. 2: Renting a vignette is not possible. Buying one is simple Previously In Switzerland you need a vignette to use the motorways. It costs 40 CHF and is available ...


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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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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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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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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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