I am from India and I visited Germany last year. In the itinerary I submitted with my Schengen visa application I mentioned that I wanted to travel to Poland, Czech, Austria and Hungary. However during my actual trip, I changed my itinerary a bit and I also spent a considerable amount of time in Germany. I will be going there again this year as a student.
I am now applying for a German student visa. In the student visa application it asks if I have visited Germany earlier. Would it be right to reveal that I have visited earlier? Would this be taken negatively, since I had not mentioned it in my itinerary? Or can I just hide the fact and mention that I have not visited Germany earlier? During my stay in Germany, I stayed in hostels, and was asked to submit a copy of my passport. Is there any way for the Germany embassy to find out my earlier trip to Germany?
I am trying to figure out what would be the best thing to write in my application. Thank you for the help!