Questions tagged [germany]

A large country in Western Europe that attracts visitors for its Oktoberfest, Gothic architecture, unlimited Autobahn speeds, romantic day cruises on the Danube and Rhine Rivers, and many more destinational offerings. Germany is also a member of the Schengen regime and uses a unique liability pledge for applicants that use a cosponsor. A substantial number of Germans speak English with near fluency, especially in the medium-to-large cities.

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Will traveling from Athens to Germany with a connection flight in Istanbul cancel my one entry visa to the Schengen area?

I have a single-entry Schengen tourism visa from the Greek embassy, Greece and will be traveling to Athens. However, I have a flight afterwards from Athens to Germany (Cologne) with Pegasus airlines ...
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Got new credit card since booking DB ticket - how to provide ID on train?

Since booking two tickets on Deutsche Bahn a couple months ago, I've gotten a new debit card with a new number. The DB website stresses that an ID (credit or debit card used for the purchase, or ...
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How can I discern if a bottled drink is carbonated or not in Germany?

I have assumed that carbonated bottled drinks have the rugged base. But today I purchased a bottled drink in supermarket that doesn't have the rugged base, but it still was carbonated. So I can't ...
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How can I travel to Germany with my dog?

I will be traveling to Germany (from the USA) in a few months and hope to bring my dog, a 10 lb Chihuahua-mix. I would like to do this with a minimum of difficulty, so I am hoping to hear the ...
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Cheap bus lines in Germany, something like Orangeways?

Are there any cheap bus lines inside Germany? Something like Orangeways? I've checked Deutsche Bahn cost for transport from Berlin to München and I was shocked with the price about 100 Euro. By ...
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How are validated underground tickets checked in Berlin?

I have been travelling around Berlin the last few days. I have bought a ticket for the underground zones A and B every day but my ticket has not been checked once and there are no barriers (I'm from ...
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Are there speed cameras on stretches of the Autobahn with a temporary speed limit?

Driving on the Autobahn one can often see a temporary speed limit: Are these limits actually enforced, either through a speed camera or by policemen carrying a radar?
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Receive packages from Amazon.de while in Germany for 3 weeks (Tourist)

I'm going to Germany for 3 weeks in December. While I'm there I'd like to order a few things off Amazon.de and have them delivered at the place I'm staying in (it's a paid apartment and the owners are ...
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Urgent help needed with stolen visa

I'm having a vacation in Paris with my girlfriend. She is a Russian exchange student but studying/living until September in Germany. Unfortunately, her bag including the German visa got stolen. Our ...
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What do these white blocks mean at an intersection?

Here in Germany where I live, in lieu of stop signs, a lot of intersections have things that look somewhat like this: It's a set of four or five white blocks. It's similar to the solid line you'd ...
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Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany

I want to go to Berlin to Gottingen by train. I found that to avail myself of the “savings fare”, I have to book a ticket at least one day in advance. And I saw a requirement on the Bahn ...
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Schengen visa refusal on threat to public policy, security, health

I applied for German Schengen visa as a medical escort to my relative in a different country from where I reside, but my visa application was refused and the refusal letter was written in German as ...
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Where can I buy the German environmental badge while driving to my destination in Germany?

I am driving to Germany today and just noticed that I am traveling to a city which requires a so called "Umwelt-plakette" or environmental badge to enter. Normally you need to order them in advance. ...
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Where were these castle pictures from WW II taken?

I have four pictures taken during WWII but one of them isn't so great, although it does seem to show a tall tower within the building somewhere (added this pic--view from hill in back of castle). My ...
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How can a tourist obtain an 'authentic' duelling scar?

Introduction... The dueling scar, also called schmiss or renommierschmiss (bragging scar), was considered a mark of honor. Young fraternity men proved their valor in these duels, which were ...
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European citizen travelling to another European country without valid passport

My partner just left The Netherlands to drive to Germany. He called me to say he is already 3 hours in the trip, crossed the border and reminded himself that he forgot his passport. He asked me to ...
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What's open over Easter in Germany?

I am planning a trip to Germany next spring, and to avoid having to use too many of my days holiday allowance from work, I'm considering going over Easter, travelling UK->Germany on Saturday 7th April,...
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Should a non-EU citizen always carry his/her passport in Germany?

The new EU-like Turkish ID cards are not valid in the EU countries yet, but I wonder if I need to carry my passport while already in an EU country (e.g. Germany). Unlike this question, I don't intend ...
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How do North Americans use toilet paper? [closed]

I saw a joke on an American late-night show about that Germans fold their toilet paper. I got confused. As a German myself I thought "Wait what? What's wrong with that?" and I assumed North Americans ...
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Do you need a Vignette to travel the roads of Switzerland, and how can I obtain one?

To drive on Swiss motorways if I recall correctly one needs a Vignette based on what I have been reading I should be able to buy it at various places in the country. I am renting a car in Frankfurt ...
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Is there Wi-Fi in the ICE trains in Germany?

I will travel from Frankfurt to Berlin by ICE and I wanted to ask if there is Wi-Fi in the trains and how much does it cost?
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What kinds of compensation can I get from Deutsche Bahn for canceled and late trains?

I recently traveled from the Basel area to Stuttgart for a weekend. I had round-trip tickets including (paid) bicycle reservations. At our first station change, we found that our EC train was ...
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What kind of Visa do I need to land on the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg?

Assuming I'm not a citizen of the European union, and that I have a Schengen Visa with Germany as the main destination, do I need to make any special arrangements to land at this airport? The ...
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Why does Google suggest roundabout routes in Berlin?

Have a look at this way to get from point A to point B as proposed by google maps: http://goo.gl/JuV4K Why does it use S5 and S1 and then some walking instead of using U1? Won't using U1 be faster ...
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Is there an obligation to renew a small child's passport before its expiry date?

I obtained my daughter's first children passport when she was just a few months old. Now she is three and during our last flight an immigration officer complained that her passport had a baby photo. ...
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What are these little yellow boxes at German pedestrian crossings? [duplicate]

I've been to Germany twice now: Once to Berlin and once to Bielefeld. Both places had these yellow boxes with the same pattern at pedestrian crossings. At first I thought they were to press for ...
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Can I take my bicycle into all German trains?

I want to take a train with my bicycle from somewhere in Germany to Switzerland. Concerning this, I have a couple of question that all go to the same direction: Can I take my bike in every train? Or ...
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Traveling from Germany to other countries by train?

I'm going to be taking a trip to Germany in a few days. I will be in Munich and I was considering taking the train to somewhere in Austria (Innsbruck maybe?) so I could see the Alps. I'm wondering ...
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Does Frankfurt have two airports?

I am planning to fly to Frankfurt and I saw that there are two airports: FRA (Frankfurt Airport) and HHN (Frankfurt–Hahn Airport). Which one is more convenient and closer to cultural places including ...
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Germany rejected my entry to Schengen countries

I was deported from Germany in 2015 and I hired a lawyer, but he didn't inform me as to when this deportation order will end. So I tried to enter Germany in January 2018. They refused to let me enter ...
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Can I live in Berlin comfortably for one month with 1,000 euros if housing is free? [closed]

I'm traveling to Germany in December. My budget is 1,000 euros. Housing will be free, because a friend of mine will let me stay at her house at no cost. I'm planning on partying around once a week, ...
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Are there online maps showing the speed limit on the German highways?

I know that on the German highways (autobahns) there is no general speed limit, however parts of the autobahns have a posted speed limits (130 km/h or less). Are there any online maps showing the ...
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How to pay german traffic ticket while being in the USA?

Yesterday, 2 pieces of paper have appeared in my mailbox in the USA. From what I understand, it is a traffic ticket, from Germany from Summer trip, which found its way to my address in the USA. I do ...
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Should I carry my passport for a domestic flight in Germany

I am a foreign national having a German residence permit. I have to catch a domestic flight operated by Lufthansa to Munich from Hamburg and back. Unfortunately, my passport is with the UK consulate ...
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Do I need a towel in saunas in Germany?

There is always a problem: what to take with, and what would be provided on place? How it is with towels in saunas in Germany? Do you have to take a sauna towel with you? Or the towel is rented in ...
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Tipping in hotels in Germany

When staying in a hotel in Germany (Bavaria), what are the customs concerning tipping hotel staff, in particular chambermaids? Is tipping expected, and if yes, how much? What is a reasonable amount ...
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Where can I find short term apartment rental offers in Berlin?

I'm looking to rent an apartment in Berlin for three months starting in April. What websites / real estate agents / vacation rental companies exist for renting an apartment long term in Berlin? I've ...
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Can I drive in EU states and Switzerland with German proof of a surrendered U.S. license?

I'm an American citizen living in Germany since January, 2019. I have/had a valid Illinois (U.S.) driver's license. In Germany, residents with U.S. driver's licenses from certain states can apply for ...
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How to improve the chances of getting a free ticket from a “Blue Girl” at the Bayreuth Festival?

Later this year (in August) the world's prominent classical music lovers will converge in a sleepy little Bavarian town for the annual Bayreuth Festival. Source: By Rico Neitzel - http://www.rizi-...
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Need to understand why my Schengen visa was refused

I applied for a schengen visa, to attend some interviews in Germany. I am a doctor, and a recruiting agency is arranging all the interviews. They provided me with an invitation letter, stating they ...
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Visa for European countries for US passport holder

I'm a US passport holder. What documents do I need when I fly from the U.S. to Germany? Assume I'm going for a few weeks of vacation. Obviously I need my passport. What about a "visa"? Anything ...
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Can I live in Munich - Germany for a month with 500 Eur

I have to travel Munich Germany (specifically: Hansastraße) and live for a period of 3 months. I have 500 Eur/ Month stipend. So, can I live? Is it possible to manage Food (pure-veg), Accommodation ...
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How can I tell a Deutsche Bahn train has a supplementary charge?

My tickets for Gamescom came with free public transport tickets. While the Gamescom website reasonably clearly explains where they can be used, I failed to find if the train I have to take is of the ...
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What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Germany? [duplicate]

I'll be staying in Berlin for one month and I have an unlocked iPhone (GSM) that I'd like to use while I'm here. What are my choices for SIM cards and packages that include data?
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Repercussions of denied entry on Schengen zone without a visa

My mother, who had an expired Schengen visa from a previous trip in her passport, was just refused entry to the Schengen Area at Frankfurt, from where she was to take a connecting flight to Budapest. ...
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Travelling from Germany to Iran

Travelling from Germany to Iran, I'm looking for the cheapest but comfortable way. One idea is to travel to Turkey then going to Iran form there. There are many flights with reasonable price for ...
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How do DB seat numbers work?

When travelling on German DB trains with a seat reservation, you usually get a car number and a seat number. Seat numbers are integers unique within each car. Typically, these seat numbers are ...
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How to get from Frankfurt-Hahn airport (HHN) to Frankfurt am Main International Airport (FRA)?

I have found a flight from Frankfurt International airport (FRA), but from my city only Ryanair flies to Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN). The problem is that one airport is 114 km from the other. What's the ...
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Is it frequent that a tomato is thrown at a tram in Berlin/Germany?

When I arrived at Berlin and got on a tram and took a seat near the door, a tomato was thrown just before the door was closed. It hit the window and two people in front of me got a broken piece of ...
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Can I legally get SIM card in Germany as a tourist?

This late July I went to EU for a 10 day trip. I live in the US. When I stopped at TMobile (or was it Deutsche Telekom?) store at Hamburg to buy a local SIM card. I was told that this is impossible, ...