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Simple answer - you don't. Unless you're blind, as that's who they are designed for. And given that your question started with "I see ..." I'm going to presume that you are, indeed, not blind! Their purpose is not to make the light turn green, but to allow a blind person to know when it has changed to green. For the longer answer, refer to this blog post ...


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1) There are three stops for ICE leaving Berlin in the direction of Leipzig: Berlin Hbf and Berlin Südkreuz. The third one is either Berlin-Spandau or Berlin-Gesundbrunnen. The fifth station in Berlin that is served by ICE trains is Berlin Ostbahnhof, but there are no services from there to Leipzig. You can reach any of the four possible starting points ...


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As the travel is in Germany, I would go to the German rail planner Bahn.de, which has the option to select 'all stations' for cities. (It is available in many languages, I have selected the English version here.) When you enter the name of a city the site knows has several stations, it gives the name in all capital letters as well as in normal ...


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In Germany, the finder of lost or "apparently abandoned" items is required to turn them in at the Fundbüro. The one for Berlin is at the former Tempelhof airport terminal. If the item is claimed by the owner within 6 months, the finder gets a small monetary reward (a few percent of the value) and the owner gets the item back. If the item is not claimed in ...


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It is possible but not certain if you are a reasonably healthy adult without heavy luggage. Step out of of the regional or rapid-transit train on the upper level. Take the stairs to ground level. Two minutes, maybe. Walk to on the ground level towards the stairs to the subway. That makes the difference, depending on which stairs you took from the upper ...


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Those Rauchabzug buttons control electrical window openers on a skylight. It's only to be pressed in case of fire. The beeping may mean there's something wrong with the skylight or the opener. You should ask the facility manager (German: der Hausmeister) to do something about it.


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This is an old question, but I feel it necessary to add some information that I learned the hard way the first few days here. On many sidewalks in Berlin, there are two discernible types of stone laid down - on the (usually) larger 'lane' is normal stone or concrete, and on the other 'lane' - usually closer to the street - there will be another type of ...


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Deutsche Bahn has a toolbox called Ist mein Zug pünktlich?. They also publish statistics. Both are an authoritative source. To my experience, delays are worst with regional trains as they wait for delayed IC/EC and ICE trains so passengers won't miss their regional connections.


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As has already been pointed out, there is no train station anywhere near Tegel airport and you must use a bus or taxi to get to any S, U or regional/long distance train. However, you can still search on bahn.de from Tegel airport. What it will give you is an itinerary from Tegel including the bus you have to take to {reasonable station} and then the train ...


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I can't answer the first question (whether this card is all you need or just a temporary one), but for the others: Firstly, I assume you're talking about the BVG Umweltkarte (the other susbcriptions are only available to students/pensioners and have their own rules). It's certainly not true that the ticket is only valid for the person whose name is on the ...


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To top up your account without using an app, you have different option. Those are all listed on this FAQ page. I will sum them up rather than quoting German text. You can set up automatic charging when your balance falls below a certain amount online in your account You can buy credit online in your account (or the app) You can buy a voucher in any ALDI ...


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Credit cards are not accepted everywhere in Germany. Generally we use Maestro debit cards. These cards are commonly referred to as EC-Karte. The system used to not allow touch payment, and is similar to a "chip and PIN" with debit VISA or Master Cards or credit cards. Over the last years, supermarkets have started accepting credit card, and gas stations ...


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A lot of confusion (among Germans!) probably stems from the very similar and also yellow boxes that Germans have known for decades to be on some traffic lights which call for a green light for pedestrians (see image below). Once my child self had internalised that these should be pressed when you wanted to cross a road (if there was one of those boxes, the ...


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One such clinic is this one. It’s location: Wilmersdorfer Straße 98/99 10629 Berlin It offers a HPV vaccine.


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We were desperate and our landlord was not doing anything. After reading @Janka's answer we tried to open the cover and it worked for a while. But beepings started again. We kept the cover open but no luck. Then we saw a small button inside. On the board it was written something like "reset". Anyway, I do not encourage anybody to do it, but we pressed that ...


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The card you would get in the mail is the same kind of plastic card that they gave you in the store. It should say fahrCard on it. We can't know how long this card is valid though. Your best option is to either call BVG, or take a friend who speaks German and go to their office. Typically you would order the subscription, which starts from the 1st of the ...


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I write this answer as it might help someone in the future - this is slightly weird. My Apple account is created in the USA, so, I assumed if I changed that to Germany, it will surely work out. This turns out not to be true. Then I used the link posted an earlier answer for the iOS German ALDI talk app. The link is here and I was not able to open it in the ...


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This answer completes Willeke's great suggestion, which I think covers pretty well how to find out which station is the best for you to choose. Since you asked explicitely how to find out which stations you can use, I want to suggest another way, in case the search with capital letters (i.e. BERLIN) doesn't satisfy your needs. This is looking at the list of ...


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2019: When you start your journey with any valid AB or BC ticket, you stamp the extension-ticket thus creating a valid ABC ticket. The Kurzstrecken ticket may not be used for this purpose (different price). (In 2012 this may have been possible, but for many years now no longer is) The Kurzstrecken (short distance) may only be used for 3 U/S-Bahn or 6 Bus/...


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