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Tipping is not at all mandatory in Germany and usually the service personnel does not rely on tips as much as in the USA, say. Usually, if you do not state the amount you want to round up to ("make it X EUR" — or "Stimmt so" if you do not expect change at all), they will start picking up coins from their purse and give you the exact amount of change ...


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According to this link (only in German), it is to check if you have bought the ticket just right now or a sufficient amount of time before. The rules usually are, that you have to buy a ticket before you get on the train. Now, with mobile tickets, some "clever" people thought, they just need to buy a ticket when they see the conductor, and to ride free when ...


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As at most international airports in Europe, all of the passport control officers will speak English. I was there a month ago, speak no German, and had no problem communicating with them.


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TL;DR Tipping is never mandatory, but most Germans do it. 5%-10% is most common, round up to a whole number, or to 50 ct if amount < 10€ Not tipping does not automatically mean that you were unsatisfied, but could be a hint. Should I tip? In general, deciding whether or how much to tip is a subject of debate in Germany as well, just as in many other ...


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The bicycle riders have to be careful and wait if necessary. Here is a German newspaper article on the subject. The basis for the rule is § 20 of the German traffic regulations (StVO), whose first two paragraphs translate roughly to: (1) Busses, trams, and school busses, which stop at designated stopping points (sign number 224), may only be passed ...


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It is perfectly normal to accept or reject the receipt if that is asked. It is slightly impolite to reject a receipt if it has been printed and handed out, since this slows the checkout line for everybody and since the sales clerk may not have a waste basket nearby. The shop is always required to keep records for tax purposes. Generally that means printing ...


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I live in Munich and the deposit you pay is intended to cover a breaking or taking of the cup. Especially at a Christmas market it is expected that people will keep the cups or bottles as souvenirs -- that's why the deposit is so high. The more valuable the cup, the higher the price of the deposit. So don't worry about it being "stealing." I have never seen ...


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@dunni's answer describes the attack that this security measure attempts to mitgate. A comment on his answer claims that this is "security theatre"; I describe in this answer (because this explanation is too long to fit into a comment) why it is not. Most security measures cannot completely prevent attacks. An effective security measure is one that ...


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Yes. The Frankfurt Airport website page on Muslim prayer rooms says: Friday prayers are held in the Muslim prayer room in Terminal 1 every Friday at the time stated in the prayer calendar. Prayer room for Muslims Terminal 1, Level 3, Departures B, Room 201.3014-3015 Terminal 1, Level 2, near Gate B22 Terminal 2, Level 3, near Gate D1 ...


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There is pretty much nothing you can do to change this. A ban means exactly that - you are not allowed to enter the Schengen area until the ban is over. There are a small number of exceptions, but to have any hope of using them you need to employ an experienced lawyer specializing in these cases. This will be very expensive and have little chance of ...


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The chances of you being "denied boarding" are very low. There is no pre boarding check, nobody is standing at the door counting passengers. So there is nobody to deny you boarding. What is possible is that the train is physically so full that the train cannot leave, and when it does happen it usually escalates to the point where a train will be ...


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Yes there is near gate B26. There are rooms for multiple faiths It provides wudu area both for brothers and sisters


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It's absolutely in Ordnung. If you don't need it, you don't take it, as many people in Germany do.


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There is already a good answer: It provides an additional quick visual indicator in case the passenger bought the ticket only after entering the vehicle and spotting the conductor. But let's add some more context. Ticket controls do not usually pay for themselves with fines. Ticket controls are paid for by getting more people to buy tickets. The goal of ...


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As long as you stay within the Schengen Area, you should be able to travel freely without any systematic passport checks, so in most cases, it looks exactly like domestic travel. The Schengen Area is composed of 22 of the 28 EU member states, as well as some other non-EU states such as Switzerland. Germany and Austria are both part of the Schengen Area. ...


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If you do not have sole custody, get a letter from the mother stating that she has no objection. The child's passport. Possibly a transit visa for all concerned. Follow-Up: As far as Germany is concerned, the letter need not be notarized but it should contain the current contact details of the other legal guardian.


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The debate is between folding it or crumpling it, it is not about the number of sheets. A single sheet would be inadequate in most cases in either form. I know this is a strange question. Heck, you may have never even thought about it before. However, when watching TV with the German boyfriend recently, a show mentioned that different cultures have ...


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Others have explained how tipping works normally in Germany. I'd like to add that what you describe would certainly be a reason for me to not tip at all, i.e. insist on my full change: refusing the correct change is just totally outside acceptable behaviour for a waiter. And by the way, it is less usual but not unheard of to first get the full change and ...


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You can check this by trying to book a reservation on bahn.de - Select "Reservation only" on the main page, then search for your train, try to make a reservation (without logging in), click on "select seat" and the layout of the coach will be shown. For the 20th of December, an ICE train type is used for which seats 13 and 15 are next to each other and ...


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If it's a single booking, your bags will automatically checked through to your final destination. You should be getting the boarding passes of both flights in Hamburg from the Kiosk and the baggage tag should show your final destination. See https://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/Checking-in-baggage for baggage drop off instruction in Hamburg More info on using ...


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As soon as you give your passport to the officer, he/she will know whether you are a German citizen or not. If you are a non-EU/EFTA citizen and on the right queue, the officer doesn't need your passport either to start talking in English. The questions generally include the following topics: Purpose of your visit Duration of your stay Your return ticket ...


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They are an aid for the visually and aurally impaired. They vibrate when the light turns green. Please see this and this.


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These are standard radiator thermostat valves. They are usually marked 0 — off (most thermostat valve heads don't have this setting) ❄ — anti-frost (usually 6°C) 1 — 12°C ☽ — energy saving (usually 14°C) 2 — 16°C 3 — 20°C 4 — 24°C 5 — 28°C Note these are target room temperatures. Regardless at which setting you put the thermostat, if the air around the ...


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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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Tipping is generally never mandatory in Germany, but the general etiquette is: Restaurants and bars where they bring you food and drink to the table: Yes Restaurants where you carry your food to the table yourself: No Bars where you carry your drink to the table yourself: Optional, but doing so can improve quality of service if you want another drink later. ...


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An German blue card is a residence permit issued in the EU uniform format. It looks like other German residence permits (that is, it's not physically very blue, though some of the background pattern is blue) except for the annotation BLAUE KARTE EU. As a uniform-format residence card from a Schengen country, the card allows you to enter the Schengen area ...


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You should always have your passport with you when out of your own country.  Within Schengen, you’ll not likely be asked for it, but it’s possible, and if you don’t have it when asked, definitely a hassle or worse. You can probably book train trips on whatever site you use within Germany, but you can also easily do it at Loco. There are probably other ...


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Even if you pay a deposit for the glass, cup or other tableware, you are supposed to return it and get the deposit back. It does not entitle you to steal the cup, even if you forfeit the deposit by doing so. Deposit for tableware is quite common in Germany, not only at the christmas markets. There are however usually several places to buy such cups as well, ...


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German traffic code gives transit passengers special priority, all traffic including bicycles may only pass the vehicle on the right at a walking pace and need to yield to passengers alighting or embarking. (From a detailed explanation this website [in German].)


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The national railway company, Deutsche Bahn, has a website where you can plan journeys, purchase tickets, etc. It has English (and several other European languages) as an option as well. https://www.bahn.de/


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