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DB: Can I still use the return journey if I miss the outbound train?

DB does not really do "return" tickets. If you buy a "return" ticket from A to B and back to A what you really are doing is buying a ticket A to B, and another one B to A, in the ...
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German guesthouse asking for date of birth

It is required by the German law to obtain such information from guests (source): Meldescheine Durch den § 30 kommen die Besonderen Meldescheine für Beherbergungsbetriebe ins Spiel. Diese sind auf ...
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Overstayed my visa in Germany by 9 days

There is now an official record that you apparently did break German law. I write 'apparently' because you have not been sentenced in court. Violating §95 AufenthG could lead to a fine or even to a ...
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In Germany, are any of these jackets legally or socially acceptable for an American tourist?

You're looking for an "authoritative" answer, but this is a nuanced question and you're not going to get a black and white answer about this being acceptable or not. But if you insist on a ...
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What does ggf reserviert mean on DB trains?

“ggf.” stands for gegebenenfalls or “possibly”. It means the seat has been set aside in the railway booking system for last minute reservations. The official website recommends not sitting there ...
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Booked Lufthansa Flight + Train, where do I go for baggage reclaim?

To supplement @deceze's answer, I fly with similar connections in Frankfurt frequently. The baggage is inconsistently routed to the air terminal baggage claim or the rail terminal baggage claim. I ...
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Travel from Munich to Scotland avoiding flight

Maybe not the cheapest but possibly the quickest, easiest, and most comfortable is by train. Munich to Paris. Paris to London via Eurostar through the tunnel. London to Edinburgh. You can ...
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My cancelled flight caused me to overstay my visa and now my visa application was rejected

Actually, you did overstay. Your best defense is that it was negligent rather than intentional, but you are responsible for reading the regulations. For the benefit of other readers of this Q&A: ...
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Overstayed my visa in Germany by 9 days

Just to address the After telling my boss, he said that he can write me a letter to explain the extra days If I need it. part. Whatever your boss writes in that letter, it will most probably work ...
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If my 00:22 Deutsche Bahn train is cancelled and the following train is inconvenient, can I leave earlier?

Yes. If your train is cancelled or if one of the trains in your itinerary is so delayed that you can assume to arrive at your final destination more than 20 minutes late, the ticket can be used on any ...
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Are there any (non-touristic) stations in Germany that cannot be reached by the Deutschland Ticket?

The Bahnhof Limburg Süd is only served by ICE trains, so you can not take a train to that station on the Deutschlandticket. It is, however, served by some local buses, so it is possible to visit the ...
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Dimensions of railway station lifts in Germany

The answer appears to be Yes! I found some datasets maintained by DB, in CSV format, that have data for width, depth, height and door width of many cabins. Data for the lift in Rüsselsheim is there, ...
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How can I know if a seat reservation on ICE would be useful?

If you use DB's online search (reiseauskunft.bahn.de), you will see an estimate right underneath the travel times. Orthogonal to your question title, but given that you debate getting a reservation, ...
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15 year old crossing the Germany/Netherlands border - do I need parental letter?

You don't need any paperwork from your parents, but you are required (it is not just a good idea) to carry an official id card or a passport. I am not sure about Dutch law, but you are required by ...
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Is there any way to find the distance covered by a train in a particular rail route between two stations?

You can use a routing engine that allows routing on the train network. E.g. bikerouter.de will do the job as long as all the tracks are available in OpenStreetMap. It usually needs some fine tuning to ...
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In Germany, are any of these jackets legally or socially acceptable for an American tourist?

Is it illegal? As long as you wear it as part of your civilian clothes, lets say with blue jeans and normal shoes, nobody will think you are "in uniform" or impersonating anybody. You will ...
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Applied for Germany visa in the UK, but traveling from India. Will there be a problem?

There is no reason this should be a problem. There is no restriction and no requirement regarding where you are entering the Schengen area from.
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Does one need to buy tickets in advance for Deutsche Bahn train?

You need to buy the train ticket before entering the train (the option to buy it online is switched off around departure; and only on some trains you are allowed to buy the ticket onboard against an ...
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Who counts as a pupil or as a student in Germany?

It is difficult to give a short and consistent English translation of the German words Schüler (here, translated as pupil) and Student (translated as student). The English words pupil and student are ...
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Travel from Munich to Scotland avoiding flight

As usual The man in seat 61 has lots of advice on the subject. See the section London to Stuttgart & Munich which gives 4 options to London: TGV to Paris, Eurostar to London ICE to Cologne, ...
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Why can't I apply for a visa from my home country when I am currently resident in another country?

The rules vary a lot from country to country (some don’t care at all where you apply, others are very strict, and some are in between), but for those which require (or prefer) you to apply in your ...
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15 year old crossing the Germany/Netherlands border - do I need parental letter?

Too long, didn't read: ID is strictly required, letter is recommended. There are no formal border controls at the internal borders of the Schengen Area, to which both the Netherlands and Germany ...
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Seat reservation requirements for TGV trips entirely within Germany

I got confirmation from DB: No seat reservation required.
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Travel from Munich to Scotland avoiding flight

The comfortable route, if you can sleep on a train: NightJet 468 from Munich East to Paris. EuroStar from Paris to London Caledonian Sleeper from London to Glasgow/Edinburgh/Inverness/Aberdeen/Fort ...
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Deutschlandticket for US residents

The Deutschlandticket is sold by a variety of transit operators, each with its own buying process and requirements. If you do not meet the requirements for one operator, try another. Because the ...
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Accidently drove through Umweltzone Munich without sticker

There's no automated checking. This would require a database of license plates storing whether the requirements for the sticker are fulfilled, and this doesn't exist. Umweltzone violations are mostly ...
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In Germany, are any of these jackets legally or socially acceptable for an American tourist?

I can’t speak to Germany specifically, but most of the places in Europe I’ve been to, someone walking around in a plain (no camo, no rank/unit insignias, no official lettering), outdated military/LE ...
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If my 00:22 Deutsche Bahn train is cancelled and the following train is inconvenient, can I leave earlier?

Just for information. After explaining at the Reisen Centrum that I needed to be in Heidelberg at 10am the next day and even though the "suggested" replacement for my 0.22am train would make ...
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Is there any way to find the distance covered by a train in a particular rail route between two stations?

One option if you know with lines we’re used (there are sometimes many options from A to B) is to use Wikipedia and a calculator. At least in France, but this is probably true elsewhere, Wikipedia has ...
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Uber in Germany (esp. Cologne and Frankfurt)

Uber is available in Cologne. Those answers provided by google should always be taken with a hefty pinch of salt - if you click through you'll see that the source for the quote in your first ...
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