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I live in Prague where the water is equally safe to drink and tastes well, however plenty of people still buy bottled water. The reasons are: Different flavors. Bottled water comes in a variety of tastes and levels of carbonation, which is obviously unavailable from the tap. As suggested by long-time resident @Relaxed, this is part of the German affinity ...


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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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The best source I can find is this picture gallery of the local newspaper (Süddeutsche Zeitung, in German). My advice is based on that, own experience and other sources where mentioned: You can bring your own food. (Within some limits, see below. Unless it is a "Wirtsgarten".) In case you bring food, you might want to think of napkins, cutlery, tablecloth, ...


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Not very severe. In Munich as with most of Germany, automated transport ticket machines can be changed easily to a number of different languages. Physical German signs are mostly in German but their alphabet is very similar to English so can be easily memorised when you need to know certain place names. However, Munich is a very walkable city which I would ...


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https://www.swm.de/privatkunden/m-wasser/qualitaet.html This website belongs to the Stadtwerke Munich. They state that Alle Werte von M-Wasser liegen weit unter den gesetzlich vorgeschriebenen Grenzen. Dadurch eignet sich M-Wasser hervorragend als Trinkwasser und sogar ausgezeichnet zur Zubereitung von Babynahrung. Durch seine lebenswichtigen ...


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There is no meaning in the ‘dress code’ of your picture — simply because there is no dress code involved. Your wife attempted to look like the locals — wearing a Dirndl — but failed absolutely miserably at it. Traditional Dirndl are ankle-long, come with an apron and don’t show the underdress. The underdress (clearly visible in your picture) is essentially ...


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The legal situation is unfortunately a bit more complicated than what is stated by Dirty-flow and user24582. Even if the German traffic regulations do not directly forbid you to sleep in your car, you may easily violate other regulations doing so. Roads and public parking spaces may in general only be used for traffical purposes and even though stopping ...


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Well...it has no meaning as "dress code", it simply looks wrong. Here a picture of actual "diandlgwand" (girl clothes) with different cuts of colors: and here the short form: All clothes have one-piece (!) skirts which at least reaches the knee, very often combined with a apron. Your wife skirt is too short and it is not one piece: it shows a second skirt ...


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As @Dirty-flow said, sleeping in the car is allowed, but you should not sleep in the driver's seat etc. if you are drunk, to avoid being fined for drunk driving. There are many areas, especially inside of the "Mittlerer Ring", where parking is restricted (residents only or parking ticket, see map or text). I'd suggest to park somewhere in the outskirts, ...


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You cannot do this. If you miss the first leg of your ticket, the airline will cancel all the rest of your flights. You'd turn up in Munich and find that your reservation to Tokyo has been cancelled. Munich is well designed for short connections, and you won't have to pass through immigration, so an hour isn't particularly unreasonable, provided that your ...


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Yes, you can: Accommodation: Hostels are very cheap, here says that you can stay one night from 10 euros. Anyway, in my experience, if you talk with the owner you can get a discount for a long period stay. So, say you will expend 300 euros on this. Transport: Forget to take public transport. Use your legs. Try to find a hostel near the places you will visit ...


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The City of Munich operates a number of indoor (and outdoor) swimming pools in and around Munich. These pools are invariably fitted out with changing rooms and showers. There is no need to go swimming if you only want to use the shower, but you will still have to pay the entrance fee. You can peruse a list at Statwerke Muenchen. As for 'reasonable fee', ...


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It sounds tight-ish but doable. Munich airport is usually spoken of as extremely efficient for connections -- the minimum connection time for Lufthansa international-domestic is just 30 minutes. They consider this swift connection a definite selling point, and they go to quite some effort to keep it, including such things as proactively fast-tracking late ...


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You'll be fine. Especially young people or people in tourism-related jobs speak good English. Public transport is well-organized and easy to navigate. It might help you to plan your trips and tickets ahead of time (i.e. where you are changing subway lines and what ticket you need - they have a rather complicated zones system so you might just want to get a ...


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Tap water in Munich is safe to drink and in my opinion also tastes good. This is the case for practically all German public water supplies, although they do vary a bit in taste (at least to my water-trained tongue). Being from Bavaria, a bit south of Munich, there are three reasons why one would not want tap water: Sparkling water. Germans go crazy for it ...


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Usually because the sparkling water from the bottles tastes different than boring tap water. Also the quality of your tap water depends on where it comes from. We in Stuttgart have Bodensee-Wasser, which is pretty clean and soft, while villages around here often use water from wells which is usually harder. Also, your in-house-water-pipes might be made from ...


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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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There are paid toilet and shower facilities located in the basement of munich central station. The service is provided by the private company Mc Clean and costs around 7€ for a shower including towel and a selection of soaps. Opening hours are daily from 6am to 12pm.


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Yes. DB, the German railway company, offers Wifi hotspot service at selected important stations which allow free surfing for 30 minutes. According to their page (in German; cannot find an English version), over 125 stations (listed there) offer the facilities; among them Munich central and Donnersbergerbrücke, Frankfurt central and Hauptwache and both cities’...


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The best source for public transport in Germany is reiseauskunft.bahn.de. You can switch the language to English by clicking on the word "Deutschland" at the top and selecting "Germany" instead. I just tried, there are options. Essentially, you have to take the S-Bahn to Munich central, take a train to Ingolstadt and then a bus to Manching; the total travel ...


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I asked Deutsche Bahn on Twitter. Ja, die Schließfächer im Münchener Hbf sind rund um die Uhr zugänglich That says the lockers in Munich HBF are accessible 24 hours a day.


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I'm not sure I completely understand the question, but if it is "Why has this dress been met with surprise at the Oktoberfest in Munich, I see two points: Comparing to pictures of random dirndls the white underskirt strikes me as very long and visible, it is typically not or barely visible/there. Also the typical apron is missing. See Wikipedia on ...


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@blackbird57's answer is correct but refers to a 3rd party site instead of relevant FAQ on the website of the European Commission: An airport transit visa (ATV) authorises you to pass through the international transit zone at an airport located on the territory of the Schengen State and to await a connecting flight to a non-Schengen country. The ATV ...


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I have been in Berlin for four weeks(!) in school summer holiday 2004 (age 18). It wasn't boring at all during that time, although I must admit that I spent some days in museums and at Wannsee Tegeler See, as well as at the "open doors" weekend of the federal government. But still, Berlin has enough attractions to entirely fill your weekend - museums, ...


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Short answer: libraries Here you can find the list of all libraries in Munich and its surroundings. To elaborate more on chirlu and Willeke's comments, every district in Munich has a library/libraries, every library has a lot of free for use sockets and you don't need a subscription or user card to use the library space. Here you can see the list of ...


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One 20 kg bag and one handbag are no problem. Deutsche Bahn allows one larger item of luggage (box, etc.) per person in addition to briefcases, suitcases, etc. The limit is that one person must be able to carry it into the train and through the aisles. It may not be possible to stow this near the seat. There is an exclusion of liability for theft if the ...


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Being used to German ample vacation times, 5 days seems awfully short to really see much along such a long route, and I'd therefore avoid going the extra distance to the Alps, unless you require your hikes to include spectacular alpine vistas - but if you're staying in Munich for a while, that's a different story. The most direct route from Berlin to Munich ...


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As a Munich native I simply can't just move on after seeing this question =) Please forgive me if I expand the scope of this question too much - but there is simply no way to explain the biggest Volksfest in one or two sentences. There are quite some different factors influencing your chance to get your Mass beer: Yourself If you're travelling alone and ...


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You asked for German sentences. In case you are not confident in your German pronunciation I would rather go for few but well practised phrases than many sentences: Your most important sentence next to "Hallo" and "danke" should be "Sprechen Sie Englisch?" As others already have said, a lot of people speak good English in Germany - especially in large ...


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If you can really sleep in buses and there are tickets for the buses you plan to take, you can do it. But most people will be broken after a night in a bus, sleep only little or lightly and will not do well to do it more than one night running. Trains might be a little better but not by enough and they are more expensive. There is no direct overnight train ...


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