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Is tap water in Munich safe to drink? If so, why do locals buy bottled water?

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 ...
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Can I buy only the wine glass in the Munich Christmas market?

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 -- ...
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What's the proper etiquette for visiting the German Biergartens?

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 ...
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How severe will language problem be in Germany?

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 ...
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Why has this dress been met with surprise at the Oktoberfest in Munich?

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 ...
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Is tap water in Munich safe to drink? If so, why do locals buy bottled water?

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 ...
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Why has this dress been met with surprise at the Oktoberfest in Munich?

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-...
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I have a flight + connection on same ticket - can I book a separate first leg of the journey and still use the connecting flight booked prior?

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. ...
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Transfer at Munich

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 ...
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'Assumption of Mary'(/'Mariä Himmelfahrt') public holiday in Munich, what is closed or open?

Mariä Himmelfahrt is a local holiday in Saarland and in the predominantly catholic communities in Bavaria (1.704 out of 2.056 communities). The further south you are in Bavaria (such as in Munich), ...
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How severe will language problem be in Germany?

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 ...
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Is tap water in Munich safe to drink? If so, why do locals buy bottled water?

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-...
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Is tap water in Munich safe to drink? If so, why do locals buy bottled water?

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, ...
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Any free WiFi facility in Germany (Munich and Frankfurt Central Stations) or any closed place nearby?

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 ...
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Munich Airport to Manching

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 ...
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Can I buy only the wine glass in the Munich Christmas market?

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 ...
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Why has this dress been met with surprise at the Oktoberfest in Munich?

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 ...
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Is Berlin and Munich doable in a single weekend?

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 ...
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Publicly-accessible electric sockets in Munich to charge dead devices?

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/...
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Price Difference of Train from Aachen to Munich

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 ...
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How severe will language problem be in Germany?

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 ...
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Is Oktoberfest in Munich a dog-friendly event?

Update for 2016: No. Darf mein Hund mit auf das Oktoberfest? - Einfache Antwort: Nein. Das Mitführen von Hunden ist auf der Wiesn nicht gestattet. Außerdem tut man den Tieren bei all dem Trubel ...
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Is Berlin and Munich doable in a single weekend?

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 ...
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Is the pre-flight COVID test really strict on time?

According to the Canadian government's covid-19 testing for travelers page, for a professionally administered or observed negative antigen test, the one day window does not depend on the time of day ...
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Is it safe to drink tap water in Germany?

Tap water is Germany's most tested food. It is 100% safe to drink. Water is tested frequently and the results can be read online or in your local newspaper. Having said that, in places where the tap ...
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Can I take a boxed bicycle on a German train?

With limitations, you are allowed to take the bicycle on the train, but I would not count on being able to bring the box if the bicycle is still packed, since it exceeds with large margins the allowed ...
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Publicly-accessible electric sockets in Munich to charge dead devices?

By now most shopping malls offer lockers that have charging cables. They are tiny locker thingies where you can pay a small fee or just leave a coin deposit and put your phone inside to charge it. You'...
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