Germany Warnings and Dangers

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Germany Warnings and Dangers

  • Public Transport

    Berlin Warnings and Dangers

    When I travelled from Berlin Schoenefeld Airport to the city centre by S-Bahn, I was approached by a woman outside the station who tried to get me to buy a used rail ticket. I had heard of this scam before so naturally I declined. I did hang around a while though to see her approach other people either to ask them for their used tickets or to try...

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  • Safe City

    Munich Warnings and Dangers

    Munich is the city safer than ever I have visited. It is very normal to see high times of the night by the stations of u-bahn to police, either the national, or the own one of u-bahn. Single a danger, the night; the discotecas and the tequila.

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  • Red Light District

    Hamburg Warnings and Dangers

    hey, lets be real whenever you enter an area of prostitution anyplace around the world,you will have to be extra carefull, always alongeside prostitution you will find drugs,thiefs ,muggers,so, if you feel this is not for you,then simply keep your pecker in your pants and allow mrs. smith and her four doughters to serve you, it is cheaper and...

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  • Public Transport

    Stuttgart Warnings and Dangers

    This seemed kind of odd and confusing to us. Trains just don't go North or South, East and West. You can get off a train going West and get on the next on the same numbered track and it will go East. So, be careful. If you miss a stop and think you can just get the next train on the other side going back to that stop, don't count on it.

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  • People

    Berlin Warnings and Dangers

    generally berlin is nice cool city especially for youngers.personally i was in the city more that 8 times.that means i liked it very much.the only problem i can see in the german capital is the rudeness of the people.especially those who dont speak german.they never help nobody.and it is the only place i,ve being,who when you come into a shop and...

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  • The area around the main station

    Munich Warnings and Dangers

    I'm staying few weeks in München and found the place safe and comfortable. The only exception is at Nett discount supermarket on Dachauerstrasse north of the main station. Nett is incredibly cheaper than the stores in the train station. Also, you can bring the bottles for recycling refunds. So, I have been visiting there many times. The problem...

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  • Dodgy Areas

    Hamburg Warnings and Dangers

    Use some kind of secure carrying device for your wallet, passport, cellphone, and keys. These are critical items and it will really put a damper on your trip if any of these are lost or stolen. I recommend some kind of safe carrying system, such as the Personal Secure Pocket:...

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  • Food and Drink

    Stuttgart Warnings and Dangers

    O.k, I know that Red Bull isn't exclusive to Stuttgart, but here is where I learned to mix this liquid version of Gummi Bears on Viagra with Absolut. WARNING: Don't do this, they go down far too easily, and unfortunately come back up at twice the speed, and because of being jam-packed with the wholesome goodness of vitamins, minerals, sugar and...

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  • Pickpockets

    Berlin Warnings and Dangers

    While in Berlin, I encountered this scam a number of times around the main tourist sites, particularly in the Museum Island district and Unter den Linden. A young boy or girl pretending to be deaf will approach you with a petition on a clipboard. They will thrust it at you saying nothing and trying to get you to read it and sign. Don't be tempted...

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  • At the Oktoberfest

    Munich Warnings and Dangers

    Hello...My husband and I just went to the Oktoberfest in Germany to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary. We went with his family, who live in Germany. We were there on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. During the evening, since I am not a big drinker, I started taking pictures of the other tables. I was dismayed to discover I was completely lost...

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  • Drugs

    Hamburg Warnings and Dangers

    Hamburg is supposed to be a save city even with one of the highest criminal rates in Germany. This may be so high because of drug delicts. It is not well known that it used to be as easy as in Amsterdam to get drugs. But if you do nothing you would not do at home you should be absoltely safe. For Girls: Like in Scandinavia there is only a little...

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  • Traffic

    Stuttgart Warnings and Dangers

    When driving here you need to be very careful and concientious. The yellow diamond shaped sign means that you are on a priotity road and you have the right of way. If you are not on the priority road you have to yield to the right. Even if is a smaller side road or alley you still yield to the right. Do not cross over a solid white line. If...

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  • Skinheads

    Berlin Warnings and Dangers

    The east of berlin aint "dangerous", like some of the People above me wrote, I am from BERLIN and this kind of "half-knowledge" realy pisses me of, cuz it simply aint the truth. First of all, most of u guys forgot that eastern districts like "friedrichshain", "Prenzlauer berg" are the places to be if you are interessted in berlins nightlife, art...

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  • Dangerous beer

    Munich Warnings and Dangers

    I could not believe it myself, when I first heared about this special prohibition in Munich : You are NOT allowed to drink alcohol in Marienplatz and the pedestrian zone of Munich !! This law was mainly made in order to keep homeless people and drunkards out of the tourist-places in the centre. But of course this law applies as well for tourists,...

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  • Local customs

    Hamburg Warnings and Dangers

    Hamburg is one of the safest cities one can encounter in Europe. People can generally walk freely at night without fear of being attacked, ask for directions to a stranger without consequence, and it is a fairly conservative, clean, organized, and orderly metropolis. However, there's just something about the nation's devotion to football and the...

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  • At night

    Berlin Warnings and Dangers

    Not that I wasn't one at in a galaxy many years ago, but the teens use the metros as primary transportation and after a fair number of hours at the party scene don't be surprised if the party continues on the metro. This group wanted to practice their English on me. I was more concerned with the blond that was minutes from barking at the ants.

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  • Traffic

    Munich Warnings and Dangers

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently? The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • Public Transport

    Hamburg Warnings and Dangers

    Generally, the U and S-bahn is very safe. But as you would in any city, be aware of late night drunks, especially on the weekends, especially on days where one of Hamburg's football teams has been playing. I was told it's not so much the locals you need to watch out for, it's the visitors.

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  • Beggars

    Berlin Warnings and Dangers

    As I stood close to the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtnis-Kirche I noticed a group of women stood around talking. They were joined a few minutes later by some men who started shouting at them; well they were stood around talking and should be getting to work. They decided whose turn it was to have the baby and who was going to get the crutch and...

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  • Too expensive

    Munich Warnings and Dangers

    YOu can do better someplace else to purchase items to eat, take home such as cheese, meats and spices, etc, of tourist items to take home. There is such a demand and crowds at the market that they do not have to compete for better prices. It seems to be mostly set for the tourists; either foreign, or Duetsch. A beer costs 4-5 Euro for 1/2L and the...

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  • Free Trading Zone

    Hamburg Warnings and Dangers

    A large part of the port of Hamburg is a 'Free Trading Zone' - so it may happen, that you enter that port-area without seeing any controls but you might be checked for cigarettes,alcohol,drugs..., when you are leaving that area again !! better watch out for these signs at many places around the port of Hamburg ! In general the freeport may be...

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  • Traffic

    Berlin Warnings and Dangers

    Pedestrians: they have no rights on major crosswalks. If a pedestrian is ahead of you, and steps into the road, drive on, speed up, honk, or yell loudly and chase him back up on the curb. Never, ever stop for a pedestrian unless he flings himself under the wheels of your car. Drivers: the first parking space you see will be the last parking space....

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  • Animals

    Berlin Warnings and Dangers

    In Berlin you find lots of bears, lucky you they are not so dangerous! The Buddy Bear Story Everything started in Berlin in June 2001. In front of the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens – department store) the „Buddy Bear Berlin Show“ – so the title of our first Buddy Bear activity in Berlin – was launched. We wanted the people of Berlin and the...

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  • Food and Drink

    Berlin Warnings and Dangers

    Watch out for the beer, especially when you are from Belgium and a beer lover. I tasted twice a local beer - called Berliner Weisse mit Schuss It is presented in two colours, green or red, the green syrup is woodruff, the pink syrup strawberry . My advice : water is better than this upgraded limonade. But i'm from Belgium.

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  • Weather

    Berlin Warnings and Dangers

    If you are walking near the Spree in Fall and Winter be careful of sudden, strong gusts of wind. I was walking near the Markiisches Museum when a gust blew the lightweight glasses I was wearing into the river. Luckily, I had a spare back at the hotel.

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  • History - Cold War

    Berlin Warnings and Dangers

    A warning that no longer is a warning :-). We had to pass Helmstedt before reaching West Berlin. We had to come in and show our passport. I had just lit a cigarette and did not want to throw it away so I just walked in with the fag burning. I found that the officers looked strangely at me, but as far as I knew, nothing was wrong. I just looked...

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  • Buildings

    Berlin Warnings and Dangers

    Just remember to take some Euro coins with you when you travel, especially by train, as the restrooms usually require 50 Euro Cents to 1 Euro. When you've been sampling all the Beer, sometimes it is just too long a wait to find change!

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  • CAR: Drive with care - speeding tickets...

    I am adding this to both categories, "transport" and the "warnings & dangers". It is about driving with own or rental cars, anywhere in Germany.Speeding, jumping red lights, etc is being controlled and fined. In most of the cases one can see the “control points”, especially in cities and towns. They are mounted on poles; hence we call them “bird...

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  • Make sure, you have a bed latest 9 p.m....

    (I will place this also under Hotels).Well, this is not necessarily an advice for the bigger cities, but definitely for rural areas:If you are travelling through Germany, and either have already made your reservation for accommodation, or look for some place to stay for the night along the road:Make sure, you check in latest 9 p.m. !!!!Most hotels...

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  • Counterfeited banknotes - check twice

    Since January 1st, 2002, our currency is the Euro = €. And since then the counterfeiters are active. Recently, ECB has published their July 2013 statistics and it shows that the most popular denominations are 50 € and 20 €, less so the higher denominations. The discussion about safety of the Euro banknotes against counterfeiting is as old as the...

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  • Our food is NOT labelled healthy!!!

    Wherever I travel and buy foodstuff I am amazed and very jealous of the choices, local consumers have as I know that this is something which will not likely be possible in Germany, despite the many discussions….We don’t have sufficient and indicative health labelling. Take UK for example. They have a proper labelling system which enables the...

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  • NeoNazism on the move, no one stops...

    Update, August 30, 2009:My tip title was "Nazism not yet erased, unfortunately" and I have changed it today. Today was election day in Saarland, Thuringia and Saxony. I am shocked to see the threatening results. In both, Thuringia and Saxony the disgusting offspring of the Nazis (aka NPD) managed to reach results which will bring them into the...

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  • Careful: machines can't read new 5 Euro...

    ! This is not really a warning tip – just a “be aware of” one.European Central Bank is in the process of issuing new Euro banknotes since 2013. They started with the smallest denomination, the 5 Euro banknote.. But obviously there must have been a lack in communication between ECB and the providers of some automatic paying machines: when it comes...

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  • Smoking

    After visiting a few cafes and restaurants in Germany you'd think that the whole country was populated by chain-smokers. Yet, while the country is one of the highest percentage of smokers in the West, only about 30% of adults smoke. The rest of the population, then, probably avoid the smoke ridden bars and cafes like the plague, because almost none...

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  • Fake policemen - in Berlin (mostly)

    This obviously didn't make it into the international news but I thought I mention it here since it sounds scary already for me (being German). Several reports tell about "fake policemen" in mostly Berlin who stop passengers and tell them stories to see their passports etc. As a result, they steal wallets. Other repots mention fake policemen who...

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  • ATM security and credit cards - beware!

    This is not necessarily a problem of Germany but happens around the world. But it seems to have increased dramatically in Germany in the last year (by 50%), so I thought it should be wise to warn.Criminals are more and more manipulating ATM machines to skim PIN codes and draw money. They have found ways to copy the machines’ key panel so good that...

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  • Dont talk about the Nazisttime.

    Well, dont do as a friend of mine did some years ago and talked and asked many questions about the Nazists. These people were young Germans and had nothing to do with the war at all. My friend made the Germans very upset what I rememeber.

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  • Speed limits and fines.

    The max. speed is clearly indicated on German roads.Info about the fining system at the link below.Speed limits:Cities/towns/villages 50 km/hMotorways (recommended limit) 130 km/hMotorways for buses 80 km/hMotorways for trailers or caravans 80 km/hOn all other roads 100 km/hVehicles with a trailer 80 km/hVehicles over 2.8 tons 80km/hVehicles over...

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  • Umweltplakette: Important for ALL...

    In order to be allowed to drive into the very centre of many towns in Germany you need to have a sticker attached behind your windscreen and it is called "Umweltplakette". And this sticker will show the authorities, what kind of engine your car is using and how "clean" its emissions are. According to your engine you will get a green, yellow or red...

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  • Emergency Phone Numbers

    This is not a "warning or danger" tip but a "how to get help if in danger" tip... Police: 110Fire brigade: 112Ambulance / emergency doctor: 112 It does not matter if you call 110 or 112, your message will be forwarded to the right addressees.112 is the standadized emergency number in all EU states, also for the police, so at least remember this...

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  • Be carefull, booking a hotel in the...

    NEVER book a hotel that you find in the internet for the Rhine-valley, it might be a hotel like the one on my main picture, I took it on the terrace of a hotel and restaurant in Bacharach. When you simply book a hotel in advance in any town along the river Rhine, it could easily be that you will stay in a hotel, where trains pass by in a distance...

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  • Avoid Getting Slapped On the Forehead --...

    When you are doing a pub-crawl or similar booze-related activities with a bunch of Germans, and when someone burps, don't be surprised if you get slapped on the forehead, even though it wasn't you who was misbehaving.The reason for this is the "Schulz" game. The rules are very simple -- quite obviously so, as you are not capable of performing...

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  • Taxis, beware of non-English speaking...

    I have visited Frankfurt for a medical meeting. I arrived to my Hilton Frankfurt Hotel at downtown. Unfortunately I had a problem with my eyeglasses during my flight. I asked to the reception a eye glass shop. They searched one close to hotel and called there. They learned that the shop will be closing at 7 pm. As it was 6.45 they suggested me to...

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  • Borg - Resistance is futile !!!

    An insider joke for Star Trek fans: The Borg actually made it to planet earth. Their collective is located near the little town of Walsrode in northern germany (1 hour south of Hamburg, A7 exit Walsrode). I came there by accident, but luckily I have not been assimilated. These Borg do not even live in cubes, they did not master the warp drive...

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  • Don't have your pic taken by the cops!

    It might be an original way to have your picture taken -- a great souvenir of your racing experience on the Autobahn. However, as you can see, you get a rather bad quality for a pretty high price. My suggestion thus would be to try to not get caught speeding on German motorways. In case you wonder why it is possible to speed when there is no speed...

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