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Get the DB App for your phone, make sure you check "live-auskunft" to check for connections. You shuld still be able to travel the country though it's inconvenient but not the whole railway company is striking only parts of it.
I checked the link you posted and it seems that the train network is not fully functional yet, but most trains are driving again today.
I recommend them to download the DB Navigatior App, they can easily check for trains there. I did a search from Recklinghausen to Trier and yes many trains are canceled but there connections available.
I read on the Website you linked in the post, that people that had a valid Ticket for Sunday or have one for Monday can use ANY Train to get to their destination. This also include tickets that are normally restricted to one specific train. So they don't have to worry about buying a new Ticket and so on.
NRW is a very populated area (almost 4 times Denmark ��) . the Train Network is very dense and there should beenough alternatives if one train is canceled. A Situation in which all trains are canceled, like it happened yesterday, is very exceptional.
Yes, you should be fine. According to this website the Niedersachsenticket is valid for busses, trams or the subway in Hamburg from 9 a.m. of the day the ticket is valid to 3 a.m. next day. Keep in mind that when taking the train to Bremen and Oldenburg you are only eligible for the slower regional trains (Regionalzüge) and cannot use high speed rail. The easiest way is to buy it via the DB Navigator App.
You don't really need an ICE for such a short distance. Use bahn.de or the DB Navigator app to find your journey and buy a ticket. If you have the app, you don't need to print the ticket. You can show the ticket (QR code) in the app to the conductor.
If you are looking for cheap travel between Cologne and Düsseldorf, Flix train is a good option, from cologne hbf to Düsseldorf hbf it costs around 3-4 euros, otherwise db would cost 11 euros (it includes taking bus or a tram or u bahn till your stop). Bla bla is also a good option since some people commute for work daily between these cities.
As suggested by others, the best app to look for connections also you can buy tickets. It has day passes, week passes too.
A lot of translations are missing throughout the App, so be prepared for random German words.
If you just want to buy tickets the DB Navigator App might be an alternative: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.hafas.android.db&hl=en&gl=US
Download the DB Navigator app (here is the link if you're using Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.hafas.android.db). Search for connections from Stuttgart to Berlin. Tap "Options" -> "Means of transportation" and uncheck the ones for which the 9€ ticket is not valid.
Please make sure to check the price in the DB Navigator App or on the DB page before you travel with the 9€ Ticket. Some ICs officially count as REs for a certain distance and other REs may count as ICs. The App will tell you. if it says tickets are from 9€ you are good to go.
Get this App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.hafas.android.db it's from the "Deutsche Bahn". Next you check locations where your apartment could possibly be and check Public transport to you university. On this base you can examine if you would need a car. Don't forget to check the weekends too. There are some areas in Germany without any public transport at the weekends.
Advanced tip, apartments in rural areas can be a lot cheaper. So there could be a break even point where living in a rural area and having a car could be comparable to living in the city without a car. But also, for a student, living in the city is always more enjoyable. ;)
The easiest way to use public transport is the DB (German railway company) App or [Website](www.db.de). Almost all smaller companies make their tickets available there so you can buy more than just train tickets. Just put it your starting station (Stuttgart flughafen/messe) and final destination ( karlsruhe -durlach) and it will show you the price. You can also filter stuff like more transfer time or only cheaper short distance trains etc. You can set up payment information, credit card or even pay pal I think and you are good to go. Just make sure your phone is charged ;)
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Taxis are quite expensive. Google Maps has good quality and our country is small enough to get 50% as offline download. We do not have payments via NFC or modern stuff. We do not accept credit cards that often, we like cash. We do not offer XL stuff, like 5L milk or so. We like it small. Garbage gets sorted into stuff (black box), plastics (yellow bags) and bio (brown box). We label carbohydrates differently from the US. Be quiet from 2200 to 0600. If you have a car, don't drive like an italien or french henchman, but don't be a weakling either and just scream at everything that doesnt fit your bill while driving. We do not do friendly-honks. Every honk is apassive aggressive greeting and our sincere wish for you to not die in front of our current vehicle. Tipps are ok, something like 10-20% of the total. If something is not to your liking when served, just escalate it politely. We shake hands, we point at people. Our toilets do not require squatting. We take care of our unemployed but only talk bad about them behind their backs. We support them while they are present. We have had a sad history, just dont mention it. You might see that we do not have any national pride, just think nothing of it. Most of us like soccer. Police coverage is great, we normally do not shoot people randomly because of trivial stuff. Police is your friend as long as you stay polite, but is not there to prove your innocence either. Doctors and hospitals are all over the place. Emergency services can be called with 110 (police) or 112 (fire and ambulance). If you crash a car call the policy, demand that they collect the details (sometimes they try to avoid it) and do not accept any deals from the other party when you have no clue if it's fair. If you get stuck with a car, there is the ADAC, a motor club that sports a huge fleet of helper vehicles. Maybe your car insurance is partner with them. Local phone numbers start with 02*-09* for landline, 01* for mobile numbers, 0800 for toll free and 0190 or 0900 for ripoff lines (they will inform you of the fees on call). If you get sick at night, drive to the next pharmacy, they have a sticker on the window detailing on what other pharmacy has emergency services until morning.
Enjoy your stay.
Edit PS: Be efficient. In everything, even smalltalk.
If you will rely on public transportation heavily you may find DB Navigator, available for Android and iOS to be very useful.
Apart from showing you timetables and up to date information on possible delays it also allows you to punch in a destination address or point of interest to receive the fastest (or shortest, depending on your preferences) route there. This is particularly useful when there are several possible routes that you could take.
All of this isn't limited to DB's trains, i.e. it also works seamlessly with most regional transportation providers (think busses, trams and subways).
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The Deutsche Bahn app is actualy more accurate than the HVV app.
Oh, and this app will certainly help you figure out train connections, and will let you purchase tickets as well:
Hey there, I'll start with legal things first.
You need an IPPI-Card level 4 or 5 to be allowed to fly in germany. Also, insurance is mandatory
In germany, you are only allowed to start your flight at official starting sites, here is a database with every official site. Often you are only allowed to fly if a member of the local club is there to teach you the specifics of the site.
I haven't been in those areas myself, so i'm sorry i can't help you with recommendations. Also flying in germany is much more restricted than in other (european) countries, laws and rules here are really a chore sometimes. I hope you find a good spot and have a good time in germany!
Here's a good summary
The DHV is our national paragliding Club and responsible for starting sites and licences. On this site you'll find most of the informatios you need and also contact data.
Munich is relatively close to the alps, i guess you'll find good paragliding spots there. But public transport isn't always good in Germany. It's okay between an in bigger cities but in the countryside you'll most likely need a rental car. If you want to use public transport I'd recommend the DB Navigator-app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.hafas.android.db). It finds the nearest bus or train station based on your location. For most private bus companies it won't show you prices though. DB (Deutsche Bahn) is Germanys public train company like Amtrak in the U.S.
You may try DB Navigator - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.hafas.android.db
There are also apps for local train systems for some of the countries.
DB online: https://www.bahn.de/p_en/view/index.shtml
DB App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.hafas.android.db&hl=en
The ticket you are trying to buy is not actually a DB ticket, but one from the VBB traffic association, which governs busses, trams, subways, and local trains in Berlin and Brandenburg.
The "technical reasons" the website mentions are certainly not problems with the trains themselves, but rather with the ticketing system. It seems the interface between DB's web shop and VBB's ticketing software is having some trouble. Additionally there is something going on with the chosen journey (it says there is important information in the connection details), but that is very unlikely to be the cause for the problems with buying the ticket.
It seems, VBB tickets are currently only sold in the "DB Navigator" app (Android, iPhone), not on the website.
Since the trip includes only regional trains, there is no need to buy the ticket in advance. The price is completely fixed, and it can't "sell out". You can buy it mere minutes before boarding the train from the ticket machines at the train station for the exact same price.
Another option is VBB's Android app or iPhone app. Please note that this app, unlike DB Navigator, sells single-journey tickets only for immediate travel, not in advance. And right after purchase there is a one-minute countdown during which the ticket is not yet valid (in order to prevent people from buying the ticket only when they see a ticket inspector coming).
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