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Travel Update: July
« on: 21.07.2017, 12:19:55 »

Hi everybody!

EF is around the corner in a few weeks, so time for the last travel update of the year!


General travel tips
Now's a good time to rehash a few important things, especially if you've never been on a longer trip before.

- Make sure your travel documents are up to date (see section below!)
- Check up on your vaccinations, make sure you have enough prescription medication if you take it.
- Generally make a rough draft outline of your trip, including (coarse) times and dates of your flight, road trip, dinghy raft, whatever.
If you haven't secured a hotel room yet, the Nearby Hotels and Hostels thread in this forum has valuable information.


Travel documents

Remember that you were told multiple times in the past that visitors from outside Schengen countries need both a valid government ID and may need a travel visa? If you didn't act back then - well, at this point you're pretty much screwed if you don't have it. And if you -do- have it - check its expiration date. It might expire without you being aware of it. (all this has happened to visitors in the past)

You will find further information on the web site of the German Foreign Office and can find out there whether you need a visa for the Schengen area.

Waiting time for German embassies and consulates may be significant, especially in lesser developed countries. Also, some countries are notorious for taking a long time to process passport applications, especially for first-time issues. Fast-track applications do exist, but they're often prohibitively expensive.

Check the validity of your health insurance! Visitors from the EU should have a EHIC card from their national insurer, others should get private travel insurance to be on the safe side. A trip to the hospital, for whatever reason, can easily cost you thousands when not insured.

Roads

Please note that near the A100 / A113 exit AD Grenzallee a diversion is in place until late 2017 due to the construction of the new A100 tunnel.

There's still moderate construction going on next to the hotel; while the diversion of Sonnenallee has now been replaced by a shiny new bridge, they're still building the A100 right and left of it. It's not expected to be as jam-packed as in the past two years, however (and the walking route to McDonald's now is 50% shorter than last year, too!)

Do remember that the low-emission zone starts just around the corner from the hotel though, so if you feel like driving anywhere within the central districts of Berlin (i.e. you are totally crazy and in dire need of professional help) you will need the appropriate sticker for your vehicle.

Rail

If you haven't booked yet you can still get domestic advance fares for up to 1 day before your journey with this special search form for saver fares at the DB web site.

After 12 years of construction, Ostkreuz station is supposed to be done by late August, but not quite 100% finished. Minor issues may arise.

As a result of the construction around Ostkreuz, lines S5, S7 and S75 are currently interrupted between Ostbahnhof and Lichtenberg, and a shuttle train runs every 15 minutes. If you're arriving from the West you may either want to suck it up (though it may get a bit squishy in that train) or get off at Hauptbahnhof instead and use the M41 bus.
Train users from the North and South should use either Gesundbrunnen or Südkreuz stations and avoid Hauptbahnhof/Ostbahnhof entirely.
Ostkreuz can NOT be reached with regional trains (yet).


Air travel


.... but wait! This year, we have an exciting new offer - coordinated airport transfers that are cheaper than a taxi and mean you can avoid dealing with clueless tourists, unknown bus routes and grumpy locals. Ha!



Book in advance here: https://www.eurofurence.org/shuttleservice/

(and do so soon, because we need to inform the bus company about the vehicle size, and some trips may become booked out as a result.)
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Re: Travel Update: July
« Reply #1 on: 14.08.2017, 23:33:31 »

All rail travelers from south Germany/ Switzerland/ France please note: Due to a major mishap on the main line between Basel and Mannheim all trains terminate at Karlsruhe (long distance, locals possibly Rastatt) and Offenburg (or Baden-Baden). You'll need to take local trains to Rastatt and/ or use bus transfer services offered by Deutsche Bahn between those stations or use taxi. Expect travel delays of 1-2 hrs this and next week! Trains may have delays. Unfortunately no bypass is readily available due to construction work on the Gäubahn Singen-Stuttgart! I suggest to travel earlier and calculate travel time accordingly. Deutsche Bahn offers refunds and if your ticket is bound to a train this no longer applies and all trains may be used.

have a safe trip

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