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1. Posted by talpeer (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

hey all... I'm planning a trip for June from barcelona to venice to amsterdam. I really want to check out germany, but from the map I have seen, most of the cities I want to visit are all on the west side of the country. Does anyone have any ideas of places nearer to the border that we can go to from amsterdam by train?

As of right now I think I am going to book us for a few extra days in amsterdam so if we don't go to Germany we can go to Rotterdam or somewhere else. Aslo, is it true that you have to prove to the german government that you have 45 euros a day to support yourself?

Cheers!

Tal

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

45 EUR ? - Yes and no. They use this figure as a base to see whether you are really a tourist or whether you are planning to work in Germany. So if they ask, yes, you will have to prove it. If they don't, there will be no need. But since you apparently get your Schengen visa from Spain, it will be the Spaniard's decision whether you can enter Germany, not the Germans, so don't worry.

The reason they ask this is because you will roughly need 45 EUR per day as a tourist in Germany and other EU countries.

A good city to visit from the Netherlands is Cologne. It is not too far and very nice. BTw, what cities do you wanted to visit that are too far from the border for you? Maybe I can help you, if you give me this info.

3. Posted by talpeer (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

Hey... thanks for your reply. I wasn't aware that I needed a special visa to go to Spain. Is it hard to get? I am a Canadian living in Scotland on a student visa at the moment.

Also, i won't be going directly from Spain to Germany, I will be going from barcelona to venice, then amsterdam, then if we have time/money hopefuly we will cross the borer in to Germany. I don't know much about Germany but I figured I should check out Berlin as I have been told it is nice there. Munich is also a place I would like to go but I think I will probably have to save those cities for another trip (i hope). Also, my mom kind of freaks me out when I mention Germany because she was born in Bulgaria in the middle of WWII and she says she will never in her life go to Germany because of it, but from what I believe, Germany has changed quite a lot since then.

Thanks again for your reply

Tal

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Ok, apparently you haven't understood the Schengen visa system yet.

The countries that signed the Schengen treaty have agreed to issue tourist visas for all of their countries as one country.

So when you fly to Barcelona, you will as a Canadian citizen get at the airport a 90 days tourist visa issued by the Spanish authorities for Spain, Portugal, France, the Benelux countries, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Greece and a few countries more (ie the full-member Schengen states).

So you'll get your visa for Germany and all the other countries you want to visit at the airport in Barcelona.

BTW, the visa is valid for 180 days, out of which 90 can be spent within the Schengen territory. That means that leaving the Schengen territory (going to the UK or Ireland) won't get you a new visa if your 90 days are over.

5. Posted by talpeer (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

Ah I see... thanks

Odd how I don't remember getting that when I went to France and Amsterdam a few months ago. Maybe it was so quick and easy I didn't even notice? lol

cheers

6. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

Did you brought your student-visa on your last trip ??

7. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 10y

Hi Tal,

I would say it the place you go would depend on what you like and what you're looking for. I've been to W Germany twice in the past 2 years and have thoroughly enjoyed myself, although the company you'll be with all also affect how you perceive your trip I think.

Cologne would be the city to go for general tourism..its the major city closest to the D-NL border I think. The cathedral's breathtaking, and nightlife's pretty exciting.

And nope, had no troubles with the authorities regarding money issues. But one thing is, you can't have anything sharp on you when you're there. My friend got arrested cos she had a Swiss Army knife on her when she was trying to enter from France.

8. Posted by talpeer (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

Hey thanks for the replies guys

yea, I had my student visa on me when I went to France and Amsterdam, it's part of my passport. Hmmm, cologne does sound pretty nice. We have about a week in Amsterdam so we wil probably decide last minute to go to Cologne or something just for a couple days. Although I am interested in seeing the rest of the Netherlands, esppecially Rotterdam, and I hear Utrecht is nice as well, I met a girl from there and she said she really likes it there.

Did your friend really get stopped for having a swiss army knife? did he/she end up getting in?

Cheers

Tal

9. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 10y

Hey Tal,

yeah she did. And got interrogated in German. I can't imagine what it was like for her cos we've only gone through elementary German classes at that time!

Somehow she managed to clear things up, that she didn't know about the regulations since she's a novice traveller, first time to Germany and stuff. But she didn't get the knife back though.

Which made us wonder how people transport sharp items home when they buy them, like scissors and knives for home use.

Hey when you're in Cologne you can actually climb to the top of the cathedral! It's a few hundred steps, can't remember how many. Went up the last time and you can have an aerial view of the place and get real up close to the bells. I'm not sure if you have to pay though (cos I didn't the last time but saw a long queue). And if you like chocolate, there's a chocolate museum too. Think it's closed on Mondays or something. But I expect Cologne will be crazy in June cos of the World Cup..you'll find at least fans of the English and Swedish teams there.

Have a great trip!