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Posts Tagged ‘parking’

Hessentag in Oberursel – the permit

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

The Hessentag trailer parked outside the RathausRegular readers of this blog will by now know that the Hessentag will be taking place in Oberursel this year – in a few weeks in fact – and that I had been having trouble getting a permit to enter the town during that time to by able to visit my IT clients.

Not only has there been a lack of information for business owners in my opinion, but even when I spoke to the town’s mayor it did not change the situation much.

When I first tried to apply for a permit in February, I was told that it would not be possible before 1st April.  I was also told that I would need an ID card to apply – something that I do not have, and my British passport unfortunately does not show my address.  This was my first point of discussion, that someone had decided you needed a German ID card to get a permit. (more…)

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Parking in Düsseldorf on a Sunday

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Halteverbot mit 2 PfeilenI learnt a valuable lesson last weekend: you can’t park in Düsseldorf on a Sunday.

Well, maybe that’s not entirely true, but it’s definitely not easy.

Last Sunday I wanted to hear Cathy Dobson’s public reading from her book “Planet Germany“.  I left in plenty of time.  Driving to Düsseldorf is usually a matter of about 2½ hours.  A bit more if I hit Cologne around the rush hour, but not on a Sunday.  Not on a public holiday.

But I decided to allow myself plenty of time anyway, and left home 4 hours before the reading was due to start.

The only trouble was, that the motorway to the east of Cologne was closed to allow a bridge to be removed! (more…)

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Which side of the sign can I park?

Friday, June 11th, 2010

This road sign means that you cannot park or wait on the side of the road where the sign is, on the sides of the sign pointed to by the arrow:

Halteverbot mit 2 Pfeilen

It is usually placed at the side of the road so that the sign is parallel to the road with the arrow pointing left in the direction of the traffic.  With both arrows you cannot park on either side of it.

Somewhere there is usually another one with a single arrow to mark the end of the restriction, and you often see this sign in turning circles on housing estates.

If the measure is only temporary, then it has a sign below with the effective dates:

Date restriction

So I was quite confused the other day when I wanted to park in this road: (more…)

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