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Is the fishermen's greeting "Petri Heil" accepted all around the world?

This answer is based on the meaning of "Petri Heil", I have hardly any first hand knowledge of the use of this phrase. For starters it is certainly restricted to countries where the majority religion ...
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Are grey squirrels really bad for the overall habitat in Germany?

Yes, they do damage habitats, namely from bark stripping, and disease. This is why the UK class them as a pest. However it is not limited to grey squirrels as red squirrels also strip bark, but they ...
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What is this red bug infesting some trees in southern Germany?

As per Aravona's comment, this is a firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus). According to Wikipedia, they are not dangerous and nothing to worry about. German version has way more info about this than the ...
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What are these strange seeds that looks like a mini porcupine which you can find all over Germany?

These are not exactly the seeds, but the hull of the seeds of the horse chestnut. Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Aesculus_hippocastanum_fruit.jpg
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Is the fishermen's greeting "Petri Heil" accepted all around the world?

I grew up in Italy, in a fishermen's village on the Adriatic Sea. I never heard this expression, and I am pretty sure I've never heard it anywhere in the Mediterranean. Furthermore, I think that a "...
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What type of fires/stove can I use in Germany?

Official Fireplaces / "Grillplätze" I think the only legal option you have is to find / plan your hike along "official fireplaces". These are specially prepared places with solid ...
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Is Germany or any of Europe really rabies free?

As your travel advisory links state, the ‘rabies-free’ designation ignores bats. This is also mentioned on the CDC list of rabies-free countries which you link to: The countries on this list are ...
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Are grey squirrels really bad for the overall habitat in Germany?

Excellent answers already; one point no-one has covered is that greys will occasionally eat eggs / chicks of small birds. Wikipedia says there is a lack of evidence on the actual impact of that, but ...
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Is the fishermen's greeting "Petri Heil" accepted all around the world?

In case you do not mind a regional-based mutation, among Czech fishermen a very similar greeting can be heard: "Petru zdar!" or "Petrův zdar", which has the same meaning as "Petri Heil". However, I ...
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What type of fires/stove can I use in Germany?

I am from Austria and can confidently talk about the situation here, but most of it will carry over to Germany, as we are culturally quite close. As to what most people would do when hiking: for day ...
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Open, fjell-like landscapes in Germany

similar to the Highlands in Scotland or Scandinavian fjell Not in Germany. Although they share some similarities at a first glance, Scotland and Scandinavia have become two quite different landscapes ...
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Is the fishermen's greeting "Petri Heil" accepted all around the world?

I grew up in a fishing community on islands north of Scotland, and never once heard this. The folks up there used English and Norse greetings, but not a German one, so I would imagine it is German-...
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Dos and Don'ts in an area signed with the shield "Rabies! Endangered District" in Germany

If you see a sign like this, you should either Ignore it, or Contact the local municipality (Gemeinde) to have it removed. As Gistiv stated, Germany is rabies-free since 2008, but it seems that ...
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Hiking alone: a website that alarms the police if something happens

If you genuinely have no one who you can use as an SAR contact you could purchase a emergency satellite signal device which can be used to emit an SOS signal that will be detected in an emergency even ...
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How to stalk lynxes in the black forest?

I have to be honest with you here: I don't think you will be successful in observing any wild Lynx. That is unless you are willing to commit a lot of time and quite potentially a fair bit of money ...
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Good two-day tour for the "Trekkinghütten" in the saxon switzerland

While I've never been to these cabins, I've been climbing and hiking in this area. In the map below I've outlined two route suggestions in purple, which you can vary as you please (and as you go). ...
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Dos and Don'ts in an area signed with the shield "Rabies! Endangered District" in Germany

At first of all how old is this picture? Because many sources say that Germany is rabies-free since 2008. (second Source) But I'm not a 100% sure if there has to be a case of rabis to put up those ...
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Is this a cockroach? If so, which one?

This looks like a Pedostrangalia revestita (i totally ripped this from the site below. I have no idea if this is correct, I am still looking for the English and German terms (in German it is a kind of ...
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What kind of cockroach is this?

The first one could be a German cockroach (Blattella germanica). The seconds one though… not sure if it is a cockroach? Perhaps you could catch sharper photos with a bit more lighting?
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Open, fjell-like landscapes in Germany

In addition to @gerrit's answer: If you can dispense with elevation (and in consequence also with valleys) but look for open landscapes, there are some moors, e.g. the Hohe Venn at the Belgian border ...
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Can I swim in a natural monument in Bavaria, Germany?

Art. 9 BayNatSchG – Naturdenkmäler says: [...] (3) Naturdenkmäler werden durch Rechtsverordnung unter Schutz gestellt. (4) Vorbehaltlich einer anderweitigen Regelung in der Rechtsverordnung ist es ...
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Dos and Don'ts in an area signed with the shield "Rabies! Endangered District" in Germany

Even if the existence of rabies in that area is real, there is really very little you would do differently. I live in a area (New England, North America) where rabies is present. In your words, the ...
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Which authorities to consider in Germany when planning an archery course?

Any authority in Germany is required by law to direct you to the correct office to deal with your question (Amtshilfe). A good starting point would be the receptionist at the local council (this could ...
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Am I allowed to "wild-camp" in my car?

If you are allowed to drive there, and the land is not privately owned, you are allowed to sleep there, although different state have their own law. Everyone may enter public forests and you may ...
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One week bicycle tour around Berlin

As @Pont says, there are lots of train connections to Berlin, so one-way bike tour + return by train or also hopping from one nice region to another by train is definitively an option you should ...
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One week bicycle tour around Berlin

Although @cbeleites' answer is quite exhaustive, I would like to add bikemap.net. I use it to plan my bike trips, I can connect dots on the map in any way I want, I can print the map with detailed ...
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Is the fishermen's greeting "Petri Heil" accepted all around the world?

In English, a common greeting used would be "Tight Lines", more on exiting the area than entering, to wish others luck. Although not a literal translation, it is considered equivalent.
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How much time does qualifying for a fishing license in Germany take?

This depends on the state, and the kind of course. In some states you don't need a license any more, or could even purchase a tourist-license valid for few weeks. The course can take just a few days,...
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Is it safe spending night in wild boar territory?

As long as you are permitted to do the camping I would not worry too much for the boars. However, make sure that you have a wild animal to worry about more: Homo sapiens. However, when selecting ...
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