Thank you, simonrichter, and yes, I have. The grand todal, broken down in three separate visits to Germany, was about 2.5 years. About a year and a half outside of Stuttgart, and about another year in Regensburg.
ETA: I didn't realize that Austrian was a Bavarian accent, either.
I'm a lawyer, but I'm not your lawyer. If you need some honest-to-goodness legal advice, go buy some.