Moving to Germany?

Can you guess our big move blog this week? The following facts might help:  

 

  • It’s the only country in the world, where you can drive as fast as you want

  • It’s theoretically legal to escape from prison

  • In this country there are more than 1000 different kinds of sausages

  • 31% of the total area of this country is forest

  • In its capital city there is the biggest zoo worldwide

  • It is called “The Country of the engineers and thinkers”, as the calculator, insulin, gasoline and diesel engines, LCD-screen and the Walkman was invented there.

  • The supermarket Aldi comes from this country and its founder, Karl Albrecht, was worth approximately 20 billion Euro and is one of the world’s richest people.

Do you know which country is described by the listed facts? It’s Germany!

 

To get to Germany from Australia, you’ll need to fly about 20 hours. Germany is located in Mid-Europe and its capital city Berlin, with its 3.5 million inhabitants, is one of the most popular locations in this country.

 

Are you curious about Germany? Travelling in and around the country is easy. You can enjoy all kinds of foods, beers and also see landscapes from plat lands in the north, which offers views until the end of the horizon, to impressive high mountains in the south. If you decide to go to Germany, this article will helps you keep the most important things in mind.

 

Please note that this article offers recommendations. It does not constitute as legal advice. If you are planning to move to Germany, please seek professional legal assistance.

 

Preparation is Everything

Before leaving, we recommend you prepare a few things. It is advisable to book your flight at least 6 months before departure. It guarantees you low fares and available dates. There are a lot of options to fly, with the most common route being to pass over  the Middle East. That means you can fly via Dubai (Airline: Emirates), Abu Dhabi (Etihad) or Doha (Qatar Airways). Have a look at the flight options Maybe you get a flight with the biggest airplane in the world, the Airbus A380! All these airlines have a lot of these airplanes and you will love flying with this amazing airplane. You can also check other routes including a layover in China or Singapore.

 

Additionally you should check the expiry date on your passport. Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return flight. A further important thing is to ensure that you have health insurance for the entirety of your stay in Germany. Whilst healthcare is excellent in Germany, it can quickly become very expensive for foreigners.

 

In which ways do the people tick?

 

During your stay in Germany, you will get to know a lot of people and therefore it is helpful to know their usual characteristics and habits. So one thing, you have to keep in mind when meeting Germans: be on time! They are very punctual and don’t like to wait. If you have a meeting and the traffic is so busy that you will have a delay, give the person a call and inform him/her about your delay. Otherwise, you’re likely to meet an unhappy German.

 

In principle, the people are very friendly and love to help where they can. Sometimes it can seem like  they're a bit distant in the first encounter, but after getting to know them a bit better, they are open minded to people of other countries and cultures and will do what they can, if there is a necessity to support. In addition to that, the German people can usually be described as very reliable, organised and proper. They like sports and most people travel a lot.

 

So, be open minded and friendly and you will get a lot of polite and helpful reactions back!

 

You won't need to use Uber

Unknown to most people from abroad countries, Uber was in fact banned in Germany for fear of insolvency risks to the common taxi-companies. But usually you don't need to use a taxi, as public transportation is very well developed and on-time (like most Germans!). Additionally it is much cheaper than taxis, which are usually very expensive. If you want to travel longer distances but don’t wish to hire a car, taking a plane is the way to go! It is actually very fast and mostly cheaper than the train. So might you get flights under 70 €, if you book timely.

 

Beer, Bread and Bretzel

Germans are known for their love of good food and they like to eat often in restaurants. In almost every German location you will get “Schnitzel und Pommes”, and in the southern state of Bayern you'll always get “Weißwurst und Bretzel”. If you enter a restaurant, you will see that nearly every guy drinks beer! Germans love their beer and it is a must-have at every party, in every restaurant and every home. There are in total approximately 6,000 different kinds of beer made in Germany. But a lot of people prefer mixed beers, called “Alster” or “Radler”, which is a mixture of beer and lemonade. But it is also popular to have dinner at home, because Germans like to cook traditional German food on their own: cabbage rolls, roast pork and a variety of fish.

 

Last but not least, probably the most traditional German food is bread! There is a big solidarity of the Germans to their bread and that is the reason why over 300 different kinds of bread are baked every day in the bread bakeries.

 

So dive into the culinary delights of the German kitchen! It will be amazing!

 

What to do in terms of Sightseeing?

The most interesting question to answer is what one can do when travelling to Germany. There is a high variety of opportunities. A very popular place for people who are coming from all over the world is the beautiful castle Neuschwanstein, where you can literally smell the history in the air. It is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace situated on a rugged hill in a small village near Füssen in southwest Bavaria. Being in Bavaria, you have to see Munich and in the very south of Bavaria, the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain with a height of about 3,000m. If you prefer less mountainous land and the sea, you should visit the Baltic Sea, where Germans love to spend their holidays. There are so many beautiful seaside resorts like the town Kühlungsborn or Binz and you have a fantastic beach to enjoy. If you’re lucky enough to get sunny weather, it will be an awesome day out for you!

 

If you want to get an adrenaline rush, you can visit the biggest theme park in Germany, the “Europapark Rust”. An endless amount of possibilities are waiting for you, so try your luck with one of the roller coasters or water slides. The newest highlight is a virtual roller coaster ride, where you have 3D glasses, so try to see whether or not it is the same feeling you get when riding a real roller coaster. You will be surprised!

 

To sum up, Germany allows you a deep dive into a country with some of the best foods and drinks in the world, all kinds of sights to see attractions and many lovely people! Try it and you won't want to go home! Enjoy!

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