Moving & relocation to Germany

Moving to Heidelberg

Moving to Heidelberg


Heidelberg is beautiful, it's romantic and not mention picturesque. If you're planning on moving to Germany and Heidelberg is your destination, you won't be disappointed. With a population of approximately 50 000, this wonderful city has lots of friends to be made. Outside of having fun and exploring the wonders of Heidelberg, you'll want to know what to expect, what to prepare for and what you can and cannot find. Moving far away from home isn't always an easy task and the more you know about a location before it becomes your home, the easier it will be to settle in. From restaurants to employment, fun to doctors, food to housing, figuring these things out in advance will definitely lessen the burden.



Because you are indeed in Germany, thing will go a lot more smoothly if you can get a grasp of this strange language they call German. Luckily enough, there are quite a few language schools in Heidelberg to choose from. Whether you're looking at taking on an accelerated program, or you're trying to fill your schedule and would prefer something more relaxed, something more routine, you'll find a language school that is fit for you. Check with your company to see if they cover the cost of language schools. If not, you may want to check out the prices and budget accordingly.


Language Schools in the Heidelberg area include:

·         Das Heidelberger Pädagogium-

·         Volkshochschule Heidelberg-

·         F+U Language School-

·         Berlitz-




Because sitting at home all day takes the fun out of things, and you'd rather earn a little bit of extra cash on the side to accompany your shoe obsession, you may consider finding a job in Heidelberg. Depending on the skills you have you may find this process an easy or a difficult one. Some places prefer that their employees speak German or at least have some understanding of the language. This is usually true for skilled labour, though Heidelberg does have some companies where English is no problem at all. However, if you're looking to just find something in the mean time, while you brush up on your German, you may want to look into bar tending, waiting, cleaning. These fields are usually easy to slide into and there are typically a wide variety of openings.

Check out these websites for an idea of what jobs are available:









Finding a home is of course one of the most important things you will need to look into before moving to Heidelberg. Depending on where you're moving from your vision of the housing prices will differ. Some people find accommodation in Heidelberg excessively expensive, where others find the pricing rather reasonable. Ensure that you have a good understanding of what you are expected to pay and what prices come on top of your base rent. Know the difference between kaltmiete and warmmiete as well as how high the security deposit is and also the price to use a real estate agent.


Here are some helpful, house hunting websites:








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Moving to Germany


Let's start by saying, great choice. For so many reasons, Germany is a brilliant place to relocate to, both for the short and long term. But like every other paradise, it too, has its highs and lows. Amazing architecture, deep rooted history, a vibrant culture, decadent food, all of these things contribute to Germany's charm. But what if we separate the pro's from the cons, will Germany still seem irresistible?


What's so great about the home of the Bratwurst and Sauerkraut?


·         Healthcare: Germany has exceptional healthcare. Ensure that you are either covered by your home health insurance company, or that you get everything sorted through your travel agent before getting on the plane. Once you have arrived in Germany, if you're planning on a longer stay, consider switching to a company in Germany. Do thorough research and find out what criteria you need to meet in order to qualify.

·         The People: Germans may initially come off as a 'not so friendly' set of people. This however is not necessarily true. Perhaps the weather during every other season but summer has their faces set in a way that may seem less than pleasant. You will though, be pleasantly surprised when you're approached in the grocery store or cafes simply because you're speaking English and they're interested in knowing where you're from and practicing their English skills with you a little.

·         Safety: Germany is very safe. Never will you have felt more comfortable going for early morning jogs or traveling home alone late at night. The crime rate in Germany is exceptionally low. The only thing worth worry just a miniscule bit about may be pickpocketing in bigger cities. 

·         New language: Challenge yourself to learn the language. At first it may seem impossible and you may get frustrated trying to understand the gibberish that seems to be spoken. However, once you've been here for a while, and if you try, you'll realize German isn't as far from English as you had perceived. There are so many English words and phrases incorporated in the language that once you get a hang of the sentence structure and grammar, the language can be a breeze.



What's not so great about it?


·         Renting is expensive: Rent prices are a bit on the ridiculous side in Germany, especially when you're looking into bigger cities. The apartments and houses are typically smaller than those in places like the United States, and the unfortunately cost a lot more too.

·         Strict Rules: Germany is a strict society. They're lots of rules to get used to, primarily when it comes to driving. The penalties can be both severe and wrench your pockets dry. Provided you stay on the right side of the law, you'll be just fine.

·         Weather: For those coming from Florida, California or other places where sunshine is abundant and it's T-Shirt season year round, you might want to think about invested in a couple more umbrellas, rain boots and thicker not so comfortable clothing.[...]

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Possibilities for an American to move to Germany

When considering a move to Germany there are many things that need to be taken into considerations. Americans often get overwhelmed with the lack of information as well as the conflicting information they find regarding this subject. Some even get discouraged when they've joined a forum only to hear that there is no way humanly possibly that they can reside in Germany unless they're willing to change their career path, marry a stranger or other out of the box ways that they aren't willing to take on. But the truth is, though the process is by no means an easy one, it definitely is not an impossible one.

First and foremost you'll have to decide whether or not this is something you really want to do. Think it through, let the idea settle before making the first move. If you've never been to Germany, you've only spent a short period of time in Germany or you visited Germany a long time ago, you may want to consider planning a short trip to really get a feel for things. Remember that with time, countries change, and the preconception you have of Germany may be different from the reality of what things are actually like. Once you've decided that this is just what you want and there's nothing holding you back, then you'll want to know how to do it and what the best and easiest ways to go about it are.



Americans traveling to Germany do not typically need a visa, provided they aren't planning on staying for longer than 90 days. If you are however, planning a longer stay you will need to go to the Einwohnermeldeamt to get a residence permit.

Working in Germany is one way to guarantee a longer stay. You will need to provide documentation from your employer as well as bring along quite a few other documents for the application. This must be done within a few weeks of arriving in Germany. Your application will be made through the Ausländerbehörde and what you will receive is an  Aufenhaltserlaubnis.

Have you fallen madly in love with a German? Propose. Marriage is one way to be able to get to Germany and stay for a long duration of time. Those who marry a German will have to file paperwork after which they will receive an befristeter Aufenhaltserlaubnis. This document will allow you to reside in Germany and also work in Germany. There is an expiration date on the Aufenhaltserlaubnis. Before this document has expired you are expected to fulfill certain obligations like taking a German and integration course.

Studying in German is a route you can take. Americans can also apply for a visa that will allow them to stay for longer than the 90 days allowed without a visa, in which time they will be able to have enough time to view universities as well as to apply to them. Contact the German consulate to gather more information on this topic.



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Relocating to Frankfurt / Germany

Andrea Simon and Catherine Brozovsky of BS relocation services describe how professional relocation services can assist you with housing and other potential challenges associated with your move to Germany.

Relocation assistance simplifies your relocation process in a fast, efficient and cost effective way.

Frankfurt is Germany`s most cosmopolitan city, with foreigners making up more than one-quarter of the population. It is an international city where newcomers settle down quickly and feel at home.


Expats and Housing

For expatriates housing is probably the most essential issue. Frankfurt has a fast moving rental property market due to a high share of expatriates with an average rental period of 2-3 years. Apartments go as fast as they come on the market and online offers are often already taken by the time they appear.




Value-Added Services

Therefore the excellent contacts of a well-established relocation company make a real difference when trying to secure the property you want. How to choose the appropriate relocation service for my requirements?

Decisive criteria for the right choice should be:

  • Long lasting experience in the relocation business

  • International background

  • Excellent soft skills

  • Professionalism and flexibility

A good relocation company can also assist you with your immigration process as well as with the search of a suitable school or kindergarten and help you during your settling in period to allow a smooth start in your new daily life. 



BS relocation services

Clemensstraße 6-8

60487 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: +49 (0) 69 27297-323/4

Fax: +49 (0) 69 959290-969[...]

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Home Electronics – Munich Stores

When making the decision to buy new home electronics, many aspects come into play. The very first step is of course figuring out what is needed. May it be a new flat screen TV, a microwave or a computer, there are many stores in Munich that offer large varieties of home electronics to their customers.

Purchasing electronics online can in many cases be cheaper than going to a local store, but does in fact mean that before purchasing the good there is no way of physically looking at the gadget before paying for it. Visiting a local store on the other hand, offers the opportunity of getting a one on one with a real person, seeing the gadget in 3D, holding it in your hands and then making one’s decision. Especially smaller, privately owned stores can usually offer good long face time with their employees in order to ensure that their customers get exactly what they are looking for. However, the advantage of bigger chains such as Media Markt, Saturn or Medimax is the great variety they have to offer. From refrigerators to washing machines, computers to home entertainment systems, larger stores usually have everything one can think of. Another advantage of chains is the great buyer protection they can offer. Many larger stores provide the option of purchasing insurance as well as extended warranty packages with the purchase of new electronics.  Stores like Media Markt and Saturn offer many promotions during which items can be financed with zero percent interest over longer periods of time. Media Markt and Saturn also have online stores in which many of their in-store products can be purchased comfortably from home.

A very important question for all of those with limited stays in Germany is the question whether it actually makes sense to buy new electronics versus renting them from a company. Checking with a furniture leasing company may also prove to be beneficial.  Many furniture leasing companies offer the rental of home electronics such as washers, dryers and even television sets.


For those, however, who are set on buying new home electronics from a local business in Munich, check out this list of home electronics stores in the Munich area.


·         SATURN München PEP - Ollenhauerstrasse 6, 8737 München


·         SATURN München OEZ - Hanauer Straße 77, 80993 München


·         Elektro Reithofer München GmbH - Maria Probst Str. 22, 80939 München   


·         SATURN München Theresienhöhe - Schwanthalerstr. 5, 80339 München


·         K&M Shop München - Nordendstraße 23, 8080 München


·         SATURN München Riem - Willy-Brandt-Platz 5, 8829 München


·         SATURN München - Neuhauserstr.39, 8033 München


·         Conrad Electronic München Moosach - Hanauer Straße 9, 80993 München


·         Euronics München Radio-Stöckle - Fürstenrieder Straße 00-02, 80686 München


·         PC-SPEZIALIST München-Ost - Wasserburger Landstraße 280, 8827 München-Ost


·         Gravis München - Tal 38, 8033 München


·         Euronics München Radio Grampp - Rosenheimer Straße 3, 8667 München


·         Euronics München Reiner Niedermeier - Herzogstand Straße 24


·         Media Markt - Einsteinstraße 30


·         Media Markt - Maria-Probst-Straße


·         Media Markt - Drygalski-Allee 3[...]

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Relocating to Frankfurt, Germany2

Moving to a new country is quite an endeavor to take on; however, it does not have to be as scary as it may seem at first. The move to Frankfurt, Germany for an expatriate can go quite smoothly if you do a little bit of research ahead of time. Here are some tips and pointers to get you started.

If your employer is moving you out to Frankfurt, then you should be sure to ask them a lot of questions about your relocation to your new home. You will want to know if they will be financing your move, offering you a relocation allowance, providing you with housing accommodations, or any other details or instructions you may need.

One of the best ways to prepare for your move is to start learning German. There are many people who speak English in Germany; however, there will be many instances in which German is the only language used. It would be infinitely beneficial to you to know the language. There are places that offer German language classes in Frankfurt; simply inquire at work, do an internet search, or you could also try a free online language course such as Duolingo.


The biggest hassle you will come across on your move to Germany will be dealing with all of the legalities, regulations, and paperwork. Once you are in Germany, you will have to register with your local town hall, and then within a couple of weeks you will also need to get your residence permit so that you are allowed to reside in Germany. Of course, there is also paperwork involved for your new residence, and for setting up internet, phone, and television. Whenever you have a lease or a contract to sign in Germany, always read it thoroughly. If it is entirely in German, find a translator. If you do not read a contract thoroughly, you may not get all of the services you thought you were signing up for, and you run the risk of getting hit with hidden fees.

Finding a Residence

If your employer does not set you up with a place to live, or if you wish to change to a different residence, you have many options for places to live in and around Frankfurt. One thing you will want to consider when choosing a residence is your commute. If you live within the limits of Frankfurt, the cost of rent may be somewhat high; however, everything is so centralized that you can take public transportation everywhere. This will save you money on shipping or purchasing a vehicle, commuting to and from work, and the cost of car insurance. On the other hand, if you choose to live outside of town, your options for places to live increases and the cost of renting or buying a home decreases. You and your family have to figure out what will work best for you.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is another concern when moving to Germany. Luckily, most employers automatically set you up on a health insurance plan. Most residence stick with public insurance, especially because adding family members to your plan does not add any additional costs. Once you have chosen which plan you prefer, your employer will pay for half of the total cost of the health insurance, and the total cost of your health insurance should add up to about 5 percent of your income. It is compulsory to have health insurance in Germany, so you do have to sign up for it.


Frankfurt is a wonderful city to make your home. Once you have settled in, take the time to explore the area and get to know the locals. You may even fall in love with your new home town.[...]

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