The Postal Service in Germany

The Postal Service in Germany

 

Being away from home, you'll surely want to send letters or postcards back to your loved ones to let them know what a splendid time you're having in Germany. Thankfully postal services exist. And when it comes to the German postal service, you will not be disappointed.

 

Apart from the most popular postal service in Germany, Deutsche Post DHL, you've got a list of other services you can use to get your letters and packages to their ultimate destination.

 

Here are a few of the available options:

·         Air Berlin

·         Eurodis

·         Hermes

·         Iloxx

·         FedEx

·         UPS

 

Being the most popular postal service in Germany, DHL is perhaps the company that you'll see the most, proudly displaying its bright yellow shade and may also be the one that will be your first option. Apart from offering very reasonable prices, Deutsche Post DHL are both trust worthy and speedy. Most letter deliveries in Germany, a whopping 95%, are delivered nationwide within the next business day.

 

If you've got a package that you need to keep an eye on, you'll be able to as you are provided a tracking code that you can dial into the DHL website at any time and see where it is. Being able to keep a tab on things is convenient and also offers you the security, that if you've sent an important package somewhere or are waiting to receive one, you won't have to sit through long telephone conversations in order to find out it's location.

 

One thing to avoid is sending money or other valuables via regular mail. If there is something you absolutely can't afford to lose then check if the postal service you are using offers some for of insurance for valuable as well as a more secure means of delivery.

 

What happens if you're not home to receive a package?

 

If you happened to have stepped out during the time that your package was delivered you can either schedule a new date for it to be brought to your home, or pick it up at the post office. In other case, your neighbour may sign for the package and a note will be left in your mailbox informing you of this. Another option which you may want to look into if you receive lots of packages, is getting a card for the post office where your packages will be brought when there is no one home to accept them. This is convenient as you can retrieve your package outside of the post office's operating hours.

 

What are the costs like?

Post throughout Germany

 

Prices vary depending on size.

The cost of mailing a letter ranges from 45 cents to 2.40 euros.

The cost of mailing a package ranges from 3.90 euros to .90 euros.

 

International Packages

 

The cost of mailing a letter ranges from .75 cents to 6.90 euros.

The cost of mailing a package ranges from 8.90 euros to 42.00 euros.

More information can be found at: http://www.dhl.de/de.html

 

 

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Unusual restaurants

The most unusual restaurants in Germany.

 

Unique, unusual or just down right strange? That's up for you to decide. The German culture in itself isn't a strange one, in fact it's more on the conservative side. So when you find restaurants in this country that are so out of the box and in some cases cringe worthy, there's no way you won't be interested. You'll get some great food in Germany, possibly even some of the best you've tasted. You'll perhaps even sit in fancy restaurants and coffee houses that beam luxury only to find that the prices really aren't as exuberant as you had expected. But these places, the ones where you might be tempted to hold your breath before walking in, they will wow you.

 

First, there's the Klo. Certainly we've all been told by our grandmothers and grandfathers not to eat where we... do our business. Well, that's okay, because at Klo, you'll be drinking. The seating choice in this wonderful bar, is as bizarre as it gets. You've got the choice between a toilet, or a coffin. And if your appetite starts kicking in, make sure you're willing and able to take on the challenge of eating yummy sausages out of a potty. Strange? I'm sure you'd agree. For the ladies who have to make their way to the actual restroom, keep your fingers to yourselves because there is a figure waiting patiently for you to lift his kilt. And when you do, everyone will know you did by means of a loud siren altering everyone in the bar.

 

With gluten allergies and phobias on the rise Sauvage offers a great dining option who want to do a bit more for their health and are planning on entering a Paleo diet lifestyle, this restaurant is heaven. Even if you haven't taken on any particular dietary plan, Sauvage is so great, it might make you change your mind. The menu is extensive and if someone hadn't told you that their food was gluten free, you wouldn't know. Delicious, succulent dining and a nice, candle lit atmosphere, Sauvage brings out the brilliance in natural foods.

 

It doesn't matter how old you are, it doesn't matter if you're the kind who would rather skip the amusement parks during the summer, you will love 's Baggers. The concept of this restaurant is phenomenal. Look up and you'll see the roller coaster structures waiting to give your food an exciting journey to your table. And if things weren't techy enough, your waitress won't be the one taking your order. You've got your touch screen waiting to be pushed and prodded to prompt the chefs to whip you up something good.

 

 

The Shy Chef has amazing concept and interchanging locations. You'll have no idea where you're dining until the actual date, where you'll receive the address. Even more spectacular, you'll make new friends, because you'll be seated at a table with complete strangers and be able to meet the Shy Chef. And the price for your dining experience, is however much you can afford, because all you're expected to do is make a donation, there is no set price.

 

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Leasing and Apartment in Germany

With the constant growth experienced by Germany, it manages to keep up by providing its new professional residents with online access to rental properties. 

 

Real estate portal sites allow for an easy guide based on individual or family needs in terms of location, size, price, and amenities.  Although there’s usually a fee incurred when using an agent, it proves to be the most helpful and reliable way to secure the perfect home when moving abroad. 

 

It's definitely not easy to find online services in English but below are the most popular addresses for finding apartments and real estate in German.

 

http://www.kalaydo.de/iad/immobilien/

 

http://www.immobilienscout24.de

 

http://www.immowelt.de

 

http://home.meinestadt.de/deutschland/wo...

 

As someone mentioned before, it is usually in the free city papers where you find the most ads and these are usually not published on the web, so as soon as you arrive in the area you want to live in, look for that paper (sometimes called "Anzeiger", Wochenendkurier,) and I'm sure you'll find something.

 

mmobilienscout.de has a section with so-called "short term rentals".

 

These are furnished flats that usually rent out for less than one year. If this is what you want, here is the direct link (only in German).

 

Securing a rental in Germany is slightly different than most countries in that it not only requires first month’s rent, but a deposit upwards of three times that as well!  Furthermore, negotiations and contracts can be tricky to understand in other countries. 

 

Renting an apartment or flat in Germany can be easy, but as with any financial transaction, be sure to go in with your eyes open.    Although illegal in Germany, many landlords combine deposits with their personal funds, leaving an opportunity for renters to lose money when the lease is up.  You should always pay special attention to all leases signed and checks handed over.

 

 

 

 

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Leasing an Apartment in Germany

With the constant growth experienced by Germany, it manages to keep up by providing its new professional residents with online access to rental properties. 

 

Real estate portal sites allow for an easy guide based on individual or family needs in terms of location, size, price, and amenities.  Although there’s usually a fee incurred when using an agent, it proves to be the most helpful and reliable way to secure the perfect home when moving abroad. 

 

It's definitely not easy to find online services in English but below are the most popular addresses for finding apartments and real estate in German.

 

http://www.kalaydo.de/iad/immobilien/

 

http://www.immobilienscout24.de

 

http://www.immowelt.de

 

http://home.meinestadt.de/deutschland/wo...

 

As someone mentioned before, it is usually in the free city papers where you find the most ads and these are usually not published on the web, so as soon as you arrive in the area you want to live in, look for that paper (sometimes called "Anzeiger", Wochenendkurier,) and I'm sure you'll find something.

 

mmobilienscout.de has a section with so-called "short term rentals".

 

These are furnished flats that usually rent out for less than one year. If this is what you want, here is the direct link (only in German).

 

Securing a rental in Germany is slightly different than most countries in that it not only requires first month’s rent, but a deposit upwards of three times that as well!  Furthermore, negotiations and contracts can be tricky to understand in other countries. 

 

Renting an apartment or flat in Germany can be easy, but as with any financial transaction, be sure to go in with your eyes open.    Although illegal in Germany, many landlords combine deposits with their personal funds, leaving an opportunity for renters to lose money when the lease is up.  You should always pay special attention to all leases signed and checks handed over.

 

 

 

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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- http://www.heidelberger-paedagogium.de/

·         Volkshochschule Heidelberg- http://www.vhs-hd.de/

·         F+U Language School- http://www.fuu-heidelberg-languages.eu/

·         Berlitz- http://www.berlitz.de/en/heidelberg/

 

 

 

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:

·         http://www.quoka.de/

·         http://www.monster.de/

·         http://de.indeed.com/

·         http://jobs.meinestadt.de/heidelberg

·         https://www.kimeta.de/stellenangebote-heidelberg

·         http://www.jobmorgen.de/jobs-heidelberg

 

 

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:

·         http://www.immobilienscout24.de/

·         http://www.immonet.de/

·         http://www.wg-gesucht.de/wohnungen-in-Heidelberg.59.2..0.html

 

 

 

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ISDN, DSL, Cable: Broadband Internet in Germany

ISDN, DSL, Cable: Broadband Internet in Germany

 

The internet has become such a dominant part of our every day lives. Its importance for keeping in touch with friends, doing research and also allowing for a smooth process in the working environment is ever increasing. Being in Germany as an expatriate more than likely means that you have left friends and family and  possibly even a business or two behind in your native country. Being able to keep up with everyday happenings in a country where you no longer reside is made significantly easier through the existence of the internet. So it comes as no surprise that finding an internet provider is one of the highest things on your to-do list.

 

Broadband internet in Germany is rather cheap and there are many companies to choose from. With high speed internet connections and the possibility to have a flat rate on internet and telephone makes broadband internet very attractive. The prices vary from provider to provider and may also be higher or lower depending on the internet speed that you desire.

Cable Television and Internet access.

The possibility is there for internet and telephone access via ones cable television connection. Through this option you are looking at having your internet and telephone fixed to the cable television connection. This is a very low cost option and the internet speed is typically very fast.

So how does one choose an Internet provider in Germany?

Research is the first thing that you will need to do. Rather than opting for the first company that you hear of or see, check to ensure that they do provide what you are looking for. It may also be a good idea to get some feedback from existing customers to see what complaints, if any, they have about the company. This may save you a lot of stress in the future as some companies are known to have terrible customer service, and when something is wrong, the difficulty in being able to get the information and the help you need is very high. Knowing this before hand may help you to make a wiser decision and know what to expect from customer service reps and how to go about dealing with them in order to obtain helpful information.

Know what connection speed you will need and ensure that the provider you are looking into is capable of providing such speeds. You will also need to be aware of the price of the services and decide whether or not they fit your budget. Some companies offer a free wireless router with their packages, others charge a monthly fee and others require you to purchase your own. It is important to weigh what the packages include as well as to compare different companies to see if you will be getting your money's worth. Another deciding factor may be whether or not a company has a minimum contract requirement as well as if they are able to provide information in English.

Some internet providers include:

http://www.teltarif.de/

http://www.qsc.de/

http://www.cablesurf.de/

https://dsl.und.de

http://dsl.o2online.de/

http://www.kabeldeutschland.de/

 

 

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