Residence Permit in Germany

Residence Permit in Germany


Germany is such an attractive and well rounded country, no wonder you'd like to spend some time here. If you are however, planning a stay that is longer than the three months permitted without a visa, then you will have to look into getting a residence permit. There are many ways in which this can be options. The basics, however, lie on going to the Ausländerbehörde once you are in Germany. The  Ausländerbehörde is where you will apply for your residence permit.


There are quite a few ways in which one may be able to receive a residence permit to stay in Germany for a longer period of time. What needs to be noted, however, is that residence permits are not permanent and thus they will come with an expiry date. Often there is a criteria that the person who has been issued a permit will need to fulfill in order to be able to renew their residence permit.


Ways in which one may obtain a residence permit:


Through marriage- If you are married to a German citizen you may be able to apply for a residence permit. However, upon receiving this permit you will be required to attend German courses as well as an integrations course before your permit expires. Provided you have followed all the requirements you may be able to extend the length of your permit. After a certain period of time in Germany and sufficient proof that you have managed to integrate well into the society, you may be eligible to receive permanent residence.



Through Study- If you would like to attend a University in Germany, you may also be eligible to receive a residence permit. You will have to present certain documentation from your old school, proving that you have the qualifications necessary to attend university. The first permit you may be issued, will allow you to stay in Germany in order to view and apply to the universities of your choice. Once this period ends, or once you have found a school you would like to attend, then you'll need to move forward with documentation.


Through employment- If you have accepted a job in Germany, you will need the correct documents from your employer in order to go through with getting your residence permit. One may also obtain a residence permit through self employment. This route is not always an easy one as you will be required to meet certain criteria, and prove that your company will benefit the German society in a positive manner. There may also be a monetary amount that you will have to show, proving that you can indeed go forward with your plans to set up a business in Germany.



What you may need:


-        Proof of health insurance

-        Passport

-        Biometric Passport Sized Photographs

-        Birth Certificate

-        Marriage Certificate

-        Proof of Address

-        Proof that you will be able to support yourself


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Quedlinburg: UNESCO Site and the Birthplace of a Nation

Quedlinburg: UNESCO Site and the Birthplace of a Nation


The beautiful Quedlinburg is located in the west region of Saxony Anhalt, Germany. This town is home to many astonishing buildings including grand castles and churches. Its popularity is surging amongst tourists and for all the right reasons. With so many beautiful buildings and amazing architecture to see as well as the fact that it is a UNESCO World heritage Site there is no reason to wonder why tourists continue to flock to Quedlinburg. Due to having escaped a lot of the destruction and damage caused by the second world war,  Quedlinburg's architecture remains seemingly untouched and is in fact one of the most well preserved renaissance and medieval towns in all of Europe.



Some amazing locations in  Quedlinburg include:

Castle Hill: Founded by the late Heinrich der Vogler's widow, Mathilda, the religious convent that she governed marked an important part of the town's history.

This memorizing Castle is available for tours. Be sure to make sure that your attire consists of comfortable shoes that can withstand the steep hill leading up to the castle. In order to have your tour done in English you will be required to book this feature in advance.


Town Hall and Roland Statue

This representation of the Middle Ages, is still standing strong having undergone refurbishment in the 600's. Guarded by a knight and his horse, you'll have to come before the Christmas season to see this statue in full effect as the Christmas market tends to overshadow the majestic structure.


Klopstockhaus Museum

The birthplace of the amazing poet, Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock has now been transformed into a museum in order to celebrate both his work and the work of other noted members of the  Quedlinburg society.


Altstadt Quedlinburg

The heart of it all. Once you've been to the Altstadt Quedlinburg you will need to stop, compose yourself and take it all in. The scene is breathtaking, the buildings make you feel as though you've stepped into another era of time. Take your cameras out and don't be afraid to snap away. Being here will make you understand why this town was welcomed with open arms as a  UNESCO World heritage Site. Everything about it is miraculous and you won't regret one moment of your trip. Packed with half timbered houses, narrow roads and alleys, there is so much to see and there will never be a dull mooment. [...]

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Preschools, Playgroups, Playschools and Kindergartens in Munich.


Preschools, Playgroups, Playschools and Kindergartens in Munich.


One great thing about Germany is that they have lots of places where children can spend their days and get to play with others their own age. Preschools, playschools, playgroups are very easy to find and more than likely you'll have one not located too far away from your home. Young children need to be able to interact with other children as a part of the learning and growing process. Especially for English speaking children with parents whose only language is English it's necessary that they get exposed to German and learn the language while they are in Germany. You will be amazed at how fast they pick things up and in just a matter of time your child will be bilingual.


The staff working in these groups are usually very friendly and attentive. They won't hesitate to tell you all about your child's day and ensure you that everything is okay. More than likely at the beginning you will have to accompany your child and help him or her to ease into the environment. This part of the system is great as rather than leaving your child in a strange environment on the very first day, you get to ease them in step by step and soon enough, they will be having too much fun to realize you have left. This is also great for the parents as they get an idea of what the day to day activities are like in the group and they also get to know the people who will be looking after their child for a large portion of the day better.


Some  Preschools Playschools, Playgroups and Kindergartens also offer both English and German and so your child will be able to keep practicing his or her native language. Most of these groups will have both native English and native German speakers.



Here are some great Preschools Playschools, Playgroups and Kindergartens in the Munich area.


Name: English Montessori Preschool
Address: Perhamerstr. 49, Munich
Telephone number: 089 5460855




Name: International Montessori English Speaking Pre-School e.V.
854 München




Name: Gymboree Play & Music München
Address: Forum Bogenhausen
Richard-Strauss-Strasse 80, 8679 München
Telephone number: 089 2323 2996
Email address:


Name: Rainbow Preschool
Address: Joseph-Retzer-Str., Munich
Telephone number: 0842 506485

Email address:




Name: Chocolate Butterflies e.V.
Address: Gaissacherstr. 2, Munich
Telephone Number: 089 7460700
Email address:



Name: Munich Mommies and Munchkins
Munich, Germany
Telephone number: 0522 766 3746
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Name: Kinderhaus Laterne
Address: Balanstr. 36
8539 München

Telephone number: 089 4 527 73

Email address:


Name: International House for Kids
Address: Nymphenburger Str. 20
80636 München

Telephone number: 089 27 3 64

Email address:



Name: Elly und Stoffel

Address: Röntgenstraße 5
8679 Munich
Telephone number: +49 (89)  66 66 33 99 - 5
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Maternity Allowance in Germany

Maternity Allowance in Germany


In Germany, expecting mothers receive what is known as Mutterschaftsgeld. This is maternity pay, and is  applicable for those who are six weeks from their due date and lasts up until eight weeks after the actual birth. This is just one of many benefit received by mothers. It's a great part of the system that eases some of the financial burden that comes with having a child. Mothers find the system great because during pregnancy and also the years after, it is important to know that one is financially secure, and certain repercussions of having a child don't become stressful. Certainly you're going to need to take some time off work and it is essentially helpful knowing that you won't completely lose your salary because of this.



Do you qualify?

Those who qualify for Mutterschaftsgeld include employed pregnant women who are covered by the state insurance.



What is the application process?

In order to apply for  Mutterschaftsgeld you will have to receive a certificate stating the expected date of deliver. Upon reception of this document you will need to get in contact with your health insurance agent and file the application for your Mutterschaftsgeld.



How much money will I get?

There is no fixed amount when it comes to how much Mutterschaftsgeld  you are entitled to receive. The amount depends on many factors including what your salary was prior to your pregnancy.




Where can I find more information?

Additional information can be found at

The corresponding phone number is 0228 69 888

The opening hours are Monday- Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 2 pm and Thursdays from 9 am to 2 pm and from pm to 3 pm.



Be sure to contact the responsible authorities in order to ensure that the process runs smoothly. They will inform you of any applicable deadlines as well as let you know what forms need to be filled out and what other documents you will need to submit.


If you are not insured through the Krankenkasse, and instead are privately insured, be sure to check with your agent to find out what funds you are applicable to receive. Funds are also available to you after your  Mutterschaftsgeld period comes to an end. Be sure to check what paper work you'll need to fill out and file in order to obtain the financial help you will need at this time. The system is there to help parents and sure enough you will be satisfied to know that having a child will not weigh you don't financially.




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Southwest Germany- Baden Württemburg

Southwest Germany- Baden Württemburg


With a population of 0.7 million people, .3 million being foreigners, Baden Württemburg is the third largest, of the 6 federal states in German. It's beauty is incomparable. Home to places like the Black Forest, Lake Constance, the Hohenzollern Castle, and the Mercedes Benz Museum, Baden Württemburg is a popular destination for tourists looking to experience German culture, learn a little about the history, and fill their cameras with photographs of exceptional sights.


When planning a trip to Baden Württemburg, here are some places you can't afford to miss.


The Black Forest.

If you enjoy the sweet decadence of Black Forest cake, you'll enjoy visiting the namesake of this savory treat even more. As opposed to popular belief, the Black Forest isn't black at all, in fact it primarily consists of pine and fir trees and is therefore rather green. While strolling through the mountain range, perched upon layers and layers of sandstone, look out for the giant earthworm, as this is the only place on this entire planet that you'll be able to spot them in their natural habitat. And before you head home, don't forget to pick up the traditional Black Forest souvenir, a cuckoo clock.



Baden Württemburg is home to many beautiful castles, where lots of interesting history has been made. On your visit, be sure to check out one, two or as many of these castles you can fit into your schedule. Traveling down Burgenstrasse or Castle Road will give you the experience of a lifetime. Your journey will be filled with flashbacks of a past you couldn't have imagined until now. With over 70 beautiful castles and  other noted historical architecture you'll feel like you're driving into a whole new era of time.


Theme Parks


Everyone in the family will appreciate taking the day out to ride all the rides they can while enjoying, cotton candy and succulent roasted nuts. Three of the most popular parks in this area of Germany include: Europa-Park, Erlebnispark Tripsdrill and Ravenburger Spieleland.


Europa-Park is the second largest theme park in all of Europe. The park is home to roller coasters and lots more rides waiting to be enjoyed by the entire family. During the summer months, there's more going on than one can keep up with. The most popular event, however, is the Midsummer Party where an extravagant display of fireworks lights up the sky. For this event, the park is open until midnight, so that visitors have more time to enjoy themselves for longer.

If you're one that seeks a thrill, consider visiting Europa-Park in October for Horror Nights where you'll be sure to get a scare or two walking through all the creepy mazes they have set up to keep you on your toes.



When planning a visit to Baden-Württemburg, ensure that your GPS is fully functional and your hotel room has already been booked. There's so much to see here that you'll need a couple days in order to soak it all in and you can't afford to waste time getting lost.



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Spas in Germany

Spas in Germany


For all those who work hard and are almost always hard at work, a spa day every now and then is a great way to relieve some stress as well as to get a little bit of healthy water therapy in. Germany does not have a shortage of spas and thus taking advantage of this means of leisure is quite easy to do. Sure enough, you won't have to drive to far to find one. Whether you're looking for a spa that is simply for relaxation and a day away from reality, or you're in search of a spa with medicinal properties, Germany has something for you.




A heilbad, is a healing bath and are solely medicinal. In older times, they were believed to offer cure for certain ailments. Spa towns in Germany are noted with a Bad in front of their name. For example Bad Pyrmont, Bad Bevensen, any many other towns have adopted this prefix. However, the addition of Bad to a town's name is something that needs to be approved by the federal sector that deals with health as that town has to meet a certain criteria when it comes to the quality of the air as well as the quality of the water. Those with predetermined conditions of stress, anxiety, migraines, and sleeping disorders as well as those with a physical disability are usually the ones who make the most use of the Heilbad.


Some medical insurances cover visits to a Heilbad. To be able to take advantage of this luxury, one would have to get a referral from their doctor and of course ensure that your particular insurance will stand the costs. This doesn't, however, mean that you can't go for your own personal purposes, because you definitely can.


Types of Heilbad.


.      Kneip spa

2.      Sea spa

3.      Marsh spa

4.      Salt water spa

5.      Mineral spa


Thermal spas


Thermal spas lean more toward the recreational relaxation aspect of things. Thermal spas, or Thermen offer a wide range of things to get you relaxed, and looking radiant as well as feeling free. Apart from being in a space where there is a minimal amount of noise, and the atmosphere is as zen as can be, there are a lot of other things offered in thermal spas for wellness. Thermal spas typically offer massages, facials, tanning bed, pedicure and manicures, and facials. They make a great location for a girl outing, or personal day, and of course are a great idea for an anniversary presents or valentines day treat.



Top choice for Thermes


.      Baden-Baden: Caracalla Therme

2.    Taunus Therme

3.      Therme Bad Wörishofen

4.      Mediterania

5.      Therme Erding

6.      Palm Oasis


These places will have you thinking you're in another world. They add the perfect touch of luxury but still adhere to the level of comfort needed. When taking a day trip to one of these wonderful places, keep in mind that you may have to ditch the swimming costume, and bare all in the saunas.[...]

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