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For English-speaking expats in German-speaking Europe!

It is only when you leave your own country to travel or live in a different one that you fully appreciate how much we humans are not only creatures of habit, but also of culture. Travelers and expatriates in Germany, Austria, Switzerland or other countries often feel a loss of things they once took for granted. The most significant of these are language and daily culture.

See our resources for TRAVELERS and EXPATS below!
Articles and blog posts of interest:


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Berlin’s main station (Hauptbahnhof). Travel by train is a popular option in Germany. Learn more about rail travel in Germany. PHOTO © Hyde Flippo

Advanced German Vocabulary
Our German vocabulary archives are a collection of advanced and intermediate German vocabulary with model sentences in German and English – plus audio. The archives have been transferred from our former AboutGerman.net site, which is now closed. Over the next weeks and months we will continue to add more vocabulary. Also see: German Language resources.
MORE > German Words of the Day – Previous advanced German words (das Wort des Tages)

Expat “How To” Guides for Germany

If you’re new to Germany (or maybe even if you’re not), you’ll find our step-by-step expat “How To” guides very helpful. The “How To” guides cover many topics related to living and working in Germany. Sample topics include: Getting a residence permit, using your cell phone in Europe, German grocery shopping, taking pets to Germany, moving to Germany, and even having a baby in Germany! More…

Can you use your US iPhone in Germany? It depends. See The iPhone in Germany and Europe for more about traveling with your iPhone, how to unlock your iPhone, or how to buy a new iPhone.
International money transfers

An ATM in Germany.
Photo © Hyde Flippo

International Money Transfers
The best way to transfer funds either to or from Germany (or Europe) depends on several factors, only one of which is cost. The method you use will depend on the amount, type and timing of the transaction. Certain options are more suitable for certain kinds of transfers than others. There are three main providers of international currency transfers: (1) banks, (2) remittance companies, and (3) foreign exchange brokers (forex or FX for short). Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. To learn more about international money transfers and different companies you can visit Money Transfer Comparison.

Banks: Although your first thought when considering an international money transfer might be your bank, a bank or credit union may not always be the best choice. However, certain banks do offer competitive rates and services… | More…


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The story of der Euro

On January 1, 2002, twelve European Union countries, including Austria and Germany, put a brand new currency into circulation. Fourteen years later, the euro is making headlines again (along with the Swiss franc), but for very different reasons. What will the euro do in 2016? – Euro Trivia: Did you know that the attractive euro banknotes were designed by an Austrian? If so, you’re ready to take our 10-item Euro Quiz. There’s also a Euro Timeline and much more…

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A guidebook for expats or serious travelers.

Germany for Beginners
The German Way Expat Guidebook
by the German Way Expat Blog Team
Published by Humboldt American Press

Intended for expats moving to Germany, Germany for Beginners is also useful for travelers and students headed for German-speaking Europe, or who are already there. Written by people who have been there and done that, this guidebook is like sitting down with a team of experts on life in Germany – with advice and information you need. | Learn more!

This book is available in print or as an ebook from Amazon and other online booksellers. You can also order it from your local bookseller.

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Below you’ll find links to helpful information that expats can use in their daily life in German-speaking Europe.

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