Advice for Expats Living in German-speaking Europe
Welcome to your guide to daily life in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We’ll help you with questions related to working and living in Germany or one of the other German-speaking countries. For all of our topics, see the menu on the left, or select one of the items below. You can find even more information on many subjects in our Topic Index.
Topics: Living in Germany
Plugs, sockets, 220 volts, transformers, and all that stuff.
Cell Phones in Europe
Using a mobile phone (ein Handy) in Germany – with options for expats.
Watching TV in Germany: Solutions for expats.
Getting a Residence Permit for Germany
Who needs one? How do you apply? What documents do you need?
Health Care in Germany
One requirement for a residence permit in Germany is proof of health insurance. What you need to know about the German health care system.
House and Home
How are German houses or apartments different from those in North America?
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Expat “How To” Guides
All of our “How To” guides for expats in Germany
German Driver’s License Reciprocity
How to get a German driver’s license (for US and Canadian citizens). You can only drive legally with your North American license for six months in Germany. Then you need a German license.
The Identity Card (der Ausweis) and Other Red Tape
Germans need one, but if you hold a non-German passport, you don’t. However, expats do need to know about Anmeldung and Abmeldung.
Moving to Germany: The Top 10 Things to Consider
A useful guide for would-be expats.
Moving to Germany: Tips for Your Overseas Move
Some specific advice on overseas moving.
Public Transport in Germany
Getting around locally via S-Bahn, U-Bahn, bus, and tram. The ins and outs of using public transport.
Shopping in Germany
You may think that shopping is shopping, but you’d be wrong. German shopping hours and other commercial customs vary greatly from what you may be used to. Also see Grocery Shopping in Germany for more on shopping for food.
Train Travel in Germany
Local, regional, national and international rail service means you may be able to get by without a car in Europe. Local and regional public transportation is particularly good in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
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- Banks and Money in Germany
- Taking Dogs or Cats to Germany – Guidelines for taking your pet to Germany
- For Expats in Germany
- Electrical Facts – 220 volts and all that
- Expat “How To” Guides – All of our “How To” guides for expats in Germany
- Having a Baby in Germany: Prenatal Care (Part 1) and Having a Baby in Germany: Giving Birth (Part 2) – Advice from two expat moms in Germany
- The identity card – der Ausweis
- Public Transport in Germany – Getting around locally via S-Bahn, U-Bahn, bus, and tram
- GW Expat Blog – by expats for expats
- GW Expat Forum – Share with people who have been there and done that.