(Closed) Moving to Germany…have you been/lived there?

posted 7 years ago in Europe
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve never been to Ramstein, but I’ve been near there. I’ve been to Mannheim, Trier, and Strasbourg and liked all of them. They all seem to be close enough to you that you could take advantage of them. Cologne and Frankfurt are also nearby, as well as Bonn, which used to be the capital of West Germany. I believe the area is quite prosperous and populated while still managing to have some beautiful countryside.

Mannheim is a nice city, and will probably have stuff to do. When I was there we went to a nice park and saw an open air concert.

Trier is a tourist town with some really cool Roman ruins. Look up Porta Nigra to see what I’m talking about.

Strasbourg is across the border in France and is a very interesting city because of the region’s history. The region has gone from being French to German and back again several times, so you get a very cool mix of cultures there. If you’re foodies, you might enjoy going into France to eat.

The language barrier might be tough, but in a pinch, most people will speak at least some English. German is a fun language to learn, but can be quite frustrating because it has three genders (like in French there’s le and la, in German there’s Der, Die, and Das).

The German people that I have met have all been very friendly, lovely people. The food there might be less fancy than you would like, but it’s still quite tasty. For your more fancy food, you might want to take weekend trips to Paris.

Germany is a great country and I’m sure you will love it there! It will provide you the chance to visit many places in Europe as you will be very centrally located.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

I was born in Germany! Berlin to be exact. There are more places in Germany that i have spent more time in than Ramstein. I have only just been passing through within the years. I now live in Minnesota in Minneapolis and went to school in St.Paul so i understand the love for a city. Berlin was the ultimate experience for me. I cannot wait to go back. It is absolutely home. I think Germany overall is WONDERFUL. And though an expensive trial, you know you can always come home! Worth a shot!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I lived in Frankfurt for 2 years. I was trailing my Darling Husband. I also grew up in Philly, small world. It was hard, I can’t lie and Frankfurt is pretty small, but in the end it was an interesting experience. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Jealous. My family is from Hamburg.

Food is good and desserts even better!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I went to Amsterdam as a child and LOVED it. went back again last christmas and took my 11 year old son at the time and he said, mom let’s stay here. so we did! for a couple more days anyway.

I can understand the fear of moving but maybe reminding your hubby that it doesn’t have to be permanent, i am sure lots and lots of friends would love to visit too. Howexciting! I’d love to have that opportunity! I’d grab it if i were you….again, it doesn’t have to be a forever move but i think of it as being worldly. In ten years I would find you you fabulouslty interesting for having traveled the world and back. the cool thing about going to Europe is everything is SO close! So many other places to visit on the weekends. ugh. lucky girl. smh, lucky lucky girl!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

It was hard for many reasons. The top one being the weather and lonliness. We attempted to learn German and my college degree is even in foreign language and for some reason German didn’t click for me. From my expereince (and this was just mine) there were some great amazing nice people BUT if you don’t speak the language and speak it well, since I would try everywhere I went, I was shut out and often not helped. We did learn enough so food was never an issue. Also for us, we found that people had no desire to make friends with us or get to know us. They had their circle of friends and they did not need more. Hopefully your job will open that door more. We agreed that had we had kids, it would have been different and more community.  DH and I both worked and the work culture there is very different. It is expected to take an hour lunch and sit in the cafeteria with your team and just a lot of differences that potentially could offend others so I won’t list them. 

I could walk all of Frankfurt and back to my apartment in less than an hour, so very small, but the public transit all around Germany is AMAZING. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I lived in Heidelberg for several months and never found the language barrier to be a problem.  In fact when we would speak to someone in German they would respond in English.  The food is good, depending on what food you like (bread, cheese, sausage…)!  There’s less variety of good food, but it’s not hard to find.  

Mannheim has a lot of shopping.  I’ve only been in Frankfurt to go to the airport, so don’t know what all there is to do there.

The great thing about Europe is that it’s so easy to travel to other cities/countries.  I’d love to live abroad with my husband for a year–would be such a cool experience and something that a lot of people don’t have the opportunity to do!  

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@claireos: Google maps says that Paris is 4.5 hours away. Taking a train (recommended) would probably take a bit longer. It seems to me like the perfect distance for a long weekend vacation! Also, the French border is quite close to where you’ll be, so you could probably pop into France for a meal from time to time.

@DVsMom: Frankfurt’s urban area has 2.3 million people. Its metropolitain area has 5.6 million people. Maybe I’m just very Canadian, but that seems like a lot to me.

I lived in Switzerland for a year, and though the cities were smaller than I was used to, everything was also denser, so I never felt like I was in a small town. To give perspective, the city in which I lived has 80,000 people in the city and the surroundings, and I grew up in a town with around 500,000 people. Thanks to the nearness of everything in Europe and the excellent public transport, I never felt like the town was too small.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I went to germany/austria two years ago for two weeks, I wish I could have stayed forever!! Since we didn’t spend more than 2 nights in one location, I couldn’t tell you about “fine dining” We stuck to mostly small cafe’s and street stands. Everything is so fresh compared to here even thoug you’re getting a sandwich from the street vendor, it is like getting one from a shop here (except better, I can’t explain it, it just is!) I loved that we walked everywhere and rarely needed a car (except to get to the next city) I also loved how layed back it is. Everyone just goes with the flow! We’d be at the bar and next to us would be a couple with their dog, and the server brought the dog a bowl of water! lol Its so much more relaxed and less stressful than here. I wish I could be going back to live!

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have family in Hamburg and in Austria.

I think you will fine Germany very hip, acceccible transportation and totally friendly to English speaking folks.  And also your in Europe, so you can always travel around and see all those places that people in the states are Pineing to see ๐Ÿ™‚

Does your husband have any intrest in adventure? It might be a really neat experience for him!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Frankfurt is not a great city, but Berlin is wonderful. I lived a few hours from Berlin in a small college town.  

Ramstein is the base, so I assume you would be living on base or near it.  If you are military or work with military, you will be bascially living in expat community, not Germany.  Not sure if you speak the language or not, but you often don’t need to around the base.

German food can actually be quite good.  Unlike in America where we ethalyne ripen fruit in trucks rather than let it finish growing on trees, Europe tends to source its food closer to where it gets sold.  While I was never a fan of german recipes and sauces (too heavy for me), the actual quality of the food is amazing and much better than the US.  The backeries and breads are AMAZING. 

I LOVED living abroad, but if I moved back to Germany I would live in the Southern part or Berlin.  I think you should do it–it’s a fabulous opportunity and I would kill to live abroad again.  I tried so hard to get a job after I graduated college abroad, but never had any idea where to start and no luck on finding anything.  How have Bee’s that did it gotten their opportunities?

 

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