Moving to Germany – you would like to move, but still feel a little overwhelmed or simply do not feel like the stress of moving? Then we are happy to help you, we have compiled some tips and procedures that can help you a little further and possibly already clarify some questions of you.
Moving and moving company
It is important in advance to have a plan for your move, because moving to another country can be difficult and even for those of you who move only within Germany, even that is exhausting and mostly without planning also really stressful. For this reason, you should promptly take care of a moving company, clarify with them any procedures. Important here are, above all, the time at which you want to open with you to pack your furniture and objects and that the formalities have been clarified in advance. A tip for this, be on the day of the move on site, make sure that the moving company does not forget anything. For the move itself you have to calculate 1-7 days, depending on how far you have to go. If you want to work with experts, do not hesitate to contact us.
Residence permit and visa
If you are moving within the EU, only a passport or ID card is required for the first three months, and as soon as your stay goes beyond that, you will need a residence permit, which you must apply for at the Residents’ Registration Office. Third country nationals always need a visa for their entry into Germany, here we distinguish between Schengen visa and national visa, which refer to the duration of stay. The Schengen visa is only for a stay of up to 90 days and the national visa for all stays beyond that. For the national visa you also need a residence permit. For more information regarding visas, you can check with the Foreign Office for Germany. To apply for a visa, you must go in person to the foreign mission in your current place of residence, there they will help you with the formalities and application. You can ask any of your questions there, your application will be gone through with you and the processing time will be discussed.
Once you have completed your move with a moving company and have arrived in your new place of residence and have completed your formalities, such as a possible visa, the registration of the new place of residence, the re-registration of the car and any banks, insurance companies and associations, you will certainly want to explore the country and get to know new things.
Moving to Germany – The sights
We would like to show you a few sights that you should definitely see in Germany:
- Cologne Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in the Gothic architectural style, it is often referred to by art historians as the “perfect cathedral”.
- Wadden Sea on the North Sea coast for all nature lovers among you
- Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, if you are already in Berlin, you can also visit the TV Tower and Alexander Square
- Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, the most famous castle in Germany, which is often called “fairy tale castle” because of its romantic interior and wonderful surroundings and gardens
- Speyer Imperial Cathedral is the largest preserved church of the Romantic period and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981
- Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is one of the most beautiful churches in Germany, with a beautiful dome and a style reminiscent of Protestant sacred architecture.
- Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg is the largest model railway in the world.
- Mosel valley, the oldest wine region in Germany
- Nürburgring in the Eifel, a racetrack that is one of the most famous and most visited attractions
Besides, you should get to know Germany not only through your eyes, but also through your mouth. The variety of culinary specialties in Germany is much greater than you expect. There are different traditions and food cultures here across the country, in every single state. There is a delicacy for every taste.
Moving to Germany – The Culinary Arts
- The most famous and refined specialties of the country:
- Pannfisch from the north of Germany, consists of fried pieces of fish and potatoes in mustard sauce.
- Bratwurst with green sauce from central Germany
- Dumplings, Maultaschen and Eisbein from the south
- Pastries from Bavaria, such as Dampfnudeln, Germknödel, Kaiserschmarrn and Semmelschmarrn, are good for those of you who like a sweet treat
- Käsespätzle, a noodle dish with lots of cheese and cream
- The Franzbrötchen looks like a croissant, but is a pastry filled with cinnamon
- Königsberger Klopse, a dish from the city of Königsberg, it consists of meatballs with white sauce and as a side dish serve potatoes
We hope that we could help you with these tips and wish you good luck with your move to Germany.