Useful Advice for Moving to Germany

If you are thinking of moving to Germany with your job, you will want to make sure you choose the home which is right for you. If you are moving to Germany alone, this is not such a problem, but if you are taking your family you will need to do some homework on how to find the right accommodation.

Depending on the location you choose, finding a flat or house is similar to the way you would do it here in the UK, but there are some differences which you should be aware of before moving to Germany. For example, don’t expect to see a ‘For Sale’ sign outside a property. In Germany, this is not a common way of advertising that a property is available for sale or rent.

Many properties are published in the newspapers, and in the last few years property websites have sprung up which provide extensive listings on apartments and houses for sale as well as rental units. These websites also have extensive information on financing and other topics related to buying and renting property for those who are moving to Germany.

One term to watch out for when looking at property adverts is ‘Grosszügige Räume’, which translates as ‘large room’ or ‘very spacious’. As estate agents all over the world employ the same tactics when it comes to describing a property, this actually means that the house is very expensive to heat, which is something you may want to bear in mind when you are moving to Germany.

German Cuisine: Beyond the Bratwurst!

On the world stage, German cuisine does not hold a  better reputation than the UK’s – and that’s saying something! However, just as there’s much more to UK cuisine than fish and chips, when if comes to German food – there’s a little more to it than the Bratwurst.

Probably due to our similar histories/cultures, there is a lot of a common ground between what we eat in the UK and what Germans eat – which will come as some comfort for anyone moving to Germany who doesn’t have the most adventurous palette.

There are, however, enough gastronomical differences to excite the food connoisseur moving to Germany. And whilst much of the food you’ll find in Germany will bear a passing resemblance to food you’ll find in the UK, things are often done a little differently.

For example, anyone moving to Germany will notice the prevalence of pickled vegetables, such as sauerkraut, which often accompany meals; Germans also love their breads, and therefore you’ll find a lot of bakeries, offering, for example, pretzels; and whilst it is not the be all and end all of German cuisine, the Bratwurst and other quality sausages also prevail in the country, making it an ideal place to live if that sort of thing is your cup of tea – or should be “stein of German beer”.

Whatever the reason for moving to germany – whether its the cuisine or otherwise – with European Removal Experts we like to think that we take the hassle out of European removals.

Making the Move to Rustic Germany

Whilst moving to Germany or moving to Holland etc will afford you with the same kinds of challenges wherever your going, one of the remarkable things about Europe is that despite the close proximity of nations, there is an unrivalled diversity of cultures and languages.

Perhaps less celebrated than other destinations is rustic Germany, not only for its majestic countryside, but also for is more than similarity to the vernal hills of the English countryside.  However, unlike the UK, which of course is an island, Germany is slap bang In the middle of Europe and therefore by moving to Germany you are literally moving to the centre of Europe.

There is definitely a cliched idea about the German countryside: i.e. Alpine landscapes trawled by ramblers in Lederhosen, however just as the UK has a hugely diverse environment, so does Germany. For example, by moving to Germany you will be moving to a country that not only has Alpine mountain ranges, but also sandy beaches at the Baltic sea.

So, whilst Germany is the strongest economy in Europe there are more reasons to become an emigre than this – and rustic Germany is one of the most awe-inspiring places in the world, let alone Europe. And therefore anyone considering relocating to Germany would do well to consider a rustic location.

At European Removal Experts wherever your destination, whether its rustic Germany or a vibrant capital city like Paris, we are committed to making the moving process as simple and effective as it can be!

European Capitals: The Best in the World

Europe has a lot of things going for it – liberal attitudes, a rich cultural heritage – however, the shinning stars in the European experience have to be its capitals, which, quite frankly, are some of the best capital cities on the entire planet.

Berlin

Anyone considering moving to Germany should really consider Berlin. As not only is it at geographical centre of the whole of Europe, but it is also a bonafide cultural epicentre in its own right; and with world beating nightlife and 153 museums, Berlin truly is a world capital of culture.

Amsterdam

Whilst capitals like London or Berlin are world renowned, Europe is also home to less well known but equally fulfilling capital cities; the best of these less pronounced gems is arguably Amsterdam – why? Well whilst it has a cultural heritage to rival any other city in Europe, it really shines when it comes to nightlife. And as the most laid back capital in the world, anyone moving to Holland should really consider moving to Amsterdam.

Paris

Great capitals will speak to you on a deeply personal level, and therefore everyone will have their own favorites, and their own reasons for it being their favourite – however, a sure contender for the best capital on the planet has to be Paris, with its cultural landmarks such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, as well as that certain “je ne sais quoi” that makes a truly great capital.

At European Removal Experts whether you moving to Germany to live an artists life in Berlin or moving to Holland to live the high life in Amsterdam, we like to think we take the hassle out of moving day – getting you there to start your new life as you mean to go on.

Moving to Germany – What to Do About Insurance?

Germany is one of the most vibrant countries in the world, and due to its similar culture/infrastructure when compared to the UK, for a Brit moving to Germany shouldn’t be too much of an upheaval; however, just like with any move, whether you’re moving to France or moving to Germany, careful consideration should be paid to insurance – which will work in your favour down the line.

On one level, it is important – depending of course on the value of what you’re are taking with you – that you insure any particularly valuable item that you are taking with you, of course this isn’t just a consideration when moving to Germany – and insurance is important where ever your moving, but particularly so the further your goods are going, where loss or damage etc are more likely.

Unlike the UK, if you are moving to Germany you will require heath insurance, which will be deducted from your income over there depending on your income; however, if you are moving there from the UK on a temporary basis then there is an EU agreement that you will be covered, providing you have filed the right forms before your trip.

Of course the best way to be sure about whether you are covered or not, and if, for example, your current insurance (ie. from your own country) is applicable in Germany is to check with your provider – remember, despite the collaboration between EU countries there are still significant differences that can complicate temporary or permanent moves.

Finding the Right Removals Company

Relocating abroad can be one of the best decisions you ever make, but to really make the most of it it’s important that you deal with the right people. Removals will surely be at the top of your agenda, so to make the whole process as easy as possible, whether you’re moving to Germany or anywhere else, make sure to find the right removals company.

This doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. A quick search on Google will be able to present you with numerous options, and it won’t take long for you to read their websites and weed out the inappropriate choices. This is certainly preferable to looking through the phonebook, as by going online you’ll be able to find reviews of your potential company as well to help you make the right decision.

Make sure you read the small print though, as not all UK removals companies will be able to help you when moving to Germany, Switzerland or elsewhere on the continent. You need to make sure they can deliver the service you’re looking for, and if you’re after anything additional (such as storage space) always ensure they can accommodate.

So, finding the right removals company when moving to Germany or anywhere else will simply require a bit of research. But, why not save yourself the hassle and come straight to us here at European Removal Experts? We’ll have no problem getting your possessions to anywhere on the continent whether you’re moving to France, Germany or just about anywhere else, so make sure to get in touch today to see how we can help.

Take The Stress Out Of Moving To Germany

If you are thinking of moving to Germany, you’ve probably spent a lot of time considering the many arrangements you will have to take care of before you make the life changing move of setting up home in another country.

The list is a long one, and you’ve probably worried about whether you have considered everything that will need to be completed before relocating to Germany. This process is a stressful period for everyone involved, however there is a way you can make things a lot easier for yourself and those who are accompanying you. You may have many big bulky items to take with you, and you may have thought about taking care of this yourself by hiring a van. But think about this in a bit more detail, and by doing it yourself begins to lose it’s appeal, doesn’t it? First of all, you will have to hire a van or lorry which is big enough, then you have to clear out your house, load the van and do it all again at the other end when you arrive.

So why not let the experts help when you are moving to Germany, moving to Holland or moving to any location in Europe?  You need to choose the best company if you want to get the best service, and you really can’t go wrong with European Removal Experts. We offer a fully-professional service for removals to Europe that can be tailored to suit you, making your move to Germany as stress free as possible.

Man and Van Services from European Removal Experts

Whether you’re moving to Germany, organising an office removal project or you simply need to transfer some of your belongings from one place to another, the job can seem daunting. The amount of legwork involved is enough to make you dread the task at hand, and undoubtedly force you to consider using a removal service to help you along the way.

However, the expense of such services and the time restrictions in which removal companies operate can often leave you with no choice but to organise your entire move solely around their availability. This has quite often proven to be extremely costly and inconvenient for many, particularly those moving to Germany or other European locations, which is precisely why European Removal Experts have made their competitive services all about the customer. We have made our services so diverse that even if you and your family or office are moving to France, we can provide an affordable removal service for you.

If you need your belongings moved to Scotland, Ireland or any major city in the UK, we at European Removal Experts offer “Man and Van” services to cater for a wide variety of specific removal needs. We specialise in household and office removals of any size, and our services operate during the day, evenings and weekends for a service that suits you.

All of our vans are fully insured and have a large 15 metre cubic capacity, making them suitable for even the largest-scale removal project. Our competitive prices start at one Man with Van costing as little as £250 for an entire 8-hour day of use.

European Removal Experts also offer assitance with removals all over Europe, so even if you’re moving to France or Germany, we can help you.

Destination Deutschland

Germany is the largest economy in Europe and therefore it has seen a considerable influx of British professionals moving to Germany in order to take advantage of its booming industries – not to mention its rich culture and stunning natural environments. Whatever your reasons for moving to Germany, however, there are a few British items that you just wont be able to find in Deutschland, so if you are a sucker for home comforts, you might just want to take them with you.

For example, it might surprise you to learn (considering that Germany is such a bratwurst loving country!) that you probably won’t be able to get British style bacon. Also, British staples such as brown sauce won’t be easy to come by, and if you do find some it won’t be cheap.

Anyone moving to Germany should also be prepared for the customary plug adaptors in order to get your electrical appliances working, but it might surprise you to learn that if you’re a Sky subscriber you should be able to get your system working in Germany!  Of course bacon and Sky TV aren’t part of the major considerations, and you should enjoy adapting your lifestyle towards the German way of doing things – that’s part of the reason for relocating to Germany, after all.

So how exactly will you get all these home comforts to Germany, anyway? Well with European Removal Experts we can not only help you with your move, but we can do for affordable rates without compromising on quality. We can help you with moving to Germany, no matter how small or large your items are.