10 Tips for Living in Germany

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Should you learn German before you move to Germany? What type of apartments are typical in Germany? Expats offer advice and share 10 tips for living in Germany.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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guest
Jul 2, 2012 13:46

Yes, you SHOULD learn our language. When we visit the US, you all expect us to speak English. And by the way we don't have a "socialist health care system" as mentioned in 'Contract negotiations' above. That can only come from an American.

Carolynnell
Dec 9, 2013 16:38

Thanks for all the great insight. My husband and I plan to move to Cologne/Koln in 2016 with his company. I'm in the information gathering and German learning stage right now. I'll be monitoring this site for the months to come, hoping to learn more. We can't wait!

guest
Mar 11, 2014 01:47

Is it possible for US citizens to retire in Germany? If so, how, if one has no family or job connections? If we have sufficient income, buy private health insurance, and improve our German sufficiently is that enough? Also, we have two school-aged children and have lived in Germany twice for short-term stays via employment contracts. Many thanks!

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