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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Germany, they said...

"It is important to research the kinds of visas or other documents you may need to stay in Germany. You should also familiarise yourself with the cost of living in Germany, including that of any health care or other essential services you may require. It is also helpful to brush up on the language, as most Germans do not usually speak English. It is also a good idea to research any potential tax implications before retiring in Germany, as taxes can vary depending on income. Additionally, make sure to take advantage of all available benefits and services that Germany offers to retirees, such as pension schemes or rent subsidies. Finally, connect with other expats and join an expat forum to learn more about living in Germany," remarked another expat in Germany.

"Just try to learn the language; it isn't really necessary but it will increase your opportunities and help you forge friendships with the locals (some Americans here never venture out, socially or culturally, out of the large and established American community.) Other than that just to have a good time and enjoy the area, its a great city with beautiful architecture and a thriving international culture," said a member in Heidelberg, Germany.

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