In case you’re seriously considering a move, though, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why Germany really is worth relocating for. Hint: Cheap beer is definitely included. Guides worldwide would agree, and this Germany guide is meant to spark some inspiration if you needed any more.
#1. Super cities will give you non-stop entertainment
There’s a great deal to do and see in Germany, and the reliable public transit makes it easy for you to get out and explore your new surroundings, as well as neighbouring towns and towns. Super cities like Berlin attract a ton of young, artistic types from all around the world, but the city is distinctly German. It’s also surprisingly one of the most affordable cities in the world to live in.
Then there are other major cities that shouldn’t be overlooked. Munich has a surprising “quaint” feel to it. Frankfurt is known for its all-business attitude, but it’s oozing with awesome travel secrets. And then there’s Hamburg, considered to be the “gateway to the world.” That’s a bold claim, but we’ll take it.
Super cities not your thing? Germany is FULL of gorgeous smaller cities and adorable tiny villages with their classic Bavarian architecture. Try Dresden, or Nuremburg, or Hannover.
#2. Incredibly diverse landscapes
Germany has over 80 million citizens – nearly three times as many as Canada! With such a big population, it’s hard to imagine how the country manages to cram its entire wilderness into such limited space…yet, it fits. Germans are huge adventure travellers, and they take advantage of the great outdoors whenever they can. Perhaps that’s why even the biggest cities have beautifully planned bicycle path networks that make getting around a breeze. And the parks! Berlin has over 2500 parks. Really!
The Bavarian Alps aren’t quite as big as the Austrian and Swiss alps, but they’re rugged and beautiful and easily accessible to all. If you’re a big winter sports fan, you can hit the slopes at the Oberstdorf ski resort. It’s home to Germany’s largest downhill slope, totaling over four miles long. The Fellhorn and Kanzelwand ski areas are also worth checking out.
Believe it or not, Germany DOES have beaches…just not like the ones you’re used to thinking of. Germany’s North Sea island of Sylt has gorgeous dune sands, and is located five miles off Germany’s northwest coast. It’s kinda like the Hamptons of Germany, and you’ll find a ton of vacation homes here.
For hikers, you’re in for a treat. Some popular areas include the Harz, the Black Forest, and of course, the Bavarian Alps and its many trails. If you’re truly an experienced hiker, you can do the 112-kilometre Malerweg hike, or the 168-kilometre Rennsteig. Those two are also arguably Germany’s most scenic walks.
Other adventures worth checking out include hopping on an old-fashioned log raft and floating down the Isar River in Munich. Yes, you read that right.
#3. Germany treats its workers right
Germany is really good at respecting its citizens, and if you have the opportunity to work there, you should go for it. Germans work fewer hours than both UK and US citizens, and their unemployment rate is lower. You even get 30 days of vacation time, minimum. If you DO get laid off, you’re entitled to a month’s wages for every year you’ve worked at the company.
Ladies, if you decide to start a family, you’ll be granted 14 weeks of maternity leave at 100% pay. Men, you also have paternity rights.
Even better, Germany has one of the best medical care systems in the world, and it’s actually required by LAW to be insured, even those that are unemployed or unable to work.
#4. Have a hobby? Join the club
There is literally a club for just about everything in Germany. Seriously. If you’re a hobbyist, it’s incredibly easy to find like-minded people. Whether you’re into dancing or bowling or chess or singing, there’s a club for it. They’re non-profit, usually, and very affordable to anyone. It’s a chance to hone your skills while seeking social engagement, especially during the weekends. You may even bear witness to a friendly competition or two.
#5. Germans are awesome
Their straightforward mannerisms may be off-putting to North Americans and other travellers, but they mean well. Germans tell it like it is, and frankly, it’s refreshing.
They’re also some of the most tolerant, well-travelled, and intelligent individuals you’ll ever find. Considering the country’s troubled history, most people are anxious to move beyond the negative and to show the world what real Germans are made of. And it’s wonderful.
#6. Its public transit systems are super efficient
We hate stereotypes, but in this case, it’s mostly true. Germans are incredibly efficient, and the same goes for their transit systems. Trains are always on time, there are high-speed rail connections between major cities, and transit is CHEAP. There’s even an ICE train system that travels at 330 km/h. Seriously. It’s affordable, and remarkably clean and spacious.
Even in the smaller towns, there are always reliable bus systems. Many people in Germany actually opt out of owning their own vehicle, because there’s simply no need.
#7. You’ll be in the heart of Europe
If you live in North America, the thought of having so many different countries at your fingertips feels like a dream. For those outside North America, you might not have any idea how hard it is to travel overseas, because countries like the United States and Canada are just so BIG. It costs a fortune just to travel around the country, never mind overseas!
But then, if you move to Germany, suddenly you’ll find yourself at the epicenter of it all. Weekend trip to Krakow, Poland? No problem. Island hopping in Greece? Shopping tour in Italy? Heck yeah! Hop on a plane and hit up the Greek islands, take a sailing trip, do whatever your little heart desires. It’s just so easy and affordable! You’d be surprise how many Europeans take this fact for granted. The ability to travel freely throughout Europe is just too good to pass up.
#8. Learning the language is easy to do
As a native English speaker, you’ll have no trouble living and adjusting well to life in Germany. Most everyone speaks English, and incredibly good English at that. Most children are taught how to speak it right from kindergarten, as well as other languages. No wonder Germany is such a super power.
But moving to a new country means you owe it to the country to learn the language, and Germany actually makes it quite easy. Not that German is an easy language to learn – au contraire. But finding language classes isn’t difficult, and many are even free! Take advantage of the opportunity to learn something new, and you’ll find yourself conversing with the Germans in no time. If you need some inspiration, start out with some quirky German words.
#9. Delicious food
If you’re not a meat lover, you may have to move on, because German sausage is to die for! German sausage can be found EVERYWHERE in the country, and there are over 1500 different kinds of wurst (sausage). The most common, however, is bratwurst: finely minced pork and beef, grilled, and served with a side of sweet mustard.
If you’re not a meat lover, however, there’s good news: Germany is one of the most multicultural destinations in Europe, and you’ll find virtually everything your heart desires. The bread also tastes great, and there are reputably over 1200 different kinds of bread rolls alone.
Something you’ll HAVE to try when visiting Germany: Bienestich, also known as “bee sting cake.” It’s made with a sweet yeast dough, filled with layers of cream, and topped with a buttery honey-almond caramel. Um, wow. The Germans take their food seriously! You can learn more on a Germany food tour.
#10. Cheap, awesome beer!
Another thing that Germans take seriously: Beer! If you’re a beer drinker, you have a glorious new world at your fingertips. There are more than a thousand breweries all over the country, and more than 4000 brands. Beer is an integral part of German culture. The country is also home to Oktoberfest, the largest beer festival in the world, taking place in Munich.
Let’s face it: High-quality beers (including craft beers) are not only hard to come by sometimes, they’re expensive as hell. The average price of a pint in Germany is $2.67EUR! If you’re a beer drinker, think of the money you’ll save!
What’s your biggest reason for moving to Germany?