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7 Things To Know Before Moving To Germany

Moving To Germany

Since 1988 we’ve helped thousands of people and families move internationally to Germany for everything from retirement, overseas work, school and even people returning back home to Germany.

Like all of the countries we move our customers to, we’ve gathered some great, useful tips about moving to Germany from customers that we think will help your transition there that much easier.

1. Oktoberfest Is Not In October

Sort of. Oktoberfest actually starts in September and ends on the first Sunday of October.

2. Being Punctual Matters

“On time” in Germany means being early to an event. If you have trouble getting places early, try turning your watch or clock 10-15 minutes ahead to ensure you’ll be early.

3. Don’t Believe The Stereotypes

Often stereotyped as rude, this is only the feeling one would get because their language is very strong and direct. In English we have many ways of saying the same thing, including polite ways of saying things. In German, the direct way is the best way to say things, so understand and respect that.

4. It’s Hard To Shop On Sundays

For several decades now, the Ladenshlussgesetz or “Shop Closing Law” has kept strict regulations on when shops can be open, particularly on Sundays and holidays, when they must be closed. There are some exceptions in the case of gas/petrol stations and certain “tourist” areas, but you’ll find Sunday shopping a difficult task.

5. Make Sure To Say “Hello” and “Goodbye”

When you enter shops and other places, make sure you say “hello” and as you leave “tschüss” (bye) — these niceties sounds like they should be a given in most places, but not doing so in Germany may put some people off.

6. If You Upset Someone Don’t Be Surprised By The Reaction

Upsetting, irritating or offending someone in Germany will lead to them promptly saying so. Don’t stress too much by this reaction as it relates back to number 3 above — it’s the most direct way of indicating they’re upset.

7. Step Up Your Recycling Game

Expect to have different types of recycling bins in your home and know how to use them properly.

There are most likely many more things to know before moving to Germany, so if you have any more questions or tips you’d like to offer, feel free to let us know about them and we’ll add them to our blog posts.

Thanks for reading and safe travels on your trip to Germany!

P.S. If you need any help with your international move to Germany, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

Our resident Moving Doctor, Mark Nash is the president of EuroUSA and has been in the moving business for over 33 years. He currently sits on the board of the International Shippers Association and the Commercial Affairs committee at the International Association of Movers.

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