Germany today is diverse and international. Here, many representatives of other cultures harmoniously coexist with each other. It is an affordable, inviting, safe, progressive, and modern place to live in. The combination of its natural beauty, historical heritage, cultural attractions, and, in general, a very good standard of living make Germany one of the most beautiful and secure places in which to call home.
We don’t say that life here is perfect, no. As with everything, there are also disadvantages to living in Germany. However, in this blog post, we would like to draw your attention to the positive aspects of it.
Germany is a very beautiful country. In the north, you can explore the German beaches, and in the south, there are the Alps. Germany is known for its cute towns, countryside, and castles. Rumor has it that Walt Disney got inspiration from the German Neuschwanstein castle to create the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Germany has a reliable, safe, and quite efficient system of public transportation that includes buses, trams, trains, and even ferries (in port cities). With it, you can reach almost any destination you want.
It’s surprising how many cyclists there are in Germany. According to the European Cyclists Federation, Germany is the fifth European country in terms of bicycle usage, cycling safety, and market size.
Germans are very punctual. Of course, it depends on the person, but most likely, your German friend will be at a place at least 5 minutes before the agreed time. Furthermore, he will expect you to come on time as well and can take offense if you are late.
The criminality rate is very low in Germany. There are, of course, some crimes happening in every major city within Germany. For example, bikes and purses get stolen, and thieves break into homes. However, it does not happen very often.
Please: don’t walk alone in shady neighborhoods, don’t leave your belongings unattended, etc.
In most German cities, the tap water is such good quality that you can drink it directly from the tap. In some cities, like in Dusseldorf, where the tap water has too much limescale, a water filter can easily solve the problem.
BBQs At Parks
BBQs at parks are allowed in Germany. Grab your portable BBQ and some things to put on the grill and enjoy a meal together with your family or friends.
German highway is world-famous. There are no speed limits on most parts of it. Many drive on the Autobahn without any purpose, just to relax and take their mind off the daily routine.
Anywhere you go in Germany, there are always parks and green areas to lay out a blanket and relax.
On Sunday, you have no other choice but to take the whole day to relax. It is a time of rest, quiet, and peace. Almost everything is closed. The only things open are some small local shops and gas stations. It is not allowed to vacuum, use the washing machine, or do home repairs. The same rules apply every day after 10 pm.
Traveling from Germany is super easy. It is possible to explore many countries within a short period of time. You can simply cross borders by bus, train, plane, or car.
Following The Rules
Germans love their rules and follow them. Germany works so efficiently because people abide by the rules. If you don’t, you will get caught and will get into trouble.
If you are planning to study in Germany, you will be happy to find out that there are no tuition fees in most German study institutions! Even better: By doing vocational training, you will receive a regular monthly payment for the hours you work.
The German government helps its citizens and residents maintain a good quality of life and motivate family life. Some of the benefits you are entitled to as a German citizen or resident are excellent healthcare system, paid sick leave, unemployment monthly financial help from the government, Maternity leave up to 14 weeks, parental leave up to 3 years, parental allowance, etc.
20 vacation days is the minimum that an employee gets from his employer by law. Often, it’s even more, especially if you combine your vacation days with the official national holidays.
Firing people in Germany is not so easy. After you pass the probation period of 6 months, your employer needs a strong reason to let you go. If it is not the case, the employee can sue the company for an unfair firing. For sure, no company wants to deal with this type of lawsuit.
To be insured is mandatory in Germany. There are different kinds of insurance. And a person might have up to 7 insurances on average. One of the most important ones is the personal liability insurance (Hapftlichversicherung). It covers the costs you might have if you accidentally break someone’s belongings or cause an accident.
There are many more positive things to say about life in Germany. Instead of listing all of these, we would like to share with you a video from Nithu Johny, a nurse that came here 3 years ago with the help of Mittelpunkt Personal.
The information in this post is subjective and based on our own experience and the experience of our applicants. How you will experience Germany will, of course, depend on your cultural background and life circumstances.
In case you are interested in moving to Germany and have questions, contact us. We would be happy to advise you on all your queries.