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December 19, 2012

Just arrived: New Cat on the block (part 2)

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Here is the second part of our "Just arrived" blog series - you can read the first part here. Cat has just moved to Berlin, Germany, from none other than Ireland and she's giving up her experiences for all to read.... (you can follow Cat on her own blog at catchapigeon.blogspot.com)



A big fear for me arriving was the U Bahn, because I was completely clueless about the geography of Berlin.  I had visited frequently in the past few months, but instead of taking the opportunity to find my feet a bit, I followed blindly (and more often than not drunkenly) behind whoever the party person was.  Despite my misgivings, it is actually very easy, although I would recommend getting a small U Bahn map for consultation.  On the U Bahn you will see people who look like they belong in fairy tales (and not only the princesses trust me, there's plenty of goblins too).  I'm really not kidding- I have seen examples of extreme beauty and extreme horror on the U Bahn, but thats why (until summer at least) it is my favourite form of transportation.


December 16, 2012

5 good things to know when new in Germany

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New in Germany
5 good things to know when new in Germany

When waking up after hosting a big party it's normal behaviour to just wanna wrap your duvet tighter around you and prevent the sunlight from reaching your eyes. Usually, the last thing you want to do at that stage is to go "inspect the damage", and see what the kitchen and living room looks like. But the blow of having to clean up is eased when the mess is worth some cash. "Inspect the damage" in Germany is more like "inspect your earnings".
Collect your friends, and do a so called "pfand run". A pfand run requires a few friends helping out to bring bags of bottles to the bottle deposit machines at the supermarket. The money you earn can be used to fund your next party, or if you're not in a stage to think about drinking: a luxurious and fatty hangover lunch.

Read more about pfand in this blog: Young Germany - The importance of bottles

December 14, 2012

Just arrived: New Cat on the block (part 1)

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Here is the first part of our "Just arrived" blog series. Cat has just moved to Berlin, Germany, from none other than Ireland and she's giving up her experiences for all to read.... (you can follow Cat on her own blog at catchapigeon.blogspot.com)


So, you've made the decision to move to Germany? Yeah, I did that too.  I went to Berlin for a week's holiday, and by lunchtime on day two, I had decided that I just had to be a part of it. One of my friends described it as 'the place where young people go to retire....'  and she was right. Vibrant, fun, creative and tragically 'poor but sexy', it seemed to be perfect to me.  (If I am honest, that sounds like my perfect guy, but in city form...)

December 6, 2012

Five life saving phrases in German

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German phrases

German phrases

Where to register in Germany?

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Register in Germany

Where to do the 'Anmeldung'



Wherever you do the so-called Anmeldung, we recommend you to book an appointment before going to the registration office. 


Register in Munich

In Munich you need to register your address at the so-called “Kresverwaltungsreferat” (KVR). 

There are six different registration offices in the city. It is suggested by the City of Munich official website to go to the closest KVR, even if there are others available.

Find your KVR here.
Book your appointment here.


Register in Berlin

In Berlin you need to register your address at the so-called Bürgeramt.

There are many different registration offices in the city.

Find your Bürgeramt here.
Book your appointment here.


Register in Hamburg

In Hamburg you need to register your address at the so-called Kundenzentrum.

There are many different registration offices in the city. It is suggested by the City of Hamburg official website to go to the closest Kundenzentrum, even if there are others available.

Find your Kundenzentrum here.
Book your appointment here.


Register in Frankfurt am Main

In Frankfurt you need to register your address at the so-called Bürgeramt.

There are eleven different registration offices in the city.

Find your Bürgeramt here (right-side of the page).
Book your appointment here.


Register in Cologne (Köln)

In Cologne you need to register your address at the Bürgeramt or Kundenzentrum.

There are nine different registration offices in the city.

Find your Bürgeramt/Kundenzentrum here (right-side of the page).
Book your appointment here.



Find below an Anmeldung checklist on what to bring to the registration office