Living in Germany would be an experience with a difference. Here’s your chance to get acquainted with a rich culture quietly in touch with all that’s modern while holding on comfortably to the grandeur of a medieval history.
Life in Germany has many dimensions depending on the region you are in. From the snowy Alpine ranges to the Baltic coasts, scenic river valleys, verdant hills sporting vineyards and orchards, Germany has something different on offer every which way you look at it.
Being surrounded by about nine other European countries such as Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Poland, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, a considerable influx of foreign culture is only to be expected.
Having said that, it has to be re-iterated that the intrinsic German culture remains intact in the unique traditions and historic heritage that have been handed down through generations.
As any visitor would tell you, living in Germany means more than wide open spaces, clean streets, reliable and clean public transport, an amazing network of bicycle paths, about a thousand kinds of sausages, and German beer.
Impromptu concerts greet you as you stroll along beautiful German river banks. A number of green lungs in urban spaces let you enjoy a freedom that is hard to come by in most cities of other European countries.
Another incredible feature would have to be the number of German castles and forts that dot the landscape and remind you of a time when life was certainly very different. Quaint university towns welcome you to a quiet yet interesting interlude before you set off again on busier pursuits.
Whether you live here or are just passing through, there are regions that are an integral part of life in Germany. The Swiss mountains in the South, the Bavarian Alps, the chalky cliffs of the Baltic coasts, the mysteries of the Black Forest regions, and fabulous wine routes are enchanting sights that you can never get enough of.
German Food would instantly conjure images of sausages, sauerkraut, and beer. Sausages come in all shapes, sizes, and types. There are even some that you can squeeze on to your toast and others that even contain fruit and nuts. It’s surely an experience that would take an expat some getting used to.
Breakfasts are elaborate affairs with a lot of bread, marmelade, cheese, jams, and yes, sausages. Pork features high on the menu for lunch and dinner, as does beef, and on rare occasions, even horse.
Though enjoying the best of modernity and the richness of a grand past, Germany does have issues in its erstwhile East German regions. The six regions Thuringia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania used to be East Germany but these are now incorporated into the FRG.
Though geographically united there are other issues that need to be ironed out to achieve a uniformity that is more universal. But even here, you will find the ubiquitous charm of the German way of life. :-)