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Life in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

It is only when you leave your own country to travel or live in a different one that you fully appreciate how much we humans are not only creatures of habit, but also of culture. Travelers and expatriates in Germany, Austria, Switzerland or other countries often feel a loss of things they once took for granted. The most significant of these are language and daily culture.

PHOTO above: The hills of Stuttgart viewed from the Le Corbusier Bauhaus museum. PHOTO CREDIT: Hyde Flippo

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Life, Culture, and Customs in German-Speaking Europe:

  • Coronavirus in Germany: Information – Having trouble keeping up with the coronavirus situation in Germany and Europe? Want to learn related German vocabulary? Our coronavirus information page can help.
  • German-Americans: Grace Kelley – Grace Kelly had German roots? Yes, on her mother’s side. Kelly’s mother, Margaret Katherine Majer (1898-1990), was the daughter of German immigrants. Following her brief but notable film career, Grace Patricia Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco.
  • Stuttgart City Guide – Our newest City Guide helps you decide what to see and do in the Swabian capital city. Two notable auto museums. Two beer festivals annually. And did you know Stuttgart has the second largest collection of thermal baths in Europe?
  • A VPN Guide for Expats and Travelers: How to Be Safer and Happier Online – What is a VPN and why might you need one? With reviews of two VPN services.
  • About N26 – The Mobile Bank – Younger Germans don’t want to bank like their parents. This Berlin-based mobile bank has no branches; you do all your banking on your smartphone.

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Johann Sebastian Bach played the organ in Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, seen here. His grave is inside the church. The Bach Museum is directly across from his statue and the church. Many of the composer’s works debuted in this church, and you can attend a Bach organ concert here – featuring the Thomas Choir and members of Leipzig’s Gewandhausorchester – on Fridays and Saturdays for a modest 2-euro donation. (Click the photo for a larger view.) PHOTO: Hyde Flippo

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Notable People from Austria, Germany and Switzerland

In our Biographies of Notable People you’ll learn about the men and women, living and dead, who have been the source of vital elements of Germanic art, culture, and history. From Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967), the first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, to Konrad Zuse (1910-1995), the German inventor of the first programmable, digital computer, we introduce you to the many notable people, from A to Z. More…

Expat “How To” Guides for Germany

If you’re new to Germany (or maybe even if you’re not), you’ll find our step-by-step expat “How To” guides very helpful. The “How To” guides cover many topics related to living and working in Germany. Sample topics include: Getting a residence permit, using your cell phone in Europe, German grocery shopping, taking pets to Germany, moving to Germany, and even having a baby in Germany! More…

Can you use your US iPhone in Germany? It depends. See The iPhone in Germany and Europe for more about traveling with your iPhone, how to unlock your iPhone, or how to buy a new iPhone.

International Money Transfers
The best way to transfer funds either to or from Germany (or Europe) depends on several factors, only one of which is cost. The method you use will depend on the amount, type and timing of the transaction. Certain options are more suitable for certain kinds of transfers than others. There are three main providers of international currency transfers: (1) banks, (2) remittance companies, and (3) foreign exchange brokers (forex or FX for short). Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. More…

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The European Central Bank is in Frankfurt. PHOTO: H. Flippo

The story of der Euro

On January 1, 2002, twelve European Union countries, including Austria and Germany, put a brand new currency into circulation. Eighteen years later, the euro is still making headlines (along with the Swiss franc), but for very different reasons. What will the euro do this year or the next? – Euro Trivia: Did you know that the attractive euro banknotes were designed by an Austrian? If so, you’re ready to take our 10-item Euro Quiz. There’s also a Euro Timeline and much more…

Book: Germany for Beginners
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A guidebook for expats or serious travelers.

Germany for Beginners
The German Way Expat Guidebook
by the German Way Expat Blog Team
Published by Humboldt American Press

Intended for expats moving to Germany, Germany for Beginners is also useful for travelers and students headed for German-speaking Europe, or who are already there. Written by people who have been there and done that, this guidebook is like sitting down with a team of experts on life in Germany – with advice and information you need. | Learn more!

This book is available in print or as an ebook from Amazon and other online booksellers. You can also order it from your local bookseller.

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