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Moving to Germany

A move to Germany is your chance for expat life in a well-organized, modern country with a rich historical heritage and great regional diversity. Our InterNations Expat Guide on Germany provides you with all you need to know about favorite expat destinations, visa types, and transportation.
Neuschwanstein Castle is one of Germany's most popular tourist attractions.
  • Germany’s big cities, in particular, have multicultural societies, perhaps making it easier to feel at home.
  • Traveling in Germany is made easy by the good public transportation and road networks.
  • Whether or not you need a visa to live in Germany will depend on your nationality, while the type of visa depends on your reasons for moving to Germany.


Germany is a modern, cosmopolitan, and innovative society. When you move to Germany, you will also benefit from the regional diversity, which is an important part of German identity.

Due to its Western heritage and the fact that Germany is a modernized country, most expat newcomers in Germany don’t have all that many problems adapting to the German way of life. Still, you might want to keep the following information and tips on how to prepare for your relocation to Germany in mind.

A Diverse Society

If you consider being an expat in Germany, you will be adding to its population of up to 82 million residents. Many among the foreign-born population come from Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Eastern European countries, making Germany the country with the second-highest number of international migrants in the world.

The reasons why so many people think of moving to Germany are all well-grounded, as Germany has a lot to offer. You may also find out that your new German neighbors are surprisingly well traveled. Numerous Germans enjoy vacationing in different countries. In 2014, they spent more than 87 billion EUR on travel.

Expatriate Destinations

Germany is a beautiful country, and self-made expatriates not bound to a specific assignment might be presented with the dilemma of where to settle down. Whether you think of moving to a big city, or whether you’d prefer a smaller town, there are lots of options. The most popular cities among expats are Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt am Main.

Berlin: Discover the Fascinating History

Berlin is the capital of Germany. With its 3.5 million inhabitants, it clearly meets the requirements for being a cosmopolitan metropolis. Berlin probably offers the most jobs for foreign nationals moving to Germany.

With over 170 museums, it’s also an ideal choice for culture vultures. Neighborhoods preferred among expats in Berlin are the wealthy and family-friendly Charlottenburg and the exclusive Westend, as well as the artsy and edgy (albeit increasingly gentrified) Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg to the east.

Munich: The International Village

Munich, although home to 1.4 million inhabitants, has more of a small-town feel, with its quaint historical center, green parks, and cozy neighborhoods. For individuals moving to Germany with their children, Munich is a good location as it is a relatively safe city with many international schools. However, it is also one of the most expensive cities in Germany, offering a very high standard of living at a considerable price.

Frankfurt am Main: The Financial Capital of Germany

If you are moving to Germany as a business person, Frankfurt am Main may be the place for you. It is the financial capital of Germany, home to the largest German stock exchange, the European Central Bank, and the German Federal Bank. Due to its importance in world financial affairs, Frankfurt is home to over 180 nationalities. With its large international airport, it also provides expatriates with a busy traffic hub.

Finding Accommodation in Germany 

In case you need to get informed on relocating to Germany, you can find further details on housing and accommodation in our in-depth guide for expats. 


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