GUIDE TO LIVING IN GERMANY
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Congratulations, you are about to move to the beautiful state of Rheinland-Pfalz, one of Germany's 16 federal states!
The Federal Republic of Germany is about the size of Montana with a population of 82 million people (about a third the population of the US). Click the button below for more quick facts about Germany:
Taking the leap over the pond and adapting to new circumstances in Germany takes time.
In order to make your adjustment less worrisome, the compilation of information on this website is designed to help you find the much needed information from appropriate sources for a smooth start into your new life in your German community.
Feel free to explore this website and enjoy the handy tips compiled in this Guide to Living in Germany!
I. BEFORE ARRIVING
When preparing for the big overseas move, you will probably get bogged down in all the little details and things that need to be done. The moving process can be very stressful, but with the right information, it is sure to go smoothly.
It is essential to know about housing arrangements, how to set up your PO box, shipment of household goods, taking your driver’s exam, pet shipping guidelines, POV shipping and the local area you will be living in.
With that said, your installation provides general PCS tips and the needed comprehensive information on what to consider before your PCS:
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II. UPON ARRIVAL
Welcome to Germany!
This segment covers the initial phase after your arrival in Germany. The orientation classes provided for newcomers cover various aspects of regional and local policies and guidelines. Spouses and family members are also highly encouraged to attend since the class will assist with getting settled in the local area.
Find information on in-processing, required documents, passport and ID cards, travel documents and finance on your installation's website:
III. GETTING SETTLED
You have completed the newcomers' orientation class, got your ID card, driver’s license, PO Box and a new bank account. What’s next? The first few weeks may seem overwhelming but there are quite a few simple remedies to overcome the culture shock. Make sure to take one step at a time and you will notice that the transition gets easier by the day.
In order to feel more comfortable in your new home and adapt faster, try to establish a network of friends and get in touch with the local population. This website is designed to help you get acquainted with your community and make it easier for you to attend exciting events in your area, join one of the many local clubs, let you know how you can volunteer in your community, and much more. Try to explore, embrace and enjoy your new home!
For more details on German culture, customs & laws, shopping & traveling tips, education, housing, pets, and vehicle registration visit:
- Ramstein Air Base
- U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, Kaiserslautern
- U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, Baumholder
- Spangdahlem Air Base
- U.S. Army Europe
Rheinland-Pfalz is a great place to live and offers many opportunities to enjoy life, experience the German culture, and travel all of Europe. You’ll see for yourself when you peruse our guide, which is segmented into different topics of everyday life.
For additional input on all the essentials to keep in mind while stationed in Germany, you can also consult the comprehensive Stars & Stripes Europe Guide.