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Read on for for our Blog on 5 Step Relocation Plan: Moving to Germany
If you’re moving to Germany, we are aware of how extensive the whole relocation process can be. Don’t worry! Our partners from DONATH Moving & Relocation count on specialists that will assist you by providing their best moving and relocation services. Overall, they will support you and ensure that the entire move goes smoothly while you can focus fully on your job and your new workplace.
Step 1: Finding a good moving company
As an expat, it might be difficult to decide which moving company is the most appropriate for you. Therefore, it is important that you don’t only compare prices, but you also make sure that it offers all the high-quality services that you will need during the move. DONATH Moving & Relocation created a super useful checklist for expats to help you find the best moving company. Download it here to find out the 5 steps that you should follow in your search!
Step 2: Being well prepared
The DONATH relocation experts can assist with a wide range of time-consuming tasks when moving to a new residence:
school and kindergarten search (if applicable)
preparation of visa application
formalities and administrative paperwork
integration of the family
all questions relating to pets, etc.
This allows you to focus on your new professional challenge while the experts take care of everything else.
Step 3: Packing your household goods
We recommend to only use a professional moving company for your move to Germany. They have the knowhow how to pack and load an overseas container and give you advice on how to ensure your household goods.
Pack up your personal belongings and set them aside. Valuables, keys, documents and passports should be packed in a separate bag that you keep with you at all times. This way, you won’t have to spend hours looking for the things that you desperately need for the first night in your new home.
Step 4: Moving day
Don´t forget taking a day off work on your moving day. To ensure a smooth transition to Germany for the whole family, why not arrange for some trusted relatives or friends to look after your children during moving day?
Don’t forget to pack all of your most precious possessions and make sure you include plenty of snacks and refreshments – keeping everyone’s spirits up! The moving crew would also be happy to have a cup of coffee or a refreshing non-alcoholic drink.
Step 5: Arriving in Germany
Congratulations, you’ve made it to your new residence!
Moving to a new home can be an exciting and empowering experience. However, it’s important not to forget one key step: reaching out to various organizations such as banks, registration offices and insurance companies so they are aware of your updated address!
Any questions left? Do not hesitate to get in touch with our partners at DONATH Moving & Relocation. You will not regret it!
Often we are in situations in which we do not feel well and would like to change something. But we don’t know how and what we can really change. Is it the job, the boss, the life situation, the friend or other external circumstances? This is the point where a Life Coach could step in. In this article our partner Brigitte Goletz, Personal and Business Coach, will give you useful information about what coaching is and how to find the right coach for you.
Finding the Right Coach
Finding a good coach is not that easy: there are many coaches on the market and the quality of the coach is not immediately recognizable because there is no uniform education. Apart from the professional education of the coach, it must also fit personally.
A good relationship with the coach is one of the most important things in coaching, so every client should take the time to make a phone call to see if the coach fits him or her personally. Professional quality characteristics can be training at a recognized institute, references to already (successfully) conducted coaching’s, membership in an association as well as certification.
Usually, coaches offer free initial phone sessions. Sessions are often 60-90 minutes long, depending on the arrangement. In a coaching session, a coach guides the client in formulating goals for the concern and in achieving the goal, using tools that are helpful in achieving the goal. Often 5-6 appointments are enough for this.
When Can Coaching Be Useful?
Occasions for personal coaching can be:
You are stuck in your structures and can’t move forward.
You feel that your life is difficult and you wish for more lightness.
You want to give your life a different direction, but you don’t know the way.
Your midlife does not have to mean a midlife crisis: Where do you want to go and what do you still want to achieve?
How do I deal with life interruptions? For example, with a separation, illness or losses?
Occasions for business coaching can be:
Self-awareness: Where are your strengths? How can you best contribute to your job?
Compatibility: How do you achieve a balance between professional demands and private wishes and goals?
You feel like a victim of mobbing
You are dissatisfied in your job and need support in changing jobs
You would like to find a job that suits you better
New position: You would like to strengthen your leadership skills
We are all strongly influenced by our childhood caregivers and our culture. This influence has left us with fixed patterns of behaviour and used to give us orientation and the necessary affection from our parents.
Today, they can sometimes be a hindrance and lead to undesirable thinking, feeling and behaviour. And then we do not feel comfortable in some situations.
Life coaching is a way to personal freedom and development. In a coaching session you can gain new perspectives, recognize and understand patterns and attitudes, formulate goals and start on the path to achieving them. What is still standing in your way? Start now!
Do You Have Any Further Questions?
“My first contact with coaching was when I was a coaching client myself. My wish was to free myself from old restrictive patterns. The experience of feeling freer and stronger afterwards fascinated me so much that I became intensively involved with the subject of coaching and then did the training to become a personal and business coach.” – Brigitte Goletz.
Home is where the Dom is – that’s what the people of Cologne say about their city. Few Germans are as proud of their city as the people living in Cologne. Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city with over 1 million residents, is marked by its Rhine location and the renowned Cologne Cathedral; the latter of which can be seen from most areas in the city. In addition, there is the fifth season, the carnival, which dominates the city life between November and February.
Living in Cologne
Cologne, or Kölle as the locals say, is not only Germany’s fourth largest city, but also a very special metropolis. People who are thinking of relocating to this unique and captivating city should be ready to experience a remarkable location with its own special citizens.Et hätt noch jot jejange – it has always gone well so far – means no less than the following: What went well yesterday will go well today. Every Jeck is different. Which means as much as: Every fool is different. Exercising tolerance and forbearance towards the other in the knowledge of one’s own imperfection characterizes the life of the people of Cologne, just like the local dialect in general. This attitude makes it easy for foreigners in particular to gain a foothold in this city.
The inhabitants of Cologne are highly fond of merriment and possess a playful nature. As an instance, the city is split into two parts; the left bank, which is referred to as the “good side,” and the right bank, known as “Schäl Sick”, symbolizing evil due to its poorer population. Today, of course, this is no longer the case and you can find apartments and beautiful neighborhoods on both sides of the city.
One of the hippest neighbourhoods in Cologne is the Belgian Quarter. There you will find the Aachener Straße, one of the most popular streets in the city, with chic cafes and trendy stores. The locals also call it the heart of Cologne. It is multicultural and reflects the cosmopolitanism of the Rhinelanders.
The people of Cologne are both cosmopolitan and traditional, as evidenced by their numerous breweries. Kölsch (a special type of beer) is an iconic part of this city, as well as the traditional dishes served by the semi-friendly waiters known as Köbesse. Though they can be tough to adjust to at first, you’ll get used to them with time.
Cologne is an exciting city, especially for those with an interest in the field of media. Several TV stations are based here, so there are lots of interesting jobs in this industry in particular. Of course, Cologne also offers perspective jobs in other areas.
Cologne does not have to hide culturally either – the most impressive sight is the Cologne Cathedral. Today, it is hard to believe that the Cologne Cathedral in its current form was only completed in 1880. Its architecturally uniform image and quite weathered face make it appear older than most parts actually are. In 1248, work began on the Cologne Cathedral and it eventually became a popular pilgrimage site due to the presumed relics of the Magi being brought over from Milan in the 12th century. The old cathedral, which had been standing since 870, was no longer able to cope with the crowds. The style of the new cathedral was to be French Gothic. The cathedrals of Amiens, Paris and Strasbourg served as models.
Museum Ludwig and Roman-Germanic Museum
Not far from the Cologne Cathedral are two of the city’s best-known museums: the Museum Ludwig, dedicated to 20th and 21st century art, and the Roman-Germanic Museum, dedicated to the archaeological history of Cologne. With its extensive Pop Art collection and the third largest Picasso collection in the world, as well as numerous Expressionist, New Objectivity and Russian Avant-garde paintings, the Museum Ludwig is one of the most important art museums in the world and one of the best Cologne sights in the old town.
No less interesting is the Roman-Germanic Museum. On more than 4,500 square meters of exhibition space, you can discover the Roman city history of Cologne.
One of the most diverse sights in Cologne is the Old Town, located in the city center. Not only are the best Cologne sights located here, all within comfortable walking distance from each other, but the city center also stands out for its unique houses, gastronomic and cultural scene and wide shopping offer. Especially famous are the Old Market, Hohe Straße and Schildergasse.
Built between 1907 and 1911, the Hohenzollern Bridge is the most renowned of the seven Rhine bridges in Cologne. It was built to replace the Cathedral Bridge as its capacity had become inadequate. Unlike its fellow Rhine bridges, it did not suffer destruction from bombs during World War II. The Wehrmacht preferred to do that itself, to make it harder for Allied troops to cross the Rhine. After the war, they rebuilt it as a railroad and pedestrian bridge only. Cars have no access here. However, what the Hohenzollern Bridge is most known for are the love locks, which now number over 500,000. The bridge is one of the main attractions in Cologne for couples.
The Fifth Season:
The “fifth season,” carnival, otherwise known as Shrovetide, has a long history in the Rhineland that dates back to the Middle Ages. It reached its peak during the early modern period when people donned costumes and participated in carnival games. Now, it is mainly associated with costuming, speeches, and the Rose Monday parade which commences every year at 11:11 a.m. on November 11th to traditional carnival music with the “Cologne Triumvirate” being introduced into old town.
However, it then still takes a while until the world-famous street carnival begins. It is not until the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, Women’s Carnival (which is usually sometime in February) that the big party actually begins. Carnival festivities ensue and the atmosphere is abuzz with merrymakers and revelers.
Men, take heed: when you go to the Weiberfastnacht, be careful. It is customary for women to cut off men’s neckties!
Cologne has an extensive public transport system in place. The streetcars in Cologne also become the subway on many routes. This efficient and comfortable transport system in Cologne has 34 subway stations and 11 different lines. In Cologne, the S-Bahn (urban railroad) is highly developed with its five lines of service. The S-Bahn trains almost all stop at the stations of the Deutsche Bahn and the different Park&Ride parking lots on the outskirts of the city. In addition, there are about 50 bus lines that travel throughout the city. Thus, living in Cologne can be easily managed without a car. In addition, there is the airport Cologne/Bonn “Konrad Adenauer”. It is an international commercial airport in Cologne, located 12 km from the centre of Cologne and 16 km from the centre of Bonn.
Living in Cologne has something to offer for everyone in terms of cuisine. Be it the numerous breweries, the traditional dishes such as Himmel und Äd, (heaven and earth) a traditional dish of mashed potatoes mixed with apple pieces. “Himmel und Erde” is frequently served alongside bratwurst, bacon, and roasted onions; additionally, it can also be prepared with fried liver sausage or black pudding.
There is also international cuisine in Cologne, from sushi to French to Creole. The diverse range of eateries in this city is a testament to its open-mindedness and global appeal – making it the perfect place for anyone starting their new life in Germany.
We hope this city guide has been helpful to you in getting a better picture of what living in Cologne is like. Should you visit or make this beautiful city your home, we wish you all the best!
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