Germany for Beginners

The German Way Expat Guidebook

Edited by Jane Park and Hyde Flippo

The key things that English-speaking expatriates in German-speaking
Europe need to know!

• How do I get a German driver’s license?
• What do you mean, I need to buy a kitchen for my rental flat?
• How do I find childcare or a school for my kids?
• Why is a drafty window considered deadly in Germany?
• How do we navigate the German healthcare and insurance system?
• Why will I get a stiff fine if I only leave a note on the parked car I dinged?

These are just some of the topics the German Way Expat Blog team members have been writing about since 2008. In the corresponding book, Germany for Beginners: The German Way Expat Guide, you’ll profit from the real-life experiences of eight German Way writers who have been there and done that.

Expat life in Germany can include glorious outings to Alpine castles, bratwurst and mugs of beer in the localBiergarten, and weekly shopping trips to the farmer’s market on the colorful local square. But it also can mean isolation, displacement, unemployment, and exclusion. With blunt honesty the authors address these issues and many more. How do I deal with homesickness? How can I make friends in my new country? How do I deal with being a trailing spouse? These are vital matters that rarely get covered in your standard expat “how to” guidebook. You don’t have to do this alone!

Contributing Authors

Chloë Daniel | Berlin | Yorkshire • London
Ruth Eichholtz | Stuttgart | Canada • Oregon
Hyde Flippo | Berlin • Freiburg | Reno • Charlotte
Sarah Fürstenberger | Heidelberg • Freiburg | Metro Detroit
Jane Park | Essen • Aalen (Swabia) | San Diego • Pennsylvania
Jessica Scott-Reid | Hamburg • Zurich • Düsseldorf | Canada
Judy Bornebusch | Frankfurt am Main | New York City • Virginia
Geoff Galitz | Eifel region (southwest of Bonn) | California

How to Buy this Title

The paperback and Kindle editions of Germany for Beginners are available from

The German Way and More

From the companion website: Expats in Germany


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