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WELCOME TO HESSEN, I am delighted that you have chosen Hessen as your new home and wish you an excellent start in our open and welcoming region. We are proud of the many international companies based in Hessen and their contribution to our economic strength. We appreciate diversity and internationality as key factors for Hessen as a location. So we place great importance on helping you settle into your new surroundings. Our Newcomers Guide is a practical guide to living and working in Hessen and the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region. It will lead you step by step through the settling-in stage and provide you with information about language programmes, further education and training opportunities, local authorities, social services, sports and tourist attractions in our very livable region. Many companies in Hessen are investing in future technologies, environmentally compatible mobility, climate protection and economic development, with great success. I am sure that you will soon feel very much at home here. Warm regards

Tarek Al-Wazir, Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy, Transport and Housing, State of Hessen

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THE REGION IS THE CITY Where to live in Frankfurt Rhine-Main

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FRANKFURT The heart of the Rhine-Main region, the very center of Germany, financial titan, transportation hub. This modern, multicultural metropolis can look back on a long and eventful history.

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FRANKFURT IN NUMBERS TRAFFIC About 81,000 people are employed at Frankfurt airport. It is the biggest employer in Germany – and in terms of population Frankfurt’s smallest residential district.

ZOO In the pandemic year 2020, the zoo still had 376.563 visitors – compared to 824.691 in 2019.

SPORTS In the 2021/22 season, the Eintracht Frankfurt football team has 29 players from 16 different countries, that’s multi-cultural!

HISTORY Between 1562 and 1792, ten Emperors were crowned at the coronation altar in the Imperial cathedral.

SKYLINE 18 out of the 20 highest skyscrapers in Germany are situated in Frankfurt.

FESTIVALS The Museumsuferfest is amongst the biggest festivals in Europe. Every day, an average of about 600,000 visitors come: only about 390,000 visitors come to the Oktoberfest in Munich.

SHOPPING The Zeil, Frankfurt’s pedestrian shopping street, is one of the five most frequented shopping streets in Germany.

TRAFFIC Frankfurt’s central station was opened on 8/18/1888. The first train left the station at 4.47 a.m.

SPORTS The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Run in Frankfurt, with approximately 70,000 runners,has the largest numbers of participants in the world.

FINANCIAL CENTER 65,500 bank employees work at 248 banks and financial institutions in Frankfurt.

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WIESBADEN The capital of the State of Hessen and a long-standing spa town. Located between the Rhine River and the Taunus hills. Countless old townhouses and villas, not to mention expansive parks and glorious boulevards.

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WIESBADEN & RHEINGAU IN NUMBERS FUNICULAR RAILWAY The last mountain railway of its kind in Germany is the Nero­ bergbahn in Wiesbaden, which was inaugurated in 1888; it is driven by waterpower. SPORTS The world’s biathlon elite gather every year in August for a shooting competition in front of the Wiesbaden Kurhaus before racing through the city center on rollerskis. BUILDINGS Probably the oldest stone house in Germany stands in the Rheingau village of Oestrich-Winkel. The “Graue Haus”, is thought to have been built around 1075. FESTIVAL The Rheingau Music Festival takes place at extraordinary settings: Since 1987, international stars and talented young classical musicians have given almost 200 concerts each season at more than 20 venues. WINE Schloss Johannisberg was the world’s first Riesling vineyard. Wine has been made here since 1200, and Riesling since 1720. UNIVERSITY The 1,400 students at Hochschule Geisenheim University study almost exclusively the fields of viticulture, oenology, and the wine industry. TOURIST MAGNET The Rüdesheimer Drosselgasse is just two meters wide, but it’s visited by around 3 million people each year, who come for the wine merchants or souvenirs. FILM SET When the movie “The Name of the Rose” was filmed at Kloster Eberbach monastery, Sean Connery was served wine from the year of his birth in 1935. He didn’t finish it – it was “too sour” – and chose to drink whisky instead.

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DARMSTADT Located in southern Hessen, the city is a scientific hub with its University of Technology, a further three higher education establishments and over 30 scientific institutes. It is also well known as center of Jugendstil architecture (Mathildenhöhe).

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DARMSTADT & ODENWALD IN NUMBERS ART NOUVEAU The newly listed Art Nouveau World Heritage Site can also be combined with swimming: Darmstadt’s Art Nouveau-style public baths were built in 1907–9 with two indoor swimming pools. RESEARCH Darmstadt is the only city in Germany and one of only seven worldwide after which a chemical element is named: It’s the 110th element, “Darmstadtium” (Ds.). LIVING It was in Darmstadt that Friedensreich Hundertwasser created the Waldspirale, or “forest spiral”, with precisely the same number of trees as residents in the 105 apartments. HOLIDAYS Germany’s biggest Halloween festival takes place every year at Frankenstein Castle, the most northerly of a series of forts on the edge of the Odenwald. CRAFT The statue of Count Franz I zu Erbach-Erbach fell miraculously from its plinth in 2005 and broke. The Count once brought ivory to Erbach, exhibited at the German Ivory Museum. TOWN HALL Two halved “8s” in Gothic characters reveal the year of construction of Michelstadt’s town hall. The building was constructed by unknown master builders in 1484. WORLD HERITAGE The Messel Pit has revealed tens of thousands of fossils from the Eocene period, while around 3,000 new finds emerge every year from the volcanic lake. LEISURE Speeds of up to 40 kilometers an hour can be reached on the summer toboggan run on Kreidacher Höhe, offering a 1,000meter-long descent.

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BAD HOMBURG The mountains offer many a marvellous view and are sprinkled with beautiful towns such as Bad Homburg (old Spa), Kronberg (the Opelzoo) and Königstein (castle).

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BAD HOMBURG & TAUNUS IN NUMBERS CASTLE Victoria Empress Frederick, Queen of Prussia and daughter of Britain’s Queen Victoria, settled in Friedrichshof Palace. Now Schlosshotel Kronberg, it boasts an impressive park with a valuable collection of trees. SPORTS Bad Homburg is the cradle of golf in Germany. The first German golf club was created here between 1889 and 1891. HISTORY The Saalburg is the world’s only Roman fort to be comprehensively reconstructed. Kaiser Wilhelm II had the idea back in 1897. FELDBERG The legendary Feldberg races took place in the Taunus between 1904 and 1954. They lured hundreds of thousands of automobile and motorcycle fans to the steep, winding roads. OPEN-AIR MUSEUM Four-hundred years in just a few hours – it’s a journey you can take at the Hessenpark with more than 100 original buildings from the 17th century to the 1980s. NATURE The Taunus Nature Park is Germany’s only nature park connected to a city center (Frankfurt) via a subway line. ZOO From a humble start with just three elephants in 1955, the Opel Zoo has gone on to house around 1,400 animals and 200 species. SPRINGS There were once more than twenty mineral and medicinal springs bubbling up in the town of Bad Vilbel. PARK The Main-Taunus “Arboretum” offers different forest formations from Central Europe, Asia Minor, Japan, the Himalayas, China and North America.

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W here to live in F rankfurt R hine -M ain Cosmopolitan and diverse – the towns and cities in Frankfurt Rhine-Main have masses to offer – be it arts or architecture, history or hospitality, parks or playgrounds. Much awaits for you to discover. FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN IS NOT JUST FRANKFURT The Frankfurt Rhine-Main region is one of the most powerful economic regions in Germany and, indeed, in the whole of Europe. Located in the centre of Germany and in the heart of Europe, Frankfurt Rhine-Main is not just Frankfurt, and there is much more to the region than finance and trade fairs. The region is diverse and is made up of numerous towns and municipalities which come together to form the Metropolitan Region Frankfurt Rhine-Main with around 5.8 million inhabitants. Many successful international companies have a

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base here, particularly in the automotive sector in Eschborn and the pharmaceutical sector in Höchst and Darmstadt. There are also some very successful local companies who are global leaders in their field, particularly in Hanau, the MainKinzig-Kreis and the Wetterau-Kreis. Creative industries are housed in Mainz and Offenbach, Darmstadt is home to the European Space Operations Centre and Frankfurt airport is one of the busiest hubs in the world. Frankfurt Rhine-Main is also very international and offers a very high standard of living. The world is at home in our region, and the region is very cosmopolitan with its many

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international clubs and communities. People from 180 different nations live here, either in the large cities, or in towns in the countryside, and this is one of the unique features of the region. Wherever you are, you have the best of both worlds and everything is within easy reach, whatever your mode of transport. Frankfurt Rhine-Main is very green. Surrounded by the hills of the Taunus and Vogelsberg to the North, and Odenwald and Spessart to the South, the region has a lot to offer with its interesting hiking and bicycle trails, its beautiful lakes and, of course, the Main river which flows through some of the main cities and towns in the region. Frankfurt Rhine-Main is rich in history. A few relics from the Romans can be found in Frankfurt, Mainz and Saalburg, and even the Celts left their mark in Glauburg and the Taunus. Quite a few towns in the region feature half-timbered houses dating back to the 14th century, while the centre of Wiesbaden has retained its charm as an old spa town, along with various other spa towns dotted around the region. The Frankfurt skyline, “Mainhattan”, can be seen from many towns and viewing points in the surrounding areas. In the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region, old and new stand side by side. The region has managed to retain its historic character while looking towards the future. It has many renowned universities and research institutes, and Frankfurt am Main is home to the world’s largest internet exchange point.

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In the summer, Frankfurt Rhine-Main is buzzing with music festivals and wine fests throughout the region, including the Rheingauer Festspiele, the Museumsuferfest along the Main in Frankfurt, the Hochheimer Weinfest and the Jazz Festival in Idstein.

„In a city like Frankfurt one finds oneself in a strange situation, strangers crossing each other point to all corners of the world and awaken the desire to travel.“ JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, POETRY AND TRUTH IV, 18

Whatever you are looking for, you can find it in the region, and that is what makes Frankfurt Rhine-Main so special. Frankfurt is enriched by the numerous opportunities that the other cities, towns and municipalities in the region have to offer. However, there is one thing that they all have in common – Apfelwein – the traditional regional drink made from apples, which dates back to the Middle Ages. It is still one of the most popular drinks in the region, and is also one of the first specialities that newcomers to the region discover.

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The Frankfurt Rhine-Main region is decidedly cosmopolitan in outlook, but also remains rooted in its heritage and history. Frankfurt is an urban metropolis but there are many forests and hills in the surrounding region. The towns, cities and villages in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region are each unique in their cultural offerings, schools and universities, sports, shopping and architecture. Taken as a whole, the region offers a perfect balance of work and leisure, making it simply a great place to live. Nestled between the major cities are hundreds of municipalities, each of which is extremely proud of its own local history. Down through the centuries, the region has evolved into a colorful and vibrant mosaic with something for everyone.

FRANKFURT For newcomers to the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region it is becoming increasingly popular to live in Frankfurt. If you value convenience, a short distance to the office, and great bistros and restaurants around the corner, then Frankfurt is the right choice. The most popular residential areas are Westend, the Diplomatenviertel, the Holzhausenviertel, parts of Sachsenhausen and the Dichterviertel. There are, however, other areas that are equally worth considering, such as Nordend, Bornheim and Bockenheim. These areas are less expensive but are just as unique in character. If you consider moving to Frankfurt, you will likely have to opt for an apartment rather than a house. Frankfurt, the largest city in the region, is a melting pot of cultures, languages and lifestyles. The imposing skyline strikes newcomers first. Frankfurt’s high-rise buildings conjure up images of Manhattan, leading locals to sometimes refer to the city as “Mainhattan”. The modern skyline is made up of several high-rise buildings that are more than 200 meters high,

Whether you are in the Odenwald, in Offenbach or Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen, in the Taunus, the Wetterau or Wiesbaden, make sure you try this very unique regional speciality! Rouven Kötter (Deputy Director, Frankfurt Rhine-Main Regional Authority) The Frankfurt Rhine-Main region boasts over 460 towns and cities, and a population of 5.7 million. Each of the towns has its own history and cultural heritage – together they create a vibrant and highly diverse region.

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including one of Europe’s tallest skyscrapers, the 259-meter Commerzbank Tower. Despite the city’s impressive glass facades, the major international airport and bustling main railway station, Frankfurt’s population of 740,000 makes it one of Europe’s most manageable metropolitan cities. Frankfurt is Germany’s most cosmopolitan city, with foreigners making up more than one-quarter of the population; the city is open-minded, tolerant and diverse. Meaning Frankfurt is somewhere where newcomers can settle in quickly and feel at home. After all, people from around 180 different countries live together here. It’s also flourishing as Germany’s number one city for international professionals – with 144 foreign banks, 127 international airlines, 85 foreign consulates and 59 foreign chambers of commerce or trade missions. More than 3,000 foreign companies are located in Frankfurt and the immediate vicinity. It is headquarters for the European Central Bank and home to Deutsche Börse, the German Stock Exchange, making it one of the globally leading centers of finance and commerce, a status that will no doubt grow in the post-Brexit world of Europe. Frankfurt’s cultural life is known for its diversity. The city is home to countless museums of world repute, many of which are strung along the North and South Main River embankment like so many pearls on a strong. It also has a very lively art scene. And it likewise has a great range of restaurants, wine bars, bistros and beer gardens. On warm summer

evenings, people converge on the river banks to sip a cool beer, or a glass of cider, or even a spritz on board one of the tavern-boats.

FRANKFURT’S DISTRICTS The affluent Sachsenhausen district, known in the local lingo as Dribbdebach or “the other side of the stream”, is known for its quaint cobble-stoned streets lined with chic restaurants, pubs and cider taverns, not to mention the museums on this side of the river embankment. Alt-Sachsenhausen is often the first tourist stop in Frankfurt, where rowdy and boisterous behavior is not uncommon once the sun goes down. The main shopping street, Schweizerstrasse, offers an eclectic mix of boutiques, cafés and eateries. Apartment rental prices in Sachsenhausen are high, but many are willing to pay a premium for the stylish old flats and in this leafy neighborhood. Bornheim, northeast of the city center, was nicknamed the “jolly village” in the 19th century because it was home to many an inn and brothel.Today the central shopping artery and the district’s backbone Berger Strasse, a lively cosmopolitan road flanked by boutiques, bric-a-brac shops, cafes and department stores. On Wednesdays and Saturdays there are markets in the pedestrian zone: the Am Uhrtürmchen square. Apartment rental prices tend to be more reasonable than in Sachsenhausen, and many young professionals, university students and families live in Bornheim.

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Between Frankfurt am Main and the large number of nearby towns and municipalities, the region still boasts a number of large green expanses. Fields, meadows and woodland areas extend far into the core area around Frankfurt and provide local inhabitants with recreation opportunities right on their doorstep .

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discover them, you have to take the walking or cycling routes through the regional park. The routes are marked with a red triangle and already cover more than 550 km. The regional park uses wooden steles to mark attractions and provide a wide range of information on history and the landscape. The detailed leisure maps can be used to plan the next bike tour. They also provide a good overview of the area. Further information can be found at: www.regionalpark-rheinmain.de

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on economic and location policy measures and develop proposals to secure Frankfurt’s economic future. We initiate networks and industry meetings and provide you with access to associations, organizations, communities, existing networks and professional consultants. And if we don’t know the right contact person, we know someone who does. Our team is available especially for small and medium-sized businesses and craft enterprises. The business consultants are specialized in solving all types of location problems. Our project managers from the International Business Communities department are available to assist foreign investors. They provide information on the necessary steps and approvals for moving to Frankfurt, provide information on German labor and tax law, recommend specialist attorneys and assist with approval procedures. We work for our Frankfurt am Main and your success!

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Nordend houses a large crowd of young professionals who love its diversity, its cosmopolitan flair, with its arthouse cinema and plenty of bars and cafes. This district is also known for its Bohemian mix of stores and restaurants, its Günthersburgpark, which caters to BBQs and concerts in the summer, not to mention the more stately Holzhausenpark that defines its border to Westend. Westend is regarded as the most exclusive address in Frankfurt. Many business professionals choose to live in the highend apartments here and then walk to work in Frankfurt’s central banking district. Thanks to student protests in 1968-70, many of the turn of the 20th century villas were saved from demolition so that Westend has become a mixture of high-rises and mansions that now house apartments. Westend is also home to Grüneburgpark, a vast stretch of parkland perfect for jogging, sports and picnics, as well as the Palmengarten, the municipal botanical garden with an exquisite collection of plant specimens. Many foreign consulates are also nestled between the attractive villas. Bockenheim is a slightly lower market version of Nordend, and was once the student district in town. Leipzigerstrasse serves as the quarter’s main artery, featuring an array of shopping possibilities, international cuisine, icecream shops, and many other temptations. The district stands out for its multicultural feel and urbanity.

THE TAUNUS FOOTHILLS The Taunus foothills are frequently referred to as “Frankfurt’s living room,” a title earned because so many people choose to live in the green world of the Taunus foothills and commute in and out of Frankfurt. The area is dotted with picturesque towns, many of them with excellent restaurants, interesting historical exhibits, and entertaining leisure activities. Over the last 50-odd years the area has

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developed from a series of sleepy farming villages into prosperous centers, each with its own identity. The largest community in the Taunus is Bad Homburg with 53,000 residents; other prime locations include Königstein, Kronberg, Hofheim and Oberursel.

Bad Homburg Located in at the top of the plain leading to the Taunus hills, Bad Homburg is the most important town in the Hochtaunus district. Bad Homburg has a long and illustrious history that stretches back to the Roman Empire.In the mid-1800s, Bad Homburg developed into an internationally-fashionable spa town. A stroll through the Spa Park will remind guests of the elegance of the by-gone era. There you can see the famous spring waters, the Russian Chapel, the Thai Temple and the famed Bad Homburg Casino. Bad Homburg’s surrounding woods offer a wide range of recreational activities, such as hiking, tennis, golf, horseback riding or simply relaxing at one of the many spas. Two bilingual schools are located nearby: accadis International School directly in Bad Homburg and the new King’s College Frankfurt in nearby Friedrichsdorf.

Königstein Königstein is located at the foot of the Feldberg – the highest peak in the Taunus range. Depending on where you live, the altitude in Königstein is between 200 meters and 700 meters

above sea level. Considered one of the most exclusive communities in the Taunus area, Königstein is home to many of Frankfurt’s bankers. Looming over the old core village is Königstein Castle, which was first built in 1215 but was partially destroyed by French troops in 1796. The castle today provides the backdrop for concerts and other cultural events. Other small communities that have been incorporated into Königstein include Falkenstein, Mammolshain and Schneidhain.

Kronberg The jewel of Kronberg is undoubtedly the Schlosshotel, which was built by Empress Victoria, the eldest child of Queen Victoria of England and wife of Kaiser Frederick, the heir to the Prussian throne. Today, the Schlosshotel is one of the best hotels in the region. The restaurant is also a favorite not only of many locals but also out-of-town guests. Kronberg is considered one of the region’s most exclusive – and expensive – communities. The town has an excellent public transportation connection to Frankfurt – just 25 minutes by LRT to Frankfurt main train station. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the locations of choice for the upper echelons of the international community.

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tween Frankfurt and Wiesbaden, Hofheim‘s population of 40,000 is rising steadily. While it doesn’t have a castle like Königstein, Hofheim can boast a picturesque old town with half-timbered houses, numerous street cafés and quaint shops. There is a frequent LRT link to Frankfurt, and many more international families now live here because of the proximity to the International School Frankfurt ISF in nearby Sindlingen. Hofheim also offers nice leisure activities, such as the thermal spa park and the Hof Hausen Golf Club.

Oberursel Oberursel is the second largest town in the Hochtaunus district, with 47,000 residents. Not quite as exclusive as some of the other Taunus communities, Oberursel has its share of restored half-timbered houses in the historic center. One of Oberursel’s advantages is that it is home to the Frankfurt International School. Many parents choose to live in close proximity to FIS, thereby saving on commuting time and also allowing their children to take full advantage of the many extra-curricular activities at the school.

Idstein Idstein is a quaint town of cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses with 24,000 inhabitants located just off the A3 Autobahn between Limburg and Wiesbaden. The former residency of the Nassau royalty, Idstein offers a range of day-trip attractions such as the medieval Hexenturm, ruins of old Roman fortifications and the ornate interior of the Unionskirche. If you are a golfer, you should take a look at the 36-hole Golfpark in Idstein which offers one of the most inexpensive club memberships in the region. Idstein is also host to an annual jazz festival, which attracts thousands of visitors.

OTHER MAJOR CITIES Wiesbaden Elegant and beautiful, Wiesbaden is without a doubt one of the most attractive cities in Germany. Wiesbaden is sometimes referred to as the “Nice of the North” and rightfully so – considering the many mansions, the historic Kurhaus, the famous Casino and the magnificent State Theater. Wiesbaden has been well known as a great spa city since ancient times. But it was during the mid-1800s that the city developed a reputation as an international and cosmopolitan spa city. At the time, J. W. von Goethe, Johannes Brahms and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, as well as various royal families frequented Wiesbaden. Wiesbaden is known for its elegant hotels, its 27 hot springs and its mild climate and park-like setting – they continue to make it a popular resort and conference center, attracting visitors from far and wide. Today, Wiesbaden is also the capital of the State of Hessen and thus home to many governmental offices. The Rhine River and wine are inseparably linked with Wiesbaden. Numerous producers of German sparkling wine (Sekt) are located in and around Wiesbaden. Nearby, the Rhinegau winegrowing region, with its distinctive wines and culinary delights, also awaits discovery. Each summer, the Rhine-

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You are always rewarded with impressive views when you hike in the Taunus

Nature: incomparable. Culture: inimitable. History: incredible. And the best thing is: all of this can be found right on Frankfurt’s doorstep. Anyone exploring the Hochtaunus region can follow the trails of the Celts, the Romans and the lords of the castles, experience the

incomparable nature by bike or on foot or simply enjoy a view of the scenic countryside that’s sure to make the soul soar. Have fun!

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Römerkastell Saalburg Roman Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Limes)

Taunus. Die Höhe.

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gau music festival highlights spectacular performances set against the backdrop of the ancient vineyards. One of the focal points of Wiesbaden is the Kurhaus, an elegant concert hall and congress center set in the midst of a beautiful park. you like to shop, head for the antiques quarter, elegant retail arcades or the boutiques along Wilhelmstrasse. And in the historic city center, stroll along the cobblestone streets where small shops and boutiques are nestled between half-timbered houses.

FIND IT IN FRM – LIVING Finding accommodation in larger towns and cities can be quite challenging. In the smaller towns and the countryside, it tends to be more affordable. Whatever you decide on, you should be able to find something to suit your taste. The public transport network in the region is well-developed and it generally does not take long to get from one place to another, so it is worth considering all options. After you have applied for an apartment, we recommend that you take all of the required documents to a viewing to give you a head start over other applicants. On our website we have a list of the most common abbreviations found in housing advertisements, so hopefully this will help to get you started! www.find-it-in-frm.de/en

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Darmstadt Frankfurt Rhine-Main has a royal lineage – which starts in Darmstadt, due south of Frankfurt. It was here that Queen Victoria’s grandson, the Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hessen, married his second wife, Eleanor, in 1905. To mark the occasion, the city bestowed the gift of the 48-meter-high Wedding Tower (Hochzeitsturm) on the couple. The tower forms the pinnacle of the Mathildenhöhe – the birthplace of the German Art Nouveau movement. Today, Darmstadt is home to many international families: The city is headquarters for the European Space Agency and the international pharmaceutical and chemical giant Merck. In addition, a state-funded international school is located in nearby Seeheim-Jugenheim (www.schuldorf-bergstrasse.de). The quality of life in Darmstadt is heightened by the many leisure activities in the surrounding areas. The Odenwald, with its softly undulating range of mountains, is well known as a weekend getaway. And the Bergstrasse, one of Germany’s most balmy winegrowing regions, offers many a wine festival and culinary delight.

Offenbach Offenbach’s appeal lies in being just on Frankfurt’s doorstep but very much having an identity of its own. The LRT and trams whisk you to Frankfurt’s CBD – if you do not work in one of the creative industries based in Offenbach that is. Offenbach was once the center of the German leather industry, the vestiges of the industrial past can be seen throughout the city. The city boasts the greatest diversity of nations among its inhabitants of any German city. Thanks to the new harbor district along the Main River, Offenbach is now becoming more trendy ... especially for young families priced out of Frankfurt. Apartment rents in Offenbach are

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A warm welcome to the district of Offenbach Diversified, creative and close to nature: Made up of 13 municipalities, the district of Offenbach offers locals and visitors a vast cultural and recreational programme held in the pulsating metropolitan region of FrankfurtRhineMain. Those in need of a break have many options available to them, like a leisurely stroll along the River Main or an evening at a rustic apple wine pub. And if even that is too much activity for you, then simply take some rest in one of the many beautiful oases of green, for example the ´Mühlheimer Steinbrüche` or the `Langener Waldsee`. Seligenstadt with narrow streets affected by half-timber, pitoresque corners and impressive monuments invite the visitors to a historical expedition. Dreieich with five very different districts offers a variety of cultural monuments. The most recently built of all districts, Buchschlag, with its garden city like housing estates from the early 20th century is exceptional. The “Villenkolonie Buchschlag” (colony of mansion houses) is characterised in part by outstanding cultural monuments. The district Dreieichenhain is member of the “Fachwerkstrasse” (Half-timber road). The old town together with the medieval castle area

are listed monuments and marked by their historic franconian half-timber houses within the former city walls. The visitor experiences, whether he enters the beautiful half-timber ensemble via the upper or lower gate, a memorable voyage into the past. The residential town Heusenstamm was mentioned for the first time in 1211. Passing through the Baroque-red town gate which today is the home of the museum of local history, you arrive directly in Heusenstamm’s idyllic old town at the Baroque square in front of the church St. Cäcilia. St. Cäcilia was built between 1739 and 1744 by Balthasar Neumann. Its architectural predominance is highlighted by the surrounding buildings. Leaving the square the Schlossstrasse with its gable fronted houses - former farmhouses (Hofreiten) - leads to the castle. The castle Schönborn (1663-1668), an impressive building from the Renaissance with a grand Baroque garden, today accommodates part of the city council. Walking through the castle’s main entrance the visitor arrives at the ruin of the former water castle (from 1211). The old town of Seligenstadt within its former fortification is listed and takes the visitor on a fas-

cinating journey to experience its over 1100 year old history. Highlights of the Einhard-City Seligenstadt are the monastery, founded in 1828, the Einhard-Basilica, sanctified in 1840 and thus oldest church in the Kreis Offenbach as well as the Kaiserpfalz from the era of the Staufen. Many carefully restored architectural treasures characterise the old-franconian half-timber town by the river Main. The historic market square impresses with its precious and fully preserved houses to which in comparison the “new” town hall from 1823 appears almost modern. The so-called “Einhardhaus” built in 1596 catches the visitor’s attention with its broad gable façade, the rich half-timber ornaments and the Rhenish oriel which is decorated with wonderful wood carvings. Despite the surrounding monastery walls the visitor looking left onto the Freihof-square has a wonderful view over the entire monastery of the former Benedictine abbey and the towers of the Einhard-Basilica. Fascinating are also the Baroque garden of the monastery, a demonstration of the restored mill and the historically important Einhard-Basilica, which was built in 1830 Carolingian era by Einhard, the chancellor of Charlemagne.

CONTACT Kreis Offenbach Werner-Hilpert-Straße 1 63128 Dietzenbach www.kreis-offenbach.de www.standortplus.de

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lower than in neighboring Frankfurt, but the older stylish apartments with high ceilings are now fast becoming more expensive.

Bad Vilbel Located on the northern border of Frankfurt, Bad Vilbel is well known for its mineral waters and spa park on the banks of the Nidda River. With a population of 34,000, it is the largest city in the Wetterau region and has become a popular residential community, thanks to good transportation connections to Frankfurt by both car and LRT. During the summer months, Bad Vilbel hosts an annual summer theater festival (Burgfestspiele) against the backdrop of the ruins of its moated castle. The bilingual European School RhineMain, which is fully accredited by the EU, has about 1,600 students and is located in the Bad Vilbel suburb of Dortelweil.

Hanau Birthplace of the Grimm brothers, Jakob and Wilhelm, Hanau is located on the northern banks of the Main River, just 20 km east of Frankfurt, Hanau is one of the areas where the Huguenots settled in the 17th century and the French influence is most evident in the gardens of the Philippsruhe Castle, which is one of the first examples of Versailles’ influence in Germany. Not far away on the park promenade is Wilhelmsbad, a huge leisure park that dates back to the 18th century. Hanau was largely destroyed during World War II, and many of the buildings are therefore new. Indeed, many members of the US military were stationed here – in barracks that have since been transformed into green housing estates. Hanau offers good shopping with all the major chains as well as boutiques, restaurants and cafes. Don’t miss the theatrical presentations of Grimm’s fairytales (Märchenfestspiele) performed every spring/summer at the Amphitheater next to the Philippsruhe Castle park. Hanau, Schloss Philippsruhe

Kelkheim (Taunus) – a beautiful city to live at the Taunus

In the middle of the prosperity metropolitan region Frankfurt / Rhine-Main With a well-developed infrastructure and a high standard of living, Kelkheim is centrally located near the cities of the Rhine-Main area. It is nestled/situated in the hilly landscape of the Taunus, while its urban flair offers facilities and varied cultural and sporting activities to meet every need.

Further information Magistrat der Stadt Kelkheim (Taunus) Gagernring 6, 65779 Kelkheim Tel.: 06195 8030 I Fax: 06195 803133 rathaus@kelkheim.de I www.kelkheim.de


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BY FRANKFURT‘S LORD MAYOR PETER FELDMANN This is why rolling out the red carpet for expats was the right thing to do. The Newcomers’ Network and the Newcomers’ Festival are visible symbols of the welcoming culture here that is second to none in Germany. The Newcomers’ Network is more than just a platform. It is a “network of friends”. It helps newcomers to feel they have arrived in their new home. And it shows them that Frankfurt is not just some anonymous city but Germany’s biggest hometown. The kind of place where there is always time for a short chat, even between its tall towers. “Mainhattan” – Frankfurt has its high-rises to thank for this particular nickname. Nevertheless, the two cities, New York and Frankfurt, have something else in common, too. For both cities, their diversity is one of their great strengths. The interaction of their different cultures forms a strong part of their urban identities, something that applies equally to both Manhattan and “Mainhattan”. Four in ten New Yorkers were born outside the United States. By comparison, 30 percent of Frankfurt’s residents hold a foreign passport and more than half of them have a migration background.

[…] It is only people who feel welcome who then open their hearts … .“ Frankfurt is a real “newcomers’ city”. A trade city at the heart of Europe and one that knew, even back in Medieval days, that prosperity and narrowmindedness are mutually exclusive. It is only people who feel welcome who then open their hearts and their wallets.

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I am convinced that this very special Frankfurt spirit is the ace up our sleeves for the post-COVID era. We will need not fewer but more newcomers if we want to make a fresh start. It is only if we have ideas and the energy to implement them that we will be able to emerge invigorated from the current crisis. It is now that we need to show that Frankfurt’s arms are open wide, that they want to return to that vitality that would be unthinkable without input from the outside. Anybody thinking that in these days of home offices a virtual presence is enough should think again. An online meeting across continents and time zones can be a good complementary activity. However, it cannot replace working with other people in a normal way. Sometimes, what is needed is some spur-of-the-minute brainstorming over a beer after work – at the international Stammtisch jour fixe or somewhere else. This being the case:

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H ousing : H ow to find the right place for you The first task newcomers face is finding somewhere to live. Housing in Frankfurt Rhine-Main is not expensive by international comparison, but you will need to be prepared to hunt to find the right place. Housing is probably the most essential issue when you first move to the Rhine-Main region. Newcomers face numerous, sometimes unsettling questions. Will I be able to maintain my quality of life? What will I get for my money? Which location is suitable to meet my requirements? Answers to these questions are needed quickly. If you are well informed – and have a bit of luck – your house hunting experience in Germany should go smoothly. Before you begin your house hunt, take a hard look at your disposable income and set yourself a budget. The reality in Germany is that most people spend up to one-third of their gross salary on rent. Statistically, about six out of 10 Germans

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rent their home – and the figure is higher in major urban areas. The rent you pay reflects the location, the standard and age of the building, as well as the market value. The more convenient the apartment/house (i.e. proximity to public transportation or shopping districts or schools), the higher the rent. In terms of cost of living, Frankfurt and its environs consistently rank in the middle of the international tables. Based on a basket of goods (groceries, transportation, accommodation, schooling and entertainment), Frankfurt is considered significantly less expensive than London or Paris. In terms of rents in the Rhine-Main region, housing tends to

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be equally priced in Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, and most towns Rent is classified as either Kaltmiete (you pay for heating, in the Taunus region (Bad Homburg, Bad Soden, Kronberg, maintenance costs and other utilities separately), or WarmKönigstein and Hofheim). Newcomers should be aware that miete (heating and other costs are included in the rent). apartments in Germany are usually rented empty rather than Electricity is contracted directly by the tenant from the local furnished. Most apartments will therefore not have a stove, utility. Although your utility bill will be based on your usage, light fixtures, a dishwasher or a washing machine. Tenants you should ask the landlord what the previous tenants paid, are expected to have their own. Landlords in the Rhineso you can get a rough estimate of the additional monthly Main region have become accustomed to renting to expapayments. There are restrictions on increasing the rent, but triates, and increasingly apartments and houses are fitted with built-in RISING HOUSE PRICES kitchens as well as bathroom equipment. Another alternative is to rent Thanks to historically low interest rates and a robust economy, the Frankfurt Rhine-Main furniture: Two companies which offer region has seen a sharp rise in house prices in recent years. Like the other six big German this, are www.furnitureleasing.de and cities, prices for both real estate ad rental units in Frankfurt and the surroundings have shot up. Rental units in Frankfurt now average about € 12 per sqm, but prices can be www.in-lease.com appreciably higher for a prime address in Westend, Nordend, Bockenheim and SachsenIf you plan to reside in Germany for a hausen. Real estate prices have also increased significantly. Luxury apartments in choice relatively short period of time, it may be locations can now cost as much as € 10,000 per sqm, while the average price for Frankfurt more advantageous for you to choose is around € 4,200. to live in a fully furnished flat (möbliert). Thanks to the large international community living in the area, furnished apartments are not utilities can be increased at any time. Utilities are netted across hard to find in Frankfurt. Such apartments are not cheap, but the year into two instalments (i.e. your heating bill will be the if you do the math, you may find it cheaper to pay the extra same in winter and summer) and adjusted by the landlord. monthly fee to live in a furnished apartment for a few The housing market in the Frankfurt and Rhine-Main months or years compared with the costs of buying new region is tight, so if you are on a budget, don’t expect to furniture, etc. have a wealth of choices. Indeed, apartments in Frankfurt’s

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FrankfurtRheinMain International Office Your first point of contact in FRM The FrankfurtRheinMain International Office The FrankfurtRheinMain International Office and the website www.find-it-in-frm.de is often the first point of contact for people coming from abroad to the FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM) region. FrankfurtRheinMain is unique: It has a strong economy with great job prospects. It offers great quality of life as well as cultural diversity. It has a well-developed infrastructure with short travelling distances within the region. FRM is in the best location, right in the heart of Europe with direct access to major road networks and railway lines as well as the largest international airport in Germany. FRM is very international: People come from all over the world to live and work here, and quite a few never turn back. We are convinced that there is no better place to live and work in Germany than FRM, and whatever you are looking for, you can find it in FrankfurtRheinMain. It is very important to us that newcomers feel at home in FRM and we are happy to help you find your feet in the region. Our team supports you before and after you arrive, providing professional advice on working, studying and living in FRM, as well as guiding you in the right direction for other services. The office is part of the FrankfurtRheinMain Regional Authority, and we offer our advice free of charge.

Find it in FRM Our website, www.find-it-in-frm.de, provides a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know for your first steps here, wheth-

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er you are planning from abroad or have just arrived in the region. You will find useful information on a wide range of topics such as entry requirements, language courses, vocational training, healthcare and understanding housing adverts. There is also some information for families on childcare and schools, as well as tips on activities, clubs, culture and international communities. In addition, we provide information on the most important contacts and services for newcomers to FRM. You will find links to relevant local authorities and websites, such as the Federal Employment Agency or the Chamber of Commerce. On our interactive map you can look for various services and contacts such as consulates, international schools, German courses and universities. In short, we help newcomers find the right place to go depending on their needs and where they live.

Our Team Our team at the FrankfurtRheinMain International Office is happy to help with advice and support by email, telephone or personal appointment. Make use of our professional service from our experienced, multilingual team and get all the information you need – impartial advice free of charge! Khaled Fakha is a certified career counsellor and expert on matters relating to the recognition of professional qualifications and vocational training, as well as the German job market. Khaled speaks German, English and Arabic. Rebecca Gleixner is responsible for communications with a focus on social media. She

keeps you up to date with what is going on in the region, sharing FRM’s charm, and helping newcomers discover FRM. Rebecca speaks German, English, French and Norwegian. Amanda Ife is responsible for communications with a focus on PR and external relations. She is our English native speaker and is the contact for strategic partners in the region. She is originally from Ireland and knows first-hand the initial steps that new arrivals have to take before they can settle in. Amanda speaks English, German, French and Modern Greek. It is very important to us that people from abroad feel welcome in “Germany’s best place”, and we hope that they will feel at home in FRM.

CONTACT FrankfurtRheinMain International Office c/o Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain Poststraße 16 | 60329 Frankfurt am Main +49 (0) 69 2577 2577 contact@find-it-in-frm.de www.find-it-in-frm.de www.facebook.com/finditinfrm Our opening hours can be found on our website. Please make an appointment for personal advice.

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beautifully restored buildings dating from the turn of the 20th century are rare and landlords ask for – and get – a premium rent. In general, apartments here are solidly built and in good condition, with modern insulation and plumbing. If you choose to live in Frankfurt, you will likely have to live in an apartment. If you have your heart set on a house, then you are better off looking in the outlying areas, such as the Taunus. There are three different types of houses in Germany: a terraced house (called Reihenhaus, abbreviated RH); a semi-detached house (called Doppelhaushälfte, abbreviated DHH); and a standalone house (called an Einfamilienhaus, abbreviated EFH). There are no rules on size or layout. Houses with three bedrooms tend to be the norm. Houses are measured in square meters rather than the number of bedrooms. A house of approximately130 sqm living space is considered average, and a house of 260 sqm very spacious.

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rental contract negotiation, etc. The depth of service and fees varies. The best way to look for an apartment is to consult one of the many real estate websites. Since most of the ads posted online show pictures of the rooms, building from the outside, view and surrounding area, apartment hunting online may help you make a decision more quickly. The leading national real estate portal is immobilienscout24, followed by immowelt and immonet. You can also consult the classified ads in a local newspaper. The main local newspapers (Frankfurter Rundschau, das inserat, Wiesbadener Kurier, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) all have a special real estate section – usually on Friday/Saturday, which can also be found in their online version. The housing section can be found under Immobilien/ Mietgesuche/Mietwohnungen. If you are looking for a flat share then check out the nationwide search engine www. wg-gesucht.de Whether you look for a property in the newspapers or online, the majority of homes for rent are advertised by real estate agents (Immobilienmakler). As of June 2015, the real estate agent fee (usually two months’ rent plus 19 percent VAT) is now paid by the landlord and no longer the tenant.

In most cases, rent contracts are a pre-printed version of the document recommended by the Tenants Society of the State of Hessen (Mieterbund Hessen). Note that most rental contracts stipulate that the tenant renovates the apartment – returning it to its originalstate – when the lease expires and prior to deparCONTRACT DETAILS ture. Make sure the contract specifies this, i.e. what needs to be redecorated ❚ name of tenant and l­ andlord ❚ other terms and c ­ onditions or repaired. ❚ what you are renting (address, size, ❚ details of the landlord’s bank account The duration of all rental contracts fit-out) and the day the rent is due is unlimited and can be cancelled at three-month’s notice. There are, how❚ the amount of monthly rent ❚ condition of the property when you ­moved in ever, some exceptions to the rule. ❚ any regulation of rent increases German rental law is complex, and it is ❚ an inventory of what the rent includes ❚ commencement date important to know your rights and re❚ landlord’s consent to you keeping pets ❚ utilities, specified individually sponsibilities. It is advisable to have the ❚ the deposit to be paid and when contract checked by your companyor a ❚ number of new occupants it should be paid. lawyer. If you do have trouble with your landlord, you might want to consult an attorney or one of the several tenant advisory centers in the region, which offer legal advice and When house hunting, make sure to get detailed descriptions representation. The membership fee of € 50-70 also includes of the properties and an exact address before you go on a legal insurance. There is a three-month waiting period after visit – it is not uncommon for the same property to be listed you join before the legal insurance takes effect. with several agents.

DEUTSCHER MIETERBUND Landesverband Hessen e.V. | Adelheidstraße 70 65185 Wiesbaden | T: 0611 4114050 | info@mieterbund-hessen.de | www.mieterbund-hessen.de

HOW TO APARTMENT HUNT When looking for a property, it always helps to dress for the occasion. Due to the shortage in the housing market, landlords often choose between several candidates. Don’t be offended if you are asked to document your financial stability (including a copy of your employment contract and three months of pay stubs). This is common practice. If you are lucky enough to have a relocation agent, then the search will go more smoothly. Relocation agencies generally know the market inside out and can save you the hassle of contacting real estate agents by pre-screening the market,

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REGISTRATION Germany, you‘ll soon discover, is a very well-run country. But bureaucracy is a price for keeping a well-run operation. Your very first duty is to let the local authorities know where you live. This registration involves going to your local registry office (Meldestelle, Bürgerbüro or Einwohnermelderamt) or the local town hall (Rathaus) and filling out a form in which you provide your new address. It is a painless process that usually goes very quickly. Registration is required of all residents in a community. Failure to register within three months of moving will earn you a fine, the amount depending on how long you’ve been residing at the unregistered address. Moreover, everyone is required to register new whenever they change address, unless that change only entails moving from one flat in a property to another.

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Documentation

Citizens of the EU, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, are permitted to work and live in Germany without a work or residence permit. Non-EU citizens normally need to first get a visa before travelling to Germany, and then must apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) at the local Aliens Office (Ausländerbehörde) in order to stay and work. As of 2011, the residence permit is a wallet-sized plastic card with a biometric photo. There are different types of residence permits: limited (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) or unlimited (Niederlassungserlaubnis). The local Aliens Office is the point of contact for matters related to residence permits. In recent years, Germany has increased efforts to attract more international workers. There are simply not enough young Germans entering the workforce, and in some sectors, such as health care or engineering, there is an acute shortage of qualified staff. Recently, the German Federal government enacted a series of immigration laws designed to make it easier for highly-skilled workers to come to Germany. Thanks in part to these changes, the OECD recently praised Germany for having one of the lowest barriersto immigration for highly-skilled Labor. Here is an overview of the major changes:

All non-EU residents in Germany (including children and infants) must appear in person at the local Aliens Office to be issued their own residence permits. When you file your application, make sure you take all the required documents with you. Fees for registration range from € 60 – 250, and credit cards tend not to be accepted. The entire process will likely take three to four months, and there will be long gaps during which you will not hear from your case worker. Your chances of obtaining work and residence permits are good if you are from Andorra, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, Canada, Monaco, San Marino or the USA, because Germany has special bilateral agreements with these countries.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR THE ALIENS OFFICE ❚ Employment contract and a statement from your prospective employer saying the position could not be filled by a German or EU citizen. ❚ Photocopies of your qualifications/academic certificates ❚ At least one biometric color

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Recognition of qualifications Certain professions in Germany are regulated, meaning that only those who hold a particular qualification are entitled to work in that occupation. This includes doctors and attorneys, as well as various trades and over 350 occupations. The Federal government has now funded several programs to make it easier for foreigners to have their qualifications recognized, allowing them to work in these regulated professions. Visit the website www.recognition-in-germany.de for more details. Another resource is the IHK Foreign Skills Approval (www.ihk-fosa.de) which is administered by the local chambers of commerce.

❚ Proof of health insurance

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❚ Proof that you have the financial means to support yourself (usually the employment contract will suffice)

Germany does not require its foreign residents to register with their own national consulates, nor do most of the consulates. Nevertheless, it‘s a good idea as there are advantages to being registered. Aside from helping out with any emergencies that might come up, the local consulates can serve as valuable resources for their citizens: for instance, they often maintain lists of lawyers and healthcare providers.

❚ Proof of housing (i.e., the rental contract).

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CHOOSING A RELOCATION AGENCY The range of services on offer to assist in international relocations is extensive, but not all of the services will be applicable to every expatriate. There are full-service relocation agencies with offices worldwide that offer pre-departure services, assistance with visa and work-permit applications, packing and shipping of your household goods and arrival (destination) services. However, there are other companies that offer a less comprehensive range of services, or who concentrate on providing certain specialist services – visa and work permit applications, international shipping, home search, school search, etc. Choosing the right relocation agency, as with choosing other services, depends on your needs. Though many agencies will tailor their packages to suit the requirements of each newcomer and any accompanying family members, they have to know what is needed before they can do so.

WHAT IS OFFERED? Look-see visits These pre-location familiarization trips are intended to give newcomers a chance to see the destination first-hand, look for accommodation, visit schools, etc. Such “look-see” visits can really help you get your bearings ahead of arrival.

PROFESSIONAL HELP FROM RELOCATION AGENCIES There has been a steady growth of relocation companies in the Rhine-Main region. Some agencies are small operations with only a few consultants, while the larger shops have 10 – 30 employees. You can also consult European Relocation Association (EuRA) www.eura-relocation.com for a list of their members in Germany. EuRA also has a comprehensive accreditation system. Companies that satisfactorily meet audit standards are awarded the EuRA Quality Seal.

BS relocation services Clemensstraße 6–8 60487 Frankfurt am Main www.bs-relocation.com

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Cheryl Koenig Relocation Services Group Ritterlingstraße 1, 65719 Hofheim www.ckrsgroup.de

ESCAMINAL Relocation Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 59 61191 Rosbach v. d. Höhe www.escaminal.de

CityLink Relocation Sebastian-Kneipp-Str. 41 60439 Frankfurt am Main www.clr.de

ICUnet AG Bettinastraße 52–54 60325 Frankfurt am Main www.icunet.ag

Clapham GmbH Relocation Service Frankfurter Straße 1, 65830 Kriftel www.clapham.de

Professional Organizing Relocation Consult GmbH Brunnenstraße 4, 65812 Bad Soden www.proforg.com

Crown Relocations Eisenstraße 2–4, 65428 Rüsselsheim www.crownrelo.com

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Some destination cities have a large array of schools to choose from and impartial advice on what are likely to be the best schools can go a long way in helping children be happy at the destination. Information on the academic and extra-curricular aspects of each school, as well as inside knowledge about their good and bad points, can be helpful in reading between the lines of the schools’ glossy brochures.

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on arrival in a new city, much of it is likely to go in one ear and out the other. So write it down for easy reference. Such lists should include contact details of doctors and dentists who speak your language, hospitals, ambulance service, your consulate and other essential services.

Networking Assistance Setting up a new circle of friends is an important aspect of settling successfully into an expatriate posting. Agencyarranged invitations to cocktail parties, expat spouse associations, clubs and other places where you can meet people can ease the initial difficulties of breaking into established social circles and making friends and business contacts.

MOVING WITH CHILDREN Even if your household goods have arrived on time and your home search has gone smoothly, making sure your children feel at home is key. There is much that can be done to assist a child with the stress of relocation. Allowing the children to participate in the moving process, providing continuity between the old and new homes, and offering maximum parental support can help children to enjoy the move.

Letting Children Participate Studies show that children are less fearful of an international move if they can participate in the process. Keeping children informed throughout the relocation, and possibly involving them in the decision on whether to accept the assignment, will help them to feel more secure. Children can participate if parents give them tasks, such as organizing household belongings to take to the new country or finding information on fun things to do in the new city. On packing day children can even help pack soft items such as toys. Their boxes can be loaded into the container last, so that they are

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the first things the child will see when household goods are unpacked. At the new home, the child can continue to participate by putting away their unpacked things or helping to decorate their new room.

Providing Continuity Children crave stability and continuity in their lives. Prior to leaving the old home, parents should encourage children to gather photos and contact details on their friends. This will allow the kids to keep in touch with old friends, which only helps them transition to their new home, but is useful if the family later repatriates. And it is comforting for the children to take their favorite toys and books along with them. On arrival in Frankfurt Rhine-Main immediately look for local opportunities for them to pursue their hobbies.

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Blaues Wasser Riverside restaurant Ostend Franziusstraße 35, Tel. 069 / 26910829, www.blaueswasser.net ƒ Mon – Thu 6 p.m. – 1 a.m., Fri 5 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sat 3 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sun 3 p.m. –  midnight B Bus 31 Intzestraße Deluxe dining in openair restaurant on Main bank. Take the sun on the terrace or enjoy drinks while lounging. Reopening 2022!

Licht- und Luftbad

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Riverside city park Niederrad Niederräder Ufer 10, Tel. 069/67733653, www.lilu-frankfurt.de ƒ Apr – Sept: Mon – Sun 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. B Linie 12/15/19/21 Heinrich-HoffmannStraße/Blutspendedienst Open-air bath on an isthmus. Small café in verdant meadows. Don’t miss the Mainblick lookout.

Historical park Bahnhofsviertel Gutleutstraße 1, B S 3-6, Tram 11/14/21 Galluswarte Old landscape gardens in Gutleutstraße created in 1803, inviting green lawns, rose beds and playgrounds.

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Food and drinks on board ship Sachsenhausen Schaumainkai/ Eiserner Steg 1, Tel. 069 / 88018063, www.freigut-frankfurt.com ƒ Mon – Fri 5 p.m –  midnight, Sat/Sun noon – midnight B Linie 15/16 Schweizer/Gartenstraße Event ship on the Main with snacks for promenaders. Great skyline view.

Riverside restaurant City Untermainkai 17, Tel. 069 / 299207514, www.mainnizza.de, ƒ Mon – Sun 11.30 a.m. – 11 p.m. B U1-5,8, Tram11/12/14 Willy-Brandt-Platz Public gardens on northern bank of the river for walks amongst fig trees and exotic plants.

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Open-air beach bar Altstadt Schaumainkai 5, Tel. 0173 / 3182223, www.mainstrand.de ƒ Sun – Wed 3 p.m. – 10 p.m., Thu/Fri 3 p.m. – midnight, Sat/Sun 11 a.m. – midnight B Linie 15/16 Schweizer/Gartenstraße Idyllic open-air bar with view of skyline and Eiserner Steg bridge.

Restaurant on south bank, Oberrad Gerbermühlstraße 105, Tel. 069 / 68977790, www.gerbermuehle.de ƒ Mon – Sun 11.30 a.m. – 10 p.m. B S 1/2/8/9 Mühlberg Hotel with city history. Beautiful summer garden for lovers of fresh air, with view of Main and skyline.

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Weseler Werft Historical wharf district Ostend Eckhardtstraße , Tel. 069 / 69417041, www.sommerwerft.de ƒ Mon – Sun 2 p.m. –  9 p.m. B S1-6, 8/9, Tram 14 Ostendstraße Green area alongside heritage wharf cranes connects Main and Ostend, with view of European Central Bank.

Yachtklub Houseboat bar Sachsenhausen Deutschherrnufer 12, Tel. 0176 / 65568521, www.yachtklub.org ƒ Mon – Thu 4 p.m. – midnight, Fri/Sa 2 p.m. – 4 a.m., Sun 2 p.m. – midnight B Tram 18 Frankensteiner Platz House boat on the Main at Sachsenhausen, with view of skyline, party nights, concerts, tapas and cakes.

Extra Support from Parents It may not always be easy to do, but parents need to find plenty of time for the children on arrival in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region. Parents are the primary source of continuity in the children’s lives, so the more upbeat and encouraging you are, the easier it is for the kids to get over the heart-wrenching move. Why not set out to discover your new surroundings together? Discover local stores, parks, clubs, etc.

GETTING MARRIED IN GERMANY If you become smitten with love during your stay in Germany, there is a chance you’ll want to get married. Getting married here starts with presenting yourself at the local Registry office (Standesamt), which is usually located at the Town Hall (Rathaus). Though it’s not absolutely necessary, it’s clearly better if both parties appear together. As this office is quite busy with would-be newlyweds, you should reckon on spending a bit of time waiting and getting through the preliminaries. Getting married involves a good deal of paperwork if you wish to have your marriage recognized both here and in your home country. And depending on your and your partner’s nationality, there are different rules for different countries. It’s therefore not possible to list here what exactly you’ll need to present at the Registry office. The official who conducts the initial interview will advise you as to what papers you need to present, though a typical list includes your passports, birth certificates, parents’ marriage certificates, records of all previous marriages with accompanying divorce decrees or death certificates, and any court rulings on children by former marriages. In almost every case, you’ll need to get all your documents translated into in German and officially certified.

The Big Day You’ll be returning to the Registry office for the civil wedding ceremony itself. This does not mean that you must forego your long-planned church wedding. In Germany many people have a simple civil ceremony at the Registry office on a Thursday where only the closest relatives and friends are invited, then hold the church ceremony on Saturday with a large reception afterwards. Remember, though, that at least one of the partners must be a tax-paying church member

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in order for the couple to book a church wedding. An interesting point here is that you need not marry at the Registry office where you reside. It’s not even necessary to get married at the same Registry office where you went through the initial stages of registration. Once you’ve received approval for your marriage, you can get married at a Registry office anywhere in Germany.

NANNIES Often, international families hire a profession nanny to help look after small children, particularly if both parents are in full-time employment. There are a range of options when hiring a nanny: full-time, part-time, temporary or even live-in nannies. The latter will need their own room and potentially their own bathroom. New mothers may also want to consider hiring a maternity nurse to help out during the immediate postnatal phase.

FIND IT IN FRM – ARRIVING A residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) is issued according to the purpose of stay. Various options are available including an EU Blue Card and a job-seekers visa. When visiting the Immigration Authorities (Ausländerbehörden), it is best to ensure that a German speaker is on hand to help, as the authorities do not offer their services in English and some of the terminology is quite complex. You will find a list of Immigration Authorities in our region on our website and on our interactive map. This way you can find the right place to go, depending on where you live. www.find-it-in-frm.de/en

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Heimat (Home) means: Anywhere my family is gathered. A thing I brought from home, which I’d never have left behind: My passport, everything else is optional. My favorite dish, food, sweet – home or Germany: Being born in Scotland I love any good game or scallops. I am trying to thrust the tradition of a Sunday Roast upon my friends. The most exotic place in the world I’ve ever been to: Climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. My first day here … … I hopped off the plane at Frankfurt International after nine month’s of international travel in Asia. I went straight to H&M to buy business attire and headed straight for my interview to my current role.

NATIONALITY Scotland / England – United Kingdom

JENNIFER BARNETT Jennifer is originally from the U.K., born in Glasgow but raised in the Caribbean. After travelling Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand she moved to Germany at the end of 2018 to live in Mainz and work in Frankfurt. She is an athletic individual running the Berlin Marathon in 2019 and is always keen to meet new people across her professional and personal life.

The strangest German word I learnt: Ausländerbehörde (thanks Brexit) Google the German word of your favorite animal ­species: Schmetterling (butterfly) This is the App on my phone, which I can not live without: Apart from the socials, Strava. I am really active and log my runs, CrossFit sessions or hikes around the local area.

MY TOP 3 FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN TIPS 1 / Salon 3 Sein in Mainz 2 / Wakeport in Raunheim

»Born in the UK, raised in the Caribbean and now living and working in Germany.«

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GREECE IN FRANKFURT The Greek Community in Frankfurt welcomes all newcomers to the city. The community itself was likewise founded by newcomers to our city. Prior to World War II, Greek furriers and fur traders were already living and working in Leipzig. After the war ended and due to the trade restrictions in the Soviet Occupation Zone, many of those working there moved to Frankfurt and made the city a new and important fur-trade hub. They were an important factor in Frankfurt’s economic life as Germany’s economy began to recover. There were also some Greeks in and around Frankfurt who had come to Germany before the war and had stayed here working as doctors and academics. These people formed the origin of the community in Frankfurt and Hessen. These were the Greeks – largely tradespeople and academics – who decided in 1956 to found a community association to represent their interests within German and civic society, and now, after the wave of migrant labor during the 1960s, there are around 10,000 people of Greek origin living in Frankfurt. The decision to form the community association

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was an easy one for all those involved, since all those living in Frankfurt had found a new home here. But what does it mean for a newcomer to find a home within a new city? Is the new home a landmark building in the city? Is it the new apartment? Is it the multicultural coexistence? Is it the food? Is it the transport connections? Is it the football team Eintracht Frankfurt? With Eintracht Frankfurt and matches attended in the stadium, you will experience exhilarating games and cheering fans – if you love football then you’ll love it here. But Eintracht has more to offer than just football. The airport with its connection to Frankfurt is unique, and you can drive from the city center to the airport in just 15 minutes or so, but you can also enjoy Frankfurt on foot. Try it for yourself.

also love the variety and the culinary fusion you find in some places. Souvlaki, sushi and Georgian fried eggplant are also available in Frankfurt. No less than 178 of the world’s 197 nations are represented among Frankfurt’s residents. All live peacefully together – Frankfurt is the very definition of a multicultural community. Your Italian, Croatian and German neighbors in Frankfurt will always keep an eye on your balcony plants while you’re on vacation. You will find a new home in Frankfurt because here you’ll find people who care about and look after you. You will meet people who stick together and support one another; you’ll find a culinary piece of home but also tradition. You will meet cosmopolitan people, and in Frankfurt you’ll find a home because you are welcome. Welcome to Frankfurt.

In culinary terms, you’ll find it all in Frankfurt. Green sauce, Handkäs cheese and apple wine are all traditional delicacies and can be sampled here, but you’ll

The Greek Community in Frankfurt Ioannis Stamatis www.griechische-gemeinde-frankfurt.org

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In today’s digital age, one of the first things you’ll want to do is get connected – to the Internet, to the folks back home, to new colleagues, to the news. So getting your telecoms right is key. If you have been in Germany more than 24 hours, you’ve probably seen a pink letter “T” adorning the one or other LED screen or billboards. The “T” is for Telekom, as in Deutsche Telekom. The once state-owned monopolist is today one of the major corporations offering all the telecoms services you could ever wish for, from wireless communications to business solutions. The two other big telcos are Vodafone and Telefonica, and are less prominently visible – after all, together they hold less of a market share than does Deutsche Telekom. The latter is certainly the giant in the German market, and offers all-in services ranging from landlines and cell phones through to Internet connections.

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That said, the German market for telecommunication is one of the most open and deregulated in Europe … meaning that there is a dizzying array of choices. Once you get acquainted with the system, you will find it reliable and easy to use. But with so many choices, it is easy to get confused by all the shrill marketing claims.

CHOOSING A PROVIDER You’ve found your new home, and now it’s time to get connected (along with a few other tasks). To have a land line phone installed in Germany there are two basic options:

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1. You can go down to one of the local Telekom customer service centers in most larger cities and fill out the necessary forms. The basic installation charge is € 70 for phone and Internet. Who you buy the handset from is entirely your choice. 2. You can order your phone services from one of the other telcos – such as 1&1, Vodafone, or Telefonica (02) and many others. Because Telekom still enjoys a monopoly on the so-called “last mile” of telecommunications service, these private resellers basically offer the same products as Telekom, but sometimes at better rates, or additional services. In addition, some of these providers offer bundled DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and or VDSL (ultrafast DSL) connections.

vision and cell phone service). DSL is also the most popular choice for Internet connections in Germany. The latest VDSL and fiberoptic lines get you Internet at speeds of up to 500 Mbit/s for downloading and 25 Mbit/s for uploading, and packages often include IP telephony and TV services.

The monthly rates for a landline in Germany start around € 22 for a basic call service. Many providers offer flat rates for calls to land lines or designated numbers abroad, but this often does not cover calls to cell phones or internationally as a whole. Ordering your phone can be a quick process. The most popular types of lines are DSL or VSDL. DSL tends to be bundled with other services, using the pitch: “For just an extra € 5, you can get an Internet flat rate with your DSL line.” For the techies out there, this is called the “double play” (telephone & Internet connection), “triple play” (phone, Internet and television) or “quadruple play” (phone, Internet, tele-

If you want to buy the fastest package, first check to see whether it is available in your street. Again, private resellers (such as 1&1 or Vodafone) offer slightly better rates for Internet access. Remember to shop around before you sign up because many providers will waive initial set-up fees and throw in a free router or wireless LAN. If your home is wired for cable, you can connect to the Internet through a cable modem and set up a landline using Hessen’s cable provider Unity-media. Before you sign up for this service, be sure to check with your landlord or the facility manager to make sure that the building in which you live supports this service. Many older buildings from the 1950s

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Frankfurt is the city with the second highest density of data centers in Europe and has the world‘s largest internet hub.

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„If you want to do some­ thing creative, Frankfurt is the place to be. There are great local networks and the people are very ­helpful.“

Hessen Trade & Invest supports newcomers and networkers, striving founders and growing enterprises: Whether you are looking for a suitable location, additional market data or your next business partner, our team offers excellent advice. We are your first port of call before, during, and after you settle here. Become a part of our thriving business community: We invite you to visit Frankfurt Fashion Week and to profit from a wide range of further platforms and networking opportunities for creative entrepreneurs like Yoshi. Welcome to Hessen. Welcome to Frankfurt.

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CONTACT HESSEN TRADE & INVEST GmbH Konradinerallee 9 65189 Wiesbaden Tel. +49 611 9501785 info@htai.de www.htai.de www.invest-in-hessen.com

”Goodbye, mass production“: Yoshi (left) with a friend in Frankfurt, wearing clothes from his unique concept store.

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and 1960s are wired for cable, but do not have the required infrastructure for Unitymedia products. If you can do without Internet access at home (or if your home is wired for cable), you might want to think about getting a flat rate for your cell phone and not getting a land line at all. For a monthly flat rate, you can call as much as you like into the German land line network and your service provider’s cell phone network. Prices start at € 30 per month, with such a service being offered by several providers. With all these options, make sure that you get all of your contracts in writing and read the fine print. And refrain from signing up for any servicesat a shopping mall or over the telephone. There is a good chance they will get your order wrong.

Wi-Fi You’ll find that an ever-increasing number of cafes, restaurants, and hotels offer free Wi-Fi. As does Frankfurt Airport. When travelling you’ll discover that many Lufthansa flights, and most of the high-speed trains also offer Internet hot spots, some of which are pay-as-you-use. There are also free hotspots at numerous different places in Frankfurt.

Flat rates If you often call friends and family in a particular country, then look into getting a flat rate for that country, or failing that you can opt for a global flat rate such as Vodafone’s World. It’s always best to compare prices first, for example here: www.billiger-telefonieren.de/internationale-telefonflatrate

Roaming Fees Within the EU After a decade of price caps, the EU has finally required mobile phone providers to abolish extra roaming fees for intra-European calls as of June 2017. The „Roam Like at Home“ rule eliminated roaming charges within the 28 countries of the European Union. There are, however, two exceptions. There is still a surcharge for data roaming. And if most of your telephone use occurs abroad rather than at home, your provider may impose roaming charges. All the EU member states are covered by this new rule, as well as Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. What happens after Brexit, no one knows.

fees are included with your apartment’s facility management fee. If not, call your local cable company and they will let you know if your building is wired. Cable TV companies in Frankfurt Rhine-Main offer a number of non-German services, including CNN, BBC World Service, French TV5 and Al Jazeera. To receive satellite television, you must buy and install your own satellite receiver. They are available at many retail outlets and will allow you to receive all of the major German cable channels, plus numerous other foreign stations. If you get reception from the Astra and Hotbird satellites, you can receive the following “free” English-language news and information stations: CNN, Eurosport, Sky News and BBC World. Remember that regardless of which programs you want to watch, all homes are charged the Rundfunkbeitrag, a license fee – the charge is the same for everyone and is € 17.50 a month. The money is used to run the high-quality public TV and radio channels in Germany. You will not need to own a TV to be charged the fee – having a PC connected to the Internet suffices. For the details, please visit: www. rundfunkbeitrag.de/welcome/englisch/index_ger.html If your home is wired for cable, you can also get foreign-language programming through Hessen’s cable provider unitymedia. There are no less than 14 language packages,

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covering a total of 80 TV channels; the language packages do not, however, include English, but do feature French and Turkish for example. Prices start as low as € 2.99 a month. All the major streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon‘s Prime Video and iTunes are available in Germany ... and in most cases in the original languages. You might find that the selection of films is not the same as in your home

The market for postal services in Germany has been deregulated, meaning that private companies are allowed to deliver both letters and packages. For private individuals sending a normal letter, the German postal service however remains the best option, which runs a quick and efficient system. If you are not at home when a delivery is made, your postman may leave it with the neighbors, or take it to the nearest post office or drop-off point. You can usually collect it there the next day – present a valid picture ID to prove you are the person to whom the package or registered mail is addressed. To send packages weighing more than two kilos, you might consider using one of the private competitors which often have better rates than Deutsche Post’s DHL. The major private postal companies are TNT Post (www.tnt.com), Hermes (www.myhermes.de) and GLS (www.gls-germany. com). In particular, Hermes has a good network of drop-off

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Electricity When moving into a new apartment in Germany, most people keep the same electricity provider used by the previous tenant. In the Frankfurt area this is often Mainova. Be sure to take a look at your electricity meter and write down its status at the time you move in. Otherwise, the electricity company may estimate your bill for the first month based on the previous tenant’s habits. Utilities have been deregulated in Germany, and there are many different providers. If you want to use a different provider than that of the previous tenant, contact a power company by phone. To compare prices, visit the German-language website www.verivox.de or www.check24.de/stromgas. Much like the rough-and-tumble world of telecommunications, it is also „buyer beware“ when it comes to choosing an energy provider. Many energy companies offer you a cheap rate in the first year and then increase rates in the second. Contracts typically run for 12 months, so make note of the renewal deadlines. Once you have made your choice, you sign the contract, and the energy company will take it from there.

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HEALTHCARE D octors , medicine , hospitals and emergencies Newcomers will find that one of the world’s best healthcare system awaits them. Choose between statutory or private health insurance depending on your needs and financial resources. Universal health care coverage is one of the great benefits of living and working in Germany. The quality of health care in Germany is high, with general practitioners’ surgeries and hospitals tending to boast cutting-edge technology. There are numerous specialist medical practices, too. Just like every other developed country in the world, Germany‘s health care system is seemingly in a constant state of reform. Increased life expectancy and a consistently low birth rate have created difficulties for the country‘s vaunted health care system. The public health system is under financial strain with insurance premiums continuing to rise and the list of fully-covered services getting ever shorter. At the

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same time, co-payments for prescription drugs and routine medical procedures continue to increase. The first important point to remember is that health insurance is mandatory for all residents. You must have valid health insurance to be legally employed in Germany. In addition, self-employed freelancers, artists, musicians and dependent family members must all be registered for health insurance. If you require a visa before arriving in Germany, you will have to show proof of adequate health insurance before your visa application is approved. Students must also be registered for health care coverage, but at a substantially reduced rate.

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EU citizens are permitted to remain on their home health insurance policies, but it is important to remember that insurance benefits could differ significantly from those in Germany. In Germany you have two main choices when it comes to medical insurance. About 90% of the German population is enrolled in the state-regulated public health insurance system (Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung or GKV). The major advantage of the public system is that unemployed dependents (i.e. spouse and children) are insured at no additional cost. The remaining 10% of the population have chosen to be enrolled in private health insurance from a German company (Private Krankenversicherung or PKV). The quality of care is admittedly better, but premiums are not capped and family members must be separately insured.

STATE-REGULATED HEALTH INSURANCE (GKV) Public health insurance in Germany is based on the principle of solidarity, which means that everyone‘s premiums are based on the same percentage of income. The current rate is 14.6%, and the lowest rate charged per month is € 148.63, the highest € 684.38. If your gross salary is higher than € 4,687.50 monthly (as of 2019), then you will pay the maximum monthly premium. If your salary is lower than the threshold, then your premium is proportionately less. Premiums are deducted directly from your wages and transferred

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to your insurance company of choice. The vast majority of medical bills are paid directly by the insurance company, so patients do not incur any expenses for treatment or have to submit paperwork for reimbursement. There are currently over 100 different GKV companies in Germany. All GKV providers in Germany are non-profit associations which administer the government health insurance plan. Some are very large, for instance the TK, AOK, Barmer, and Debeka, with millions of members whereas others have just a few thousand insured. This does not mean that the basic benefits are different – all public health insurance providers must abide by the same government regulations. As part of an effort to foster more competition, the GKV insurance companies are now permitted to offer bonus plans, reduced fees, special programs for dental work and other services. This means that, depending on your preferences, you can now select the most suitable insurance company for your needs. When you first enroll in the GKVs, there will be no health questions about pre-existing medical conditions and there is no waiting period. The general minimum period of membership with any provider is 18 months, and after that you can change providers within the GKV and still pay approximately the same monthly premium. In general, the quality of medical care is quite good for members of the public health insurance plan. There are

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co-payments between € 5 – 10 for each prescription medicine, although this is waived for children. Furthermore, you are required to pay € 10 per day for the first 28 days of a hospital stay. Furthermore, you may be required to pay small additional fees for routine blood tests, etc. Basic dental treatments are included in the GKV plan, but you will have to pay for any more complicated treatments such as bridge work or orthodontics. Some coverage is provided for optical lens for spectacles, but only as of a certain severity. The most obvious advantage of the GKV system is that non-working dependents (i.e. spouse and children) have the same level of coverage as the insured individual at no additional cost. Many people choose to insure themselves and their families through the state-regulated system and then purchase supplemental private insurance in order to have access to superior coverage, such as a private hospital room, homeopathy, vision products and better dental coverage.

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE (PKV) If your gross monthly salary is higher than € 5,062.50 (2019), you can choose to enroll in a private health insurance program. Self-employed, civil servants and other professionals can also choose to enroll in a private health insurance program. Your employer is required to contribute the

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same amount they would have paid under the public system, which usually amounts to about half of the monthly premium. There are currently about 45 private health insurance companies serving the German market and there are a wide range of options available. Generally speaking, private health care premiums for individuals under 35 years of age tend to be lower than in the public system. Premiums in the private system take into account an individual‘s income, state of health, age and other coverage options. Because the scope of services from private insurance companies is not regulated by the state, the PKVs offer more extensive coverage which can be adapted to an individual‘s needs. Private health insurance programs also offer better dental coverage, vision products and other medical treatments. Additionally, there is a larger pool of physicians to choose from, since many medical professionals prefer to treat privately-insured patients. When deciding between the private and the public health care systems, it is important to weigh up the costs and benefits. The major disadvantage of the private system is that non-working spouses and family members must be separately insured. Also, PKV members must initially pay for treatment costs and then submit paperwork to the insurance company for reimbursement. Finally, the decision to enroll

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in a PKV cannot be easily reversed: You will be not permitted to switch back to the public system unless your salary falls below the monthly threshold.

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE FROM AN INTERNATIONAL PROVIDER In the past, it was quite popular for newcomers to use international health insurance policies offered by insurers within the EU but outside of Germany – mostly based in the UK – because they catered to the specific needs of expats and they were less expensive. However, the German health insurance reform of 2009 required international insurance companies to comply with the German insurance code. Most of these policies failed to clear this legal hurdle and were withdrawn from the German market. This issue has become even more complicated, because some of the German regulations may be in violation of EU law. The issue revolves around whether Germany will recognize European directives for cross-border selling of health insurance for non-Germans seeking a residence permit.

TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE The German public health insurance system is valid within 27 EU countries (plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) but provides limited coverage. If you need

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emergency medical care while traveling to another EU country and are covered by the state-regulated insurance plan, you will be required to pay the medical costs yourself and then submit all the receipts to your German insurance provider. But you will only be reimbursed for the amount that the German system would have paid for the treatment – sometimes only a fraction of the actual costs. If you wish to be covered for medical expenses within the EU, or if you plan to travel to non-EU countries, you should purchase a travel insurance policy before your departure – if you are an ADAC member you will find they have good offers.

NURSING CARE INSURANCE Regardless of whether you are a member of the public or private health care insurance plan, you will also be required to pay into the German government‘s mandatory long-term nursing care plan (Pflegepflichtversicherung). This nursing care insurance covers a certain portion of the costs of personal nursing needs, such as feeding and bathing, for those people who become substantially disabled. The cost is an additional 3.3 percent without kids and 3.05 percent with kids of your gross salary (up to a maximum of € 149.47 at 3.3 percent per month) in the GKV, and your employer will pay half up to € 75.

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DENTAL CARE Dental care in Germany can be excellent, but it‘s also expensive. For major dental work involving bridges, crowns or orthodontics, you must get a cost estimate (Heil- und Kostenplan) and present it to your insurer prior to treatment. Otherwise, you could be faced with an expensive bill to be paid out of your own pocket. For those belonging to the state health insurance plan, you may have to pay between 50 percent and 100 percent for dental work if you do not have supplemental dental insurance. Those with private insurance will fare much better, but it pays to take a close look at exactly what is covered.

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Soon after enrolling in a health care plan, you will receive a health insurance card (Gesundheitskarte) with a microchip and passport photo, which resembles a credit card. You will be asked to present this card every time you visit a health care provider. For most treatments, including all basic care and check-ups, you needn’t pay any additional fees. There are two basic possibilities for visiting health care providers – you either make an appointment (Termin) or drop in during the open visiting hours (Sprechstunde). The times for these visiting hours are almost always posted, either on the front door or gate of the doctor’s building or online. Open visiting hours tend to fall within the standard working day, so you might need to take time off your job to see a health care provider. No employer is allowed to deny you time off to see a doctor or dentist if you are sick or in great pain. This right is guaranteed by law.

CHOOSING A DOCTOR While many people initially choose a health care provider near their home or workplace, a better strategy is to ask friends or colleagues for a recommendation. Doctors’ personalities and approaches to patients can vary widely. Remember that the German system does not require you to stay with any one doctor so if you’re dissatisfied, you can always seek treatment with another, and even get treatment for the same ailment if you feel your first doctor is not doing a good job. With most health problems, you’re strongly advised to go to a general practitioner first and only then seek treatment with a specialist – if your regular doctor believes you need it. Your general practitioner will give you a referral (Überweisung) for the appropriate specialist if necessary and, in many cases, also recommend a few good specialists.

ENGLISH-SPEAKING DOCTORS Potentially, one of the most frustrating aspects of living in a foreign country is not being able to communicate with your doctor in your own language. Most doctors in Germany have a basic command of English, but not all receptionists. Nevertheless, in most offices there should be at least one employee who can handle the details of your visit. If you

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are looking for English-speaking doctors and dentists in the Rhine-Main region, you should contact: American International Women‘s Club of the Taunus maintains a list based on members‘ experiences, but to access the list you should be a member. www.aiwcfrankfurt.org The US Consulate also maintain lists at de.usembassy.gov/ medical-assistance/#doctor

PHARMACIES Almost any medicine you’ll need can be found at your friendly local pharmacy (they are called Apotheke). In fact, even most non-prescription medicines can be found only at the pharmacy, too. Vitamins and various non-medicinal health aids can be picked up at supermarkets or beauty and healthcare shops. If you’re in a health insurance program, the prescription medicines are subsidized – if you are enrolled in the state system, you’ll have to make a co-payment of € 5-10 per medicine, whereby prescription medicines are free for children. If your local Apotheke doesn’t have the medicine in stock, they will order it, and it will usually be delivered at the latest within the next 24 hours. While the pharmacies tend to close at 6.30 p.m., there are emergency dispenser services – each Apotheke has a display informing you where the next allnight dispensary is. There, you will have to ring a bell to be served; typically, there is a window in the door through which the medicines will be issued.

expected birth and eight after. The government also provides a number of other benefits to new parents, including the possibilityof taking a maximum of 14-month postnatal leave. During this time the parent who stays at home with child can receive a monthly allowance (Elterngeld) equal to 67% of the last net salary, but there are limits on the maximum amount. More importantly, the stay-at-home parent is protected from dismissal during this period. In addition, the government provides monthly allowances (Kindergeld) for each child.

BIRTH CERTIFICATES Should you have a new member of your family while living in Germany, you’ll need to register your baby with two countries. First of all, the birth must be registered with the German authorities. The hospital can register the birth. They advise that you bring the passports of both parents as well as your marriage certificate – if there is one. The hospital will then take care of registering the birth. However, you’ll have to ask where the birth was registered, then go there to pick up the birth certificate (Geburts­urkunde).

HOSPITALS Should you need to go to hospital, your doctor will arrange a bed and find a specialist on the staff to consult you. Of course, none of this holds true in the event of an emergency, when you get admitted without previous notice. According to the specific health plan you’re in, you can find yourself in anything from a single to a four-bed room. Most hospitals do not automatically provide gowns, towels or toilet articles for in-patients.

AFTER-HOURS TREATMENT Should you suddenly need treatment outside the regular working hours for most doctors, try calling your own doctor: He may have a recorded message telling you how he can be reached. If this fails, you should call the Emergency Service (Ärztlicher Notdienst). These emergency telephone numbers depend on where you live. These services offer considerable advice as to what you should do and, in some cases, even dispatch a physician to your home. However, if your problem appears to be very serious, even life threatening, you should call the police or the fire department.

HAVING A BABY IN GERMANY For the last few decades, Germans have been worried about declining birth rates and increasing life expectancy and the obvious demographic problems caused by these two trends. For that reason, they’ve instituted a raft of generous programs to encourage couples to have children and multiply. In addition to excellent care, pregnant women and new mothers receive additional benefits related to health care and prenatal care. One of the most outstanding benefits is 14 weeks of paid maternity leave – six weeks before the

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are required to actually see the child and parents. Finally, you’ll have to drop by the Registry office (Standesamt) again and register your new bundle of joy as a new resident at your address. Just because your child is born in Germany does not automatically mean that the child will acquire German citizenship. The laws pertaining to citizenship are complex, but generally speaking, a child will acquire German nationality if one of the parents is a German national. If neither parent is German, it is still possible for the child to acquire German citizenship at birth if at least one parent has legally lived in Germany for more than eight years and also has a permanent residence permit.

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S chools , colleges , and unis in F rankfurt R hine -M ain Newcomers will want to find the right school for their kids. Or the right uni. There’s a great choice available, both public and private. GERMAN SCHOOL SYSTEM German schools represent more than just an opportunity for your child to learn a second language and experiencea foreign culture. Enrolling your child in a German school can help integration of both the child and you into the community. What’s more, the public education System is tuition free. Academically, the German school System has a good reputation. The main complaint about the German system concern the short hours (in primary schools, it is common for children to finish school at noon), the lack of flexibility, and lack of programs for gifted and remedial children. In Germany, the school system is the responsibility of the respective state government and in response to the above

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shortcomings the State of Hessen has instituted a series of educational reforms. As a result, the high school curriculum was restructured and afternoon classes were introduced. The other significant reform involved substitute teaching. Hessen passed legislation so that classes will not be cancelled (and students sent home) due to a lack of human resources in schools. With students spending longer days in school, many schools are now offering hot lunches. Organized sports teams and other extra-curricular activities are still not offered at most German schools but are rather the domain of innumerable clubs (Vereine). It bears noting that the German school system expects parents to be active participants in their child’s education. Particularly at the primary and middle school level,

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parents should expect to spend an average of one hour daily helping their children with homework.

Kindergarten Germany has an excellent network of pre-schools ... after all, the idea of the kindergarten first arose here, invented by German educator Friedrich Fröbel in 1840. Kindergarten starts as early as age three and continues until age five. It is not a part of the regular public school system and so is not free. Tuition is often based on income, though fees are usually not expensive. Kindergarten in Germany stresses a child‘s social development and concentrates on structured play, arts and crafts, music and coordination skills. Children are not taught “learning ready” skills such as the alphabet and counting. Kindergartens are often run by churches, social organizations, or private companies.

Grundschule All children aged 6-10 must attend a primary school (Grundschule). Here they are taught basic skills like reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as local history, geography and biology. In contrast to some other countries, students also have religion classes. In addition to their homeroom teacher, they have separate teachers for music and sports. Students are assigned up to 30-60 minutes of homework daily. In the child‘s final year (4th Grade) in the Grundschule, parents and teachers come together to evaluate the child’s

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next level of schooling. If a child has the academic aptitude to warrant university education, he or she will move directly onto high school (Gymnasium). Those students who need another two years to can attend middle school (Förderstufe) after which they can choose between the Gymnasium and intermediate schools (Hauptschule or Realschule). This is one of the most nerve-wracking times for parents whose children are not initially offered a place in the university track, but remember, the teacher recommendations are not written in stone and can be appealed.

250 academic libraries are available to the 58,000 Frankfurt students for research in all subject areas. Hauptschule The lowest track in the German education System is the general school (Hauptschule). It Starts with the fifth grade and goes through to the ninth grade. A Hauptschule is a school where students prepare for occupations that require vocational training and continue learning basic subjects, as well as English. After a student completes the Hauptschule, he or she can go on to a vocational college, which usually lasts about two years.

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Realschule A Realschule is more advanced than a Hauptschule. Here students learn the basic subjects that will prepare them for a mid-level job in business or a technical trade. If a student has performed well at a Realschule, he or she can also transfer to a Gymnasium.

Gymnasium This school is the highest level of secondary education in Germany and prepares students to enter university. Gymnasium lasts 8 – 9 years and students learn German, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Biology and History. Students are required to take a foreign language starting in 5th Grade. This is usually English, but Latin or French are also offered. A second foreign language can be added in 7th Grade and a third in 9th Grade. Students specialize in certain subjects in their final years. In their last year, students take week-long exams in order to obtain their Abitur, or high-school-leaving certificate, qualifying them for university admission.

Gesamtschule The comprehensive school (Gesamtschule) combines all three high school types. First introduced in the 1960s, this type of school allows students to switch between different tracks without changing buildings.

international assignment or returns home. And as private schools, they can often afford better facilities, extensive extracurricular activities and longer hours; in some cases up to 6 p.m. You pay for this privilege: Tuition fees can run to well over € 22,000 a year for high school. German taxpayers, however,can tax deduct up to 30 percent of these fees as extraordinary expenses up to a maximum amount of € 5,000. In recent years, a number of bilingual (German-English) private schools have opened in Frankfurt Rhine-Main. If a private school is classified as an “alternative school” (Ersatzschule), then it has been certified by the state educational authority. The school must adhere to the same regulations and curriculum as a German school. Such schools, however, are also sometimes permitted to offer equivalent international classes and diplomas. In return, the state provides generous subsidies to these schools and as a result, tuition is in the order of € 300 – 1,000 a month. If a private school is classified as a “complimentary school” (Ergän­z­ ungsschule), it is not required to follow state curriculum regulations. Traditionally, most international schools offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma have been classified as complimentary schools. Because the state provides no subsidies, these schools are funded almost exclusively by tuition fees.

INTERNATIONAL AND BILINGUAL SCHOOLS IN FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN Frankfurt International School

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS International schools are accustomed to dealing with children from all over the world and with varied linguistic backgrounds. One advantage of the international education system is portability and continuity of the curriculum, which helps prevent learning gaps if the family moves to another

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Frankfurt International School (FIS), founded in 1961, is one of the largest and oldest international schools in Europe, with a student population of over 1,800 from more than 60 countries. It employs nearly 300 well-qualified and experienced faculty and staff from 20 different countries. The school is organized into four school divisions: the Primary Division age 3 to Grade 1, the Elementary Division Grades 2 – 5, and the Upper School Grades 6 – 12, all of which are in Oberursel. FIS operates another division in Wiesbaden for students age 3 to Grade 8. FIS is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges and is a founding member of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB). FIS is known for its excellent college placements and exceptional IB exam results. It takes an inquiry-based approach to learning utilizing the Primary Years Program and the IB DiplomaProgram. English is the language of instruction, but German is mandatory. English as a second language is taught as well as Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and French. Mandarin is offered as an after school option. FIS is committed to educating the whole child. Therefore, it offers a well-rounded curriculum with strong academics, athletics, performing arts and visual arts programs as well as a broad range of extra-curricular activities, clubs and service projects. The school operates an advanced information technology support system and also carries an inventory of devices for use by elementary and primary school students. High school students benefit from a dynamic 1-1 laptop learning program. The excellent facilities include three out-

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door athletic fields, separate divisional buildings as well as a Science, Design-Technology, and Performing Arts Center. The recently opened Stroth Center for Learning and Athletics provides an outstanding addition to the campus. Further strengths of the school are the deep commitment to the family as an integral part of the school community and its exceptional leadership. The latter has been recognized through two international educational awards given to the Head of School and the Wiesbaden principal in recent years. FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL An der Waldlust 15 | 61440 Oberursel www.fis.edu

Frankfurt International School – Wiesbaden Campus The Wiesbaden Campus of Frankfurt International School has its own special atmosphere. As on the main campus in Oberursel, just 30 minutes away, students receive the same challenging, well-rounded and child-centered education with a sound mixture of rigorous academics and enriching extra-curricular activities. It offers an international curriculum to children age 3 to Grade 8 following the International Baccelaureate Programm. After Grade 8 students are welcomed at the main campus where they can graduate after grade 12 with the internationally-recognized International Baccelaureate Diploma. The division enjoys an excellent reputation in Germany and abroad given the expertise of its teachers and leadership and the quality of education it provides. With just over 200 students, the educational journey at the Wiesbaden Campus takes place in a smaller, close-knit community. The fact that all students are known by name and that many of the faculty have been there since the inception of the school over 25 years ago, gives the campus a familyfeel. Through the low faculty to student ratio, exceptional care and attention is given to every student. Families will find a purpose-built school building, a spacious sports hall, library and media center, playground, outdoor learning space and playing field. This year, a new building will be completed which will enable a greater focus on the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) subjects, thus ensuring that FIS Wiesbaden offers a distinct educational experience within the overall mission at Frankfurt International School.

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FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL – WIESBADEN CAMPUS Rudolf-Dietz-Straße 14 | 65207 Wiesbaden www.fis.edu

Metropolitan School Frankfurt Metropolitan School Frankfurt (MSF) is a fully accredited international school offering a comprehensive educational program for students aged 3 – 18 years of all nationalities. MSF was founded in 2007 and is the only International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and Cambridge IGCSE school in the city of Frankfurt offering the IB Primary Years Program, the Cambridge International Education (CIE) Program beginning in 6th Grade and culminating with the IGCSE ex-

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Learn German with the VHS We offer German courses at all levels as well as certified integration courses and examinations. As a beginner or advanced learner, you can practise and improve your language skills like grammar, conversation, vocabulary, writing, etc.

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The best school for entering the German education system. The desire for the best school education for your child is certainly high on your list of priorities. As an international orientated school, Phorms educate the students bilingually in German and English and prepare them ideally for an international future. Phorms is also the right choice of school for learning the German language and obtaining the German Abitur Certificate which is a solid basis for vocational training and international studies, because Phorms is state-approved. The concept of Phorms includes a special language support for beginners and advanced learners.

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Fit for the international world. Offering education in line with the requirements of the 21st century: that´s what make Phorms so special. The school promotes students' interests and skills, especially in the mathematics and science areas. This allows students to expand their scientific vocabulary in both languages and develop their skills in STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

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A school for all children. Phorms wants to offer many children the opportunity to access the educational services. Therefore, school fees are based on family income.

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ams in grade 10, and the IB Diploma Program in 11th and 12th Grade. Since its foundation, MSF achieves close to 100% pass rate in the IB Diploma results. Currently, MSF has enrolled more than 620 students from 55 countries. All subjects are taught by native speakers, with English as the primary language of instruction. German is offered for native speakers and also as an additional language for beginners and intermediate level students. Additional modern languages include French and Spanish, beginning in grade 6. Primary and secondary students can join extracurricular clubs that offer a range of sport and art-related activities. The school day begins at 8.30 a.m. and ends at 3.30 p.m., with before and after-school programs. MSF’s facilities include modern classrooms, science and computer labs, and performing and visual arts studios. In addition, the school has a modern cafeteria, two libraries, and a large sports and assembly hall. MSF has recently addeda rooftop pitch for outdoor physical education classes

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL FRANKFURT Eschborner LandStraße 134 – 142 | 60489 ­Frankfurt am Main (Rödelheim) | www.m-school.de

European School Frankfurt The European School Frankfurt (ESF) is one of the 14 official schools across Europe that are jointly administered by

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the European Union. This school was built primarily for the children of employees of the European Central Bank (ECB), which is headquartered in Frankfurt. Located in Praunheim, the ESF offers four language sections (German, English, French, Italian) and provides a multicultural, multilingual and multi-denominational curriculum from kindergarten (age four) to 12th Grade. Graduates earn the European Baccalaureate degree, which allows them to study at universities in any EU country and is also recognized around the world. Children whose parents work for the ECB (or other EU institutions) pay no tuition, while others (so-called Category II or III) tuition varies according to the category and the school level (Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary). Consult the website for more details. For parents who are not part of the ECB community, it is very difficult – if not impossible – to enroll their child in the English or German track of this school.

EUROPEAN SCHOOL FRANKFURT Praunheimerweg 126 | 60439 Frankfurt am Main www.esffm.org

European School Rhein-Main Founded in 2012, the European School RheinMain (ESRM) is the first privately funded European School. Fully accredited by the EU, the school is located in Bad Vilbel, just out-

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side Frankfurt. The school follows the European School curriculum leading to the European Baccalaureate, which is officially recognized in Germany, all EU member states and beyond. ESRM is a full-day school whose teachers are native speakers specifically trained in the European School curriculum. Since the first Baccalaureate graduating class in 2016, 226 students have completed the European Baccalaureate program with excellent results. The Baccalaureate graduation rate is usually above 95%. From pre-primary to 12th Grade, the school has a complete English section and a complete German section. There are a minimum of two parallel English and two parallel German classes in each grade. Spanish as language 1 (mother tongue) and French as language 1 and 2 (first foreign language) are available in all grades leading to the European Baccalaureate. Currently, the school is operating at near full capacity with more than 1,500 students. The school facilities are well equipped and modern, including a four-pitch sports hall, one of the largest in Germany. The vast majority of graduating students choose to continue their university studies in the UK, US or Ireland. ESRM is open to all students and moderate school fees apply.

EUROPEAN SCHOOL RHEIN-MAIN Theodor Heuss Straße 65 | 61118 Bad Vilbel www.es-rm.eu

vironment, taught by an international faculty who inspire students to achieve excellent academic results. In August 2020 the school launched its brand-new, refurbished Tandem-Kindergarten where children are taught in German and English simultaneously, empowering them to switch between languages naturally.

Fintosch Multilingual Primary School The school concept of the Multilingual Primary School of Fintosch unites the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) with the Hessian education and upbringing program. Furthermore the International Primary School of Fintosch is located in Frankfurt Westend and open all year round with a day care option up to 7 p.m. The entry level (Early Year 1) starts from the age of 5. The teaching is done in small classes with up to 20 students in English and German. Especially the joy of learning plays a central role. With its motto “Fintosch feels like family,” the school aims to give pupils a child-friendly and caring environment while promoting multicultural harmony. The building also houses an international kindergarten and a nursery.

Strothoff International School Strothoff International School (SIS) is a private, multilingual all-day school for children from Kindergarten to 12th Grade (ages 3-19). Founded in 2009, the school is located in Dreieich, only 9km south of downtown. As an International Baccalaureate World School, SIS follows the IB curriculum and is the only school in the Rhein-Main region to offer all three IB programs (PYP, MYP and DP). Students learn in a friendly, motivating, concept-driven and inquiry-based en-

STROTHOFF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Frankfurter Straße 160-166 | 63303 Dreieich www.strothoff-international-school.com

FINTOSCH MULTILINGUAL PRIMARY SCHOOL Schumannstraße 4-6 | 60325 Frankfurt/Westend www.fintosch.com

Swiss International School Frankfurt In Germany’s most culturally diverse and vibrant region, SIS Swiss International School Frankfurt offers children consistent bilingual education right from the start. SIS does not only talk about interculturality, they live it: Teachers teach

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Founded in 2012, ESRM is an all-day school in close proximity to Frankfurt. It is the first private European School. We are a non-profit organization fully dedicated to our students and their education. Our goal is to reach as many students as possible from different socio-economic backgrounds. We set the highest standards to meet the great need of multilingual education. Our school mission is to promote independent lifelong learners through a positive mindset who act with integrity and respect diversity. We would like to foster empathetic and responsible global citizens who care for their environment. We are a caring school on many different levels – with an extensive support department, we ensure that neurologically diverse students are successful in mastering the school curriculum. As a sustainable school and with our newest initiative, the Tiny Forest, we also ensure that we care for our environment and give back to the community. Our school currently houses ca. 1700 students from 60 different nationalities. The students learn in a pre-primary (for the ages 4-6), primary (grades 1-5) and secondary school (grades 6-12). Upon leaving the school, our graduates obtain the prestigious European Baccalaureate diploma. The European Baccalaureate is recognized as a high-school leaving diploma in all of the member states of the European Union and widely across the world. We have had a stunning performance of 100% pass rate in the past two years. Holders of the European Baccalaureate have the right of admission to any university or college in Germany and all member states of the EU and beyond. In September 2021 we have also opened the doors to an international branch of our school – the International School RheinMain, which has started running the Middle Years Program for grades 6-8, currently housing 45 students. To give you a feel for our school register for our school tours online: www.es-rm.eu

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in their mother tongue – and thus offer ideal conditions for cultural and linguistic immersion as the basic principle of language and culture acquisition. In a safe and supportive school atmosphere, SIS encourages and promotes the intellectual and personal development of children according to their strengths and interests. SIS stands for a continuous education from preschool to college – one of the major advantages of their bilingual educational concept. SIS Frankfurt is being built up sustainably and step by step. SIS Swiss International School Frankfurt currently provides a primaryschool with reception program. The school will grow with its students so that higher grades will be added annually. Eventually, a nine-year secondary school will be established. Throughout all grade levels, subjects are taught in German and English. In general, students are not required to be bilingual prior to joining the school, however, an individual consultation with the principal is always required. SIS Swiss International School is a state approved private school. It is financed by a combination of tuition paid by parents and state subsidies. SIS feels that it is important for as many families as possible to benefit from their bilingual program. Therefore, the tuition fees are income based.

SWISS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FRANKFURT An den drei Hasen 34 – 36 | 61440 Oberursel www.swissinternationalschool.de/en-GB

ISF International School Frankfurt Rhein-Main ISF International School Frankfurt Rhein-Main (ISF) is part of the global SABIS ® network and is recognized as a top provider of quality education from Kindergarten to Grade 12. It aims to help all students achieve their full potential, to prepare them for success in college, to equip them with the skills and passion for lifelong learning, and to strengthen their social values. We are a school community that consistently strives to embody our school principles – always try, do your best, manage yourself, treat others with respect, cooperate and actively help others, and respect the property and rights of others. Students can choose various routes including the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, US Advanced Placement (AP) Exams and the ISF High School Diploma. The IB Diploma Program can also be officially recognized as Abitur equivalency. ISF students achieve consistently above average results. ISF complements its high academic standards with an active and engaging Student Life Organization® (SLO), allowing students to not only take part in a rich program of activities and sports, but also to gain important life skills. SLO is run by students for students, allowing them to practice skills such as leadership, communication and problem solving.

ISF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FRANKFURT RHEIN-MAIN Straße zur Internationalen Schule 33 65931 Frankfurt-Sindlingen | T: +49 (0)69 954 319 710 info@isf-sabis.net | www.isf.sabis.net

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BILINGUAL SCHOOLS (ENGLISH-GERMAN) accadis International School Bad Homburg Established in 2004 and located on a newly constructed school campus just north of Frankfurt, accadis International School Bad Homburg is an expanding bilingual co-ed school with currently over 550 students from 2 – 18 years of age, re-presenting over 50 nationalities. Classes are offered from preschool through to secondary school in a multilingual and international setting. accadis ISB encompasses a bilingual preschool for children aged 2 to 5, a bilingual elementary school which includes a primary class for 5-year-olds, as well as a bilingual secondary school. The preschool curriculum is adapted to the educational and methodical developments in the early learning phase. As a state-recognized “alternative school” (Ersatzschule), the elementary and secondary school up to Grade 10 adhere to the Hessen state curriculum combined with an international curriculum. The school offers the Cambridge IGCSE Examinations at the end of Grade 10 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12. The IB Diploma enables students to study in Germany as well as at universities worldwide. Instruction takes place bilingually in English and German. From Grade 5 onwards Spanish is added as a further language. Furthermore, elementary and secondary students can join extracurricular activities in both sports and arts. accadis ISB also offers an after school student care program and a homework–learning–activities club. The facilities on the state of the art campus include spacious and bright classrooms, science labs, modern music rooms as well as a sports hall with outdoor football pitch. Recently, additional building extensions featuring a modern library, two Art rooms, an IB Learning Suite dedicated to Grade 11 and 12, a Drama room with stage equipment as well as additional classrooms providing more space for the growing Elementary and Secondary School were opened. The school is strongly focused on technology. The state of the art learning environment includes Smartboards in each classroom, Google Chromebook laptops, school-wide high-speed Wi-Fi and a 3D printer.accadis ISB is just a short walk from accadis Hochschule, where university students can choose from a variety of management programs. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information at www.accadis-isb.com.

SÜDCAMPUS BAD HOMBURG Am Weidenring 52 – 54 | 61352 Bad Homburg admissions@accadis-isb.com

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Erasmus Frankfurter Stadtschule Launched in 2006, the Erasmus Frankfurter Stadtschule is a private, trilingual (German, English and Spanish) kindergarten, elementary and secondary school. The school’s intercultural curriculum incorporates progressive didactics and the immersion teaching method (one person – one language) to achieve language acquisition. All three languages are used to teach subjects such as mathematics, science, music and art. The curriculum is based on the Hessen state guidelines. The private, all-day “G9 Gymnasium”, is a nineyear secondary school culminating in an Abitur diploma at

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the end of 13th Grade. In 2017, the Erasmus moved into its new campus located very close to the European Central Bank headquarters.

ERASMUS FRANKFURTER STADTSCHULE Sonnemannstraße 9-11 | 60314 Frankfurt am Main www.erasmus-schule.eu

ibms International Bilingual Montessori School Located directly across the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt’s Westend district, ibms is a bilingual (English/German) preschool and primary school that follows the Montessori teaching principles.The preschool program includes “Nido”, or “The Nest” (18 months to 3 years), and a nursery school known as “Children‘s House” (3-5 years). The primary school consists of the Reception Class (5-7 years) and Primary 2-4 up to 4th Grade (7-10 years). In preschool teaching takes place bilingually in 8 groups with 2 educators in each group. In primary school, classes are supervised by two teachers (native English and German speakers). Opening hours of the preschool are 7.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and primary school from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sports and art activities are included in the Montessori worktime. Numerous activities (e.g workshops, class trips) also take place at the school‘s own country house in the Spessart.

IBMS INTERNATIONAL BILINGUAL MONTESSORI SCHOOL Senckenberganlage 20 – 22 | 60325 Frankfurt am Main | www.ibms-frankfurt.com

Kids Camp Bilingual Primary School Kids Camp offers bilingual education (German-English) to its primary school students. The school is open to both English speakers and to children without a bilingual background. Class size is limited to 20, with two teachers for each language. Kids Camp also offers extracurricular activities daily from 7.30 – 8:30 a.m. and 3.30 – 5 p.m., as well as a program of activities during the school holidays. As a state-recognized Ersatzschule, Kids Camp teaches the Hessen state curriculum, supplemented by additional subjects, such as computer training, literature and theater. Kids Camp also offers nursery, bilingual kindergarten and bilingual preschool in Frankfurt and the Taunus area. KINDERTAGESSTÄTTE Heuhohlweg 20 | 61462 Königstein im Taunus www.kidscamp-koenigstein.de KINDERKRIPPE Am Erdbeerstein 10a | 61462 Königstein im Taunus, Schneidhain | www.kidscamp-koenigstein.de

Obermayr International School Obermayr International School is a private, state-recognized school, which follows the Hessen school curriculum and incorporates language immersion methods. The Frankfurt campus comprises a bilingual (German-English) primary school, junior and senior high school. The school leaving cer-

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tificates are the Abitur and the optional “Hessisches Internationales Abitur” (HIAP). The aim of the school is education and learning in the spirit of European integration. Classes are taught by both German and English native speakers. School is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m./4 p.m. followed by an extensive variety of after-school activities until 5 p.m./6 p.m. The school is situated on a 38,000 m2 green campus within easy reach of Frankfurt and also offers nursery, kindergarten and preschool facilities. Frankfurt Rhine-Main has been the home of Obermayr schools and kindergartens for over 60 years.

OBERMAYR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Am Weißen Stein | 65824 Schwalbach www.obermayr.com

PbG – Private bilinguale Ganztagsschule Starting 2020/2021 the school fee for attending the all-day school is € 390 per month. This includes school attendance Monday to Thursday until 2.45 p.m., Friday until 1.15 p.m. In addition, there is a fee for meals and for material allowance, which includes school materials, entrance fees, travel costs, etc. The afternoon courses and the AGs – which take place on Wednesday – can also be booked. There is a monthly fee of € 100 for this. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays include different courses until 4 p.m., the pick-up time is until 5 p.m. Selectable AGs take place on Wednesdays in the same time frame at the beginning of the school year. The pick-up time is until 3 p.m. on Fridays. This additional school time can be booked for the entire school year at the beginning of the year. The one-time registration fee is € 800, plus a deposit of € 800, which will be repaid after the end of school.

PBG – PRIVATE BILINGUALE GANZTAGSSCHULE Langenbeckstraße 5 | 65189 Wiesbaden www.pbg-wiesbaden.de

Phorms Frankfurt Phorms Frankfurt is a private, bilingual and state-approved school with two campuses. Phorms Frankfurt City was established in 2007, offering a primary school with reception in the heart of Frankfurt. Phorms Taunus Campus is situated twenty minutes from Frankfurt amongst the green fields of Steinbach/Taunus. The campuses are available via daily chartered school bus. It comprises a day care center, primary school with reception and secondary school. Both campuses are proud of their excellent teaching in English and German by native speakers with a focus on science subjects and the development of leadership skills. The curriculum is based on the Hessian state guidelines, but is supplemented by the Cambridge International programmes for primary and secondary education. Phorms is also characterised by small class sizes and individual support as well as a varied afternoon and vacation programme. School fees are based on family income.

PHORMS CAMPUS FRANKFURT CITY Fürstenbergerstraße 3 – 9 60322 Frankfurt am Main

PHORMS TAUNUS CAMPUS Waldstraße 91 | 61449 Steinbach/Taunus www.frankfurt.phorms.de

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FIT FOR THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD Day Care Center · Primary School with Reception · Secondary School WHAT MAKES PHORMS SPECIAL? State-approved and obtaining the German Abitur Certificate Operating on a whole day basis A bilingual approach to education (German / English) more than just an international school Focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Leadership as part of the curriculum

Phorms Taunus Campus Waldstraße 91 · 61449 Steinbach/Taunus Phorms Frankfurt City Fürstenbergerstraße 3–9 · 60322 Frankfurt

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A Trusted Advisor on all Business Issues Ein verlässlicher Berater in Wirtschaftsfragen The ultimate address for all economic matters – The rightful claim of CCI Frankfurt! They count as members more than 100,000 companies from industry, trade and the services sector. CCI is totally committed to the great diversity of economic interests and matters in the Hochtaunus and Main-Taunus districts of Germany, as well as the City of Frankfurt. The Service Centre of CCI Frankfurt is the first authority to approach when economic matters in the FrankfurtRheinMain area are concerned. The staff of the Service Centre are dedicated to their advice and information services – and this in seven languages! The customer-orientated team establishes the contacts with all the business areas within the CCI Frankfurt Centre. The staff give sound advice concerning all matters of setting up a business and corresponding financial operations. Moreover, information relating to training and further education is also included in the extent of the advice rendered by the Service Centre at Schillerstraße 11. Furthermore, individual company guardianship is just as much part of the activities of CCI Frankfurt as advising public administrations and legislative bodies, drawing up expertizes for courts and conducting examinations for business and commercial professions and further education. As a self-governing body within the economy, CCI Frankfurt maintains a wide variety of services for their member companies. The profound knowledge of the full-time experts, as well as the experience and skills of the voluntary economic specialists, is available to everyone. This is evidenced by the special departments of CCI as well as by the CCI Training Centre and the Innovation Consulting Service Hessen. And all this is backed by the extensive range of CCI services as well as by the services of bodies closely related to CCI such as the Economic Juniors and the Frankfurt Real Estate Exchange. At the same time CCI Frankfurt am Main is the leader in representing interests and opinions relating to all commercial and economicpolitical matters of their district.

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They represent the concerns and matters of their members at a city, district and country level. Based on the social market economy, the consistent promotion of the economy ranks among their most important aims. CCI Frankfurt is the information and communication centre of the entire region and advises individual companies in all financial and settlement matters.

Die erste Adresse in Wirtschaftsfragen zu sein – das ist der Anspruch der IHK Frankfurt am Main, der mehr als 100.000 Unternehmer aus Industrie, Handel und Dienstleistung angehören. In den Kreisen Hochtaunus und MainTaunus sowie in der Stadt Frankfurt setzt sich die IHK für die vielfältigen Interessen der Wirtschaft ein. Das Service-Center der IHK Frankfurt ist die erste Anlaufstelle für Fragen rund um Wirtschaft in FrankfurtRheinMain. Die Mit­ arbeiter des Service-Centers stehen für quali­ fizierte Beratung und Information – und das in sieben Sprachen. Das kundenorientierte Team vermittelt zu allen Geschäftsbereichen der IHK Frankfurt den Kontakt ins Haus. Die Mitarbeiter helfen dabei insbesondere bei Fragen zur Existenzgründung und der entsprechenden Finanzierung weiter. Auch Auskünfte zur Aus- und Weiterbildung gehören zum Beratungsspektrum des Service-Centers in der Schillerstraße 11. Eine individuelle Firmenbetreuung gehört genauso zu den Aufgaben der IHK Frankfurt wie die öffentlich Verwaltung und die gesetzgebende Körperschaften zu beraten, Gutach­ ten für Gerichte zu erstellen sowie Prüfungen für kaufmännische und gewerbliche Berufe und Weiterbildungen abzunehmen. Als Selbst­ verwaltungsorgan der Wirtschaft unterhält die

IHK Frankfurt für ihre zugehörigen Mitgliedsbetriebe ein vielseitiges Dienstleistungsangebot. Das Expertenwissen der hauptamtlichen Fachleute sowie die Erfahrung der ehren­ amtlichen Wirtschaftspraktiker steht allen zur Verfügung. Dies spiegelt sich in den Fachabteilungen der IHK sowie im IHK-Bildungs­zentrum, bei der IHK- Innovationsberatung Hessen wieder. Ergänzt wird das Leistungsspektrum der IHK von den Angeboten IHKnaher Einrichtungen wie den Wirtschaftsjunioren und der Frankfurter Immobilienbörse. Die IHK Frankfurt am Main ist sowohl Interessenvertretung als auch Meinungsführer in wesentlichen wirtschaftlichen und wirtschaftspolitischen Fragen ihres Bezirks. Sie vertritt die Belange ihrer Mitglieder auf Stadt-, Kreis-, und Landesebene. Auf der Grundlage der sozialen Marktwirtschaft gehört die nachhaltige Förderung der Wirtschaft zu ihren wichtigsten Zielen. Sie ist Informationsund Kommunikationszentrum der gesamten Region und berät einzelne Unternehmen in Finan­zierungs- und Ansiedlungsfragen.

CONTACT Frankfurt am Main Chamber of Commerce and Industry Börsenplatz 4 60313 Frankfurt am Main Telephone +49 69 21971280 Telefax +49 69 2197-1288 info@frankfurt-main.ihk.de frankfurt-main.ihk.de Opening hours: Mon – Thur 8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m., Fri 8.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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State International School Located in Seeheim-Jugenheim (nr. Darmstadt), this is Hessen’s first public international school. The primary and high schools represent a pilot project in Germany – a public school where the language of instruction is English. Opened in 2005, the SISS is located on the campus of the Europaschule Schuldorf Bergstraße and is part of this large German comprehensive school. It follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), incorporates intensive language programs in German and is designed to prepare students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), as well as for either the IB diploma, or the Abitur. The school offers a full day care program (7.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.), meals and extracurricular activities. Because the school is publicly owned, there is no tuition to pay, but rather a € 300 monthly fee for after-school care. Currently, 350 children are enrolled (160 in primary and 180 in high school), but with the completion of the new high-school building the school has places for up to 600 students.

STATE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Sandstraße 92 | 64342 Seeheim-Jugenheim www.schuldorf.de

BILINGUAL PRESCHOOLS AND KINDERGARTENS Fintosch International Toddler School and Kindergarten Fintosch offers daycare and kindergarten for children between the ages of 3 months to 6 years with two locations in Frankfurt Westend and Bockenheim. Both locations are easily accessible via public transport and are open throughout the year from 7.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The educational philosophy of Fintosch is to apply an integrated learning approach to promote the child‘s social, emotional and cognitive growth. Fintosch has 11 different groups for babies, toddlers and kindergartners. Each baby group has a capacity of 10 children, toddler groups accommodate 15 children and in the kindergarten groups there are up to 25 children. The main language is English and 1 hour German will be educated every day. The classrooms are individual newly designed and in addition there is a separate sports room. In August 2017, Fintosch launched a Multilingual PrimarySchool with small classes up to 20 students and the entry level (Early Year 1) starts from the age of 5.

FINTOSCH INTERNATIONAL TODDLER SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN Schumannstraße 4 – 6 | 60325 Frankfurt/Westend and Gräfstr. 47 – 51 | 60486 Frankfurt/Bockenheim www.fintosch.com

I NST I T U T E FOR L AW A N D F I NA NC E I NST I T U T E FOR L AW A N D F I NA NC E Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

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Specially designed for graduates holding a degree Specially designed for graduates holding a degree in law, business or economics from Asia. German in law, business or economics from Asia. German language, Business English and customised language, Business English and customised intercultural communication training courses as intercultural communication training courses as well as visits to law firms and financial well as visits to law firms and financial institutions are part of the curriculum. institutions are part of the curriculum.

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prioritize the children of parents who work for supporting companies.

LE JARDIN NURSERIES & KINDERGARTENS Trakehner Straße 7 – 9c | 60487 Frankfurt am Main www.le-jardin.eu

Pebbles Daycare Centre Pebbles Daycare Centre caters to children aged 7 months to 6 years. The elementary educational philosophy of the Pebbles nursery, kindergarten and preschool combines various concepts. These include Montessori, Reggio, multilingual encouragement, motor skills and early learning of music. A regular day program forms the framework for creativity, variety and activity. Pebbles is situated in Schwalbach – togetherwith the Obermayr International School – on a 38,000 m2 green campus within easy reach of Frankfurt. Daycare is provided from Monday to Thursday from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays until 5 p.m. Frankfurt Rhine-Main has been the home of Obermayr schools and kindergartens for over 60 years.

PEBBLES DAYCARE CENTRE Am weißen Stein | 65824 Schwalbach www.obermayr.com

Taunus International Montessori School K.I.D.S. Kindergarten e.V. K.I.D.S. is a private, international, multi-cultural, bilingual (English/German) kindergarten, which was initiated by parents in 1993. It is located next to Grüneburgpark and has a large garden adjacent to the premises. The kindergarten can accommodate up to 20 children in a mixed-age group of three- to six-year-olds and provides a happy and stimulating environment. The current cost is € 240 per month. The kindergarten day is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a hot meal is provided.

K.I.D.S. KINDERGARTEN E.V. Sebastian-Rinz-Straße 22 | 60323 Frankfurt am Main www.kids-kindergarten.de

Le Jardin Nurseries & Kindergartens Le Jardin offers a multilingual (German-English, German-French and German-Spanish) learning environment of nurseries and kindergartens. It maintains seven nurseries in Frankfurt, which are partially financed by sponsors(mostly banks and financial services companies). The nurseries have 10 children per group, ranging from 2 months to 3 years of age, and each group has three to four staff members. Le Jardin also operates three bilingual kindergartens in Eschersheim, Rödelheim and Frankfurt Westend. The kindergartens have two sections, each with 20 children ranging from 3 to 6 years of age, and with three staff members per section. Care is offered from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. all year round, with a break over Christmas. The kindergarten monthly fee is € 247, while the nurseries cost € 297 (incl. food, beverages and hygiene articles). Parents are required to pay a security deposit of € 500, which is later reimbursed upon the child’s departure. While both kindergartens are open to all applicants residing in Frankfurt, the seven nurseries

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TIMS offers an English-language preschool program for children ages 1-6 years. The school, which has up to 64 children from approximately 20 different countries, has been serving the international community since 1973. TIMS is located in a spacious and bright new building featuring a library, playground, large gym, children’s kitchen and a garden. TIMS is centrally located and easy to reach from both downtown Frankfurt and the Taunus area. The children focus daily on their Montessori class work, which includes reading, writing, math, geography, and culture, as well as nature, sports, yoga, music, arts and crafts and after school activities. Opening hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TAUNUS INTERNATIONAL MONTESSORI SCHOOL Zimmersmühlenweg 77 | 61440 Oberursel www.tims-frankfurt.com

BILINGUAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS Over the past several years, public schools in Germany have begun to intensify their bilingual offerings. At the primary level, teachers from each language section often share the classroom. At the secondary level, classes such as history or biology are taught in foreign languages … sometimes even by a native speaker. German is the main language of instruction, but if your child has German language skills, this could be an interesting alternative to a private international school.

Goethe Gymnasium The Goethe Gymnasium is a traditional German junior and senior high school, but with a keen international focus. Starting in 6th Grade, students may choose to take part

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International School with a Friendly Atmosphere Close care and support at SIS Swiss International School Frankfurt Filling a young school with life is an exciting journey for everyone involved, which offers many opportunities. SIS Frankfurt has been shaping its everyday school life since August 2020. The growing school allows close care for each child in a safe and supportive school atmosphere. It encourages and promotes the intellectual and personal development of the children according to their strengths and interests.

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Students learn and socialize in a stimulating, bilingual all-day school environment. SIS Frankfurt is the youngest of seven SIS schools in Germany and benefits from the experience of the other, already established all-day schools. SIS is a company of the Kalaidos Swiss Education Group which belongs to the Klett Group Germany.

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in the English/German bilingual track with courses such as Geography, Social Studies, History and Biology are taught entirely in English. Students completing their schooling are awarded the Abitur plus IB certificates or US Advanced Placement exams.

GOETHE GYMNASIUM Friedrich Ebert Anlage 22 | 60325 Frankfurt am Main www.gg-ffm.de

OTHER GERMAN HIGH SCHOOLS WITH BILINGUAL CLASSES INCLUDE:

German-French

Josephskirchstraße 9 60433 Frankfurt am Main www.ziehenschule-online.de

Mühlbergschule (primary school) German-Italian

Pavillonanlage Länderweg Seehofstraße 45 | 60594 Frankfurt am Main www.muehlbergschule.de

Kaiserin-Friedrich-Schule

Textor Schule (primary school)

German-English

German-French

Auf der Steinkaut 1-15 61352 Bad Homburg www.kaiserin-friedrich.de

Freiherr vom Stein Schule

Oppenheimer Landstraße 15 60594 Frankfurt am Main www.textorschule.de

German-Italian

FRENCH SCHOOL

Lycée Français Victor Hugo de Francfort

Schweizer Straße 87 60594 Frankfurt am Main www.freiherr-vom-stein.de

Liebigschule German-French

Kollwitzstraße 3 60486 Frankfurt am Main www.liebigschule-frankfurt.de

FIND IT IN FRM STUDYING If you would like to study in our region, we recommend that you contact the international offices of colleges and universities to make sure you meet the requirements. Whether you are looking at an international degree course taught in English or a course taught in German, most courses will require a qualification for university entrance (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung). If you hold a school-leaving certificate from abroad, you will have to check whether it is recognised for entry to higher education in Germany. For courses taught in German, a good knowledge of German is essential. You will find more information as well as a list of international offices of colleges and universities in our region on our website and on our interactive map. www.find-it-in-frm.de/en

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Ziehenschule

Parents wishing to enroll their children in the French educational system will find a great opportunity tucked away in the northwest corner of Frankfurt. Three schools are housed on this education campus: the preschool (école maternelle), the primary school (école élémentaire) and the high school (lycée). About 1,000 students are enrolled in the private, tuition-based school. Although approximately 70 percent of the students are French or binational, as many as 26 nationalities are represented in the three schools. Annual tuition fees range from € 3,945 in preschool to € 4,860 in high school. The school has Ersatzschule status, which means that 60% of the classesare taught in French and 40% in German. Students who graduate from the Lycée earn not only the French Baccalauréat but also the German Abitur if they choose the “Abibac” diploma track. A prerequisite for primary school entry is sound knowledge of French.

LYCÉE FRANÇAIS VICTOR HUGO DE FRANCFORT Gontardstraße 11 | 60488 Frankfurt/Rödelheim www.lfvh.net

CHINESE SCHOOL Huayin Chinese Language School Founded in 1997, the Huayin Chinese Sprachschule serves as a supplementary Saturday school for parents who want their children to learn Chinese language and culture. The school offers classes on saturday from 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m and tuesday to thursday from 15.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for preschool children up until 6th Grade. Currently, 40 teachers preside over 500 students. With a broad range of culturaland language courses, the school seeks to accommodate both native Chinese-speaking children as well as native

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German-speaking children. Semester fees are € 85 – 115. Language classes for adults are also available through the school.

STAUFFENBERGSCHULE Arnsburger Straße 44 | 60385 Frankfurt am Main www.huayin-school.de

PGY Chinesische Schule This Chinese school was founded in 2015 by parents and currently offers Chinese language classes on Saturdays at the International School Frankfurt (ISF) in Sindlingen.

PGY CHINESISCHE SCHULE Straße zur Internationalen Schule 33 65931 Frankfurt am Main | www.pgy-schule.de

JAPANESE SCHOOL Japanese International School The Japanese International School, a non-profit organization accredited by the Japanese Minister of Cultural Affairs, is funded by the Japanese government and Japanese mul-

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tinational companies. It is a private school that charges tuition. The school offers the Japanese National Curriculum from 1st-9th Grade. The school year starts in April and runs until March. In December, the 9th graders prepare for the entry test to upper-level Japanese schools either in Japan or abroad. JAPANESE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Langweidenstraße 8-12 | 60488 Frankfurt am Main www.jisf.de

KOREAN SCHOOL Korean School (Leibnizschule) This Korean school is located within the Leibnizschule high school. It serves as supplemental school for Koreans living in Frankfurt and attending German or international schools. Classes take place on Saturday for all children from kindergarten to 13th Grade.

KOREAN SCHOOL Gebeschusstraße 22-24 | 65929 Frankfurt am Main frankfurtschool.korean.net

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RUSSIAN SCHOOLS Alexander-Puschkin-Schule The non-profit association, Slowo e.V., which runs three bilingual kindergartens, a Russian preschool and a Russian Saturday school in Frankfurt, opened a full-day, Russian-German bilingual primary school in 2013. The curriculum is based on the Hessen state standards, with classes taught in both German and Russian. The school also offers afternoon activities until 5 p.m. The one-time entry fee is € 300 and school fees are € 250 per month, plus € 200 for afternoon supervision until 5 p.m.

ALEXANDER-PUSCHKIN-SCHULE Stresemannallee 30 | 60596 Frankfurt am Main www.alexander-puschkin-schule.org

HIGHER EDUCATION The 12 public institutions of higher education in Hessen are located in Darmstadt, Giessen, Frankfurt, Fulda, Kassel, Marburg, Offenbach and Wiesbaden and include five universities, five universities of applied sciences and two universities of music and art. All the institutions welcome internationalstudents. While the standard working language is German,

increasingly courses are being offered in English. At the Bachelor’s level, a strong command of German is mandatory. But many Master’s degrees are now offered in English. University study in Hessen is tuition-free for both German and international students. There is an administrative charge of up to € 300 per semester, but this includes a public transportation ticket. For more information, consult www.studyin-hessen.de. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has an excellent English language website providing detailed information about international programs in Germany. For more information, click www.daad.de. German universities recently underwent a major set of reforms as required by the EU-mandated Bologna process. Among other things, universities have introduced internationally recognized Bachelors and Master’s programs in all academic disciplines. At the same time, both the Federal and State governments have increased funding. In Frankfurt, the endowed Goethe University has constructed brand new campuses in Westend and Riedberg (north of the city) over the last several years. The Goethe University has 16 academic faculties ranging from life sciences to humanities and social sciences. It offers a large variety of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs in both German and English. Currently over 48,000 students are matriculated, including 6,000 international students, in the 16 faculties and various centers of excellence.

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SIS Swiss International School Frankfurt International bilingual school culture in the city of diversity Frankfurt’s famous son Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said: “Those who do not know foreign languages know nothing of their own language.” SIS Swiss International School Frankfurt believes in Goethe’s statement and therefore offers a bilingual environment right from the start: learning in the language of Goethe and in the world language English. Students at SIS Frankfurt are taught and supervised by German- and English-speaking staff members who alternate teaching with more or less an equal number of hours. Teachers only use their mother tongue when communicating with the students, which offers ideal conditions for immersion as the basic principle of language and culture acquisition. In addition to bilingual education, SIS Frankfurt aims to equip children with a sense of tolerance and open-mindedness, with independent and critical thinking as well as the ability to take responsible action.

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Welcome to SIS Frankfurt SIS Frankfurt currently offers a primary school with reception programme. The school is going to grow with its students adding one additional grade level per year until students will be able to graduate with the German Abitur and optionally with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in addition. Teaching and learning at SIS Frankfurt is based on the curricula of the federal state of Hesse, while the principles of SIS’ own school philosophy are also implemented.

CONTACT SIS Swiss International School An den drei Hasen 34 – 36 61440 Oberursel info.frankfurt@swissinternationalschool.de

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ISF International School Frankfurt Rhein-Main ISF has been offering top quality education in Frankfurt for the last 25 years. School Director, Corina Rader shares what’s exciting about the school. Tell us about how you became a Newcomer to the Frankfurt area. I joined ISF in January 2020 when I moved here with my family from Sweden, although I’m originally from the US. I have three daughters and my first contact with ISF was when I was looking for a school for them. I actually chose ISF as the best school for them and it was only during the enrollment process that I heard about the position as school director!

So why did you choose ISF? What makes it a great school? As a parent I was looking for two things for my kids; a strong and structured curriculum as well as opportunities for them to grow as individuals, follow their passions and gain the life skills to set them up for success in later life. ISF is very strong in both of these areas. As a director I can add that the commitment of our teachers to give the students the best school life possible is one of our defining attributes.

What does ISF offer academically? The academic program at ISF gives very clear learning goals at each step of the way and we monitor the progress of the students closely to make sure that anyone who hasn’t quite understood a concept gets extra help, for example in

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study groups or with study buddies. Our aim is to take each individual child from their current stage of learning and help them reach the best of their potential. Students can follow the IB Diploma Program, the AP Program and also take IGCSEs at ISF. And our exam results speak for themselves! This year we managed the best IB Diploma scores the school has ever seen. Kudos to our teachers who made sure our students didn’t miss a beat during the pandemic!

How did ISF manage such great results despite the pandemic? With such a well-structured curriculum and the fact that the school was already very advanced in using digitalization to enhance education before the pandemic hit, we had the best starting point to move lessons online. And as we monitor each student’s progress, we were able to really understand which students reacted well to online learning and which were struggling and needed extra support. That way no one got left behind. We were also very conscious that the students weren’t just missing out on their academic education, but also on all of the other extremely important aspects of the school community, such as social interaction, friendships and fun! Our teachers and our Student Life Organization were very active in reaching out to the students at home, for example with a wellness survey, fun online activities and oneon-ones with our school counsellor for students who needed extra support.

Tell us more about what ISF offers outside of academics? Our Student Life Organization (SLO) is at the heart of our school and there’s always a lot of fun to be had! School isn’t all about academics; it’s about community, friendship and learning life skills, such as leadership, communication, problem solving, perseverance and teamwork. The SLO, which is run by students for students, offers just that. Every student can get involved, for example running one of the nine departments, taking on a prefect role for their class, or taking part in some of the huge variety of activities, from drama and dance to robotics club, the debate team or charity projects. And if there’s a club that we don’t offer yet, students can help to set one up! We encourage our students to take responsibility for their school experience as well as their learning. Students can also take part in all sorts of sports. Swimming is especially popular as we have our own pool on campus.

How can Newcomers find out more? We always love welcoming new families to ISF. Feel free to reach out to our admissions department by making an online appointment, sending us an e-mail or giving us a call. All contact details are on our website: isf.sabis.net

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interest in combining theoretical knowledge with practicaltraining in law and international finance, the LL.M. Finance program also incorporates a two-month internship at public and private institutions which support the ILF. Scholarships are available. Since 2014, the ILF also offers a one-year full-time program in English specialized for Asian students leading to a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Finance degree. The curriculum also includes German language and Advanced Business and Legal English courses as well as a Management Training program.

GOETHE UNIVERSITY HOUSE OF FINANCE Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3 | 60323 Frankfurt am Main | www.ilf-frankfurt.de

Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM)

In addition to the public universities, there are a range of internationally-oriented programs from private universities. Here is a brief overview of your options in higher education.

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is an AACSB and EQUIS-accredited private business school. Its mission is to advance and promote sustainable international business practices in finance and management through education, research, training and advisory services. With an emphasis on research and practical experience, the Frankfurt School trains students to become responsible business experts, professionals and executives. The program portfolio at the Frankfurt School is designed not only for students, but also for business professionals and executives who aim to deepen their expertise, enhance their skills, and expand their networks across industriesand countries. Students benefit from classes led by internationally renowned professors, interactive teaching methods and individual coaching, customized to enable students to reach their career goals. Through international modules and electives, students gain insights into international management issues by taking courses at one of numerous partner universities abroad. Frankfurt School is an inspiring platform for discussion and fruitful discourse between faculty and fellow students.

The Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen is the largest university of applied sciences in Hessen and the third largest in Germany. In addition to degree courses, THM also offers two English taught business programs: the Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a part-time executive program offered at the Friedberg campus. The target group are professionals of various academic fields who want to gain a sound knowledge of business and management while also pursuing their careers. The program consists of 11 courses spread out over 15 months. Lectures take place every two weeks in Friedberg (Friday evening and all day Saturday). Tuition is € 14,100, payable in three installments, fully tax deductible. The Master of Arts in International Marketing is a 3 – 4 semester, full-time consecutive program. The course is designed to qualify BBA graduates for leading positions in international companies. In addition to the core subjects in digital marketing, one of the key assets of the program is its focus on strategic management and sales expertise. Both Masters programs have an international network of eight partner universities and have an accreditation by the Zentral Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA). The modules

FRANKFURT SCHOOL OF FINANCE & MANAGEMENT Adickesallee 32-34 | 60322 Frankfurt am Main www.frankfurt-school.de

Institute for Law and Finance (ILF) The Institute for Law and Finance at Goethe University in Frankfurt offers a one-year full-time or two-year parttime program leading to a Master of Laws (LL.M.) Finance degree. The program is conducted entirely in English and overcomes the traditional separation of the academic disciplines of law and business/economics. It teaches aspects of both law and business/economics. Aimed at students with a degree in Law, Business or Economicsas well as an

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follow the concept of “applied sciences” and students will improve analytical competencies and soft skills. Although the language of instruction in both programs is English,a basic knowledge of German required.

TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE MITTELHESSEN (THM) Wiesenstr. 14 | 35390 Giessen | Tel: 0641/309 2707 www.thm.de; www.mba-school.de

EBS Business School, EBS Law School EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Rechtis a private university for business studies and law with two faculties: EBS Business School and EBS Law School. As an EQUIS-accredited institution, EBS Business School offers bachelor and master degree programs, as well as a range of management develop­ment courses. EBS also offers four part-time master and executive MBA programs leading to an academic degree.EBS Law School in Wiesbaden also offers a traditional law degree with a focus on business law. Several years ago, EBS suffered an image problem following allegations of financial mismanagement against its former president and a subsequent investigation by the Hessen state government. In 2016, EBS was sold to the SRH Holding in Heidelberg which operates numerous private universities, training facilities and hospitals in Germany.

EBS BUSINESS SCHOOL, EBS LAW SCHOOL Gustav-Stresemann-Ring 3 | 65189 Wiesbaden www.ebs.edu

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

Goethe Business School Founded in 2004, Goethe Business School (GBS) is the center for management at Frankfurt’s Goethe University.Currently, GBS offers a part-time Master’s program in finance, with an option to specialize in financial or risk management. The program is taught in English and takes place on weekends over a 22-month period. GBS also offers a wide spectrum of open enrollment and customized corporate education programs.

GOETHE UNIVERSITY, HOUSE OF FINANCE Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3 | 60323 Frankfurt am Main | www.goethe-business-school.de

Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program The Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA program, based in Vallendar (about one hour from Frankfurt by car), is a joint EMBA between Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago and Germany´s WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. The program starts in mid-September every year and lasts 21 months, plus a Master’s thesis. Classes are offered in part-time modules. The requirements for admission include fluency in English, a minimum of eight years of professional experience (with substantial managerial experience) and full-time employment.

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Founded in 1848 and registered as a university in 1971, the Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences has over 11,000 full- and part-time students in Idstein, a town northwest of Frankfurt, and at partner campuses in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and New York. The Hochschule Fresenius offers a wide range of vocational training, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and international programs in cooperation with universities in the UK, Europe, the USA and China. These courses are taught entirely in English. The university also offers an MA in Economics and Intercultural Communication, which is taught in German but designed for non-native speakers.

FRESENIUS UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES Limburger Straße 2 | 65510 Idstein www.hs-fresenius.de

ADULT EDUCATION The Volkshochschule (VHS) Frankfurt am Main is the largest provider of adult education in the Rhine-Main region and one of the first places many newcomers turn to learn German. The VHS offers the full range of German classes, from beginner to advanced, as well as many other specialized classes. The courses are relatively inexpensive, class size can be larger than at a private language school. The VHS, which is a municipal college partially subsidized by the city of Frankfurt, also offers a wide range of courses in German such as arts and crafts, health, sport, computing, business skills, social skills ... and much more. For further details consult the website at https://vhs.frankfurt.de Throughout the Rhine-Main region, there are other VHS institutions, including Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Hofheim, etc.. More information at www.volkshochschule.de.

KELLOGG-WHU EXECUTIVE MBA PROGRAM Burgplatz 2 | 56179 Vallendar www.kellogg.whu.edu

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Giving opportunities: With the Deutschlandstipendium at Goethe-University The young generation is our future. Therefore supporting their potential to become responsible leaders, peacebuilders and visionaries is the best investment one can make. To promote high-achieving and dedicated students, motivating them to give their personal best, and inspiring the young generation to take responsibility and develop future skills, is the objective of the Deutschlandstipendium programme, Germanyʼs largest national public-private partnership in the educational sector. With the Deutschlandstipendium the Federal Government has laid the foundation for a strong scholarship culture, which the Goethe-University has successfully implemented. Deutschlandstipendium promotes students of all nationalities who are enrolled at German universities and whose previous school, academic, and career development point to further outstanding performance. Besides excellent success at school and university, the criteria for promotion include social commitment, e. g. in associations or in university policy, in religious or political organizations as well as within the family or social institutions. Moreover, the overcoming of biographical obstacles that can arise from family or cultural background, are considered. Each scholarship is worth EUR 300,- per month, irrespective of income. The Federal Government provides half of the amount, the other half is donated by private sponsors.

A story of success Since the implementation of the “Deutschlandstipendium” at Goethe University ten years

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ago, it has become a story of success. Over 5.000 scholarships could be facilitated during this time. Sponsors include corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, foundations and private individuals. By bringing together donors and students the scholarship programme promotes the creation of networks benefitting students, private sponsors und universities alike. For the hundreds of students who are awarded a Deutschlandstipendium at the Goethe-University every year, the scholarship means more than mere financial support. It acknowledges their achievements and encourages them to engage in community work, to contribute innovative ideas and to spur economic and technological change in Germany. The exchange between sponsors and students is a win-win-situation for both sides. It is an opportunity for students to develop their personal and professional skills as well as making new contacts and gaining valuable, practical insights. At the same time donors may recruit high-potential candidates and gain a better understanding of the needs and demands of the new upcoming generation.

A rewarding investment Giving young, talented people targeted support is one the most personally rewarding and socially valuable investments you can make. It is also a prerequisite for the future viability and growth potential of the German economy. You, too,

can support this programme: become a sponsor, get involved at Goethe-University and help young people to live up to their full potential. By choosing to support talented and high-achieving students at Goethe-University, you will be strengthening your regional network and taking on responsibility for education and a qualified workforce in Germany. Additionally, you will be sending out a strong, visible signal, as guaranteed by our sponsor`s seal. And by the way, as a rule, you can offset your contribution against tax. For further information visit us on www.chancenschenken.de.

CONTACT Marc Heinbücher, Goethe-Universität Private Hochschulförderung Deutschlandstipendium Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 1 | 630323 Frankfurt am Main | Phone +49 69 79812756 | Fax +49 69 798-763-12756 heinbuecher@em.uni-frankfurt.de

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IN RHINE-MAIN FOR 8 years Heimat (Home) means: Wherever my friends are, I call it home. A thing I brought from home, which I’d never have left behind: My great-grandma’s wedding ring, which I’m proudly wearing as my own. My favorite dish, food, sweet – home or Germany: Käsespätzle. And don’t try to argue with me about that. The most exotic place in the world I’ve ever been to: Vietnam and Maldives. My first day here … … I realized people hug or give hands to greet. As a French person who does “la bise”, it feels quite unpersonal to give hand or hug in that way. So I had to ask my friends to do la bise with me.

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EDOUARD JACQUES Edouard lives in Nordend, Frankfurt and has always been since he moved to Germany when he was 19. Being always excited about new challenges, he made his way to Cyber Security Consulting after discovering the consultancy world when he joined the ECB at 21 years old. Personally, he is easy to approach, enjoys deep conversations and good laughs with trustfully, open-minded people. Want to know who he really is? Hit him up for cheese & wine - you might even discover his unbelievable dance fever. Or meet me at the Goethe Club.

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The strangest German word I learnt: Streichholzschächtelchen: one of the first word I learned in Germany, while I was in a “Zeltlager” at 11 years old in the middle of nowhere. After getting the meaning properly, I remember asking myself: “why would you make such a little thing so complicated to pronounce?” Google the German word of your favorite animal ­species: Meerschweinchen. Funny thing is, in French it’s Indian pig, in English Guinea pig, and in German small pig from the sea? This is the App on my phone, which I can not live without: Maps & Waze: because even after 8 years in Frankfurt, I’m still lost finding my way. Spotify: because you will find me listening to music, 24/7. Tidal: because why not listening to better quality than Spotify has to offer?

MY TOP 3 FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN TIPS 1 / Multi Kiosk, Bergerstraße in Frankfurt/Nordend. Very cool people, huge choice of beers, good choice of wine, and always here to help. They give this close “Nachbarschaft” feeling. 2 / Die Fromagerie, Friedberger Landstraße in Frankfurt/ Nordend, Because it’s simply the nicest place to get a cosy table with a cheese plate and good wine. 3 / Robert Johnson, in Offenbach. If you need to dance the stress out of your mind and want to enjoy sunrise on the water while listening to good music.

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Creativity . Sustainability . Leadership .

Tomorrow’s leaders attend Strothoff International School today! At Strothoff International School, the foundation for a successful career begins in Grade 1. By joining our Primary School, you open the door for your child to one of the best educational institutions in the Rhein-Main area! We still have a few places available! Call us now on +49 6103 80225-14 or send an email to admissions@strothoff-international-school.de


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Forget everything you've ever known about schools! Michael Höfig, Head of Strothoff International School, shares what this school has to offer young people and why parents should enroll their children at the private Strothoff International School, just a stone’s throw south of Frankfurt. Mr. Höfig, would you like to be a student at your school yourself? MH: Definitely! I would be happy coming to and from school every day, together with my friends, because I would be learning while at the same time enjoying what I am doing. At Strothoff International School, there is a very special teaching and learning culture that I would really appreciate as a student. It would prepare me for the challenges of the time by empowering me to think for myself, develop creative ideas and work out effective solutions. It would thus equip me with competencies that are already important now but will also become increasingly important in the future.

What do you think these are? MH: Last school year, we coined three key terms that outline teaching and learning at our school: Creativity - Sustainability, Leadership. Above all, it is the creativity that we humans have ahead of the ever-developing artificial intelligence of machines. We want to teach this at our school, as well as sustainable, resource-conserving thinking and action. The burdens of climate change, which are already becoming more than apparent, will be even

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more dramatic for future generations. This puts a lot of pressure on today’s young people, which is why we first explore with students how complex the world's problems are, and then we give them the tools they need to seek possible solutions. In programs like the Compassionate Changemakers & Leadership Lab, the children apply the knowledge they gain in a practical way, learning how to solve global problems at the local level. To this end, we have joined forces with leading European schools to develop the Youth Mayors curriculum, a "young mayors" training course. And in our new Sustainability Action Lab, students deal with environmental issues. The combination of creativity and inquiring minds leads to our BAUHAUS concept. Together with our students we construct the future!

These innovative projects are probably more available to the older students. What do you have to offer the younger students? MH: We are a private school that offers the International Baccalaureate as a completely continuous program, extending from kinder-

garten through middle school and all the way up to the diploma program. This is unique in the Rhine-Main area. We pursue a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to education. Some aspects of our BAUHAUS model are already applied to our youngest students in Kindergarten, which was received so positively by families that after just a few months, our kindergarten reached the approved limit of fifty children! This was certainly also due to the character and compassion of our dedicated team. Despite the difficult situation on the labor market, we have succeeded in recruiting two more state-certified educators for our kindergarten. They will support our tandem teams, meaning children will be taught by two educators in tandem, one in German and the other in English. The 3-5-yearolds will learn to easily switch back and forth between the two languages in a playful way, at a native-speaker level. This tandem approach then grows up into Reception, or what used to be preschool. In first grade, many lessons include problem-solving tasks and projects that encourage student creativity. We don't do projects; our school is the project, so to speak, which is lived by our students. That's why they love coming

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to school - they can construct something here. Leadership training also comes into play as early as elementary school during the so-called "Units of Inquiry", which encourage students to accept responsibility and take action based on what they have learned. Our elementary students are inspired to think about themselves and their world and solve problems. So forget everything you previously knew about elementary schools: We shape personalities who are creative, responsible, and interculturally competent. Our students are stimulated in the way that PISA has been demanding for decades; our approach coincides with the results of modern brain research.

And is that also reflected in the exam results? MH: Our students are motivated, not just during their time at school, but also at the end when it comes to taking the IB diploma. Our graduating class this year once again achieved excellent results. We had a 100% pass rate, 72% of our students graduated with a bilingual diploma, and it must be especially emphasized that two of the graduates achieved a top score of 45 and 44 points, respectively. This puts our school comparatively well above the

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global average. Thanks to our excellent teams in administration and teaching, we have been achieving these results for years now. Such a degree also opens the door to the best universities in the world.

How did that work out during the lockdown, when the children were not allowed to attend school, or only on a rotating basis? MH: Fortunately, very well! During the lockdown last year, our teachers specifically did not send out assignments via e-mail but rather made integral use of the technical options that were already in place at our school. The schedule remained undisrupted, and our teachers routinely met with our students on the virtual learning platforms. They were consistently available to support and answer questions. Classes were moved to digital at the touch of a button, so to speak. Digital learning is a classroom routine for us. Our students regularly create presentations and present their project results relatively frequently. Even the younger students are already very good at using interactive media.

If you had to sum up in one sentence why parents should enroll their children at Strothoff International School, what would you say? MH: We are a living organism, a learning organization that works every day to become even better and prepares children for the demands of the future with commitment, joy and creativity.

CONTACT STROTHOFF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Frankfurter Straße 160-166 63303 Dreieich www.strothoff-international-school.com

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Stiftung Louisenlund Preserving values, taking responsibility, shaping the future Founded in 1949 by the Duke, Friedrich of Schleswig-Holstein and the reform pedagogue Kurt Hahn, the Louisenlund Foundation looks back on a long tradition of holistic education, encouraging young people to become independent, confident and globally minded adults. To this day the school enjoys a reputation as one of the best of its kind and is seen as an example to others.

Set on the banks of the Schlei fjord the Louisenlund campus provides the perfect setting for our students to live and learn. For over 70 years our students, whether in the primary school, the gymnasium or the IB World School, have enjoyed optimal conditions in which to discover and develop their talents

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and become strong and confident members of society. Each student learns to take on responsibility, become a team player and enjoy trusting relationships with peers. The Junior School – Hof Louisenlund is situated on the former farm, with a Study Centre, which opened in 2020, in a converted barn. This building has been especially constructed for “New Louisenlund Pedagogy”, giving children the opportunity to learn at their own pace, accompanied by experienced teaching staff, who support and encourage them to have fun pursuing their talents and interests, whilst learning and solving problems – alone and with their classmates. Children in Louisenlund take more responsibility for their own learning, having the chance to research, in more detail, topics which especially interest them and to pursue their talent in such areas. One of the strengths of this elite boarding school is the high number of pedagogic staff (more than in any other school) constantly on hand to work with each child throughout his or her academic journey. Everyday life in a boarding school is never boring; there is always something going on. Living in a boarding school means being a member of a community and enjoying com-

panionship all day every day. Members of the Louisenlund family enjoy trust and a strong feeling of belonging; students, past and present, old and young tell enthusiastically of lifelong friendships made in this top educational institution. Before entering the 6th Form students make a choice between the German Abitur and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (taught in English). Those students aiming for an international career will choose to study for the internationally recognized IB Diploma, which opens the door to top universities the world over – Oxbridge in the UK or Harvard or Yale in the United States. Global mindedness and tolerance are qualities they will have learned at Louisenlund.

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We are proud to say that our school is popular with students from all over the world, like José (17) from Spain and Ivan (16) from Belarus. “I wanted to learn German and English” says José, “and so the IB in Louisenlund was just right for me”. José has been a student at Louisenlund since 2019 and will graduate with his IB Diploma in the summer of 2022. He praises his school: “Everyone at Louisenlund is so friendly and it’s not too big, not like other boarding schools.” José is a passionate sailor and captain of the Debating Society.

Ivan is new this year and the 16 year old from Belarus tells us how quickly he settled in and how happy he is to be here. After completing his IB Ivan would like to study Engineering in Germany. His aunt, a teacher at a private school in Switzerland, knew of Louisenlund’s reputation and recommended the school to Ivan and his parents. This good reputation has proved to be justified and Ivan says, “I was

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warmly welcomed and love the fact that there are so many international students here.” Furthermore, Louisenlund is Northern Germany’s first STEM talent centre. Within our caring community students with a particular interest in Maths, IT, Science and Technology will find the opportunity to develop and nurture their talents. For Yi Zhu (19) from China the STEM-plus programme is exactly what he was looking for. However, the academic side is not all that he likes about Louisenlund, “the guilds and the sports are great”, he says. He has learnt to study independently and when he needs help there is always an experienced teacher nearby. When classes are over Louisenlund comes up trumps with the unbeatable amount of over 40 creative, sporting and business activities for its students. Students can sail from the school’s own harbour or play hockey or football on the sports field. The large hall complex, with its own climbing wall, offers students the chance to play many indoor games, as well having spaces for music and drama. On our small farm a variety of animals is kept and the children enjoy looking after them and playing with them during their free time. At Louisenlund students can challenge themselves and have fun at the same time in the company of their friends. The great sense of community and belonging, which lasts a lifetime, is what makes a school career at Louisenlund so special.

CONTACT Stiftung Louisenlund Kirsten Conradi Louisenlund 9 24357 Güby T: +49 (0) 4354 999 333 info@louisenlund.de www.louisenlund.de/en www.facebook.com/Stiftung.Louisenlund/ www.instagram.com/stiftung_louisenlund/ www.youtube.com/user/StiftungLouisenlund/ Language of instruction: German, English School type: Coeducational Day and Boarding School Number of pupils enrolled: 480 Head of School: Dr. Peter Rösner Founded: 1949

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P ublic transport , flying , cycling and driving Frankfurt Rhine-Main may be a large region, but it is one where you can get around swiftly and often in an eco-friendly way. Moreover, the parklands, lakes, and hills are all easily accessible. The network you will probably make the most use of during your stay here is the RMV, the German acronym for the Rhine-Main Transport Authority. This extensive network comprises streetcars, buses, subways and aboveground LRT. The RMV website (www.rmv.de) has multilingual information and boasts a trip planner, network maps, and articles on special events in the area and how to get to them. The system is efficient and reliable. Though not exactly cheap, the cost/benefit ratio for the services is great. A ride from downtown (Konstablerwache) to the airport costs less than € 5 and takes under 30 minutes, for example.

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SUBWAYS – THE U-BAHN The fastest way of traveling within the city of Frankfurt is the subway or U-Bahn. There are nine U-Bahn lines, and they cover most of Frankfurt, from Südbahnhof in the South even out to the foot of the Feldberg in Hohemark in the North. The lines are designated by numbers, as in U1, U2, all the way up to U9.

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in all cardinal points. In fact, two S-Bahn lines each go all the way to Wiesbaden (one track runs north of the River Main, the other south) and Offenbach, the town that borders Frankfurt to the east, and onwards through to Hanau, while the route to Darmstadt connects the leafy towns of Neu-Isenburg and Langen along the way.

STREETCARS – THE STRASSENBAHN Frankfurt has boasted a streetcar (Straßenbahn) network since 1872, and the system is highly popular to this day. At one time, one streetcar route actually ran down the middle of the Zeil pedestrian area, its bell ringing to keep people off the tracks. It typically connects downtown to districts closer in and not served by the subway. During demonstrations or large festivals in the city, the one or other Straßenbahn line may be temporarily closed. One special streetcar is itself destined for festivities – the party ‘cider streetcar’ known as the Ebbelwoi Express (www.ebbelweiexpress.de).

In the wee hours of the morning, buses are the only form of public transportation available. A number of special night buses ply the streets between midnight and dawn, designated by “N” before their number. These buses do not service regular bus stops. To find out which stops these buses use, look for signs with an “N” surrounded by stars or click www.nachtbus-frankfurt.de. In addition, on weekends and the night preceding public holidays, special night buses leave from Konstablerwache in Frankfurt City every half hour between 1.30 and 3.30 a.m.

Frankfurt‘s S-Bahn tunnel is the busiest route in Germany. Nine S-Bahn lines connect the city with the surrounding area.

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The local bus system also takes you to areas that the rapid transit trains do not. Some of them stop at every street or so, and like streetcars get you very close to your doorstep. Today, Frankfurt boasts a large number of bus lanes which ensure that the morning bus is faster than the commuters who have opted to use their own car in the rush hour.

You can either buy your tickets for individual trips at the many ticket-dispensing machines or by App on your smartphone – or buy a travel pass valid for periods of one day/ week/month or even an entire year. The ticket machines have touchscreens and are multilingual. You simply tap in you destination or the destination code, select the type of

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ticket you want (adult, child, day ticket, etc.) and then pay the amount displayed. As regards travel passes, the golden rule is: The longer the period, the better the deal. Passes can be purchased at any RMV counter (opening hours vary according to the station), at selected ticket machines and at many news kiosks. Most RMV passes are transferable, which allows you to lend them to friends or family members when you do not need them. In addition to being a better buy, the weekly, monthly and yearly passes have another advantage: After 7 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends, one adult and all children under 15 can travel free with a passholder. In Frankfurt Rhine-Main a modified honor system is in place for travel on public transport. That means you buy your ticket or pass before you climb aboard, and you usually do not have to present it for inspection. The exception is with buses, where after 8 p.m. you have to board at the front of the bus and show your ticket or pass to the driver as you enter. However, be warned, freewheeling is not a good idea: Teams of ticket inspectors travel around the system and do spot checks for valid tickets or passes. This first happens once the train or bus has started rolling, so there is no way to escape being caught. The on-the-spot fine for not having a valid ticket is € 60. If you cannot pay right then and there, you will be handed a ticket with your fine listed on it and where you can go to pay that fine. If you do not pay within the period listed, you will get a notice at your address (that is why ticket inspectors insist on seeing your passport or some form of personal identity) with an increased fine. If you were not able to buy a ticket as the ticket machine at your station was not working, inform the inspector. You will be sent to the payment office, where this will be verified and the fine waived – so make a note of the machine number or station.

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RMV RESOURCES The RMV network extends through the entire region, from Marburg to Erbach and from Limburg to Fulda. Tickets are valid for all modes of transport and for all services operated by the companies affiliated with the public transport network. RMV offers numerous special rates and group tickets, so it pays to take a good look at the ticketing options. A good place to start is the RMV website (www.rmv.de), which is multilingual and offers a wealth of maps, timetables, news and even suggestions for weekend outings. RMV also operates 28 Mobility Centers and Info Points throughout the region, where staff members can answer questions regarding public transportation, including Park & Ride and CarSharing options and where you can buy your weekly, monthly or annual travel passes.

BIKE SHARING SERVICES There are three main bike-sharing services operating in Frankfurt Rhine-Main, Deutsche Bahn’s “Call a Bike” service, Byke, and Nextbike. The “Call a Bike” and nextbike systems use fixed drop-off points, so if you leave the bike somewhere else you are liable to pay a penalty. In all three cases, you register with the service provider, provide credit-card details, and then find your rental bike using an app (or for those without a smartphone by ringing the relevant hotline). Once you have found the bike you want, you either dial the number printed in the red circle on the cover of the lock or scan a QR code. on the bike to unlock it. And off you pedal. Prices vary from € 1 for 20 minutes or 30 minutes, and day passes between € 3 – 15.

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al firms operating in Frankfurt Rhine-Main: Tier, Voi, Lime, Bolt (the brand is denoted by the color of the e-scooter). In each case, you download the relevant app, enter your creditcard details, and then use the app to find an e-scooter near you ready for use. And off you zip, at max. 20 km/h. Typically you pay € 1 for the rental,and then a certain rate per minute “scooted”. Note: You must not ride on them in tandem! When you’re finished place the e-scooter on the pavement curbside, leaving space for people to get round it, and making certain it is not in a row with more than four others. Local teams pick the e-scooters up at night and recharge them.

TAXIS Of course, public transport or cyclesare not the only way of getting around. The two leading forms of private transport are taxis and private automobiles. Most newcomers may find taxi fares somewhat pricey compared to fares back home. But remember that for that extra money you get to travel in a comfortable late-model Mercedes. The standard starting charge for a taxi is € 3.50, with an additional charge of € 1.75-2.00 per kilometer. Taxi stands are found outside all major rail stations, as well as at major business points such as Alte Oper (Old Opera House), in front of the Börse (Stock Exchange), at Hauptwache or Konstablerwache, and, of course, at the airport. Taxis aren’t supposed to stop on the street to pick up passengers, though some will. Calling to order a cab is much more effective than trying to hail one. Cabs you order by phone will usually arrive within five or ten minutes. Taxi call numbers for Taxi Frankfurt are 069 23 0001 and 069 23 0033.

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CAR SHARING Determined to help shape the future of urban mobility, Germany‘s major carmakers established a car sharing service that is available in most major cities. SHARE NOW, which is jointly owned by Mercedes-Benz and BMW, offers a variety of small city cars, such as Smarts. Usage is generally calculated on a time basis, starting at 19 cents a minute for the smallest car. Customers must register ahead of time, pay a registration fee and receive an electronic chip by post. Via a smartphone app, they can locate the closest vehicle. When the journey is finished, the user only needs to park and get out. The bill is then sent by email to their phone. More information at www.share-now.com. There are two other main alternative car-sharing operators in Frankfurt Rhine-Main which use similar systems: book-n-drive, with a fleet of over 1,000 vehicles (www.book-n-drive.de) and stadtmobil (rhein-main.stadtmobil.de/privatkunden).

GETTING AWAY – RAIL TRAVEL Deutsche Bahn is the German national railway system. Frankfurt happens to be one of its key interchange points, with Frankfurt’s Main Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof) its key hub. This huge, impressive structure is the busiest train station on the European continent; and you can catch trains here for most towns in Frankfurt Rhine-Main as well as highspeed connections to all the major cities in Germany and throughout Europe. There are many business travelers and holidaymakers who will vouch for the fact that it is not only cheaper, but also faster and more convenient to take the train rather than to fly to many destinations in Germany and neighboring countries.

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Heimat (Home) means: Home is the place where I feel safe and can relax. For me it is not a particular city or country, home can be created with lots of love, passion and care. The most exotic place in the world I’ve ever been to: Zugspitze (highest point of Germany) and Tasmania My first day here … After we landed in the Frankfurt airport and collected our luggage – that was our first day ever in Germany – we stopped at a small restaurant in the airport. I ordered a “German potato salad” and ate it for the first time. No surprise that I disliked it from that day: it was sour and served cold. I actually still do not eat it. And on my visit to Frankfurt I went to Zeil. Crowded, noisy, very active – I was impressed and I thought I would never be able to walk through it without getting a headache. Nowadays, however, I enjoy walking on Zeil and like that it is so different than the other parts of Frankfurt.

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ANNA FAYNBERG I was born and grew up in Tashkent. In 2008 I came to Germany with my parents and currently live in Bad Homburg. While doing my Bachelor’s studies at the University of Mainz, I developed a great passion for the financial world and stock exchange. In 2012, during my Master’s studies at Goethe University, I founded the Goethe Club e.V. (ex. Goethe Börsenclub) together with my classmates and friends. Currently I am a freelancer, working as a project manager and consult financial services companies. Besides my job, I am very active socially, organizing hiking tours and taking part in community events. Recently, I discovered the wonders of sailing.

This is the App on my phone, which I cannot live without – tell us why: I bet I can survive days without my smartphone. Although, it is getting harder and harder every year. The song of my life, the movie of my life, the book of my life: Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Little Lady of the Big House by Jack London. Driving in Germany, getting around. I guess, the coolest fact about public transportation in Germany is the “minute-based” schedule. If the bus schedule says, your bus will come at 4.38 p.m., the probability is super high that the bus will pick you up from the bus station at this particular time. It is not the same in my home country – one cannot rely on any schedule – you just feel happy if the bus comes approximately 30 mins before or after scheduled time.

MY TOP 3 FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN TIPS 1 / Main River 2 / Oeder Weg 3 / Meridian Spa & Fitness, Skyline Plaza Frankfurt, Europa-Allee 4

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Why? Because after you have calculated the time it takes to get to and from airports, the time required to check-in, drop off/collect your baggage and pass security, as well as any departure delays, a medium-distance train will probably get you where you are going more quickly. Plus, the comfort of rail travel, especially in first-class, certainly exceeds that of short-haul planes – and is far more environmentally friendly into the bargain. A lot of people seem to have reached this conclusion, as rail travel on key routes can get very crowded. For that reason, it is strongly suggested that you reserve a seat during peak travel periods (you must reserve at least 24 hours before departure; a reservation cost € 4 per person per journey in the second class). Peak periods include Friday afternoons, Sunday evenings and the afternoons at the start of and evenings at the end of holidays. If you do not reserve, you are likely to find yourself joining others sitting or standing in the aisles. Deutsche Bahn also runs an excellent, multilingual website (www.bahn.de) complete with travel planner, special fares, and special deals.

The cost of parking at the airport terminals is staggered – up to 30 minutes costs you € 1 up to an hour € 5.00 and then upwards by increments of € 5.00 to a maximum of € 35.00 for a day or € 215.00 for a week. If you book in advance online, the price for a week can be as little as € 66.00. From downtown Frankfurt, the airport can be reached in about 15 minutes by car, and a taxi costs € 30.00 – 40.00 depending on traffic and the time of day. The Frankfurt Airport seems to be in a constant state of construction and expansion, and now there are more than 300 shops, restaurants and cafes. Sparkling high-end shops can be found throughout the airport, as well as restaurants, cafes, bars, barbers and dry cleaners. There is also a post office with late and early opening hours, numerous bank and currency exchange services, and a last-minute travel market. www.frankfurt-airport.com/en

REGIONAL BUSES Private companies are permitted to offer regional bus services – but only for trips longer than 50 kilometers. Bus prices tend to be significantly lower than the same trip by train, but the travel time is longer, and the services usually only run between medium to large cities. Most of the buses offer free WiFi so you can while away your time by surfing the Net, and bookings are done exclusively on the Internet. In Frankfurt, the regional buses stop at the brandnew Fernbusterminal on the south side (Südseite) of the main train station and behind the InterCity Hotel Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof Süd. Most buses also stop at the Frankfurt Airport. Busses from here head not only for German but for many European destinations, too, with Eurolines heading as far afield as Istanbul.

FRANKFURT AIRPORT Serving almost 70 million passengers annually, the Frankfurt Airport is the busiest airport on the European continent. Frankfurt Airport has two terminals, with a third under construction. Terminal 1 is dominated by Lufthansa, as well as by the other airlines in the Star Alliance. It connects by automated monorail “Skyline” to Terminal 2, with its ultra-modern architecture, hosts many international carriers. To save yourself some time, make sure to determine the correct terminal (1 or 2) before you depart for the airport. There are two train stations at the airport that offer a wide range of local,regional, national and international connections. The regional station, located beneath Terminal 1, (via Level 0 and the Airport City Mall), is served by LRT and regional express trains. You will need just over 10 minutes to get from here to Frankfurt’s main train station (Hauptbahnhof). The long-distance train station (Fernbahnhof), which is located beneath the super-sleek office/hotel complex The Squaire, offers links to the German and European high-speed railway networks. This station provides daily connections to 220 different destinations, such as Brussels and Amsterdam. The station is linked to Terminal 1 via the AIRail Terminal connector building and also offers check-in services.

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Welcome to the Brass Car Dealer! When it comes to cars, go to Brass. A car dealer with tradition Founded in Aschaffenburg in 1935, the Autohaus Brass Group is now one of the leading automobile dealers in Germany. You will find our sites throughout the entire Rhine-Main region: Aschaffenburg, Alzenau, Babenhausen, Darmstadt, Dieburg, Frankfurt, Gießen, Lollar, Dietzenbach, Rodgau, Großheubach, Hanau, Höchst im Odenwald, Lohr am Main, Marburg, Michelstadt, Offenbach and Pfungstadt. Brass stands for quality, reliability and customer focus. Almost all sites are situated in excellent business locations. These include highly frequented city centres and on their outskirts on the federal highways. An essential part of our business policy is the constant further development of the sites through renovation and conversion as well as the expanding of our offerings by adding new products and services. We see ourselves as an automotive specialist market and represent the brands Audi, Cadillac, Corvette, Opel, Kia, Peugeot, Seat, Cupra, Škoda and VW.

Seat and Cupra at the Frankfurt Automeile In addition to Škoda, we have opened a representative new building on Hanauer Landstraße in Frankfurt for the two fast-growing brands Seat and Cupra. “The contemporary design with a feel-good ambience, a special lighting concept and modern electronic information systems guarantee a unique experience for all those who are interested in our products,” say the managing directors Artan Statovci and Thomas Wächter of Autohaus Brass Frankfurt GmbH und Co. KG.

Ecological and efficient Our advancement is not only aimed at the visual appearance of our new building and our strategy. The newly built premises are also state-of-the-

art in terms of building technology. For example, they have several large cisterns that supply the toilet flushing system and the car wash with rainwater. A modern heating system with heat pump and special insulation materials also ensure particularly high energy efficiency. You are welcome to experience the launch of the new Seat micro-mobility brand “Mó”. For this purpose, the Brass team is currently redesigning the lower level of a tower, where micro cars used to be displayed, into a showroom. In future, Seat Mó will offer e-kickscooters and e-scooters. We look forward to welcoming you and meeting your needs. Just call in, we are pleased to see you! Your Brass Car Dealer Team

Customer satisfaction is our top priority! Your wishes and ideas are our highest priority; finally, as our customer, you are the focus of our mission. Our expertly trained staff is always keen to tailor offers and services specifically and exclusively to your wishes. In the friendly and professional atmosphere of our car dealer, we are able to respond to your enquiries and are sure to find the right solution for you.

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CONTACT Autohaus Brass Frankfurt GmbH & Co. KG Hanauer Landstr. 263 - 265 60314 Frankfurt 069 / 405005-0 info.frankfurt@brass-gruppe.de www.brass-gruppe.de

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FRANKFURT-HAHN AIRPORT

TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

This regional airport, which is actually located 120 kilometers from the Frankfurt city center, experienced explosive growth thanks to Ryanair. Getting to Hahn Airport takes approximately 90 minutes by shuttle bus, which departs from the Frankfurt main train station and costs € 16 – 19 one way. There are also bus connections to Hahn from Mainz and Wiesbaden. The airport offers low-priced long-term parking, costing € 3.50 – 7 a day and € 24.50 – 40.00 per week. To get the lowest parking rates, you must reserve your parking spot over the Internet (well ahead of time). www.hahn-airport.de

Many German traffic regulations may differ from those in your home country,so it is essential to familiarize yourself with the basic rules and to get acquainted with the international road signs. One main difference is the rule on right of way. Unless otherwise posted, vehicles entering an intersection from the right have right of way. Also be aware that pedestrians have right of way as soon as they step onto a zebra crossing. Beware of cyclists riding on the bike paths, particularly when you are making a right turn; they, too, have right of way. Your first impression may lead you to believe that Germans park anywhere they please, even on the sidewalk. In fact, parking is generally permitted along the streets, unless there is a sign to the contrary. Signs will show whether parking or waiting is allowed or not, and whether you must park with two or four wheels on the sidewalk, or with a Parkscheibe: a cardboard disc, available at filling stations, which you must use in marked areas of limited but unmetered parking to indicate at what time you parked. In some districts of Frankfurt, such as Sachsenhausen reserve parking for locals (Anwohnerparken). If you live in the district you can apply for a Bewohnerparkausweis. It costs you € 50 for two years and can be applied for online. If you are uncertain of the details, as the website is in German, write an email to bewohner-parken@stadt-frankfurt.de, or go to the Ordnungsamt responsible (Am Römerhof 19, 60486 Frankfurt), taking a credit-card, your vehicle papers and proof of residence with you.

DRIVING THE AUTOBAHN You have almost certainly heard a great deal about the legendary German Autobahn … and are either champing at the bit to get yourself onto this high-speed race course or facing the prospect with great trepidation. While many stretches of the Autobahn have no speed limits, other areas do, and you are obligated by law to observe these limits. Remember: You can lose your license for a month or more if you are caught driving more than 30 km/h above the speed limit. Authorities are particularly strict about you keeping to the speed limit in road construction sites and many sections of the Autobahn post temporary speed limits during particularly bad weather, at times as low as 60 km/h. On the unrestricted segments of the network, you will see most cars cruising along at 120–160 km/h, with some high-powered vehicles exceeding these speeds, while government traffic experts recommend 130 km/h as a safe speed to drive on unrestricted sections.

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C ross - cultural issues , setting up a business , holding meetings Many newcomers to Frankfurt Rhine-Main are attracted by the countless business opportunities or are posted here by their companies. Understanding the business culture of Germany is, therefore, something essential to both career success and enjoying life in general here. THE WORKING DAY You may already be aware that Germans are not the workaholics of popular legend: an eight-hour day is much more the exception than the rule in this country where the average work week only runs to 37.7 hours. Nevertheless, while they are at work, people here are generally expected to really work. Rarely will you find German colleagues taking long lunch hours and chatting casually with office colleagues. For example, the typical working day in Germany starts earlier than in most countries – and ends earlier. Don´t be too

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shocked if your company expects you to start at the ungodly hour of 7.30 a.m., though an 8.30 a.m. start is probably more common. At the other end of this early-bird arrangement lies the good news: You’ll ordinarily get off at a time which many staff around the world would consider mid-afternoon. Depending on the length of the lunch break, you and your colleagues may be heading home as early as 4.00 p.m. or 4.30 p.m., while 5.00 p.m. is a common time for the office exodus.

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By the way, the German lunch break is usually just that … a 30-minute break during which colleagues collectively head over to the company cafeteria. Most large companies offer subsidized meals for their employees and provide a hearty three-course lunch. Indeed, many employees consider it to be their major meal of the day. With such a schedule, it is a hit-or-miss proposition whether you will reach someone at the office after 4.30 p.m., so any important business should be taken care of well before this time. Furthermore, this last call for any business should be cut by at least an hour on Fridays, when most workers avail themselves of the opportunity to extend their weekend into most of Friday afternoon. Perhaps it is because the workday ends earlier than in the Anglo-Saxon business world that more often than not, your German colleagues will head straight home at the end of the day and not be inclined to go out for a beer in the local pub.

from a “just do it” business culture, you may become frustrated by this propensity to weigh up at all sides of an issue before making a final decision. This frustration can also come up within your own company when you’re involved in a project where you feel that enough information has been gathered to reach a decision and press ahead with the next phase.

SLOW, STEADY AND DETAILED

The upside of this delayed process is that when a decision gets taken, much of the next stage of the transaction (working out the details) will have already been handled. Working or doing business in Germany entails a good deal more than just shifting your daily schedule forward an hour or two and making extraefforts to keep your nose to the grindstone. There is a certain specific character to German business and whether you enjoy your work here and are successful at it may depend on your adapting to this culture.

Germans have managed to maintain their reputation for high-quality work even under the pinch of shorter working time – because of their tradition of thoroughness. When Germans work, they usually work hard. But thoroughness takes time – even for a people so well-schooled in it. Many foreigners get dismayed by how long this thoroughness can take here. There are exceptions to every rule, but it would be a fair statement to say that the Germans are risk averse. If you come

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TASK-MASTERS AND PROBLEM-SOLVERS Just as “thorough” is something of a mantra here, another word you will hear quite often is “Ordnung”, as in structure, or order. Germany, you will soon find, is a country with a raft of rules and procedures that govern many aspects of the economy, politics and even social spheres. Germans do not generally find these rules confining, but rather an accepted set of common beliefs and practices which make life more predictable. In German business culture, this is reflected in adherence to prescribed rules with a relatively low degree of flexibility and spontaneity. As opposed to those cultures which are relations-oriented, German society is resoundingly task-oriented. Germans tend to focus on achieving the task at hand. This, coupled with their well-defined structures, means that inter-personal relationships can play a secondary role in business dealings. In terms of project management, Germans tend to focus on task-oriented aspects such as timetables, milestones and budgets. If you do come from one of the more relations-oriented societies, you will have to adjust. Related to task-orientation is the fact that Germany is a problem-oriented society. Germans tend to approach most tasks as problems. In the business context, this means they often wait for something to manifest itself as a problem and then set themselves to solving that problem. Which, of

course, means the process of problem-solving can be quite intense indeed. All of which reflects another aspect of the German character – Germans tend to be reactive rather than proactive. Neither risk-takers nor pioneers, they rarely define a problem looming on the horizon and then stalk a solution to it the way some Asians or North Americans would. When problems arise, they mobilize vigorously to solve them, but are not always the first to take the initiative. The Germans are, however, great advocates of procedure – they always want to know the rules of the game and want to see these rules on paper – or at least clearly stated. One American consultant who worked on a number of key projects with big German companies reported encountering difficulties in the first day or two because he had failed to make a clear statement of exactly how the project was going to proceed. Few Germans take kindly to the notion of allowing a project, or much else, to develop organically. They much prefer the security of a set plan or contract. Germans see contracts as the final word, the end of negotiations. When they start work on a project, the contract for that project is like holy writ. For many peoples, especially those from Asian cultures, the contract may be just the beginning of serious negotiations. Many top people in German companies still express frustration or irritation with clients from Middle Eastern and Asian firms who the Germans feel are trying to rejig signed contracts – something the Germans have difficulty dealing with.

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City, B 1-6/8/9, U1-3/6/7 Haupt­ wache; U6/7 Alte Oper

Altstadt, Hasengasse 5, X Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.– 4 p.m., B S1-6, S8-9, U1-3/6-8 Hauptwache

Eating out and shopping, higher end prices. Right in the modern centre with old-town flair.

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New York has Chelsea Market, Frankfurt has the Kleinmarkthalle. Assorted local food at 60 stalls.

Oeder Weg Fashions, delicatessen and eateries Nordend, B U1–3/8 Eschenheimer Tor Snacks, meals and sweets from across the world, alongside fashion boutiques, delicatessen and everyday needs.

The issue of negotiations is probably a good place to look at the nature of business meetings in Germany. The rules here are simple: Germans like to “get down to business” rather quicklyand dispense with any special rituals.Small talk, for instance, is kept to a minimum in German business meetings. The style here is to get down to brass tacks quickly. Germans also do not like digressions in their business discussions. Demonstrations, including video and other media, are very popular, however, and you may be treated to some of these multimedia presentations which show a company’s products or abilities. Meetings here are certainly not slategray, stuffy affairs. Though German business meetings tend to be a little on the formal side, cordiality and humor are appreciated and employed. For instance, a range of soft drinks, mineral water, and juices will invariably be placed on a table at the start of a meeting, and coffee and tea will also probably be served. Moreover, laughter and smiling are considered quite fitting here, in roughly the same situations they are considered so in North America or Britain. Germans like to laugh, and they can laugh loudly when they find something very funny. But a North American sense of familiarity or comedyclub banter during a business discussion is not encouraged. Small talk itself does play an important role in Germany, even in a business context. But in the business world, it is largely confined to lunch and dinner. Common topics are families, vacations, places they have visited, maybe the arts. Many top German businesspeople are well-informed with a broad range of interests and knowledge, and they can call on this store of topics for their small talk.

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FIND IT IN FRM – WORKING If you are looking for work in our region, you will quickly discover that German language skills are not just a bonus but often a requirement. German courses are on offer from various language institutes, but it is important to check that official qualifications are included. Your professional qualifications from abroad may also have to be recognised, in particular for regulated professions such as nursing or engineering. It is worth looking at small and medium-sized companies which may have interesting vacancies, as well as the large, international corporations. You will find more tips on our website and relevant services on our interactive map. www.find-it-in-frm.de/en

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Be aware that appointments are made for most situations and should generally be made with a fair amount of lead time, say one or two weeks to be safe. Appointments at short notice are the exception, and calling up a day or two before you need a meeting is a real dice shoot – with the dice heavily loaded against you. However, it is not at all necessary to have a local contact or intermediary to schedule meetings and conduct business, as in some cultures. Germans are pretty open and above-board about most of these matters. Again, it is the task and the outcome that are important, not who you know. Business meetings, written proposals and tasks-orientation – these are all part of the focuson-facts mentalitythat is so prevalent here. Objective facts are considered essential in decision-making and problem-solvingin Germany. In business negotiations, this means that successful decision-making is based more on rationality, logic and analysis of information than on intuition and personal connections. If you make a proposal in a meeting, you had better be ready to back it up with solid facts and examples.

GERMAN CORPORATE STRUCTURE The basic German business structure is highly hierarchical with strongly defined roles. Responsibility within a firm is clearly defined. Once Germans have their roles within the company context, they endeavor to stay within those roles – and adhere to the rules. That is why it is so difficult to get workers – from salespeople in a big store, guards at a building, tellers at a bank, clerks in an office, all the way up through those in middle or even upper management posi-

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tions – to perform some activity that falls outside their defined roles. Germans certainly have no problem with moving up to a higher job, but while still within a specific job, they don’t like to move outside the parameters of that post. Also, command in German companies is still much more a top-down than a bottom-up affair. Senior management makes its decisions and passes them down the chain of command; those below are generally empowered to carryout policy rather than formulate it. Or to put it another way, senior management makes the strategic decisions, while line management is responsible for operational day-to-day management. And then the work teams carry out these operational decisions. While those hierarchical structures do command a great importance in the majority of German firms and the chain of command typically moves in a resolutely vertical direction, a sense of “teamwork” is also very important within the German business world. The proper term for German “teamwork” is probably “consensus-seeking”. While many Germans have a strong sense of individualism, this is usually coupled with a keen sense of responsibility for “the good of the community or group.” Many business decisions, for example, are evaluated not only for their financial benefits to the company,but also those of its employees. The structure of much German business decision-making requires consensual input from both employers and employees, which makes for longer-lasting solutions.

SMALL STUFF COUNTS, BIG-TIME An adjunct of this “the good of the group” mindset is that punctuality is quite important in Germany. Arriving even five or ten minutes late for a meeting is considered disrespectful. Meaning if you are running late for an appointment, it is best to notify the person in charge. Keep in mind that it’s not just the expertise and skills you brought along with you which will ensure you success in your business here in Germany. A good way to maximize your chances for success is to learn some of the small but important German customs that cross over into office life. For instance, when you have a birthday here, you’re the one who throws the party – even in the office. You’ll be expected to provide finger food such as rolls, cold cuts and maybe small cakes or cookies, perhaps pretzels. Quaffs for the party would include the obligatory bottle(s) of sparkling wine and juice or mineralwater for those abstaining. How much you buy depends on how many are in your core group. (Go easy on the sparkling wine, as you want the staff to get some work done that day, but each person in your group should get at least one small plastic cup of the bubbly to toast you.)

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FRANKFURT GATEWAY TO EUROPE As a full subsidiary of Frankfurt’s city government, we are a facilitator between business and politics and ensure that your needs are heard by the political bodies. We strive to facilitate further (economic) growth and generate jobs opportunities by actively providing advice to companies and by following cluster-based economic development strategies. Also, we make recommendations on economic policies and location-related activities, so as to safeguard Frankfurt’s future as a competitive business location. frankfurt-business.net

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IN RHINE-MAIN FOR 5 years

Heimat (Home) means: Home is, where Family is. A thing I brought from home, which I’d never have left behind: Armenian Brandy with some dry Fruits. My favorite dish, food, sweet – home or Germany: Burger with a lot of cheese. The most exotic place in the world I’ve ever been to: Most exotic place was Portugal Faro District. My first day here … The emotional boom when I was standing in the middle of a huge city with a beautiful skyline and realizing that I don’t know a single person. The strangest German word I learnt: Krankenwagen

NATIONALITY Armenia

RAFAYEL POGHOSYAN He has spent the last 5 years in Germany. His family is in Armenia where he was born and raised. Currently he is employed as part-time employee in OnlineMarketing sector. The main reason for relocating to Germany was the university study. He is enrolled in Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main for economics and business administration and member of the Goethe Club.

This is the App on my phone, which I can not live without: WhatsApp helps me to annoy my loved ones who are far away from me. Tell us how it feels to drive in Germany, what is different, what is funny: Everything is green. Small Towns with beautiful structures. I have a feeling that you can start with one bus in every village in Germany and end up in any country in the World, connection is just amazing.

MY TOP 3 FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN TIPS 1  / Zum Standesämtchen Restaurant am Römer in Frankfurt 2  / Alter Oper in Frankfurt

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Come. Grow. Shape your future. #working@raunheim The City of Raunheim is located in the centre of the Rhine-Main metropolitan region and thus also in the middle of Europe. Raunheim is an immediate neighbour of Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and directly linked to the interstates A3 and A67 and the unique public transportation network. In Raunheim global corporates establish their German or European subsidiaries. Beside the locational advantage, highly developed industrial estates, a healthy mix of industries, innovative employers with future-oriented work models, an intact nature, along with the city´s own high-speed fiber-optic network, the

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service-oriented local government, and, last but not least, the excellent conditions for balancing work and family life contribute to the city’s good working and economic climate. The City of Raunheim is therefore an attractive work location for employees who commute from the metropolitan region. #working@raunheim accumulates the current vacancies of Raunheim´s companies and institutions in an easy-to-use one-stop platform. Come to Raunheim. Grow beyond yourself. Shape your future according to your own ideas.

CONTACT Jutta Wittekind & Iva Vaasen Am Stadtzentrum 1 65479 Raunheim 06142 – 402 293 wirtschaftsfoerderung@raunheim.de www.raunheim.de

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GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS Airport Garden, Raunheim In Raunheim a modern and iconic Boardinghouse or Serviced Apartments will be created. In the immediate vicinity of the airport, 137 rooms or apartments with hotel-like services are being built for longer stays. Companies will find the ideal living conditions for employees working on projects in the Rhein-Main area or directly at the airport.

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The new building property of Lichtenbergstraße is integrated into its surroundings by the pleasant and straight-line architecture in Bauhaus style. A small, manageable residential complex with only 7 apartments, attractive variable floor plans on the floors with large west-facing terraces, underground car park and elevator, as well as a representative penthouse are attributes for quality of life, high standards and sophisticated neighborhood.

Project development Hattersheim An area consisting of various buildings is being built in Hattersheim. These include Germany’s most digital building, the creation of residential space and the construction of one of Germany‘s most digital kindergartens with a green roof. To strengthen the business location, new companies will be offered the opportunity to settle in an attractive and central location in Hattersheim. Furthermore, areas for retail and social facilities (e.g. daycare centers) are to be created.

Koukaki Athens Greece Our portfolio also includes projects in Greece. For example, in the beautiful and popular area Koukaki in Athens, a residential and commercial building with 5 floors and a view of the Acropolis is to be built. NEWCOMERS GUIDE 2022

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GETTING

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B anking , finances , and taxes

Even in the global digitized world, each country has its own specifics when it comes to banking and finance. It is therefore important for newcomers to familiarize themselves with the German system. Having a bank account is essential to your existence in Germany. You cannot pay the rent without one, or get paid by your employer. One of the first things you need to do when you begin your new life here is to go down to the local bank and open an account. Individuals can choose between three types of banks: large commercial banks; full-service savings banks (Sparkassen) and credit cooperatives (Kreditgenossenschaften). The latter are the smallest of the three, with their offices located in the neighborhoods of towns. To open an account at a bank, make sure to take along your passport, and your residence permit or comparable documentation.

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THE GIRO OR CURRENT ACCOUNT The most common and convenient account is the current account or checking account (Girokonto), which allows you to put in and take out money as you need it. The banks will even extend you a credit line, which can amount to thousands of euros, depending on your regular monthly income. Most banks charge you a monthly management fee for your current account, usually billed quarterly. If you come from a country where current or checking accounts are absolutely free, you may find this practice strange. These fees and additional charges differ from bank to bank and can sometimes tally up to € 200 a year. Also, since

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some of the additional charges are hard to detect at first glance, shopping around for the best offer can prove a tad difficult. Your best shopping guide in this regard is the magazine Finanztest, published by Germany’s leading consumer guardian, Stiftung Warentest. Early each year, Finanztest puts together a detailed list of various banking charges. In addition, more consumer-oriented banks and most direct banks now offer free current accounts and online banking.

INTEREST BEARING ACCOUNTS There are options for earning higher interest on your savings, as long as you do not need ready access to your money. Such accounts include fixed-term deposits and money market accounts, and the terms can run from one month to five years. The longer you keep your money in these accounts, the higher the interest you earn on them. One very important point to keep in mind: you do not automatically receive your money with higher interest when the fixed term runs out. To get the entire lump sum, you have to give official notice before the expiration of the term. Some banks will send you a written reminder of the impending end of the term and your required notice period, but others expect their customers to keep track of all these details themselves. If you do not hand in the official notice form by the appropriate date, the account is either rolled over for another fixed period or converts to a lower interest-bearing account, with all the aforementioned restrictions.

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DIRECT BANKING Direct banks represent a welcome, consumer-oriented trend in the German banking sector. These are no-frill institutions that have made their mark by enticing investors with higher interest on savings and even current accounts. These higher interest payouts come with a slight disadvantage, however. Direct banks cut costs by reducing service personnel and retail branch offices, you cannot expect the full service you get with the more traditional institutions. Fittingly, direct banks tend to draw customers who conduct their banking via the Internet.

In the middle of Frankfurt, in the center of the banking district, “FOUR Frankfurt” will be Germany‘s most spectacular high-rise ensemble by 2024. Generally speaking, direct banks offer the best interest rates on current accounts. Depending on each customer,the many advantages at first sight of choosing a direct bank over a traditional one may vanish when taking a closer look. While many direct banks do not charge any management fee some charge up to € 10 per month or only pay high

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interest to clients who keep a certain minimum amount in their accounts. When choosing your direct bank, you should also make sure that some of your bank’s ATMs are located in your neighborhood or near your office. Some direct banks have very few ATMs, meaning that the fees charged to withdraw from another bank’s ATM (sometimes more than € 4) may represent a more substantive sum than those incurred for having an account with a traditional bank.

The advantage with these systems is that you never have to worry about missing a payment (for instance, if you are away on holiday or emergency leave). A standing order can save you from a penalty fee for late payment or, worse, the embarrassment and extreme inconvenience of having a utility switched off for non-payment. The latter can be particularly painful, as it could entail additional fees for both suspending and reinstalling the service! Of course, the Einzugsermächtigung, by giving the billing party the right to determine to draw from your account, is also dangerous if misused by irresponsible parties. You should therefore exercise extreme caution when granting this power. Reputable, established companies are fine, as are all government agencies and utilities.

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DIRECT DEBITS, CHECKS AND BALANCES Most payments in Germany are made via direct debit from one account to another. As of 2014, all transfers within Europe must be completed using both the IBAN (International Bank Account Number) and the BIC (Bank Identifier Code). This is the requirement in Germany, as well as in 32 other European countries as part of the EU‘s Single European Payment Area (SEPA). The IBAN, which is essentially your account number, contains up to 34 alphanumeric characters. The BIC, which is the identifying code for your bank or financial institution, contains 12 alphanumeric characters. Both codes can be found on your bank statement or on the back of your Maestro/ EC card.

REGULAR PAYMENTS For payments of ongoing bills, such as utilities, insurance payments, rent, telephone, tax remittances, certain membership fees and magazine subscriptions, it is in many ways highly advisable (and convenient) to set up a standing order. There are two types: Einzugsermächtigung, which gives your billing party the right to debit your account directly at regular intervals; or Dauerauftrag, which specifies a set amount to be credited to the billing party at a frequency you determine.

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Shortly after you open your current (Giro) account, you will be sent a bank card. This bank card was formerly known as an EC Card, but is now more precisely called a Maestro Card. You will also be issued a PIN number, which in most cases you cannot choose. The Maestro Card can be used to make electronic payments and to withdraw money from ATMs in Germany and throughout Europe. It serves as an acceptable form of payment at any business displaying the Maestro symbol,as well as in many shops and offices that do not display it. Thanks to its lower fees for retailers, the Maestro Card enjoys almost universal acceptance in Europe and has proven to be much more popular than credit cards. It is a direct debit card, meaning that the payment is deducted directly from your current account, (although it can sometimes take up to a few days before a transaction is processed). If you have overdrawn your current account, you will automatically be charged at your bank’s predetermined annual interest rate (Überziehungskredit). There are no service fees if you use the Maestro Card to make a purchase outside of Germany but still within the Euro zone of the EU.

TAXES As is the case in most countries, the German tax system is complex. There is a maze of deductions, special exemptions, tax breaks for families and much, much more. If you think you are entitled to get some money back, and most taxpayers are, you should seek professional advice from an income tax association (Lohnsteuerverein) or a tax consultant (Steuerberater). For their services they will charge you either a flat fee or a fee based on your total income – but this can be deducted as an expense in the next year on your tax return. Taxation of an individual’s income is progressive, meaning the higher the income, the higher the rate of tax payable. An individual is liable for income tax on money earned as an employee or as a self-employed person. Like many European countries, Germany has a relatively high income tax rate. But this is the price you pay for good roads, quality public schools, great healthcare, tuition-free public universities and a broad array of social programs. Tax rates for an individual start at only 14 percent, but the 42 percent tax bracket is reached if annual income exceeds € 57,052.

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Shortly after you register with the German authorities, you will be issued a Tax Identification Number (Steueridentifikationsnummer). This number must be used in all correspondence with tax authorities and also entered on your income tax return. The filing deadline is the end of May of the year following the tax year concerned, but it is possible to get an extension. Annual income tax returns can also be submitted online using the Elster service (www.elster.de).

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RETIREMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT AND NURSING CARE INSURANCE Generally speaking, social welfare contributions are shared just about equally between employer and employee. The biggest chunk of total social welfare contributions pays for your retirement insurance (Rentenversicherung), which represents 18.6 percent of your monthly income (2019; half paid by you and half by your employer). Unemployment insurance (Arbeitslosengeld) amounts to 2.5 percent of your gross wage, while nursing care/long-term care insurance (Pflegeversicherung) represents 3.05 percent.

SOLIDARITY SURCHARGE The enormous job of merging the two halves of the country after German Unification was in part financed by this solidarity tax (Solidaritätszuschlag), which is a surcharge of 5.5 percent of your income tax bill. The tax is levied on all corporations and individuals. There has been some half-hearted debate about abolishing the solidarity surcharge, but that seems unlikely in the near future.

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GEORGIA – The Mountain of Tongues, the cradle of wine at the intersection of the Silk Road, a bastion of Christianity, and a balcony to Europe in the borderlands with Asia – you can find it all in this fascinating stretch of land. Georgia, known as or Sakartvelo in the national language, is a Eurasian state located on the border between Europe and Asia, to the east of the Black Sea and south of the Great Caucasus mountains. This magnificent country lies only around four hours by plane from Germany, nestling between Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, and Russia and between the Greater and Lesser Caucasus ranges. The country offers spectacular landscapes, great early Christian cultures, fantastic wines that have been cultivated there since the 6th century BC, and warm, hospitable people. A land, therefore, that should be on everyone’s bucket list – nowhere else on earth can you experience and discover so much within such a small area. Georgia offers everything travelers and adventurers dream of: mountains with eternal snow, lakes among the peaks, alpine meadows, and gorges bedecked with colorful wildflowers and exotic fruits, as well as palm-fringed coasts, pristine

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canyons, historical caves, and mineral and sulfur springs. This extraordinary beauty and diversity has already inspired countless writers and poets. As one of the first countries in the world, Georgia converted to Christianity in the 4th century. Today it is known for its religious tolerance and its cosmopolitan outlook: In Georgia, people of different faiths and religions have been living together in peace for decades. Amid both eastern and western culture, over the decades the European and Asian traditions and ways of life have merged to form a unique culture in Georgia. The country is only just the size of Bavaria, yet with its population of 3.8 million it has a vibrant capital in Tbilisi, which pulsates with life day and night. The country is considered one of the oldest in the world where wine is cultivated. With more than 500 grape varieties, countless vineyards, and the qvevri (the traditional clay vessels for wine production), wine forms an important part of Georgian culture.

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Greetings from Georgia

Consul General Levan Diasamidze

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Seven years ago, on 27 June 2014, Georgia along with our close partners and friends Moldova and Ukraine took a historic and decisive step towards their European future as signed the Association Agreements with the European Union. The Association Agreement included Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area and became the most ambitious agreement the EU has ever concluded with its neighbours. This agreement consolidated our freedom, democratic development and the process of building prosperous states. The Association Agreement upgraded the relations of Georgia with the European Union and placed us firmly on the political and economic map of Europe, recognizing our European aspiration as well as common history and values we share with the rest of Europe. The EU became our first trade partner, major investor and destination for millions of our citizens travelling visa-free. A visa-free travel regime inside the EU’s Schengen Area is yet another tangible outcome of Georgia’s European integration process. The agreement provide a framework for enhanced political association and economic integration between the EU and Georgia gradually leading towards integration into the EU Internal Market. The agreement serve as effective and comprehensive guides to the dynamic reform processes in Georgia. For the EU, these became also powerful instruments to accompany and assist us along the road of this historic and challenging transformation. Since then, Georgia has been gradually and steadily implementing the agreement. We have reached tangible progress reforming public administration, liberalising trade, transforming transport and energy, developing people-to-people contacts through visa liberalisation, promoting environmental agenda, enhancing security. Strengthening our democracies and the rule of law, fighting corruption and improving the judicial system have always been and remain essential priorities. Certainly, much work still remains to be done, but our commitment is strong. While focusing on the reform agenda, Georgia has remained exposed to security challenges, in particular, the unresolved conflicts. Another important element is to enhance security and defence cooperation with the EU, including on countering hybrid threats, strengthening cyber resilience, developing cooperation platforms with the relevant EU agencies and services.

Beyond the overarching goal to achieve membership in the European Union, Georgia will work on expanding, in addition to DCFTA-related issues, the agenda of dialogues between European Commission and partners to new thematic areas such as transport, energy, digital transformation, green economy, education, justice and home affairs, strategic communications, healthcare, culture etc. We will be looking beyond the DCFTA framework to seek additional tools for deepening our economic integration as well as enhancing a strong, safe, and reliable connectivity with the EU. Well-established as a regional hub for international companies, Georgia offers attractive opportunities for European enterprises and investors. For the EU, we are a small but well positioned market, with reliable legislative and institutional environments, an advanced banking sector, economic stability, strong property rights, and minimal bureaucratic red tape. Georgia is not only a hub for international companies though. Upon the completion of the South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion, Georgia will become a vital link of the energy security chain in Europe by providing an alternative supply. With mutual interests in the backdrop, the EU and Georgia need to seek to deepen the bilateral agenda while Georgia remains committed to renewed Eastern Partnership expanding areas of cooperation and increasing EU support. In our quest for ever-closer integration with the EU, we are engaged in enhanced cooperation and coordination with two other Associated partners – Ukraine and Moldova who, like Georgia, aspire to join the EU. We signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing an “Associated Trio” as a format of enhanced cooperation and dialogue among the three countries, as well as with the European Union, on matters of European integration. Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are on the move to earn their right to join the Union of peace, freedom and democracy. Our membership would endow mutual benefits to both our nation and the EU. For us, it triggered a whole set of reforms to bring us closer to the highest of European norms and standards. For the EU, a prosperous, peaceful and stable South Caucasus would undergird European stability and its security architecture. The Membership will signal to Georgia’s neighbours that the EU stands ready to reward progress on democracy and human rights, regardless of any external pressure. We believe that our European membership will usher in security and stability to our turbulent region and beyond by promoting democratic European values. Furthermore, Georgia, with its economic potential, can serve as a crossroads between the West and the East, facilitating trade and investments, transport and communication linkages, energy cooperation and much more. We are as close to the EU as never before. The progress achieved also requires a long-term vision and relevant action from both sides, hence, Georgia’s goal to officially apply for EU membership by 2024. Our integration to the EU is an irreversible process and European integration has no alternative for our country.

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GEORGIA AND FOOTBALL ON MY MIND The country at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, namely the Republic of Georgia, and specifically its beautiful capital of Tbilisi is the cradle of football in the region. Historically during the Soviet period Georgia was the one of the best footballing nations, with the highest spectator figures, not to mention the great Dinamo Tbilisi side whose success in the 1981 UEFA Cup Winners Cup changed the Georgian football world once and for all, leading to an exciting football system being established. Today we are speaking with Roman Pipia, who is the current president of the Dynamo Tbilisi club.

Mr Pipia, what have been your club’s achievements with you at the helm:

“The inspiration to acquire the best football club in the country comes from my love of football. From the beginning I knew how tough it would be to develop the structures and get the club back to those past giddy heights. I feel that we have accomplished a lot, but at the same time I am sure that there is still plenty room to improve. The dynamics of world football today show that nobody is going to slow down, so our mission can only be to continue and advance in the fields where we are active. In the current situation it is a massive challenge but we mustn’t duck it if only in order to repay our fans’ faith – with SUCCESS!

As a football enthusiast, what do you hope Georgia’s accession to the EU will bring?

Possible accession to the EU will of course be a great boost, and drive the whole country, not only football. In the current climate it’s obvious that being a non-EU country is an obstacle for us, e.g., when developing our football academy. If you don’t have the opportunity to buy the big stars, you have to be smart and make it to the top in a different way. Meaning develop your own players. The goal is the same for everybody; to prepare them for the first team and preferably achieve an international status. To be honest, one of the main sources of Dinamo’s revenue is transfers, which means the academy is key. It’s not a business, but a football plan, as it were, and hinges on integrating club business and marketing development. Players who develop successfully spell possible silverware two or

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three years down the line, and that attracts the attention of scouts from the big European clubs, which in turn means we all develop. It creates scope for the next phase, and the best always grow the other players with them. EU membership will offer all sort of new opportunities going forward. This is why I have focused on improving our youth set-up, hiring coaches and overall integrating the academy at the training ground.

Youth development seems to be part of the DNA of FCDT… why is it so important to the club and to yourself?

“It is our lifeline. More generally speaking, it is part of the history of our country. We are a very small spot on this planet, so we have to be innovative and creative. Here in Georgia countless kids play football. So we try and give them an organized structure to develop in. There’s a lot of talent put there, young kids waiting to be scouted. Dinamo’s objective is to develop those talented young players into top football players, like Kipiani, Chivadze, Kaladze, Kinkladze and recently Giorgi Mamardashvili, Giorgi Chakvetadze, Giorgi Abuashvili and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia..”

Looking at the list of your homegrown players, it’s astonishing how well the academy has done. How do you ensure loyalty?

Well, it’s a football program, so some players will invariably head off to other countries to develop into star players – and EU membership would certainly help here. And top players of course represent Georgia and thus reward us all as fans and as club members, so we wish them well on their path to the heights of European football. Sometimes I am sad to let them go, but I with all the talent we have we’ll be successful even if players leave Dinamo. They do so for sporting and financial reasons and the club normally supports their decisions. I strongly believe that football in Georgia will soon reach a level where our players stay in-country.

What’s your take on German football?

I follow football trends in Europe closely. In the beginning I sought to emulate the German academy model, because the number of players in German youth development is astonishing. The German structure has a lot in common with our strategy and our aim is to be in touch and connection with some German clubs, share experiences, and get better. In addition, I admire the “50+1” rule because I think that football belongs to fans.

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What does Eintracht Frankfurt mean to you? It’s a massive club, always competitive, and I know Frankfurt’s approach to youth is similar to ours. Incidentally, our head coach Kakha Tskhadadze played for Eintracht, so let’s ask him… Kakha Tskhadadze – “I agree, the youth approach is similar, I joined Frankfurt at an early age and if you look at my career I played the second most games for a single club while there. It was an honor and pleasure to wear the Eintracht jersey. Looking back, I understand how lucky I was when I had an opportunity to go to Germany to develop into a better person and player. Today I want to help boys here embark down the same path I took at their age. After successful stops in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan I felt it was time to come home and didn’t have to think twice where as Dinamo is my home! I feel appreciated here and I enjoy every moment because we have huge potential. You can’t expect success to arrive overnight. The most important is that we work as a team to achieve those goals”

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Football is full of successes and disappointments, and in the last ten years as Dinamo president there have been I cherish and moments when I cried. For me personally the greatest football experience Is to see our talented players going on to play in European countries, achieving goals. Seeing our academy players in the youth and national teams. For example, in the recent national squad for the World Cup qualifiers, no less than 15 players were called up who played at Dinamo in the one or other age category. That is the biggest achievement and legacy. This is why Dinamo strives to keep the way of playing football recognizable; attractive, with an emphasis on offensive, creative, fast and fair play. The objective is to create a strong team with players from our own academy, complemented with some experienced players from other clubs and or countries. The coaches at our academy teach our boys in a very early stage of their career what we expect from a Dinamo-player. The Dinamo philosophy is to train our youth teams in exactly the same way as the first team and these boys are therefore already accustomed to the style of play. At the end, when they are good enough to play for the first team, we don’t look at their age which means we give our talents a fair chance to develop themselves.”

Roman Pipia, president of the Dynamo Tbilisi club

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Heimat (Home) means: The country you were born and raised. To me it’s my home. It’s my everything. A thing I brought from home, which I’d never have left back: Faith in my success My favorite dish, food, sweet – home or Germany: Steak with baked potatoes and salad The most exotic place in the world I’ve ever been to: Uffizi Gallery at Florence My first day here … ... was one of the most exciting days in my life. I moved to the city of my dreams, which welcomed me warmly, like its own child. I had a feeling I was at “my Heimat”.

NATIONALITY Georgia

REVAZ KOBIDZE Football has always been his dream. His goal has been to become a professional football player ever since he was a kid. At the age of fifteen he left his parents, two siblings, his friends and moved to Germany to lead his way for his football career. Without knowing any single word in German, he struggled and learnt it on his own. This year he is in 12th grade aiming to get in German universities while building his football career here. While he concentrates on his goals and daily tasks, he only gets to see his family and friends during winter and summer holidays. He used to live in German football academy and boarding school, but he got accepted in the second league team and had to move to Frankfurt, which has always been the city of his dreams.

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This is the App on my phone, which I can not live without – tell us why: Whatsapp and Fussball.de. Whatsapp is the most frequently used app for me. I communicate with my friends, family and my coach via whatsapp. Fussball.de is an app I surf every day to see upcoming matches or if Bundesliga teams nearby have a game so I can watch it in live. The song of my life, the movie of my life, the book of my life (which describes my life, me, rather than simply favorite): The Mentalist (smart, goal-oriented and motivated and resourceful)

MY TOP 3 FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN TIPS 1  / Apple-Store in Frankfurt to observe the new technological achievements. 2  / ALEX in Frankfurt. The Squaire for its healthy menu and comfortable situation to hang out with friends 3  / MyZeil in Frankfurt/City. They have this amazing terrasse where you can see Frankfurt’s skylines and excellent view of the city.

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SINGER NATIA TODUA

NINO KAMBEGASHVILI

1. How did you find your time in Germany? I moved to Germany as an au-pair five years ago with just a few words of German, a backpack, and 20 euros in cash. Just thinking about the past brings a few tears to my eyes. I would never have thought that I would find so much love, support, and faith in a foreign country. I’m hugely thankful to be a professional singer and that I have a lot to look forward to in my future. 2. What do you miss about Germany? Wherever I am, I miss my village in Abkhazia where I grew up.

1. What was it like to come to Germany as a young woman? It was really exciting, thrilling, but also very difficult, not knowing any German and being completely on my own.

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3. What is the strangest German word you learned? “Sehenswürdigkeiten”, It took me about three days to pronounce that word correctly. 4. What can you say better with music than with language? You can talk a lot, but behind the words you never know what is true and what is lies, but when you’re singing or playing you can never lie… everything comes from the heart!

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2. What are the differences between Germans and Georgians? Germany is disciplined, big, powerful, and international. Georgia is chaotic, small, and very welcoming. 3. What does home mean to you? For me, home is my mother who gave birth to me and raised me. 4. What was it like to set up a company in Germany as a foreigner? Germany and Frankfurt, in particular, made me the person I am today. It was a long and challenging road, but it was a lot of fun.

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ACQUAINTED G erman culture , customs and clarity Getting by in a new culture centers on absorbing the new, local practices inside and outside the office. When you have a handle on them, your new life in Germany will be that extra bit more enjoyable. A big part of a successful stay anywhere is simply enjoying the country and its people. One giant step towards realizing that goal in Germany is to get a good grasp of German culture and customs. In talking about German “culture”, we don’t just mean opera, concerts, serious novels, and deep-thinkingphilosophers. We’re using the term broadly to include things such as eating and drinking, sports, holidays and just chilling out and having fun. Germans are understandably proud of their achievements in the arts and you will find no shortage of “highbrow culture” offerings in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region. While lovers of “serious” music should, for example,keep an eye

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out for the fantastic Rheingau Musik Festival which takes place each year in the late summer, here we want to focus on the broader picture. What better place to start than to ask what makes Germany uniquely German? This can be a hard question to answer these days, as Germany itself is a melting pot and has thus taken on board the influences of many other cultures over the last half century. Yet there are still elements that make life in Germany different from what you’ll see in most other places. Forget that old prejudice that Germans don’t know how to have a good time. The fact is Germans love having fun – at the right time and place. Germans are strong believers in

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the adage that there’s a right time and place for everything. When they work, they work hard. When it is time to play, they play hard. And as you’ll soon learn, if you haven’t already, there are plenty of opportunities for that in Germany. Afterall, standard work contracts here provide 25 – 30 days of paid holiday, to be broken up or taken at one go, it’s up to you. A popular strategy is to maximize the amount of consecutive free days by scheduling vacations around weekends and the many official holidays. Thus, May and June – when a string of bank holidays occur – are the most popular vacation times for Germans.

GOOD ETIQUETTE You are well advised to familiarize yourself with some of the basic customs and etiquette in Germany. You may very well find some aspect of German behavior somewhat strange at first, but do not worry, over time you will work out the positive side to why things are the way they are. Simply make an honest and good-natured effort, and it will help to make your stay more enjoyable. The legacy of their painful history has made the Germans a somewhat cautious people. They are preoccupied with security. One side to this need for security is a certain initial reserve in relationships. Clearly, Germans are not as gushing or forthcoming as many other nationalities. For this reason, some consider Germans to be cold or unfriendly, whereas

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this is actually a reflection of their wanting to be cautious before proceeding further in relationships. Once you’ve actually become friends with Germans, you’ll soon find them to be very good and very loyal friends indeed.

Around 70% and over 2,000 halftimbered houses in the old town were destroyed during the war. With the reconstruction of the “New Old Town”, Frankfurt has had its heart back since 2018. One good way to gain and keep friends here is to learn the customs and etiquette that guide daily life. Arising from such factors as its history,geography and population density, Germany has developed a tight network of customs and rules of conduct that may seem quaint or unexpected to people coming from other cultures. But adopting (if only partially) these rules and customs quickly will make your stay here so much more pleasant.

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GOOD DAY! A large portion of the German rules of etiquette are as good as universal. Some of it involves simple common sense. No custom is so infinitely subtle (as in some cultures) that you have to be constantly hyperalert so as not to offend others. German thoroughness comes to bear here, too: You‘ll find that Germans say Danke! (“Thank you”) and Bitte! (“Please/ Gladly”) quite a bit. A lot of this very obvious politeness can be formulaic, but if you offer your thanks and pleases with a bit of feeling, you‘ll often find you get a smile with the reply. Let us start with the area of personal relationships. Those close relationships can take some time to develop. In fact, many Germans – especially those who are older and more traditional – always keep those outside of a tight circle at

and will probably influence the kind of service you get. These basic greetings are also still accepted behavior when getting into an elevator where you work, and then you should add a “Wiedersehen” (Goodbye) when you or someone else steps out of the elevator.

YOU CAN SAY YOU TO ME Closely aligned to this formality is the obligation to use the “Sie” form of address with people you don‘t know that well. This holds true for both work and social situations. Most Germans still feel somewhat uncomfortable using or being addressed by “Du” with those they are only casually acquaintedwith. It‘s always safest to wait until your German colleague or acquaintance (especially if they are older than you) suggests that the two of you can switch over to the “Du” basis. These days, it can happen within weeks rather than months or years, as was often the case in the past. After you have developed friendly relationships with people here, you may find yourself invited to their homes. Germans like hosting others and the rules of etiquette are rather uncomplicated. For instance, it is always advisable to bring along a small gift when invited to someone’s home. Flowers, a bottle of wine, or some small souvenir from your homeland are considered most appropriate. Do inform your hosts beforehand if you have any special nutritional requirements. Germans, as a rule, tend to be very fond of pork, and alcoholic beverages can be a key element of most dinner parties. That said, everyone is happy to adjust the menu to welcome guests, so simply let them know beforehand to avoid embarrassment and enable them to have some fruit juice ready along with the welcoming sparkling wine, for example. Another subtle difference that can cause uneasiness, especially when you’re invited to someone’s home, is the matter of the toilet door. In complete contrast to many other societies, Germans prefer keeping that door closed when not in use. Leaving it open can be very offensive to some Germans.

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arm’s length. For that reason, you‘ll find that many people here will always address acquaintances or colleagues as “Frau Müller,” “Herr Schmidt” – even people they‘ve known for years, often folks with whom they‘ve shared the same building for many years. Speaking of addressing people, one key point of good etiquette here is wishing everyone in your building or in your office Guten Morgen/Guten Tag/Guten Abend (Good Morning/Afternoon and Good Evening). You should also use those greetings (without the names generally) when entering small shops and businesses although not at supermarkets or department stores. Not to do so is seen as being a tad impolite

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As you have probably gathered, Germans tend to believe strongly in the concept of a right place and right time for everything. Which also implies a wrong place and wrong time. For many people here, a wrong time to phone someone at home is after 10 p.m. Newcomers will often get unexpected nasty responses when they make this gaffe. If you do want to call someone after that hour, ask beforehand. Some Germans have no problem receiving calls up ‘til midnight, but do check about this first. Likewise, try not to simply drop in on people, even friends, unexpectedly.This practice which still survives in many cultures as a sign of affection and trust is seen as an imposition here. One exception is if there is some real emergency, and these friends or acquaintances are the only ones who can help. But that notion of “We were in the neighborhood, so we thought we would...” is not very popular here. Another point about the right time: Try not to give a birthday present before the actual day, as that is considered to bring bad luck. If you can’t be there, it’s better to give your present after the day. This applies for both friends and business colleagues.

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Where Frankfurt is most beautiful: Bad Homburg Frankfurt has many attractions to offer. However, the excitement does not end at the city limits. The exclusive Casino nearby in Bad Homburg at the slopes of the Taunus mountains is a haven for food lovers, gamblers and night owls. Try your luck with classic Roulette, Black Jack, Poker, or on one of over 160 stateof-the-art slot machines, visit our bars for a cold drink, or enjoy some fine dining at the Casino restaurant »Le Blanc«.

www.casino-bad-homburg.de The minimum age is 18 years. Admission only with a valid ID card or passport. Make sure gambling doesn’t turn into a serious addiction: telephone +49 (0)6172 17010 for advice.

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While on the subject of birthdays, again be aware that the birthday girl or boy is responsible for throwing their own party. In the private realm, this usually simply entails inviting a group of friends along to a café or pub and treating them to drinks and a light snack. More important birthdays sometimes call for taking the group to a nice restaurant. While you should certainly expect a gift from everyone there, you’re expected to pick up the tab for the celebration. The above primarily addresses the question of how to maintain good relations with people you’re already on a friendly or social basis with. There are other things that are important for people that you have just met for the first time, such as in a business context. Always look people right in the eye, be it your boss, a subordinate or an executive at the company you’re doing business with. The deferential looking down when meeting people of a higher rank that works so well in many cultures is viewed negatively here. Some might even take it as a sign of dishonesty. Speaking of dishonesty, be sure you’re being sincere when giving compliments. Germans are like everyone else, they love getting compliments. But they’re also unusually attuned to what they feel is false flattery. Mild, friendly exaggeration is fine, but too much of it and people may start to distrust you in general. One further tip on making someone’s acquaintance here, be it in a socialor a business context: Most Germans appreciate a firm handshake on introduction, especially from males. It is not uncommon in the business meeting to shake everyone’s hand at the table. And that deferential limp handshake that some cultures favor does not make a very good impression here.

Remember that there are two sides to etiquette, and just as you may do something that will inadvertently offend Germans, some German behavior might rub you up the wrong way. So the best thing you can do is prepare yourself for this and expect it as part of the experience of being abroad.

THE PUB CULTURE Pub-hopping is a favorite activity throughout German society, and can be a good way to meet new people or solidify relations already begun. Representatives of various nationalities make their way to their favorite Kneipe or pub regularly. By the way, beer is the most favored of beverages here. Germans have for decades been at or near the top of the charts for per capita consumption of the golden brew. It certainly won’t hinder your social life if you enjoy a pint – even if it is alcohol-free!

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NOT RUDE, BUT HONEST Apfelwein Hesse’s “national” drink, similar to French cidre and English cider.

Bethmännchen Golden, baked marzipan and rose water balls, authentic only with three

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almond halves.

Cultural heritage: green sauce made from seven specific herbs, traditional at Easter, excellent all year round.

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Haddekuche

Delicate ring-shaped cake with butter cream, brittle and confiture. Decorated with candied cherries.

“Hard cake”: diamond-shaped biscuits, with similar flavour to gingerbread.

Frankfurter Würstchen Thin boiled pork sausage, especially good with potato salad, bread and mustard.

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Handkäse Acid curd cheese, marinated with caraway seeds, vinegar and oil, also with onions. Good with bread and butter.

One thing to prepare yourself for is the slap of candor: Germans can be rather blunt when they offer stern advice or criticism. Frankness is seen as a virtue here, and locals rarely go out of their way to cushion criticism in rhetorical bubble-wrap. Advice and instructions can sometimes be a bit blunt. Some newcomers assume that they’re being addressed in a stern or condescending way because they’re foreigners, but this is generally not the case. Bluntness is simply widespread here, but it is not meant malignantly. The mere act of walking down a busy street or in the aisles of a crowded shop or exhibition hall can turn into an annoying experience for many newcomers. Germans have two ways of dealing with strangers who share a crowded public space with them: They either ignore them entirely by staring straight ahead (with the occasional unintended bumping that this invites) or they stare at the others as if there is something wrong with them. Again, these two forms of be-

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Frankfurt famous specialities: Handkäs, Apfelwein, Frankfurter Kranz and Grüne Soße

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sun-bathers, so do not linger, let alone stare at these sun worshippers. If you make an honest, good-natured effort, most people here will readily forgive your early faux pas. Before long, doing the proper German thing will become almost second nature. In fact, it’s not uncommon that when you go back home for a visit, old friends and relatives may remark how “German” you’ve become. In fact, it won’t be long before you’ll pick up some of the other, less important rules that we haven’t covered here. Always bear in mind that German society is not held together by a series of hard-to-decipher and harder-to-follow rules. Most customs are out in the open and not that difficult to either grasp or emulate. Germans pride themselves on being guided by reason, and you, too, will probably agree that most of the new dos and don’ts that you need to learn are all pretty reasonable.

havior are quite common here, so do not take it personally. One last take on customs and etiquette here in Germany: You now should have an idea how to comport yourself with friends, people in your building and neighborhood shops as well as business associates. Most people you’ll encounter here don‘t fit into any of the above categories. Still, there are rules on how you should handle strangers that will also make your adjustment to life in Germany easier. Firstly, most public transport maintains special seats for the elderly or infirm, which are designated as such. If you happen to have planted yourself in one of these seats (which is perfectly permissible when the vehicle is not crowded), do give up the seat without being asked to by the elderly or infirm (which should include obviously pregnant women). And now something that may sound like strange advice: Do not be overly friendly to strangers. As this is not a common practice here, some people may take you for unbalanced or think you’re out to get something from them. With total strangers, it is best to stay on the safe, slightly cool side of courtesy. Furthermore, don’t lean on strangers’ cars or loiter in front of the house of people you don’t know. In the former case, the owners may become enraged as the car is a near sacred object in Germany, and in the latter case, people may think you’re up to no good loitering in front of their homes. So don’t get upset if you are waiting for a friend or colleague who does live there and someone else from the building approaches you and asks what you’re doing there. This is a standard measure of precaution taken by many people here. If asked, just smile and tell them whom you‘re waiting for. When the warm weather sets in you may notice as you stroll in parks, alongside rivers or small lakes that a number of people here like to sunbathe nude. This will undoubtedly be a shock for many coming from more reserved countries. Beware: It is considered very impolite to ogle at the nude

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A bike challenge from Amsterdam to Athens by the owner of COCO-Mat.bike Paul Efmorfidis and his son. Regular bikes came short. Irregular minds were activated. Nature was set in motion. COCO-MAT.bike is a journey through nature’s sustainable resources, human wisdom and love. Imagine a small seed, put with care and respect inside our planet earth. A couple of years after, this seed becomes a bicycle. It rides proud and in style around the world spreading the word of sustainability, innovation and joy. COCO-MAT. bike connects you with yourself, other people, places, ideas and companies. The idea was born in Southern Greece. Under the bright, generous and invigorating Sun. Next to the turquoise and restless sea. Cool mountain breeze of Northern Greece gave shape and breath to the first prototype. We needed expertise, knowledge and wisdom. We brought it to the aged and wise Athens. Ever since you can find the COCO-MAT. bike all over the world.

The wooden bike is made to be a world’s best. Endless hours of work, research and try-outs have shaped a revolutionary bike whose ergonomic design ensures comfortable and smooth riding while the aesthetics make it an eye-catching statement - move with Nature. By using wood, we managed to robustly extend the bike’s life cycle and at the same time carry nature’s imprint in the daily life of the urban landscape. Sustainable wood is resourced from certified renewable forests, that preserve the biodiversity and maintain the landscape and eco-systems of the world. No rubbish will be left behind to the future generations. An adult ash free can provide us with enough wood to make 50 bikes.

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GETTING ACQUAINTED Stefan: What makes COCO-MAT bike a sustainable company that produces sustainable bikes? Stefanos Alexsopoulos: By using wood, we managed to robustly extend the bike’s life cycle and at the same time carry nature’s imprint in the daily life of the urban landscape. You see a wooden bike in Frankfurt, what do you think of? Nature, right? That’s a unique way to train your mind and fill it with images of Nature. Ne xt to that, sustainable wood is resourced from certified renewable forests, that preserve the biodiversity and maintain the landscape and eco-systems of the world. We make sure all our suppliers have the relevant certifications and licences. An adult ash tree can provide us with enough wood to make 50 bikes. Every time a friend purchases a bike, we plant a tree on behalf of the new owner. Hundreds of trees have been planted around the world on behalf of our clients and friends thanks to our mindful and conscious partners. Frankfurt will very soon become greener thanks to our bikes and our partners in this beautiful and dynamic city.

Stefan: Why is the target group of international specialists and managers interesting for COCO-Mat?

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Eva Mitca: Funny enough we started to co-operate a lot with some fine exclusive boutique hotels in the beginning. Building on our excellent relationship with hotel partners through our mattresses, we began offering rental bikes, the very first wooden rental bikes, to hotel guests. We noticed that extremely international guests, mostly corporate and business people with their families responded strongly to our products, loved the look, the feel and the innovative idea of the wooden bikes. They took specific interest in our philosophy and products, wanted to know more and were eager to first try, then own our products.

Stefan: COCO-Mat is a Greek company. How was it for the company to open its operations here in Frankfurt from the Greek perspective?

Stefan: COCO-Mat could be described as a newcomer. What is new about the components of the COCO-Mat business model?

Stefan: What special offers does COCO-Mat have for Newcomers?

Eva Mitca: Absolutely, we are a Newcomer in an innovative, trendsetting way. Our products are unique and the components of our business model which go far beyond simply buying a bicycle, are modern, fresh and sustainable. Putting natural material into the center of our thinking, shaping and creating products which are designed based on the orthosomatic priciple and caring for wellness and the human body, make the COCO-Mat business model a new, even a “newcomer’s” model.

Alexandros Karafentzos: We are proud to be a Greek company and felt attracted and most welcome to Frankfurt right from our beginnings. Frankfurt became our second home immediately and we felt that our ideas, our philosophy and with that our business were not only well accepted, but even more, we were able to contribute to the community with what we had to offer.

Alexandros Karafentzos: We are happy to provide our full range of products and services in our Frankfurt based shop now and cordially invite every Newcomer to come and visit us, and more to get to know and even use our products, especially our wooden bikes. For this reason we have launched a special free seven days trial of our bikes in Frankfurt. On top we are adding a special discount of 10% on purchases. Both offers are exclusively available through the new Newcomers Network Club App. We encourage everyone to use and try this offer.

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Dress code and arriving at the casino Visiting a casino is still an extra special experience. But don’t worry, extra special outfits are no longer part of it. Men are welcome in our casino without a tie. An open-necked shirt or polo shirt are befitting attire, if worn with a jacket. As is often the case, the dress code is more straightforward for women: they are virtually always elegantly dressed for a visit to Casino Bad Homburg!

The jewel of Frankfurt: Casino Bad Homburg One of Germany’s most exciting casinos is waiting to welcome you just at the gates of Frankfurt Those seeking good fortune will find what they are looking for at Casino Bad Homburg. The traditional establishment in the heart of the wonderful historic spa gardens is waiting to surprise its guests with many little and big moments of happiness. In the classic casino games, croupiers invite you to enter the exciting world of gambling in a stylish ambience by playing a round of roulette, Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em or blackjack. Elsewhere, slot machines and state-of-the-art jackpot games also provide numerous options for thrills and goosebump moments. Yet gourmets can also savour happiness in their own particular way at the casino. Connoisseurs of fine food can enjoy regional and international cuisine, classic and reinterpreted creations, changing menus and exquisite à la carte dishes in the casino’s own restaurant »Le Blanc«. Together with the various bars and the shady sun terrace, the casino is the perfect place to spend exciting, pleasurable and, above all, unforgettable evenings.

The classic casino games Guests will find the traditional casino games such as blackjack, roulette and poker (Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em) in several rooms. Besides the classic French roulette and the somewhat faster American roulette, there is also a version of the normal blackjack: Free Bet Blackjack, which can only be played in Bad Homburg, with its exciting gambling options and additional chances to win.

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In the poker section, visitors can play Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em against the dealer for the ult mate jackpot

Arriving at the casino is an equally pleasant experience. Guests can park their car in the underground car park located directly beneath the casino, enjoy the short walk from Bad Homburg train station to the spa gardens (900 m/10 min.) or take a taxi or the limousine service right up to the main entrance of the casino. * Please note: Due to coronavirus protective measures, the lounge may be subject to restricted services or temporary closures. Please also refer to the casino website for the latest information about the coronavirus protective measures in place at the casino.

The slot machines In the adjoining slot machine section, which is spread over three floors, guests will find a huge selection of state-of-the-art touchscreen gaming machines and a big virtual roulette table, where players can also bet on the classic game on a table live via a camera, depending on their preference. One highlight is undoubtedly the quadruple Bad Homburg Mystery Jackpot, which is played the entire day across all slot machines without the need to wager a stake – and has sweetened the visit of many a visitor with a surprise win often in the five-figure region.

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Yet it is not only possible to experience fantastic games at Casino Bad Homburg. The casino restaurant »Le Blanc« indulges all players from 6 p.m. to deep into the night with exquisite cuisine, finely composed multi-course menus and a choice wine list with many international and German wines, which are also openly available in higher price classes. After a visit to the restaurant, »Dostojewskis Bar« in the adjoining room is the ideal spot for a little digestif. Besides draught beer, there is also a large selection of spirits as well as long drinks and cocktails.

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CULTURE M useums , music and leisure - time marvels in and around F rankfurt

Frankfurt Rhine-Main offers a great range of choices when it comes to spending your leisure time in a rewarding manner – be it museums, culture, sports or theme parks. There’s something for everyone. Below we have compiled an overview of some of the main attractions the region has to offer you and your family. It does not claim to be complete, but simply to whet your appetite to go out and find out for yourself what suits you best.

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF CULTURE OF THE REGION Frankfurt Rhine-Main is so diverse that it’s often difficult to get a grasp of the many cultural offerings. One of the few

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organizations providing a comprehensive overview is the KulturRegion Frankfurt Rhine-Main, a nonprofit organization of 46 different municipalities and counties from the region. The KulturRegion coordinates a wide range of programs under the slogan “Culture in the Region – Culture for the Region.” The projects range from industrial heritage (Route der Industriekultur Rhine-Main) to parks and public gardens (GartenRhineMain) to the history of democracy (Geist der Freiheit). Each spring, KulturRegion also organizes an international theater festival for young audiences (Starke

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Stücke). The industrial culture festival (Tage der Industriekultur) is a nine-day event held each summer that offers access to hist-orical, desolate and/or out-of-service industrial sites. The annual program “Museen und Sonderausstellungen”showcases exhibitions in about 90 museums in the region. www.krfrm.de

MUSEUMS Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt (Jewish Museum Frankfurt) Two permanent exhibitions enable you to experience more than 800 years of Jewish life in Frankfurt.

Museum Judengasse Experience Jewish life in medieval and early modern times – in the midst of the foundations of the first Jewish ghetto in Europe. The Judengasse in Frankfurt used to be one of the most important centers of Jewish life in Europe. The permanent exhibition presents that history with a special focus on everyday Jewishlife in the early modern era. The archaeological remains of five houses from Frankfurt’s Judengasse make up the very core of the museum. The exhibition in the Museum Judengasse provides different views of everyday Jewish life in the early modern era.

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How did the inhabitants of the Judengasse live? Who lived in the houses whose foundations you can now view in the museum? What did Frankfurt’s Jews live on? What kind of relationship existed between them, the Frankfurt Council, and the Emperor? In the midst of the preserved ruins, the exhibition lets objects that were once made or used on site speak for themselves. One room is devoted entirely to the music and literature that emerged, was read, or printed here. To book an exclusive tour of the Museum Judengasse or the Old Jewish Cemetery? Here is an overview of our range of topics. If you‘re interested in a tour, please call the Museum at +49 (0)69 2127 4237. Please contact us at least two weeks prior to the planned date.

MUSEUM JUDENGASSE Battonnstraße 47 | 60311 Frankfurt am Main Tel: +49 (0)69 212 70790 www.juedisches-museum.de Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The new Jewish Museum Rothschild-Palais The second part of the permanent exhibition is situated in the renovated Rothschild Palais. The history of Jewish life in modern Frankfurt, ranging from the emancipation of around 1800 to the present, is narrated here on three floors comprising 14,000 square feet in all. The exhibition concen-

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trates on specific topics, with a particular focus on the wide range of Jewish traditions as well as everyday family life. This is an aesthetic mixed-media presentation consisting on the one hand of everyday and ritual objects, photographs, paintings, and contemporary art, and on the other of media installations, digital applications, and interactive stations. There are also room-sized media installations on the Rothschild family’s living environment and everyday objects owned by the family of Anne Frank. A special gift, the “Museum to Go,” enables visitors to digitally collect individual aspects of the exhibition and take them home with them.

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JÜDISCHES MUSEUM FRANKFURT Bertha-Pappenheim-Platz 1 | 60311 Frankfurt am Main | Tel: + 49 (0) 69 212 70790 www.juedischesmuseum.de

Located directly on the Römerberg in downtown Frankfurt, SCHIRN Kunsthalle hosts outstanding temporary exhibitions. Since 1986 nearly 200 exhibitions have passed through its halls on everything from Vienna Art Nouveau and Expressionism through to the latest cutting-edge contemporary art and photography. Much of what is on display intends to be divisive and explosive, the idea being to encourage cultural discussion about important contemporary issues.The Schirn also has an extensive program for children and young people.

Opening hours: Tue, Thur 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Wed, Fri – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m

SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE Römerberg | 60311 Frankfurt am Main Tel: + 49 (0) 69 2998820 | www.schirn.de Opening hours: Tue, Fri – Sun 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Wed, Thur 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt’s most modern museum is perhaps also its boldest. The MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst was designed by Viennese star architect Hans Hollein and is home to changing exhibitions that show all aspects of modern art after 1945. The MMK also has a permanent collection of world repute, among the 5,000-plus items are prime examples of US Pop Art. The MMK expanded its exhibitionspace by 2,000 square meters in theTaunusTurm high-rise office building in the banking district. In partner-ship with real estate developer Tischman Speyer and others, MMK gained new exhibition space. A third annex has also been created in the former city Customs Office (Zollamt).

MUSEUM FÜR MODERNE KUNST Domstraße 10 | 60311 Frankfurt am Main Tel: + 49 (0) 69 212 30447 | www.mmk.art

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Senckenberg Museum

Städel Museum A must for art lovers, the Städel is one of the leading art museums in Germany and one of the most frequented in Frankfurt. More than 700 years of European history are represented in a collection of 2,700 paintings, 600 sculptures and 100,000 prints and drawings by artists including Dürer, Holbein, Cranach, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso. Look for Tischbein’s famous painting of Goethe on vacation in Tuscany (strangely with two left feet).

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STÄDEL MUSEUM Schaumainkai 63 | 60596 Frankfurt am Main Tel: + 49 (0) 69 605098200 | www.staedelmuseum.de

Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thur 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Located in Frankfurt/Westend, the Senckenberg Museum is one of Germany’s largest museums of natural history. The museum has permanent exhibitions on the evolution of our planet over millions of years as well as of biodiversity today. Senckenberg is also a research institute and its new discoveries in biology, paleontology and geology are presented at the museum, while kids will love the dinosaur collection and the pig-swallowing snake. This museum also has a permanent exhibition of some of the fossil finds discovered at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Messel Pits in South Hessen.

SENCKENBERG MUSEUM Senckenberganlage 25 | 60325 Frankfurt am Main Tel: + 49 (0)69 754 20 museumfrankfurt.senckenberg.de

Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wed 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat, Sun 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Goethe House No visit to Frankfurt is complete without a stop at the birthplace of the city’s most famous son: Johann Wolfgang von

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Goethe. Few of the furnishings in the house actually belonged to the great man himself – indeed, nearly all of the original furniture was sold by the Goethe family over the years, and the house itself was badly damaged in World War II. But the Goethe House does provide a fascinating window into life in the 18th century among the burghers of Frankfurt and is also home to an excellent collection of Goethe artifacts.

GOETHE HOUSE Großer Hirschgraben 23 – 25 | 60311 Frankfurt am Main | Tel: + 49 (0) 69 138 800 www.goethehaus-frankfurt.de

Opening hours: Wed – Mon 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Frankfurt Historical Museum The Historical Museum Frankfurt is one of the biggest city museums in Europe. The award-winning museum is located in the heart of Frankfurt’s historic old town and consists of the historic “Saalhof” and the new exhibition complex, opened in 2017. Frankfurt’s oldest museum displays a wide range of topics, from the city’s history to the present day and the future. Special exhibitions and the City Lab are dedicated to current issues, creating space for the many varying views and perspectives of Frankfurt’s citizens. The barrier-free and family-friendly museum makes a visit enjoyable for everyone. Guided tours through the House of Golden Scale (“Goldene Waage”), one of the city’s most beautiful timber-framed buildings from the Renaissance era, are a special museum highlight.

FRANKFURT HISTORICAL MUSEUM Saalhof 1 | Frankfurt Römerberg | 60311 Frankfurt am Main | Tel: +49 (0)69 212 35154 www.historisches-museum-frankfurt.de Opening hours: Tue – Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat, Sun 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

With the „House of the Golden Scales“, one of Frankfurt’s most splendid merchant residences has been resurrected in its war-torn historic center. Here the Historical Museum displays Frankfurt domestic culture from 400 years ago.

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The Frankfurt Young Museum The Frankfurt Young Museum is part of the Frankfurt Historical Museum, developing and presenting exhibitions especially for children on topics of local historical and cultural relevance. It offers not only direct access to authentic historical objects, but also a hands-on learning experience. Every exhibit encourages visitors to play an active role. Touching, testing,

Travel through time.

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The Frankfurt Museum.

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trying out: independent thinking and an autonomous learning environment are central to the Young Museum. Come and explore our exhibition or workshop areas!

THE FRANKFURT YOUNG MUSEUM Saalhof 1 | Frankfurt Römerberg | 60311 Frankfurt am Main | Tel: + 49 (0)69 212 35 154 www.junges-museum-frankfurt.de Opening hours: Tue – Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat, Sun 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Deutsches Filmmuseum This is one of the few museums in Europe dedicated exclusively to the medium of film, showcasing its past and present, its aesthetics and its influence in a multitude of ways through permanent exhibits, as well as through a variety of topical exhibitions and screenings in its own cinema. The museum, incorporated into Deutsches Filminstitut (with its collections, archives, film festivals, scholarly projects and library), offers visitors an exceptional venue for intensive engagement with the moving image.

DEUTSCHES FILMMUSEUM Schaumainkai 41 | 60596 Frankfurt am Main Tel: + 49 (0)69 961 220 220 www.deutsches-filmmuseum.de

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Deutsches Architekturmuseum A museum devoted completely to architecture, and itself a prime example of how exciting (post-) modern architecture can be is to be found in this turn-of-the-20th-century villa on the South Bank of the River Main. The museum has a permanent exhibition showing the evolution of architecture from the primordial hut to the present, and features regularly changing exhibitions on trends and movements in architecture or the oeuvre of individual architects.

DEUTSCHES ARCHITEKTURMUSEUM Schaumainkai 43 | 60596 Frankfurt am Main Tel: + 49 (0)69 212 38 844 | www.dam-online.de Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Hessenpark This reconstructed village gives visitors a unique insight into life and work in Hessen through the centuries. Numerous half-timbered homes and historical buildings from Hessen’s villages were moved to the Hessenpark in Neu-Anspach and carefully restored. The park also connects to hiking trails through the Taunus Mountains. Open daily from March to October.

HESSENPARK Laubweg 5 | 61267 Neu-Anspach Tel: + 49 (0)6081 5880 | www.hessenpark.de

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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PERFORMING ARTS, FILM & MUSIC Opera If you’re an opera fan, then you are in the right place. Frankfurt Rhine-Main is home to four different opera companies which offer a wide range of performances, premiers, revivals and recitals. The Oper Frankfurt operacompany has the most extensive schedule, with performances held in the purpose-built opera house on Willy Brandt Platz. Wiesbaden’s Staatstheater, which is housed in an ornate theatre in the Kurpark, covers classical opera, modern music and dance, and contemporary plays. Each season offers a wide-ranging program that includes more than 20 new operas, plays, ballets and youth concerts. To the south, the Staatstheater in Darmstadt puts on more than 40 productions annually. Thanks to a massive renovation, the main hall seats over 1,000, with three other halls serving small performances.

OPER FRANKFURT AM MAIN Untermainanlage 11 | 60311 Frankfurt am Main www.oper-frankfurt.de

HESSISCHES STAATSTHEATER WIESBADEN Christian-Zais-Str. 3 | 65189 Wiesbaden www.staatstheater-wiesbaden.de

STAATSTHEATER DARMSTADT Georg-Büchner-Platz 1 | 64283 Darmstadt www.staatstheater-darmstadt.de

English Theatre Frankfurt The English Theatre is one of Frankfurt’s oldest and most important international cultural institutions. Located in the Commerzbank’s“Gallileo” building at Gallusanlage 7 (corner of Kaiserstraße), the 300-seat theater imports shows, actors and directors from London and other English-speaking countries. It usually presents six top-rated theatrical productions annually, ranging from contemporary plays, comedies, thrillers and musicals, plus other shorter engagements. The theater also hosts a Young Drama Club, which gives students a chance to perform and stage plays under the guidance of professional directors.

ENGLISH THEATRE FRANKFURT Gallusanlage 7 | 60329 Frankfurt am Main www.english-theatre.de

Fortuna Irgendwo Here everything is different. Sounds different. Tastes different. Tastes of freedom, joie de vivre, and the sound of the sea. Fortuna Irgendwo is Frankfurt’s maritime recreation venue, with innumerable crazy and playful details. Portugal, Italy, the French Riviera and Greece inspired the colors chosen: the walls reflect the sea with all its colorful facets. Captain Ardi Goldman comments: Stories as comfort for the soul – that is the thrust of both Peter Pan or Alice in Wonderland: Saving the soul, the child in us all. Here, in Fortuna Nirgendwo, I want to tell all the countless stories I remember. A place offering succor for the mind, calming any and all nerves. FORTUNA IRGENDWO – COMING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

FORTUNA IRGENDWO Hanauer Landstraße 192 | 60314 Frankfurt am Main www.fortuna-irgendwo.de Opening hours: Wed – Sun 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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Schauspiel Frankfurt Schauspiel Frankfurt is the largest dramatic theater in the Rhine-Main region and is considered one of the most prominent production theaters in Germany. The theater has four venues (Schauspielhaus, Kammerspiele, Box and Bockenheimer Depot) and works with leading German and international directors. The Schauspiel presents selected plays with English surtitles every month.

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SCHAUSPIEL FRANKFURT Neue Mainzer Straße 17 | 60311 Frankfurt am Main www.schauspielfrankfurt.de

From Gibson Club to: The Club Formerly Known as Gibson. The time has finally come: After 1.5 years of the pandemic, the Gibson Club celebrates its exclusive reopening on July 2nd & 3rd, 2021. True to the new motto #TheirNightIsOurDay. With a lot of creativity and expertise, the Gibson Club has created a completely new, fine club concept at the highest level, which perfectly masters the balancing act between excellent Gibson entertainment and official requirements.Until the return to “normality”, the club appears with its temporary naming and logo: The Club Formerly Known as Gibson. For an completly new club feeling. New and with immediate effect: Exclusive table reservations for every club visit: Thanks to complex renovation work, all guests can enjoy such an extraordinary club experience despite strict requirements. Gibson Entertainment like never before brilliant line-ups, more performers, cool walking acts, international DJs, new design, and a spectacular light show.

GIBSON Zeil 85 – 93 | 60313 Frankfurt am Main Reservation: gibson-club.de/book-a-table/ Opening hours: Thur 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., Fri, Sat, before bank holiday 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.

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CINESTAR METROPOLIS Eschenheimer Anlage 40 | 60318 Frankfurt am Main www.cinestar.de

Filmforum Höchst Filmforum Höchst has earned a reputation as one of the best art house film theatres in the region. The small theater specializes in European cinema, ranging from special themes, countries, filmmakers, film classics, documentaries and shorts. Throughout the year, Filmforum Höchst organizes film festivals such as Cuba in Film, Africa Alive or Verso Sud. Special guests are often invited to discuss the content of the films with the audience. Films are shown in their original version with German subtitles, but during festivals they are often shown in English. CineStar Metropolis

Internationales Theater Frankfurt The 160-seat theater in Frankfurt’s Zoo Passage offers a wide array of foreign language performances throughout the year. The theater is home to regular productions in German, English, French, Turkish as well as Spanish, Italian and Russian on a sporadic basis.The selection ranges from drama, music and dance theater, to concerts, readings and even art exhibitions.

INTERNATIONALES THEATER FRANKFURT Hanauer Landstraße 7 | 60314 Frankfurt am Main www.itf-frankfurt.de

CineStar Metropolis Home away from home – that’s how many newcomers would describe their favourite multiplex cinema: Located opposite Eschenheimer Turm, CineStar Metropolis offers Frankfurt’s largest range of undubbed films. Native speakers and friends can indulge in original English versions of

FILMFORUM HÖCHST Emmerich-Josef-Str. 46a | 65929 Frankfurt am Main www.filmforum-höchst.com

FESTIVALS Museumsuferfest Held every August, the Museumsuferfest is an international gala of food, music, theater and museum exhibitions stradd­ ling both banks of the RiverMain. This three-day festival first saw the light of day in the late 1980s to highlight Frankfurt’s unique museum embankment. Over the course of the festivities, museums open their doors free of charge to thousands of visitors from all over the world – in fact in 2018, the open-air party attracted some 1.8 million visitors. One highly popular event are the Chinese dragon boat races on the river – many corporations enter teams – another the concerts on the 10 or so stages on both sides of the river. The festival is normally held in late August. www.museumsuferfest.de

37 MUSEUMS, ENDLESS DISCOVERIES Are you dreaming of a unique journey of discovery? Welcome to the Museumsufer Frankfurt, one of the most important museum locations in the world. Use your MuseumsuferCard to discover our 37 museums as often as you want. Enjoy permanent and special exhibitions in Frankfurt and the surrounding area for 12 months. Both large institutes such as Schirn and MMK with their special exhibitions and insider tips such as the Kuhhirtenturm in Sachsenhausen, the Eintracht Frankfurt Museum at the stadium and the German Leather Museum in Offenbach are included. The MuseumsuferCard costs only 89 EUR for 1 year or as a family card only 150 €. You can get them at the ticket office in all museums or online at www.museumsufercard.de

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Also included: ❚ N ight of the museums: Every year in spring, the night of the museums takes place and you are invited. ❚ M useumsuferfest: Your MuseumsuferCard is also valid during the Museumsuferfest, which takes place every year at the end of August. ❚ art kaleidoscope: You get the culture magazine for Frankfurt and Rhine-Main every three months, free of charge, directly in your mailbox.

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Jazz Festival in Idstein The Hessen Jazz festival in Idstein is traditionally held the first weekend of the state’s summer school vacation. Shows are held on 12 stages throughout the city and all Jazz styles are represented – Blues, Swing, Fusion, Modern, etc. Activities for children and other events about jazz complete the program. www.idstein-jazzfestival.de

Weilburger Schlosskonzert The classical music concerts in Weilburg Castle mark one of the highpoints of Hessen’s cultural summer. The series of around 40 concerts from June to August are performed in the opulent and extremely acoustic Renaissance hall of the Weilburg Castle, the castle church or the conservatory (Orangerie). The patron of the concert series has traditionally been Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, the great grandson of the last Duke of Nassau, in whose castle the concerts are performed. www.weilburger-schlosskonzerte.de

Rheingau Musik Festival What started out as a small series of classical music concerts in 1988 has grown into an internationally-recognized summer musical event across nine weeks, from June to September. More than 100 concerts are staged at nearly 40 different locations throughout the Rheingau – one of Germany’s most beautiful winegrowing regions – including Kloster Eberbach, Schloss Johannisberg and Schloss Vollrads. Classical music remains the main attraction, but in recent years the festival has embraced cabaret, jazz and readings. Many of the performances are also accompanied by extraordinary culinary offerings that are, of course, served with excellent regional wine. www.rheingau-musik-festival.de

PARKS & GARDENS Regional Park RheinMain Frankfurt Rhine-Main is defined by its diversity and while each of the cities and towns has its own cultural heritage, there have been numerous regional projects over the past years to instill a sense of belonging. One excellent example of this cooperative spirit is the Regional Park RheinMain. Now, over 15 years since it was first launched, Regional Park RheinMain has evolved into a comprehensive network of parks, gardens, art installations, lakes, picnic areas, castles and much more. The park stretches out along 190 kilometers of well-marked routes and incorporates both new and existing attractions. Two of the many highlights include the former US Army airfield in Bonames (converted into a park) and a winding bike trail along the historic Hohe Straße. www.regionalpark-rheinmain.de

Taunus Information Center The Taunus hills are often considered Frankfurt’s playground. The Taunus offer a wide range of recreational activities year round – hiking mountain biking, cross-country skiing, walking and mountain climbing. The Taunus is also a treasure trove of history, including the Saalburg Roman fort, castles and quaint villages with half-timbered houses.

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wooden sculpture, Angola (1892–96), Weltkulturen Museum, photo: Wolfgang Günzel

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The quiet vistas of the Taunus, with its geological formations and diverse wildlife, can make the hustle and bustle of Frankfurt seem very distant. A great place to start is the Taunus Information Center at Hohemarkstraße 192 close to the subway stop. www.taunus.info

Palmengarten Founded in 1868, the Frankfurt Palmengarten in the Westend district is the region’s premier botanical gardens with a wide selection of tropical plants, marvelously stylish greenhouses, and exhibitions. The large complex allows one to stroll through the world’s tropical regions at one’s leisure. The plants are arranged largely according to their natural habitats, such as rain forest, mangrove, monsoon and savannah. Guided tours and lectures are held regularly and exhibitions on botanical matters are arranged in the galleries throughout the year. For the kids, there are several playgrounds and a functioning miniature train. The garden is open daily.

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PALMENGARTEN Siesmayerstraße 63 | 60323 Frankfurt am Main www.palmengarten.de

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Located on a former military airfield, the Aboretum is one of the most successful post-Cold War conversion projects in the region. The airfield was originally built by the German Luftwaffe, but the US Army used the facility after World War II and then eventually returned it to the German government. The 76-hectare plot nestled between the towns of Schwalbach, Sulzbach and Eschborn was then converted into an arboretum to ecologically compensate for the Frankfurt Airport expansion plans. What resulted is an expansive nature park with a collection of over 600 trees, bushes and plants from Europe, Asia and North America. The Arboretum also features horseback riding trails and ecological nature walks. www.arboretum-main-taunus.de

FRANKFURT CITY LIBRARY SERVICE The city library is a public institution of the city of Frankfurt am Main responsible for the provision and indexing of a complex, up-to-date collection of print and non-print media designed to meet the manifold needs and demands of the residents of the city.

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The assortment includes non-fiction and specialized books from all fields of knowledge, fiction, literature for children and young people, ebooks, epaper, newspapers and journals, items in different languages, sheet music and audio-visual media.

The libraries The collection comprises approximately 790.000 items to which access is guaranteed by the extensive library system consisting of the central library, the music and media resource centre, the central children’s and youth library, 4 area library service centres, 12 branch libraries, 2 mobile libraries and the centre for the School Library service which supports over 100 individual school libraries.

Visitors The city library is the most frequented public institution in Frankfurt. The library has about 50,700 library patrons from within the Rhine Main area, many of the active users are children and young people. Within the library this young target group is particularly encouraged with a highly developed user-defined programme of events and activities. Further priority is given to event library work with lectures, discussions and music, literacy and educational activities and community work in the branch libraries. www.stadtbuecherei.frankfurt.de

Schloss Freudenberg Built at the turn of the 20th century, this Neo-Classical mansion cultivates the art of perception. Located near Wiesbaden, the manor provides the perfect setting for a unique experience – and not only for children. More than 80 interactive “experience” stops awaken your senses: It is all about touching, smelling, thinking and discovering. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the Dark Bar, where drinks and food are served in complete darkness by blind waiters. This unique concept has inspired other similar venues in Germany and worldwide. Outdoors, the enchantment continues with an Aeolian harp, played by the winds, a stone labyrinth and numerous playgrounds.

SCHLOSS FREUDENBERG Freudenbergstraße 224 – 226 | 65201 Wiesbaden www.schlossfreudenberg.de

Opel Zoo The Opel Zoo is a long-standing favorite among families in the region. Thanks to reasonably-priced annual family passes, many parents have visited the zoo more times than they care to remember. The zoo, which is located between Königstein and Kronberg, offers spacious habitats for elephants, giraffes, zebras and monkeys. In addition, there is

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IN RHINE-MAIN SINCE the nineties

Heimat (Home) means: Fresh air to breathe, coffee houses and cream tarts. A thing I brought from home, which I’d never have left behind: My very heavy collection of art books. My favorite dish, food, sweet – home or Germany: Homemade sweet noodles with poppy seeds (makvé šulance). The most exotic place in the world I’ve ever been to: Eating cherries on top of the tree at my grandmother’s Garden in Chrabrany, Slovakia. The strangest German word I learnt: Selbstverständlich The song of my life, the movie of my life, the book of my life: “Je ne regrette rien” by Édith Piaf

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MARIE KORBEL She grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Slovakia. She found her freedom in culture and art. In the beginning of her professional life she devoted herself to fashion. She lived in different European cities as a designer; Lausanne, Munich, Paris, Milan. Her responsibilities were consulting and quality assurance for various industrial houses in the fashion and product industry. Today she enjoys teaching art and is involved in philanthropic causes.

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This is the App on my phone, which I can not live without: The dictaphone, because it’s quick and you can walk the dog while doing it. Tell us how it feels to drive in Germany, what is ­different, what is funny. I don’t drive a car in Germany. It’s too fast and hectic for me. Once, out of excitement, I put all my business contracts on the roof of the car, forgot them and drove away. I prefer to ride my bike.

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a petting zoo and a play area, which smaller kids are bound to enjoy. A great place to spend the day.

OPEL ZOO Am Opel-Zoo 3 | 61476 Kronberg im Taunus www.opel-zoo.de

Freizeitpark Lochmühle At Freizeitpark Lochmühle, a vast array of rides spin about, fly through the air and otherwise give kids a thrill. This is a large family-owned amusement park with countless playgrounds, petting zoos and water games. Pony rides and some of the attractions are at an additional price to the general admission price. There are also large picnic and grill areas, which have to be reserved in advance. Open daily from March to October and located in Wehrheim (off the B 456).

FREIZEITPARK LOCHMÜHLE Lochmühle 1 | 61273 Wehrheim www.lochmuehle.de

Taunuswunderland One of the most popular amusement parks in Hessen is Taunuswunderland in Schlangenbad just outside Wiesbaden. This privately-owned park, spread over 40,000 sqm, has all the activities that guarantee a good time for the children.

The park offers a white-water roller coaster, a fairy-tale forest, a petting zoo (with kangaroos!) and plenty of other attractions for the entire family. There are several restaurants on site, but you can also bring your own lunch and enjoy it in the picnic area. The park is open daily from March to October.

TAUNUSWUNDERLAND Haus Zur Schanze 1 | 65388 Schlangenbad www.taunuswunderland.de

WELLNESS RESORTS & SPAS Taking the Waters Dating back to the Roman era, the European tradition of thermal baths is alive and kicking in Frankfurt Rhine-Main. Whether you wish to spend a few hours in a spa to relieve stress or dedicate several weeks to invigorating your body and soul, the region has more than 30 thermal springs and health resorts for you to choose from. To make a day of it, try one of the three largest spas in the region: Rhein Main Therme in Hofheim (www.rheinmaintherme.de), the Taunus Therme in Bad Homburg (www.taunus-therme.de) or the Titus Thermen in Frankfurt (www.frankfurter-baeder.de). If you want to getaway for the weekend or longer, there are also numerous spas in peaceful, smaller towns, which offer special packages.

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KUR-ROYAL DAY SPA Kaiser-Wilhelms-Bad im Kurpark 61348 Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe www.kur-royal.de

GUIDED TOURS Find a comprehensive list of tour guides with indication of languages available: www.frankfurter-gaestefuehrer.de

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The Gutenberg-Museum Come and visit us to experience the history of books and writing “live”: Two original Gutenberg Bibles are among the treasures of the museum. In the reconstructed Gutenberg workshop we show hourly presentations of how printing was done in Gutenberg’s time at the reconstructed printing press.

Gutenberg-Museum Liebfrauenplatz 5 55116 Mainz, Germany T +49 (0)6131 1226-40/-44 www.gutenberg-museum.de Opening hours Tuesday–Saturday 9 am –5pm Sunday 11am –5pm

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Changing special exhibitions show examples of historical letterpress printing, modern printing art and typography and draw the connection into the 21st century. In the print shop, the museum’s educational department, anyone can can set and print and discover their creative side.

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In the great European tradition of taking the waters, Bad Homburg is known internationally as a famous spa town. It has a casino, beautifully landscaped gardens and the majestic Kaiser Wilhelms Bad. Built in 1890, the bathhouse has had its share of royal visits – including King Edward Prince of Wales, Bismarck and the King of Thailand. Today, you don‘t have to be royalty to enjoy a relaxing day at the spa. The Kur-Royal Day Spa offers 15 different types of treatments, therapies and massages ... all amid luxurious settings and high vaulted ceilings.

SCENIC ROUTES FOR DAY TRIPS Bergstraße Mountains, castles, woods and wines characterize the Bergstraße tourist route, where the almond blossom is in flower while the last snow still lies on the slopes of the Odenwald. The Bergstraße, which leads from Darmstadt to Heidelberg, is a paradise for walkers, canoeists and outdoors enthusiasts. Excellent wines are grown on the protected mountain slopes. Zwingenberg, Bensheim and Heppenheim are the best-known “Pearls of the Bergstraße” along the route. The ruins of the Frankenstein castle are where the English writer Mary Shelley found inspiration for her novel Frankenstein and where modern-day Halloween parties are held. In fact,

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nearly every city of import along the Bergstraße has its own mountain fortress (Weinheim even has two). Apart from the incredible view, nearly all of them have a restaurant serving food and some of the best Riesling in Germany. www.diebergstrasse.de

The German Fairytale Route Thanks to the Brothers Grimm, who lived and worked in Hanau, Hessen has a close association with fairy tales. Maybe it was the deserted forest of Kaufungen where Hansel and Gretel lost their way? Didn’t Little Red Riding Hood come from Schwalm, where all unmarried women once wore red bonnets? And wasn’t the Dornröschenschloss Sababurg, in the heart of the deep Rheinhard forest, the ideal place for Sleeping Beauty to slumber for 100 years? To discover romantic destinations, castles and half-timbered houses, travel the German Fairy Tale Route through much of Hessen. www.deutsche-maerchenstrasse.de

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Rüdesheim-Assmannhausen am Rhine Besucherterrasse­ Flughafen Frankfurt Terminal 2 B S 8/9 Flughafen Visitors’ terrace airport: Interested in plane spotting? Fascinating view of aircraft handling, planes taking off and landing.

Opernplatz City B U7 AlteOper Splendid photo shot with impressive Old Opera house and beautiful fountain.

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City, Börsenplatz B S1–6/8/9, U1–3/6/7/8 Hauptwache Much-photographed sculpture at the stock exchange. The bull stands for rising share prices, the bear for falling.

Altstadt B U4/5 Dom/Römer; Linie 11/12 Römer/Paulskirche Frankfurt‘s municipal square. Great panorama photo opportunity with the Römer, probably the mostphotographed building in the city.

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Westend, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1 B U7 Messe Sculpture at the exhibition centre, enormous silhouette of a worker, symbol of action and work.

Bockenheim, Senckenberganlage B U4/6/7 Bockenheimer Warte Gigantic dinosaur in park in front of Senckenberg museum

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Altstadt B U4/5 Dom/Römer; Linie 11/12 Römer/Paulskirche Picturesque square in the h ­ eart of the beautiful new old town with Stoltze fountain in the centre.

Bockenheim B U4/6/7 Bockenheimer Warte Forceful entrance, with historical tramcar crashing into the ground, surrounded by broken paving stones and chunks of asphalt.

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City B U1-3/8 Willy-Brandt-Platz Gigantic Euro symbol to mark the former site of the European Central Bank.

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The picturesque city of Rüdesheim on the banks of the River Rhine is well known for its scenic vistas, steep vineyards and historic city center. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2002, Rüdesheim boast numerous cultural attractions such as castles, fortresses, abbeys and well-preserved half-timbered houses. You can take a cable car to the landmark Germania statue and enjoy a panoramic view, walk the well-marked hiking routes that wind through the vineyards towards Assmannshausen, or join the Ringtickettour with chairlift and boat tour. Among the museums is Siegfried‘s Mechanical Music Cabinet, which houses a collection of automatic musical instruments from several centuries. The Drosselgasse, a narrow street lined with wine gardens, is a good place to try the Rheingau Riesling and Pinot Noir wines. A special wine attraction is the RheinWeinWelt. In the old Asbach factory, just opposite the railway station is a wine bar boasting 160 different varieties ready to be tasted. Rüdesheim is the home of Asbach brandy, which is traditionally added to the local coffee specialty to create so-called “Rüdesheimer Kaffee”. The city also hosts several events throughout the year: the Magic Bike Rally in June for Harley Davidson fans, the Rhine in Flames riverboat parade in July, the Wine Festival in mid-August and the“Christmas Market of the Nations”, where 110 exhibitors from 12 nations feature native foods, local mulled wine and handicrafts. www.ruedesheim.de

Excursions by Boat One of the delightful ways to see the German scenery is to cruise the Rhine on a boat. Trips range from one-hour rides to daylong tours, and depart from many locations along the Rhine and Main rivers, including Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Rüdesheim and many smaller towns inbetween. If castles are your thing, then take a cruise up the Rhine starting in Rüdesheim and see the famous Loreley – a cliff on the banks of the Rhine where, legend has it, a beautiful maiden sat upon a ledge and groomed her golden hair while her haunting songs led sailors to a watery death. www.primus-linie.de or www.k-d.com

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CASTLES, MONASTERIES AND RUINS Eberbach Monastery In 1136, 12 monks began the construction of one of today‘s most impressive monastery structures in northern Europe. Having been dispatched by St. Bernhard of Clairvaux, they started viticulture in the Rheingau and obtained for their wines the highest bids at auctions. Today, the Eberbach Monastery is the seat of the largest wine estate in Germany (220 hectares). The former abbey became famous through the film adaptation of Umberto Eco’s novel “The Name of the Rose” (1985). Every year in September the movie is shown at its actual shooting location. Several times a month, the monastery offers tours and wine tastings, as well as numerous other events held in this heritage-protected site. The Eberbach Monastery and its museum are open daily, and the wine bar, restaurant and hotel offer many special arrangements.

EBERBACH MONASTERY Kloster-Eberbach-Str. 1 | 65346 Eltville am Rhein www.kloster-eberbach.de

Seligenstadt Seligenstadt is a perfectly preserved medieval town located about 25 miles southeast of Frankfurt along the Main River. The streets of this quaint town are lined with cobblestone,

and 177 houses and buildings are listed on the German national historical registry. The landmark of Seligenstadt is the Einhardt Basilica. Behind the basilica is an expansive cloister gardens with plants and herbs which were typically used by Benedictine monks at the time. One of the best ways to visit Seligenstadt is by bicycle; it‘s a leisurely 30 kilometer trip from Frankfurt. www.seligenstadt.de

Schloss Braunfels The spires of the Braunfels castle stand as an imposing reminder of the town’s medieval history. This baroque castle is home to an extensive collection of artifacts from the period. In the summer, the castle hosts an international jousting tournament. A team of international stunt men reenacts the battle scenes and many sideline attractions contribute to transporting visitors back to the days of old. Open daily from April to October, sporadically the rest of the year.

SCHLOSS BRAUNFELS Schloss 1 | 35619 Braunfels www.schloss-braunfels.de

Saalburg Just four kilometers outside Bad Homburg, Saalburg is a painstakingly reconstructed Roman fort that was part of the

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SAALBURG Saalburg 1 | 61350 Bad Homburg vor der Höhe www.saalburgmuseum.de

STREET FESTIVALS Another favorite way for locals to amuse themselves is the Straßenfest (street or block party). These are pleasant events organized and sponsored by local governments and local businesses. Though these celebrations differ greatly in size and sprawl, they typically spread over several streets, sometimes a mile or so along riverbanks (such as Frankfurt’s famed Mainuferfest in August). These street parties typically feature stands hawking various kinds of food and drink, games, and public relations or informational services. The larger ones also feature amusements for the kids, and everything is accompanied by lively bursts of live and/or recorded music. In Frankfurt Rhine-Main, the street festivals are typically held in summer when they can take advantage of the nice weather and assure the best turn-out. A special type of festival that occurs a little later in the year, as the first har-

Public Holidays! When it comes to enjoying quality leisure time in the great wide open, preferably engaging in sports, there’s no better time than during one of the official holidays. To help you know just how many there are, here’s an overview of the official holidays observed in Frankfurt Rhine-Main. Neujahr (New Year’s Day) January 1. This day is mainly spent recovering from the long night before. Some people still uphold the old German tradition of eating either carp or pork with sauerkraut on this day. Karfreitag (Good Friday) Good Friday falls any time between late March and late April, depending on when Easter is. Shops are closed! Ostersonntag und Ostermontag (Easter Sunday and Monday) The same as above, as Easter always comes two days after Good Friday. In Germany, Easter eggs often take the form of Chocolate bunnies or painted hard-boiled eggs. The latter then get hidden in your garden or in a park for the kids to hunt down.

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Tag der Arbeit (Labor Day) May 1. The day is celebrated by trade union parades and rallies – and by everyone having a day off work. More and more, people dance till the early hours starting the evening before to mark the new month (Dancing into May!), but among them you will not find the participants in the May 1 cycle races … Christi Himmelfahrt (Ascension Thursday) A moveable holiday. This holiday takes place falls 40 days after Easter, and thus is held between the middle of May and beginning of June. In Germany, it doubles up as Father’s Day! Pfingstsonntag and Pfingstmontag (Whitsun or Pentecost) A moveable holiday. Always occurs in late May or early June, about 10 days before the next holiday. Fronleichnam (Corpus Christi) A moveable holiday. Celebrated in all the Catholic or quasi-Catholic states (e.g., Bavaria, Hessen and the Rhineland area).

Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Day of German Unity) October 3. This holiday celebrates German Unification in 1990. In addition to this full slate of official holidays, there are a number of days and celebrations that you cannot ignore if you either have children and/or care to fully experience Germany. Weihnachtsfeiertage (Christmas) December 25. and 26. In Germany Christmas is traditional celebrated on the evening of the 24th of December. The following two days are spend by most people with family and friends. Silvester (New Year´s Eve) December 31. This is generally celebrated by going to parties or a favorite restaurant. (Many restaurants offer special meals and entertainment programs on this evening.) At midnight, fireworks are set off in the streets, while children twirl sparklers and flares about. The fireworks often last the better part of an hour, after which people return to what they were doing before midnight, or somehow find their way home.

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vests start coming in, are the various wine festivals. These events take place primarily in small towns and villages in the wine-growing areas, especially in the Rheingau. The music, good cheer and food are similar to street festivals, though as the name suggests, most of the stands at a wine festival offer the latest wines, with many local vintners maintaining their own stands.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS One of the most impressive and lively variations on street festivals is the Weihnachtsmarkt or Christkindel-markt (Christmas market). Actually,the Weihnachtsmarkt predates street festivals by several centuries; originally, they were markets set up in major towns to allow craftspeople to sell their wares before Christmas. This origin is preserved in today’s versions, where you’ll find numerous small stands offering a vast array of small and large crafts items. Fittinglyenough, the Christmas market is also where you’ll bag the best selections of and best buys on Christmas decorations (remember that Germans started the Christmas tree tradition). There are also stands selling pottery, woodcraft and hand-crafted jewelry. In addition, there are frequently rows of stalls selling various other wintry articles. All this shopping and gazing invariably leaves you hungry and thirsty, so any self-respecting Christmas market includes a bounty of stalls offering Christmas season sustenance. A

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particularly popular drink is Glühwein, a sweet, hot mulled red wine. Many Christmas-season candies, cookies and gingerbread are also a standard part of Christmas markets. Seasonal sustenance of a more substantial variety is available in the form of potato pancakes or a thick, hearty broth that can be a light meal in itself (Common varieties include pea, lentil, Serbian bean, and goulash soup). In this region, Frankfurt’s is the largest and most crowded. It starts at the little passageway north of the river fronting Historisches Museum, then runs up through the Römerberg, all the way to just below the Hauptwache. These Christmas fairs are such a deeply ingrained part of life that they even turn up in most small towns. They usually open in late November and run for about four weeks. But plan your visits carefully! Christmas markets usually close down a few days before Christmas, so if you run over to your local Weihnachtsmarkt on the 23rd or 24th with some last-minute shopping in mind, you are liable to get an unpleasant surprise.

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has been well trained by Dr.Teufel. Our programme is not huge, but covers everything you want: Wines from Germany and the rest of the wine-producing world, German fruit brandies like Kirschwasser, whisky, cognac, armagnac, gin, sherry, port, champagne, German sparkling wine and, last but not least, Frankfurt apple wine (the real thing).

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S ports , health clubs , and spectator sports in F rankfurt R hine -M ain Frankfurt Rhine-Main is one of the centers of German sport, with its football arena, Olympic sports hub, and countless indoor and outdoor opportunities to stay fit. And plenty of spectator sports to enjoy, too.

SPORTS FOR LIFE As is true of most nations, more people in Germany tend to be fascinated by sports than there are active participants. Armchair experts abound, with the airwaves full of sports shows, sports reports and live broadcasts of sporting events. Yet there are countless active players. In fact, the German Football Association DFB has no less than seven million members, makingit the largest sports club in the world – and it is based in Frankfurt. Befitting for the nation that has won the coveted World Cup championship four times.

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Football fever also spreads in Frankfurt when the local first-division side Eintracht Frankfurt plays – at the Commerzbank Arena situated between downtown and the airport. Frankfurt is likewise home to a first division women’s football side 1. FFC Frankfurt, which comes under the wing of the Eintracht sports club,and to FSV Frankfurt, a third division men’s side. Darmstadt and Wiesbaden both have strong 2nd division sides. So if you like football, there’s plenty to watch – or take part in. After all, it’s worth remembering that sports enjoy a social value over and above

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its own virtues: Discussing sports is a good way to quickly integrate yourself into German society. Your colleagues in the office or the factory will often warm up to you faster if you display a working knowledge of the major sports events of the day... If football is not your cup of tea, you certainly won’t be left out in the cold sportswise in Frankfurt Rhine-Main. After all, have you ever wondered why Germans repeatedly excel in international sporting events? One of the reasons is the great organized network of clubs that offers a wide range of activities at reasonable prices to everyone. Sports cut across social and occupational strata and joining a sports club in Germany is therefore a great way to make contact with people from all walks of life in a fun atmosphere. The range of sports offered by these non-profit clubs is enormous – soccer, tennis, horseback riding, track and field, aerobics, swimming and, increasingly, international sports such as baseball, rugby and even American football. Fitness centers are a prominent part of the German landscape, and tennis and squash courts are available in many areas. As with all things, size and range of availability depends on where you live; small towns are often short on both size and availability.Many clubs allow you to work out several times before formally committing to a membership. Frankfurt’s largest sports clubs is the Turngemeinde Bornheim, founded in 1860 and locatedin the northeastern

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neighborhood of Bornheim. It offers the traditional array of sports including hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, handball, basketball, weightlifting and swimming. Or you can also lean toward the wilder side, with activities such as Qi Gong, oriental dance, aquarobics for seniors, and even accordion lessons.

Green Frankfurt: 80% of residents have a park on their doorstep within a 300m radius. About half of the city‘s area is not built on. Membership fees vary greatly, depending on the type of sport, the size of the club and the quality of the facilities. But as a general guideline, individual memberships cost between € 100 – 250 per year – with discounts for students and children – a worthwhile investment. Family memberships are usually a good deal ... much cheaper than several individual memberships. It is important to note that once you become a registered member of a German sports club, you are automatically insured under that club’s policy should you become injured.

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Below is a listing of several of the larger sports clubs in Frankfurt: For a full listing of the sports clubs available in your region, contact the local sports office (Sportamt) in the city or county government. In addition, the Sports Association of Hessen (Landessportbund Hessen) can provide you with more information about sports clubs throughout the state. www.landessportbund-hessen.de www.sportkreis-frankfurt.de www.mainova-sport.de

CELEBREAK Want to play football in Frankfurt but new to the city? Well, no problem! We organize football games open to anyone and everyone commitment free. We are a community of footballers who started playing together in Winter 2018 in Frankfurt. And it was out of frustration at the lack of options to play football that CeleBreak was born. There we were, just normal guys wanting to be able to always play football whenever and wherever. And with CeleBreak we want to make sure that everyone is able to play football in a way that fits their preferences and lifestyle. Which is why we offer pick up football daily whenever and wherever you’d like. We usually play easy 7v7 games with a

focus on fun, good football and socializing after the games. Any level of player is welcome! We developed a mobile app called “CeleBreak” in order to solve the organizational side of things – you sign up for a small fee and find a football game hassle-free. It’s a great way to meet new people with similar interests and quite simply just have a good runabout! The main purpose here is just to have a good time, and what easier way is there to make friends than by playing football together and having a beer together afterwards? We hope to welcome you soon on the pitch too! Info: CeleBreak is available on the App Store and Google Play www.celebreak.eu

FITNESS STUDIOS Moving up the cash ladder in fitness, one can choose from the trendier sports clubs throughout Frankfurt and the surrounding region. The great advantage of fitness studios is their flexible schedules and ultra-modern equipment (sometimes including a swimming pool and sauna). In addition, more and more fitness clubs offer “ladies-only” studios – with free babysitting. Monthly rates range from € 20 a month for a plain vanilla studio to € 125 and upwards for the highend studios such as Elements in downtown Frankfurt. Because Frankfurt can be such a transient city, many fitness studios

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also offer day rates. Nearly every major community throughout Frankfurt Rhine-Main region now boasts a fitness studio, so the best way to find one that suits your schedule and budget is to surf the web and arrange a trial visit.

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WALKING AND HIKING You do not have to go all the way to the Alps to go hiking or walking in Germany. The Hessen countryside also offers unbounded possibilities for nature lovers. The Hessen Touristik Service has put together a dozen suggestions of hiking excursions across the region, such as in the Taunus Mountains, around Fulda or on the Bergstraße. www.hessen-tourismus.de

Anlagenring (RUN) Digitale Karte: bit.ly/2pxLt5x Former city walls, now park area surrounding inner city. The zig-zag route follows the former baroque bulwarks.

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Digitale Karte: bit.ly/2Px1Rh4 Mediterranean feeling in Frankfurt through the Schwanheim Dunes – one of the fes inland dunes in Europe.

The Green Belt (GrünGürtel) is a 64-km-biking trail, encompassing a network of regional trails winding its way right round Frankfurt. Along the way, cyclists get a chance to visit dozens of historic sites, viewpoints, gardens, forests and playgrounds. The trail stretches along the Nidda River to the north before heading up over the line of hills stretching out from the Lohrberg and down to Offenbach, where it runs through parkland right until it reaches Höchst. For a free map of the green belt, contact the Environmental Office (Umweltamt). The Regionalpark RhineMain has likewise come up with a large number of appealing cycling trails. www.umweltamt.stadt-frankfurt.de www.regionalpark-rheinmain.de/routen-und-touren

Wald-Walk (HIKE) Digitale Karte: bit.ly/2qej9oz Itinerary through the city woods and Oberwald bird sanctuary. See the Jacobi Pond, King’s Spring and the Peeing Tree.

BIKE TOURS IN HESSEN Over the past decade, Hessen has built an extensive network of bike paths totaling 2,200 km from Reinhaldswald to the Odenwald. Detailed maps are available at newsagents or from the Hessen Tourism Association. If you want to go yet further afield, the German Federal Railway offers discounted weekend train tickets for biking tour groups. www.radroutenplaner.hessen.de

GOLF Germany’s first golf course was built in 1899 in Bad Homburg by an Englishman, the appropriately named R. W. Duff. With its hilly countryside and verdant landscapes, Hessen is ideal golfing country. More than 50 golf courses are now located in the state and several others are currently being planned or built. Golfing is becoming so popular that some clubs have a two to three-year waiting list. But many other clubs, particularly those located in more rural areas, are always on the prowl for new members. Guests who meet certain conditions are welcomed on many courses, and equipment can be rented almost anywhere. In addition, a number of public golf courses have been built, and some private clubs now offer economical green fees and less restrictive membership guidelines. Alternatively, you might want to spend a weekend at one of the resort hotels in the Taunus such as Hotel Georgenthal and play a round of golf on the championship course. For more information, contact the Hessen Golf Association (Hessischer Golfverband). www.hessischergolfverband.de www.hofgut-georgenthal.de

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Eintracht Frankfurt Commerzbank-Arena Mörfelder Landstraße 362 60528 Frankfurt am Main www.eintracht.de

Frankfurter Turn- und Sportgemeinschaft 1847 Marburgerstraße 28 60487 Frankfurt am Main www.ftg-frankfurt.de

FTV 1860 Ravenstein-Zentrum Pfingstweidstraße 7 60316 Frankfurt am Main www.ftv1860.de

Spiridon Frankfurt Babenhäuser Landstraße 6 60559 Frankfurt am Main www.spiridon-frankfurt.de

Sportclub Frankfurt 1880 Feldgerichtsstraße 29 60320 Frankfurt am Main www.sc1880.de

Turngemeinde Bornheim Berger Straße 294 60385 Frankfurt am Main www.tgbornheim.de

Polizeisportverein GrünTurngemeinde weiß e.V. Frankfurt am Main Sachsenhausen Max-Planck-Straße 6 65760 Eschborn www.p-s-v.de

Mörfelder Landstraße 106a 60598 Frankfurt am Main www.tg-sachsenhausen.de

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WINTER SPORTS Skiing and Snowboarding Those who enjoy skiing can get in on top resorts across Europe at low prices by signing up with the Frankfurt Ski, Snowboard, Sports & Social Club e.V. The private, nonprofit organization schedules trips lasting between two and seven days from October to July. Members of this friendly club meet regularly, both on and off the slopes, for social events and get-togethers. Alternatively, wait for the snow to come and head up the Feldberg to the cross-country trails or out into the Vogelsberg for the same or some good down-hilling. www.fscev.org www.hsv-ski.de

RUNNING & ENDURANCE SPORTS Given the countless great running trails in and around town, hardly surprisingly Frankfurt is home to Germany’s largest running club, Spiridon Frankfurt e.V. In the numerous towns and cities in Frankfurt Rhine-Main there are numerous running clubs. Many of the members compete in the local half-marathon or marathon. With its hills and plains, the region is ideal for road biking and has a long-standing history of major cycling events and clubs. One of the cycling clubs RV Sossenheim has produced many a national cyclist, and

even Tour de France participants. And the region has also developed into a veritable paradise for triathletes, boasting three out-standing clubs. www.spiridon-frankfurt.de triathlon.eintracht.de www.mtv-kronberg.de/triathlon www.triathlon-darmstadt.de/verein www.rv-sossenheim.com Over the years, Frankfurt has emerged as the host of four major endurance sports events:

JPMorgan Corporate Challenge One of the great sporting events in Germany is the annual JPMorgan Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt. The 5-km race typically attracts more than 70,000 entrants from nearly 3,000 companies – making it the largest road race in the world. Participants come from throughout Germany to run in the race, which winds through downtown Frankfurt. Many major corporations use the event as a team building exercise. www.jpmorganchasecc.com

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the end of October every year since 1981, making it one of the oldest on the continent. It regularly attracts more than 10,000 participants – no doubt some come because the course is flat and thus ideal for running fast times. One glamorous particularityof this marathon: you’ll run the last few meters on a red carpet before crossing the finish line, located inside the Frankfurter Festhalle. It’s also possible to take part in other competitions, such as the marathon for inline skaters, the relay event, or the mini-marathon (4,2km) for children aged 10 to 16. www.frankfurt-marathon.com

Frankfurt IronMan The pinnacle of triathlon achievement –the IronMan – attracts participants from all over Europe and beyond every July. Some of them are competing to qualify for the Hawaii event, some of them just want to finish the course, and the elite want to be the next European Champion. Just under 3,000 take part, swimming in the lake in Langen, cycling round the Wetterau on a loop that has to be completed twice, and then racing the marathon downtown along the river embankment – where everyone gets cheered on by many thousands of spectators. www.ironman.com/im-frankfurt

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ESCHBORN FRANKFURT This is a UCI WorldTour race held every year on May 1. Before the main event there are open races for youngsters, and amateurs and hobby cyclists – in 2019 over 6,300 keen cyclists participated. The pro race is shown live on local TV and covers 187.5 kilometers with an altitude difference of 3,222 meters to be overcome in climbing during the various loops up and down the Taunus hills, including the brutalMammolshainer ramp. In 2019, 22 teams took part, 12 of them UCI WorldTour teams. www.eschborn-frankfurt.de

SWIMMING Nearly every town and city in Germanyhas its own swimming pool – either outdoor or indoor. These facilities range from municipal pools for families to luxurious water parks. If you live in Frankfurt, the best way to find a facility that meets your needs is to consult Bäderbetriebe Frankfurt to find out where to take a dip in one of the more than 90 pools in the metropolitan area. NB: Use of the swimming pools is free of charge for children aged 14 and younger. www.frankfurter-baeder.de

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If you’d rather swim in a more natural setting, there are dozens of lakes fit for bathing across the region. In Frankfurt RhineMain, the largest lake is the Langener Waldsee, where you can not only swim, but also go sailing and camping. Open daily from 8 a.m. – 8.30 p.m., from mid-June to mid-September. www.waldsee-langen.de

WATERSPORTS IN FRANKFURT The Main offers a perfect playground for watersport lovers, either beginners or experienced. If you’re not yet comfortable with the German language, all the clubs mentionned below can offer their activities also English. The easiest activity will be the Waterbike: very stable, thanks to the inflatable tubes on each side, these unusual bikes are very easy to ride, and are your best option if you want to discover the city from the river, but prefer to stay safe and dry. Infos: www.waterbike-germany.de – Bookings through frankfurter-stadtevents.de (search with keyword “Wasserfahrrad”) – Price: 69 € for a 2-hour ride Stand-up paddle, or SUP, is very trendy, and that’s for a good reason: everyone can do it, regardless of your age or fitness condition. Take a beginner’s course with one of the SUP clubs in Frankfurt, find your balance on the board, learn the basic techniques, and enjoy the tour on the Main vith a view to the skyline. You got hooked ? Perfect ! Both clubs also do rentals so you can go paddling on your own. Infos: SUP-Verein,

sup-verein.de (near alte Brücke) and www.main-sup.de (Rudererdorf) Course prices in both clubs: 49 € for 2 hours. Interested in trying your best downward dog on the water ? Then SUP Yoga is for you ! Check the Main-Sup website to book your SUP yoga course. Infos: www.main-sup.de – Course price: 35 € Close to Frankfurt, in Raunheim, you can try wakeboarding, at Wakeport. There is only one person at a time on the cable system, an operator will adjust the speed based on your skills, and give you all the relevant instructions, so you can improve quickly. Infos: wakeport.de – Beginners session: 54€

TENNIS While the popularity of tennis in Germany may have peaked in the glory days of Boris Becker and Steffi Graf, the sport still remains very popular. The German Tennis Federation boasts 1.4 million members, making it the largest in the world. Excellent tennis facilities can be found in most towns and cities and for all levels – youth, recreational and competitive. Most outdoor courts are available through sports clubs (Sportvereine), while many indoor facilities can be booked on an hourly basis. The largest and most successful tennis academy in Germany is the Alexander Waske Tennis-University. Many of Germany‘s leading professionals have trained here, including 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber,as well as Andrea Petkovic and Tommy Haas … to name

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EIN VEREIN. MEHR ALS 50 SPORTARTEN. HERZLICH WILLKOMMEN IN FRANKFURT Ob mit Bällen, Schlägern, Seilen, Stöcken oder Scheiben, ob im Wasser oder auf dem Eis, auf Rädern oder zur Musik: hier ist für jeden etwas dabei. Neben den klassischen Sportarten bietet der größte hessische Sportverein auch zahlreichen Sportexoten eine Heimat: Sowohl Eisstockschützen und Curler als auch Triathleten, Rugby- und Frisbeespieler tragen mit Stolz den Adler auf der Brust. Getreu dem Motto „von der Breite in die Spitze“ gelingt es Eintracht Frankfurt, erfolgsorientierten Leistungssport und gesundheitsorientierten Breitensport unter einem Dach zu vereinen.

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but a few. The academy offers a full range of courses, including programs for juniors and amateurs. There are also summer camps and teambuilding events for all skill levels and ages. More than 70% of the players have an international background, and the academyis well known for its holistic approach towards young, international tennis players. www.tennis-university.com

SPECTATOR SPORTS Eintracht Frankfurt Frankfurt’s beloved football team, the Eintracht, has had its share of ups and downs. Over the past decade,the team has been relegated to the second division only to emerge like a phoenix from the ashes, win the German Cup in 2018 and qualify for the European League, where it promptly reached the semi-finals in 2019. In a country that’s almost as crazy about football as Brazil (it is easily the most popular spectator and participatory sport in Germany) attending an Eintracht match is an experience you will not want to miss. The team plays in the 52,000 seat Commerzbank Arena. Matches are attended by a true cross-section of Frankfurt – from familyfathers to the most ardent of fans. www.eintracht.de

Fraport Skyliners TG Bornheim is one of the biggest sports clubs in Frankfurt am Main. Every senior citizen knows this facility. It is located in Bornheim. The club offers 1500 sports hours a week for every generation for just 12€ per month. Our program includes courses like Fitnessworkout, TRX, Functional Training, Barbell, Jumping Fitness, Yoga, Pilates and a lot more. The big Sportcenter Bornheim features 10 gymnastic rooms with individual themes like the Forest Gym with a wooden wall decoration or the Beach Gym where the floor is filled with sand. Families are highly rated at TG Bornheim. Even pregnant women, babys and kids will find their sports program. Likewise, you can find a daily child care. Really impressing is the huge swimming school. Every kid can do their swimming badge. Babyswimming is very popular and adults can also book swimming lessons. TG Bornheim has its own bath called Gartenbad Fechenheim with a nice wellness area and a big garden in Frankfurt Fechenheim. TG Bornheim has also a gym which is specialized in health and a second gym which is really familiar. Each gym member receives his individual training plan from a trainer. They also do body analytics with the members. The great wellness area with 3 different saunas and a big parking site completes the gym of our club.

CONTACT Berger Straße 294 60385 Frankfurt info@tgbornheim.de +49 (0)69 4600040 www.tgbornheim.de

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The Fraport Skyliners play in Germany’s first division basketball league. Their home court is the Fraport Arena in Höchst, which can accommodate up to 5,000 spectators. And they have regularly participated in the various European leagues. Tickets for home games sell out quickly, so be fast … www.fraport-skyliners.de

Frankfurt Universe American Football The Frankfurt Galaxy American football team was once a part of the World League, the American NFL’s fledgling European expansion league. After 15 years of ups and downs, the league was finally closed in 2007. But the most successful European team was undoubtedly the Galaxy, thanks to its extremely loyal fan base. The resurrected Frankfurt Universe is now part of the German Football League, and the games are played in the renovated PSD Bank Arena in Riederwald. The games typically attract up to 7,000 boisterous fans, complete with face painting, cheerleaders and tailgate parties. www.frankfurt-universe.de

SC Hessen Dreieich The football club SC Hessen Dreieich was founded in 2013 and its home base is the Hahn Air Sportpark Dreieich. People from 23 different nationsbring a mass of voluntary energy to bear in and around the club. In our six youth teams, children between 9 and 15 years old actively compete in various divisions. The Men’s team plays in Hessen’s top-flight football league – and is hellbent on winning it. Don’t miss out – come and visit us in Dreieich.

SC HESSEN DREIEICH E.V. Am Bürgeracker 24 | 63303 Dreieich +49 6103 7331 331 | kontakt@hessen-dreieich.de hessen-dreieich.de

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R eligious services in F rankfurt R hine -M ain International religious institutions provide newcomers with a link to a community of the like-minded and to life at home. In Frankfurt Rhine-Main there’s a place for all faiths. For some newcomers, arrival in a new country is associated with sacrificing activities that define how we see ourselves and how we want others to see us. It need not be that way at all. The churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other organizations listed below represent a strong and wellestablished commitment to families and communities of all faiths. Do not be surprised to discover that many of the spiritual activities you enjoyed at home can be continued here in Germany. Given that many people in the international community are here only temporarily, religious communities in Frankfurt Rhine-Main are attuned to the needs

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of newcomers. Many offer a diverse and dedicated parish or congregation, which brings a very international element to services and observances. Some of the institutions go to great lengths to include the local German population alongside their international members. Many share their houses of worship with a German congregation, and that can sometimes mean there are dual services and clerics to meet the needs of both the German-speaking and non-German-speaking communities. What follows is a listing of English-speaking and foreign language religious services.

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ANGLICAN EPISCOPAL SERVICES Church of Christ the King Services: Sundays 11  a.m.; nursery service and Sunday School 10.45 a.m.; parish choir; Young Singers; senior and junior youth groups.

CHURCH OF CHRIST THE KING Sebastian Rinz Straße 22 | 60323 Frankfurt am Main www.christ-the-king.net

Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury Services: Sunday 10  a.m., with Sunday School and Creche; Wednesday, 10  a.m. Eucharist and Healing Prayer

CHURCH OF ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY Frankfurter Straße 3 | 65189 Wiesbaden www.staugustines.de

of various world religions. Sometimes it features music from the “House of Worship Choir”.

BAHÁ‘Í-HAUS DER ANDACHT Eppsteiner Str. 95 | 65719 Hofheim www.bahai.de

BAPTIST SERVICES Bethel International Baptist Church Service: Saturdays 10  a.m. – 12  a.m. Youth Group (ages 12 – 15) meets every second Wednesday at 5 p.m. All servicesare held in English with simultaneous translation into German via headsets. Saturday school for children ages 3 – 11 is offered in parallel with the sermon.

ADVENTGEMEINDE Eschenheimer Anlage 32 | 60318 Frankfurt am Main www.adventgemeinde-ffm.de

BAHÁ‘Í SERVICES Bahá‘í House of Worship

Converge International Fellowship

Services: The Bahá‘í House of Worship is open daily from 9  a.m. to sunset to people of every religion. A devotional service is held every Sunday at 3  p.m. It is a 20 – 30 minute program, which consists of readings from the sacred texts

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Sunday Services: 5  p.m. CONVERGE INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP Ahastraße 12 | 64285 Darmstadt www.converge-darmstadt.com

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Immanuel Baptist Church Sunday Services: Prayer 10.45 a.m.; Bible study for all ages 11.15  a.m.; Worship 12.30  p.m. Weekday Services: Bible study for adults. This church is a member of the International Baptist Convention.

IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH Friedrich Naumann Straße 25 | 65195 Wiesbaden www.ibc-wiesbaden.com

ST. MARY’S PARISH OF ENGLISH-SPEAKING CATHOLICS Wachenheimer Straße 58 | 65835 Liederbach am Taunus | www.st-marys.de

In addition to the St. Leonhard’s and St. Mary’s parishes, there are several other parishes catering to the non-English speaking international circles. For more information please contact:

BUDDHIST SERVICES

PUNCTUM KATHOLISCHE KIRCHE FRANKFURT Liebfrauenstraße 2 | 60313 Frankfurt am Main www.punctum-katholisch.de

Buddhistisches Zentrum Frankfurt This Buddhist center has several other branches across Hessen, in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Giessen and Kassel. Contact the Frankfurt branch for more information.

HINDU

BUDDHISTISCHES ZENTRUM FRANKFURT Saalburgstraße 17 | 60385 Frankfurt am Main www.diamantweg-buddhismus.de

SRI KADPAHA VINAYAGAR TEMPEL Intzestraße 26 60314 Frankfurt am Main

Internationaler Buddhistischer Kultur Verein

Hinduistischer Kulturverein Inthumantram e.V.

Usual opening time of the temple is 6.30  p.m. to 8.00  p.m. Tuesday and Friday opening time of the temple is 6.30  p.m. – 8.30  p.m.

FO GUANG SHAN-ANDACHTSSTÄTTE Hanauer Landstraße 11 – 13 | 60314 Frankfurt am Main | www.foguangshan.de

Soka Gakkai International-Deutschland

KULTURZENTRUM WALLDORF Nordendstraße 38 | 64546 Mörfelden-Walldorf www.sgi-d.org

Jetsün Sakya Foundation e.V. Buddhistisches Zentrum Sakya Kalden Ling

JETSÜN SAKYA FOUNDATION E.V. Linkstraße 66 | 65933 Frankfurt am Main www.sakya-foundation.de

SRI NAGAPOOSANI AMMAN KOVIL Adalbertstraße 61 – 63 | 60486 Frankfurt am Main www.ammankovil.de

Vishwa Hindu Parishad

VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD Morsestraße 32 60486 Frankfurt am Main

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ROMAN CATHOLIC SERVICES

Atterberry Chapel Multicultural Christian Church

St. Leonhard‘s International English-Speaking Roman Catholic Parish

Sunday School every Sunday at 9.45 a.m., Sunday Worship Service every Sunday at 11.00 a.m.

First Communion and Confirmation Classes; RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Baptisms arranged by appointment. Confessions upon request before Mass or by appointment.

HOLY CROSS CENTER FOR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION & SPIRITUALITY Kettelerallee 45 | 60385 Frankfurt am Main www.stleonhards.org

St. Mary’s Parish of English-Speaking atholics Mass: Sunday at 5.00  p.m. First Communion and Confirmation Classes; Baptisms and reconciliation by appointment.

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Frankfurter Hindugemeinde e.V.

ATTERBERRY CHAPEL MULTICULTURAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH Rossittenerstraße 19 | 60487 Frankfurt am Main www.atterberrychapel.org

Church of the Nazarene Services: Sunday 10.30  a.m. Nursery and children‘s Sunday school during Sunday services. Services are in German and English.

CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Hügelstraße 143 | 60431 Frankfurt am Main www.kirchedesnazareners.de

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Deutsch-Islamischer Verein e.V. – Sunnitische Gemeinde Omar Moschee

ICF is a diverse English-speaking Christian community. Sunday Service: 10.30  a.m. with programs for children and youth.

EVANGELISCH-FREIKIRCHLICHE GEMEINDE (ICF) Hohemarkstraße 75 | 61440 Oberursel www.icf-frankfurt.com

There are several organizations catering to the local Muslim population in Frankfurt. The following groups coordinate Muslim activities and serve as access points into the community, starting with the central Friday mosque.

Islamische Religionsgemeinschaft Hessen

MUSLIM SERVICES

DITIB ZENTRALMOSCHEE FRANKFURT – DITIB MERKEZ CAMII FRANKFURT Münchener Straße 21 | 60329 Frankfurt am Main www.ditib.de

August Schwarz Straße 33 – 35 60433 Frankfurt am Main www.omar-moschee.de

Postfach 10 05 45 35335 Giessen www.irh-info.de

Islamische Informations- und Serviceleistungen e.V.

Hohenstaufenstr. 8 60327 Frankfurt am Main www.iisev.de

Hamidiye Moschee Verein der Guten Sitten

HAMIDIYE MOSCHEE Hinter der Schönen Aussicht 5 60311 Frankfurt am Main

African Muslim Association

AFRICAN MUSLIM ASSOCIATION Sontraer Straße 15 60386 Frankfurt am Main

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Deutschland

Genfer Straße 11 60437 Frankfurt am Main www.ahmadiyya.de riveroflifechurch.de hello@riveroflifechurch.de

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Shiite services

IMAM SADJAD KULTURZENTRUM E.V. Orber Straße 49 – 51 | 60386 Frankfurt am Main www.imam-sadjad.de

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Sunni services

ISLAMISCHER VEREIN TARIK BEN ZIAD E.V. Mönchhofstraße 24a | 60326 Frankfurt am Main www.tarik-moschee.de

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JEWISH SERVICES Jüdische Gemeinde Frankfurt Westend-Synagogue

Westendstraße 43 | Gemeinderatssaal – 5. OG 60325 Frankfurt am Main | www.jg-ffm.de (Orthodox; services held in Hebrew)

In addition, there are three smaller synagogues in Frankfurt, but their services are limited to Shabbat, some high holidays and special occasions. The Frankfurt Jewish Community can provide more details and is also the main source of information for events and happenings within Frankfurt. For Shabbat and holidays there is a liberal service offered by the Egalitäre Minjanalso located at the Westend-Synagogue. There are two women’s groups which meet regularly: WIZO and the Jewish Women’s Club Jüdischer Frauenverein. The Jüdische Gemeinde Frankfurt also offers a broad spectrum of facilities and services for every age group.

EGALITÄRER MINJAN This group meets weekly in the Westend Synagogue (left part of the building), Freiherr vom Stein Straße 30, alternating Fridays (6.30 p.m. Shi‘ur on the weekly Torah portion, 7.15  p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services followed by Kiddush) and Saturdays (11  a.m. Shabbat Shacharit services followed by Kiddush, 1.30  p.m. Shi‘ur on religious, political, cultural and socioeconomic topics.) Further information and schedules: www.minjan-ffm.de

SYNAGOGE BAUMWEG Baumweg 5 – 7 | 60316 Frankfurt am Main www.jg-ffm.de/de/religioeses-leben/synagogen (Orthodox services held in Hebrew)

LATTER-DAY SAINTS (LDS) MORMON There are 13 LDS (Mormon) congregations in Frankfurt Rhine-Main, two of which hold services in English.

Frankfurt 2nd Ward (English)

(September – May). Children are welcome in the service; childcare is provided. The church also has an active music program. Sanctuary Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7.00  p.m. – 9.30  p.m. Trinity International Concert Choir (TICC) rehearsals are Thursdays from 8 – 10  p.m. Handbell Choir Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5.45 p.m. – 7.15 p.m.

WELS Civilian Chaplaincy in Europe Services: 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, 11 a.m.: Worship in Wicker (near Frankfurt) followed by Bible Study and Sunday School. www.welseurope.net

METHODIST SERVICES New Hope United Methodist Church Services and Fellowship: Sundays 10.15 a.m.

FRANKFURT 2ND WARD Eckenheimer Landstraße 262 – 264 60435 Frankfurt am Main

Gemeinde Wiesbaden 2 (English)

Frankfurt Korean Methodist Church

GEMEINDE WIESBADEN 2 Arthur Zitscher Straße 7 | 63065 Wiesbaden Additional info at www.mormon.org

LUTHERAN SERVICES Trinity Lutheran Church Sundays: Worship: 11 a.m. Children‘s Sunday School, Adult Bible Class, Youth Bible Class, Confirmation Class: 9.30  a.m.

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FRANKFURT KOREAN METHODIST CHURCH Kaiser Sigmund Straße 50 60320 Frankfurt am Main

Grace Korean Church c/o Pfingstkirchengemeinde

GRACE KOREAN CHURCH Jägerallee 28 65933 Frankfurt am Main

Hanmaum Korean Church

Sacrament meeting: Sundays at 12.30 p.m.

NEW HOPE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Merianplatz 13 | 60316 Frankfurt am Main www.newhopegermany.umcchurches.org

KOREAN LANGUAGE CHURCHES

Sacrament meeting: Sunday at 9.30 a.m.

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH Nibelungenallee 54 | 60318 Frankfurt am Main www.trinity-lutheran.de

HANMAUM KOREAN CHURCH Badener Str. 21 65824 Schwalbach

Korean Catholic Church in Frankfurt FFM

Bertram Straße 43 60320 Frankfurt am Main www.franziskus-frankfurt.de

Koreanische Evangelische Gemeinde

Sondershausenstraße 51a 60326 Frankfurt am Main www.rmkg.info/de

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OTHER CHURCHES & RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS C3 Church Hanau As one of over 500 C3 churches worldwide, this German-speaking contemporary church hosts English-speaking pastors from time to time, and many of the songs are sung in the original English. Services: Sunday at 11 a.m. with a children’s program, as well as ministry groups and small groups throughout the week.

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C3 CHURCH HANAU Josef Bautz Straße 12a | 63457 Hanau www.c3hanau.de

Christliches Zentrum Frankfurt (CZF) German-English Church. Sunday Service: 10.30 a.m.

CHRISTLICHES ZENTRUM FRANKFURT Salzschlirfer Straße 15 | 60386 Frankfurt am Main www.czf.de

Christ-For-All Evangelistic Ministries

Puetzer-Straße 96A 60488 Frankfurt am Main www.christ-for-all.com/frankfurt.htm

Comunidad Católica de Lengua Española

Thüringer Straße 35 60316 Frankfurt am Main www.misionfrankfurt.de

Deutsch-VietnamesischBuddhistische Gemeinde e.V.

Hanauer Landstraße 443 60314 Frankfurt am Main www.phathue.de

Gurdwara Sikh Center e.V.

Silostraße 64 65929 Frankfurt am Main www.gurdwara.de

Eglise Réformée Française Sunday Services in French: every 1st Sunday of the month at 10.30 a.m. and 3rd Sunday at 4 p.m. Children‘s services simultaneously.

What makes a good life? Is it high achievement, fame, or wealth? According to the longest study ever conducted on human happiness none of these things ultimately make us happy. Robert Waldinger, current director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, summarizes over 80 years of ongoing research in this way: “the good life is built on good relationships.” Long before the Harvard Study was released the story of the Bible has been pointing us toward this same truth. God made us to enjoy relationship with Him and with one another, but the reality is that most of us have experienced brokenness in our relationship with Him and those around us. If life teaches us anything it is that staying in relationship is hard work and we often fail to love others well. We invite you to join the journey at River of Life Church as we learn to follow Jesus’s own summary of the good life to love God and love one another. Visit our website to download your free copy of the 5 Days to Discovering Your Purpose booklet.

EGLISE RÉFORMÉE FRANÇAISE Eschersheimer Landstraße 393 60318 Frankfurt am Main | www.efrg.de

Hafen Kirche

Walter-Kolb-Straße 9 – 11 60594 Frankfurt am Main www.hafenkirche.de

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Hope City Church Services Sundays at 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon

HOPE CITY CHURCH Kaiserstraße 70 | 60329 Frankfurt am Main www.hopecity.church

Iglesia Cristiana Latinoamericana (ICL) de Frankfurt am Main Sunday Services in Spanish: 5 p.m.; Weekly prayer Thursdays 5.30 p.m.; Bible study Thursdays 7 p.m.; Monthly youth and women’s reunions.

IGLESIA CRISTIANA LATINOAMERICANA Oeder Weg 6 | 60318 Frankfurt am Main www.iglesia-latina.de

Iglesia de la Comunidad Hispano Hablante de Alemania (I.C.H.H.A.) Sunday Services in Spanish with children’s service: 4 p.m.

IGLESIA DE LA COMUNIDAD HISPANO HABLANTE DE ALEMANIA Daimlerstraße 5 |64546 Mörfelden-Walldorf www.ichha.org

Wiesbaden Unitarian Universalist Services are held the 1st Sunday of the month from 2 p.m. –  3 p.m.

Salzschlirfer Straße 15 60386 Frankfurt am Main www.kingdomlifefrankfurt.com

Philadelphia Gemeinde International e.V.

At Frankfurt Airport, passengers have the opportunity to practice their faith while on their travels. A total of ten chapels and prayer rooms provide a place to pause and pray in both terminals.

Terminal 1 Concourse B, Gallery (Christian and Muslim)

Terminal 1 Concourse C, next to the counter 731 (Jewish)

Terminal 1 B Level 2, near Gate B22 (Christian, Muslim and Jewish)

Terminal 1 Z Level 3, Room of Silence (Undenominational)

Terminal 2 D Level 3, near Gate D1 (Christian, Muslim and Jewish)

Terminal 2 E arrival area, Level 2 (Muslim)

Services: Sunday 10 a.m. (German and English)

PHILADELPHIA GEMEINDE INTERNATIONAL E.V. Am Industriehof 7 – 9 | 60487 Frankfurt am Main www.pgi-frankfurt.de

Svenska kyrkan i Frankfurt am Main/ Swedish Church in Frankfurt

CHURCH OF CHRIST THE KING Sebastian-Rinz-Straße 22 | 60323 Frankfurt am Main | www.wiesbadenuu.weebly.com

Frankfurt Airport Chapel / Flughafenkapelle Frankfurt am Main

Kingdom Life Frankfurt

SVENSKA KYRKAN I FRANKFURT AM MAIN An der Wolfsweide 54 | 60435 Frankfurt am Main www.svenskakyrkan.se/frankfurt

Services are held once or twice a month.

CHURCH TAXES When you sign up as a German taxpayer, you’ll see a line on the form asking for your religious affiliation. In Germany, the large established churches here receive support from the government, which collects taxes on the churches’ behalf from all registered church members. So when you fill in a religion on this tax form, you’re granting the state permis-

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sion to register you as a church member and subsequently charge you a church tax (Kirchensteuer). This tax is levied as a nine percent surcharge on your tax bill, meaning that you pay nine percent of your income tax, not your income. The tax is automatically deducted from your salary and then given to the church of your choice.

If you don’t want to participate in this church-funding scheme, simply check off “none” (keine) when you register with the Tax Office. However, not being a tax-paying church member will deny you certain privileges. Most churches will deny you baptisms, church weddings or funerals if you’re not a tax-paying member of that religion.

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V olunteering , international clubs and business contacts in F rankfurt R hine -M ain One great way to make new friends and find your feet in life outside work: Become a member or involved in one of the countless business associations, volunteer in a non-profit organization or join a club.

BUSINESS CONTACTS A list of useful main business associations and clubs in the region

American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.

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Börsenplatz 13 – 15 60313 Frankfurt am Main www.amcham.de

American-German Business Club Frankfurt e.V.

Platz der Einheit 2 60327 Frankfurt am Main www.agbc.de

British Chamber of Commerce in Germany www.bccg.de/rhine-main

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Frankfurt Economic Development GmbH

Ulmenstr. 20 60325 Frankfurt am Main www.bpw-frankfurt.de

Club des Affaires de la Hesse e.V.

Franz-Lenbach-Straße 14 60596 Frankfurt am Main www.clubaffaires-hesse.de

Hanauer Landstraße 126 – 128 60314 Frankfurt am Main www.frankfurt-business.net

FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH – International Marketing of the Region

Unterschweinstiege 8 60549 Frankfurt am Main www.frm-united.com

Deutsch-Koreanischer Wirtschaftskreis c/o KPMG AG

German-Asian Business Circle

The Squaire – Am Flughafen 60549 Frankfurt am Main www.korea-dkw.de

Robert-Bosch-Straße 32 60386 Frankfurt am Main www.daw-ev.de

Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK)

German Australian Business Council e.V.

Börsenplatz 4 60313 Frankfurt am Main www.frankfurt-main.ihk.de

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German-Canadian Business Club Frankfurt

Wirtschaftsjunioren Frankfurt, c/o IHK

Hamburger Allee 2 – 10 60486 Frankfurt am Main www.dk-bc.de

Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH

Konradinerallee 9 65189 Wiesbaden www.htai.de

Konfuzius Institut Frankfurt

Dantestraße 9 60325 Frankfurt am Main www.konfuzius-institut-frankfurt.de

Korea Trade Center (KOTRA)

Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 49 60308 Frankfurt am Main www.kotra.or.kr

Marketing Club Frankfurt e.V.

Mainzer Landstraße 251 60326 Frankfurt am Main www.marketingclub-frankfurt.de

Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain

Poststraße 16 60329 Frankfurt am Main www.region-frankfurt.de

Schweizerisch-Deutscher Wirtschaftsclub

Oberhöchstadter Straße 70 61440 Oberursel www.sdwc-ffm.de

Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Germany

Schaumainkai 69 60596 Frankfurt am Main www.coeca.de

Vereinigung der Japanischen Unternehmen in Frankfurt e.V.

Roßmarkt 13 60311 Frankfurt am Main www.hojinkai.de

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Holzhausenstraße 25 60322 Frankfurt am Main www.die-wirtschaftsinitiative.de

Börsenplatz 4 60313 Frankfurt am Main www.wj-frankfurt.de

CLUBS, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, AND ORGANIZED FUN Much leisuretime life in Germany is spent in clubs or in non-profit organizations, dedicated simply to fun or to a good cause; they are known as Verein, or club. Many Germans flock into these officially registered clubs for any number of activities – or just to search for activities. Most of the clubs are legal entities, and as such, have their own club statutes. Members generally have to pay minimal dues for their membership. In addition, many clubs allow non-members to participate in a specific event, sometimes even on a regular basis, with the payment of a modest fee for each event. There are many sports clubs, as described in the chapter “General Information II”, but sports are by no means the only organized activity, and among the hundreds of officially registered non-profit organizations in the Rhine-Main region you‘ll find clubs engaged in such pursuits as amateur theater (including the local group, FEST, or Frankfurt English-Speaking Theatre), cardplaying, business relations, conversing in English or some other foreign language, promotion of ethnic cultures, discussion of political or cultural affairs, shooting of guns, stamp collecting and trading, breeding dogs, etc., etc. In other words, if you so wish you’re sure to find some club to suit your needs.

CLUBS & VOLUNTEER GROUPS The list below focuses on clubs or associations with a strong foreign element.

American International Women’s Club of the Taunus e.V.

Zimmersmühlenweg 62 61440 Oberursel www.aiwcfrankfurt.org

American Football Verband Deutschland

Otto-Fleck-Schneise 12 60528 Frankfurt am Main www.afvd.de

Amnesty International

Leipziger Straße 17 60487 Frankfurt am Main www.amnesty-frankfurt.de

Asociación Peruana en Frankfurt www.apecia.de

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Australien Stammtisch

GINNHEIMER WIRTSHAUS Am Ginnheimer Wäldchen 8 | 60431 Frankfurt am Main www.australien-stammtisch.de

Baseball and Softballverein Bad Homburg Hornets e.V.

Usinger Weg 96 61350 Bad Homburg www.hornets-baseball.de

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Boy Scouts of America – Transatlantic Council www.tac-bsa.org

British Club of the Taunus e.V.

Postfach 12 20 61402 Oberursel www.british-club.de

Centro Argentino Frankfurt e. V.

Postfach 16 02 07 60065 Frankfurt am Main www.centro-argentino-frankfurt.de

Circulo Cultural Español e.V. CIRCULO CULTURAL ESPAÑOL E.V. Heddernheimer Landstraße 155 60439 Frankfurt am Main

Club des Alsaciens – Freunde des Elsass e.V.

Sonnenberger Straße 84 65193 Wiesbaden www.alsacemonde.de

Country-Freunde Rhein-Main e.V.

Saalbau Ronneburg | Gelnhäuser Str. 2 60435 Frankfurt am Main – Preungesheim www.cfrm.de

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Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft e.V.

Theodor-Stern-Kai 1 60596 Frankfurt am Main www.debrige.de

Deutsch-Finnische Gesellschaft e.V. www.dfg-hessen.de

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Neu-Isenburg Frankfurter Straße 42–44 63263 Neu-Isenburg Tel. & WhatsApp 06102-77 85 0

Wiesbaden-Nordenstadt Borsigstraße 10 65205 Wiesbaden-Nordenstadt Tel. & WhatsApp 06122-50 75 71

Hirschberg an der Bergstraße Im Rott 2 69493 Hirschberg Tel. & WhatsApp 06201-489 32 72

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Deutsch-Französische Gesellschaft

Deutsch-Italienische Vereinigung e.V.

Am Winkelbach 10 61462 Königstein www.dfg-frankfurt.de

Deutsch-französische Vereinigung (VDFG-FAFA) www.vdfg.de

Deutsch-Japanische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main e.V.

Deutsch-Hongkong Gesellschaft e.V.

Kreuzerhohl 5 – 7 60439 Frankfurt am Main www.hongkong-gesellschaft.de

Arndstraße 12 60325 Frankfurt am Main www.div-web.de

Amelia-Mary-Earhart-Straße 8 60549 Frankfurt am Main www.djg-frankfurt.de

Deutsch-Koreanisches Kulturinstitut e.V. (DKKI) c/o Dr. Sung-Soo Kim

Deutsch-Ibero-Amerikanische Gesellschaft e.V.

Rodheimer Straße 4 61184 Karben www.diag-frankfurt.de

Deutsch-Ungarische Gesellschaft 1970 e.V.

Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft DarmstadtFrankfurt/Main e.V.

Kasinostraße 3 64293 Darmstadt www.dig-darmstadt.de

Deutsch-Indische Zusammenarbeit e.V.

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Ordellstraße 43 60486 Frankfurt am Main www.diz-ev.de

DEUTSCH-KOREANISCHES KULTURINSTITUT E.V. Rödelheimer Landstraße 16 60487 Frankfurt am Main

Altkönigstraße 8 61350 Bad Homburg www.dug-frankfurt.de

English Language Teachers’ Association Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar e.V.

Silcherstraße 21 61440 Oberursel www.eltaf.de

F.E.S.T.–Frankfurt English-Speaking Theatre www.festfrankfurt.org

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Federation of German-American Clubs www.vdac.de

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Frankfurt 1880 Rugby c/o Sport-Club Frankfurt 1880 e.V.

Feldgerichtstraße 29 60320 Frankfurt am Main www.sc1880.de

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Frankfurt Pirates American Sports Club

Am Hollerbusch 48 60437 Frankfurt am Main www.frankfurt-pirates.de

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German-American Community Choir e.V. (c/o Uschi Kästle)

Laurentiusstraße 11 A 60388 Frankfurt am Main www.gacc-frankfurt.de

German-American & International Women‘s Club Wiesbaden e.V. www.gaiwc-wiesbaden.com

Japanisches Kultur – und Sprachzentrum

Roßmarkt 13 60311 Frankfurt am Main www.japanisch-kulturzentrum.de

Korean German Network c/o Euko GmbH

Trakehner Straße 7 – 9 60487 Frankfurt am Main www.kgn2011.wordpress.com

German-Chinese Friendship Association www.chinaseiten.de

Kroatische Kulturgemeinschaft e.V. c/o Ivica Košak

German-Indian Round Table e. V. www.girt.de

Ernst Töpfer-Str. 4 65510 Idstein www.rijec.hkz-wi.de

Le Cercle Franco-Allemand

Am Schwalbenschwanz 1 60431 Frankfurt am Main www.franzoesischerstammtisch.de/rhein-mainliste.htm

Mexikanisch Deutscher Kreis Frankfurt e.V.

Harvard Club Rhein-Main e.V. rhein-main.harvard-club.de

Postfach 110713 60042 Frankfurt am Main www.club-mexico.de

Oxfam Shop Frankfurt

Merianplatz 5 60316 Frankfurt am Main www.oxfam.de

Instituto Cervantes Frankfurt

Staufenstraße 1 60323 Frankfurt am Main www.frankfurt.cervantes.es

ICF International Choir Frankfurt e.V.

Freiherr-vom-Stein Str. 8 60323 Frankfurt am Main www.internationalchoir.de

International Kids‘ English Club e.V.

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Wedekindweg 43 64293 Darmstadt www.ikec.de

Pickwicks English Speaking Club www.pickwicks.de

Rotary Club International (English-speaking) www.frankfurt-am-main-international.rotary.de

Schweizer Gesellschaft Frankfurt c/o Dr. Jürgen F. Kaufmann

Gartenstraße 134 60596 Frankfurt am Main www.sgffm.de

International Women‘s Club of Frankfurt

Slowo e. V. Verein zur Pflege der russischen Kultur

Rößlerstraße 10 65193 Wiesbaden www.iwc-frankfurt.de

Stresemannallee 30 60596 Frankfurt am Main www.slowo-ev.org

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Kaiser Friedrich Ring 31 65185 Wiesbaden www.agah-hessen.de

Amt für Multikulturelle Angelegenheiten www.amka.de

Frankfurter Anwaltsverein e.V.

Steuben-Schurz Gesellschaft e.V.

Mainzer Landstraße 50 60325 Frankfurt am Main www.steuben-schurz.org

Taiwanesisch-Deutscher Frauenverein

Renoirallee 83 60438 Frankfurt am Main

Gerichtsstraße 2 60313 Frankfurt am Main www.frankfurter-anwaltsverein.de

Frankfurter Rechtshilfekomitee für Ausländer e.V. c/o Evangelische Studentengemeinde

Siolistraße 7 60323 Frankfurt am Main www.rechtshilfekomitee.de

IAF-Verband Binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften e.V.

Ludolfusstraße 2 – 4 60487 Frankfurt am Main www.verband-binationaler.de

Theatre Language Studio Frankfurt

Petterweilstraße 66 60385 Frankfurt am Main www.tlsfrankfurt.com

Frankfurt Psychotherapy Institute e.V.

Myliusstraße 20 60323 Frankfurt am Main www.fpi.de

Toastmasters Business Club Frankfurt

Saalbau Gallus Frankenallee 111 | 60326 Frankfurt am Main www.toastmasters-bc-frankfurt.de

International Family Center

Hahnstraße 70 60528 Frankfurt am Main www.ifz-ev.de

Union International Club e.V.

Am Leonhardsbrunn 12 60487 Frankfurt am Main www.union-club.com

Verein der Koreaner im Grossraum Frankfurt

Münsterer Straße 29 65779 Kelkheim www.f-hanin.com

Yale Club e.V. www.yaleclub.de

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Mieterschutzverein Frankfurt (tenant’s protection association)

Eckenheimer Landstraße 339 60320 Frankfurt am Main www.mieterschutzverein-frankfurt.de

Verbraucherzentrale Hessen e.V. (consumer protection association)

Große Friedberger Straße 13 – 17 60313 Frankfurt am Main www.verbraucherzentrale-hessen.de

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Once you’ve found your feet, you’ll no doubt really enjoy the Newcomers Festival which has been held annually since 2001 in September in the Römer, the Frankfurt Town Hall – testimony to the City of Frankfurt’s cosmopolitan outlook. The Newcomers Festival is a family-oriented fair of services and organizations for the expatriate community – you’ll be able to tour the booths of relocation companies, international schools, health insurances, etc. In the past few years the festival attracted no less than 5,000 visitors from 30 different countries – who were welcomed by a full range of fine exhibitors. In addition to the exhibition proper, visitors can indulge in the pleasures of the accompanying entertainment program, ranging from international musical dance groups to food & drink very much in the local style. The Newcomers Festival is also destined to help newcomers who are professionals to overcome the transitional phase and cultural differences, to integrate and get the most out of local life.

NEWCOMERS FESTIVAL 2022 Join us for the Newcomers Festival 2022 at Römerhallen, Frankfurt. Enjoy the hospitality of Frankfurt am Main and the region at this traditional Festival. Meet fellow Expats from all over the world. Learn more about the City and the Region, gather information about life, education and culture at over 60 information desks. We are preparing music, food and above all an excellent opportunity to connect with the City. Find out about schools and partners who can help you settling in. How about bringing your family and friends! Welcome to Frankfurt, we want you to become a part of the City and the Region we love. Registration for your free tickets will open a couple of months before the Festival in September 2022: www.newcomers-network.de

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NETWORK W elcome to the N ewcomers N etwork We seek to make life in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region as easy as possible for newcomers from all over the world. To this end, for more than 20 years now the Newcomers Network has been busy providing invaluable advice and tips, important contacts and information, recommendation on all the great things you and the family can do to enjoy life in the region – not to mention linking you up with the network of more than 120,000 other “expatriates” from over 100 different countries who now love living in Frankfurt Rhine-Main.

NEWCOMERS NETWORK WEBSITE www.newcomers-network.de Your initial entry point into the Newcomers Network will no doubt be online – meaning you can get in touch with us even before you become one of the countless new arrivals here. Simply click the Newcomers Network Website in advance as it provides practical information on a wide range of topics that you will need to know how best to handle to ensure you get off to a smooth start in your new home. Perhaps more importantly, here you can likewise find out about things relating to many aspects of life in your new home, such as health insurance, banking and finance, international schools, public transport, non-profit organizations, clubs, museums, theatres, tourism, sports and much more besides. Added to which, you can sign up here for the Newcomers Network’s “International Stammtisch”, a casual get-together which takes place every first Monday of the month. Of course you can also sign up here for our Newcomers Newsletter – it appears at irregular intervals and features any manner of relevant information and invitations.

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NEWCOMERS GUIDE The Newcomers Network also produces an immensely useful A4-format book: The Newcomers Guide. Divided into fourteen insightful and objective chapters explaining the ins and outs of life in Frankfurt Rhine-Main and with extra chapters providing general information on a variety of subjects the Guide is designed to enable English-speaking newcomers to get off to a good start in the region. Published annually since 2002, it has long since evolved into an essential reference guide that takes readers step-by-step through the process of embracing life in the region.

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STAMMTISCH M eet & M ingle in M ainhatten ! On the first Monday of every month Newcomers Network hosts the “International Stammtisch”, a casual afterwork get-together for the international community in Frankfurt Rhine-Main free of charge! The “International Stammtisch” is invariably an informative, interesting and above all international evening – and is held in English. Hinging each time on a specific topic covering all the best the city has to offer, be it museums, culture, music, international clubs... Invites go out automatically with the Newcomers Network Newsletter. The International Stammtisch is a tradition for decades now. The idea is to include exciting new subjects as the respective monthly topic. The format chosen: an impulse presentation by an expert with the issues then put up for open discussion. Hotly debated subjects of late were, for example, digitization, education, and culture. Rather than staying in one fixed location, the event moves, familiarizing the participants with places they would probably not visit, such as Frankfurt School of Finance, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and other locations. In fact, one Stammtisch involved everyone going on a backstage tour of the Central Library, another one took us into a popular exhibition of Städel Museum.

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Attendees are by no means just newcomers, as the topics tend to attract a broader audience, too. For instance, when the impulse presentation was on Hessen’s creative industry, many local web designers and creatives from the region also participated. And of course people bring along family, friends and guests. International Stammtisch is an initiative of the City of Frankfurt, the Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce, Frankfurt International School, Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Rhein-Main e.V., the Regional Verband FrankfurtRhein-Main, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Amt für Multikulturelle Angelegenheiten, Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt and Newcomers- Network.de

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