Doctors & Physicians
Very soon after becoming enrolled in a health care plan, you will receive a plastic card with a microchip, which resembles a credit card.
Sick Pay & Travel Insurance
Should you fall ill while in Germany, your employer will usually pay six weeks’ full salary; after that, the government scheme health insurer (Krankenkasse) pays a percentage of your income, up to approximately 2.887,50 per month as statutory sick pay (Krankengeld) for up to 78 weeks.
Private Medical Insurance
If your gross monthly salary is higher than 4,575 euro, you can choose to enroll in a private health insurance program.
Government Health System
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.
Taxes & Payroll Contributions
Suffice it to say, the German tax system is complex. There are a maze of deductions, special exemptions, tax breaks for families, and much, much more.
Maestro Cards, Chip Cards & Credit Cards
Shortly after you open your current (Giro) account, you will be sent a bank card, in addition to checks and transfer forms.
Environmental awareness in Germany is extremely high. In a country with limited natural resources and high population density, it is not surprising that there is broad consensus on recycling, conservation and renewable energy.
Your Housing Contract
Whether you rent an apartment or a house, a rental contract must be signed. In most cases, this contract is a pre-printed version of the document recommended by the Tenants Society of Germany (Deutscher Mieterbund e.V.).
How to Apartment Hunt
There are many ways to go about apartment hunting. Start by making a list of your “must-have” points, followed by “nice-to-have” points.
The Hunt for Housing
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.
Mobility in the Rhein-Main Region
While the Rhein-Main area is relatively large, getting around in it is fairly easy and convenient, thanks to a modern, efficient, and well-run public transportation system.
Regional Buses and Carpooling
Regional Buses Starting in 2013, the market for regional buses in Germany was liberalized. Under pressure from the EU, the German government finally overturned a 1934 law which protected German railways from regional bus competition. Private companies …
Of course, public transport is not the only way of getting around in Germany. The two leading forms of private transport are taxis and private automobiles.
Frankfurt Hahn – 90 minutes from the city center
Thanks to the explosive growth of low-cost airline Ryanair, the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is now Germany’s tenth largest – overtaking established airports such as Leipzig and Bremen.
Frankfurt Airport – A Mammoth Among Airports
Serving more around 60 million passengers per anum, the Frankfurt Airport is ranked among the leading airports in the world. The airport boasts Europe’s most extensive air route network: well over 100 scheduled airlines serving about 300 destinations t …
Rail Travel and Call a Bike
German Railways – Often Faster Than Flying The 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 main hub. This huge, impressive stru …
RMV – Tickets & Passes
Depending on where you come from, you may find the payment system for public transport here a little confusing at first.
RMV – The Rhein-Main Verkehrsverbund
The network you will probably make the most use of during your stay here is the RMV, the German acronym for the Rhein-Main Transportation Association. This extensive network comprises streetcars, buses, underground and aboveground rapid transit trains.
Getting Involved Frankfurt-Rhein-Main
One of the best ways to get acclimated to your new home away from home is to join a local club or organization. Here is a listing of international organizations in the Rhein-Main region, as well as other contact addresses.
Clubs and Volunteer Groups
American Women’s Club of the Taunus e.V. Hollerberg 1 61440 Oberursel Tel: 06171-58 08 35 Fax: 06171-57 37 1 www.awctaunus.org Amnesty International Leipzigerstr. 17 60487 Frankfurt Tel: 069-49 61 49 www.amnesty-frankfurt.de Asociación Peruana en Frank …
American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V. Börsenplatz 7-11 60313 Frankfurt Tel: 069-929 104 0 Fax: 069-929 104 11 www.amcham.de American-German Business Club Frankfurt e.V. Mainzer Landstr. 176 60327 Frankfurt Tel: 069 97358-275 Fax: 069 97358-101 w …
Help and Advice Directory
AGAH – Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Ausländerbeiräte Hessen Kaiser-Friedrich-Ring 31 65185 Wiesbaden Tel: 0611-989 95 0 Fax: 0611-989 95 18 www.agah-hessen.de Amt für Multikulturelle Angelegenheiten Lange Str. 25-27 60311 Frankfurt Tel: 069-212 387 65 Fax: …
Other Important Cities in Hessen
Wetzlar One of the most historic cities in Germany, Wetzlar is situated on the banks of the Lahn River. Rising above the narrow streets and steep walkways of the old city is the majestic cathedral of Wetzlar. Thanks to the abundance of iron ore in the …
Other Major Cities in the Region
Mainz The 2000-year-old city of Mainz is located at the confluence of the Rhein and Main rivers. Once the seat of the Prince-Electors of the Holy Roman Empire, today Mainz is the capital of the state of Rheinland-Palatinate. The city skyline is dominat …
Other Cities in the Region
Darmstadt The Rhein-Main region’s royal connection stretches all the way to 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 occ …
Taunus: Frankfurt’s Greenbelt
The Taunus is frequently referred to as “Frankfurt’s living room,” a title earned because so many people choose to live in the green vistas of the Taunus Mountains but work in Frankfurt.
Wiesbaden: The Grand Jewel of the Region
Elegant and beautiful, Wiesbaden is without a doubt one of the most attractive cities in Germany.