The Ultimate Family Guide: Moving to Germany

In this section, we share resources and tips from our extensive network of international families based in key German cities including Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt.


Families living in or moving to Germany can find useful recommendations for local businesses in their area including Things to Do with Kids, Baby & Toddler, Family Services, Healthcare, Maternity Services and Home & Admin. 


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Germany is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for expats, immigrants and international students. A study by found the majority of expats (some 35% ) move to Germany for work, with 13% relocating for love and 13% to pursue higher education. The highest percentage of expats in Germany come from the USA (15%), with the UK in second place (9%). There are good reasons why Germany is an attractive place to work – it has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU, with a growing need for skilled workers, and is one of the best countries for start-ups in Europe. The


The largest economy in the EU, Germany is home to multinational organisations in industries from science & technology to pharmaceuticals to the automative industry. Frankfurt is Germany’s financial capital while Munich a global centre for technology and engineering, home to BMW and Siemens. The nation is also famous for social policies like the Kindergeld monthly payment of at least €200 per child to new parents.


Germany’s government also captures attention for forward-thinking green policies, like reducing single-use plastic bottles going to landfill to between 1-3% with a plastic deposit scheme. The German capital Berlin is often named the greenest city in the world with the fastest commute of 32 international capitals. Not to mention the jaw-dropping castles, world history sites, food, culture and month-long beer festivals!


In this MumAbroad Ultimate Family Guide we’ll cover 8 hurdles that families commonly encounter when moving to Germany, to help you make the best decision for you and your loved ones:


Relocation services in Germany
German School System
Where to Live in Germany
Healthcare in Germany
Opening a Bank Account in Germany
Cost of Living in Germany
Moving to Germany for Work – Visa & Residence Permit
Learning the German Language
Driving in Germany
Moving to Germany checklist