This month we chat to Elvira Martin, who decided to start the adventure of a lifetime and begin living in Germany since 2014. She is in love with the city, the German culture and buzzing atmosphere.
Why did you move to Germany?
Let’s say I moved for love! I moved due to my partner who found a great job opportunity and relocated to Germany a year before me. After living apart for a year I finally made the decision to move. I came without any job, started an intensive German course and found an amazing job in Marketing.
What do you like about living in Germany?
I live in Frankfurt, a mayor financial hub in Germany but quite a small city with approximately 700.000 citizens. One of the best things about the city is that you can access a lot of places in a short time by walking, cycling or using public transport. I love living in a city with a river too, during spring and summer it’s a great place to spend your free time.
The city is full of life and foreign people, half of the population is from other parts of the world, which helps people to settle in quickly.
Life in Germany is more relaxed but it’s also amusing with a lot of things to do. There’s a range of restaurants, bars and a lot of cultural activities (museums, festivals, sports activities, concerts, etc.)
German people are friendly, polite and very loyal. People usually say that if you have a German friend you will have it forever – and of course I like their variety of beers!
Where are the best places to visit in Germany?
There are a lot of interesting places to visit in Germany, in both the North and the South. Germany is also a strategic place to travel around Central Europe. You can easily reach The Netherlands, Belgium, France or Switzerland.
If you visit Germany you can´t miss Berlin: known for its numerous cultural institutions, the diversity and a trendsetting atmosphere.
Munich next to the Bavarian Alps, is a city that revels in its contradictions. Modernity driven by technology and innovation and tradition. All combined with stunning architecture, history, culture, beer gardens and a magnificent countryside.
Besides these two well-known cities, you can find lots of little charmed towns that are surrounded by rivers and castles. For Example: Rothenburg ob der Tauber or Heidelberg among others.
What did you find challenging about moving to Germany?
The main challenge is the language. Although English is widely spoken, it’s still difficult if you have to deal with the German Administration or to navigate day to day life without speaking German.
What advice would you give to anyone moving and starting a job in a new country?
Learn the language! Although Germans are proficient in English and even if you work in an international company in English, most of your colleagues will be Germans. Knowing the language will make your adaptation easier and your colleagues will appreciate the effort.
Remember any relocation begins with a Visa, be sure to check out our immigration support for help with your new start.