Baden-Wuerttemberg: What you need to know
Where is it?
Since its reunification in 1990, the new Germany has consisted of 16 federal states. There are three city states – the capital city of Berlin, plus Hamburg and Bremen – and 13 diverse regions ranging from Schleswig-Holstein in the north to Bavaria in the south. Baden Wuerttemberg is in the southwestern part of the country to the east of the Upper Rhine, and is the third largest of Germany’s sixteen states in terms of both area and population.
It shares borders with France, Switzerland and the states of Rhineland Palatinate, Hesse and Bavaria. Most of the major cities of Baden-Württemberg straddle the banks of the Neckar River. The Rhine forms the western border as well as large portions of the southern border.
How do I get there?
Baden Wuerttemberg has its main trainstation in Stuttgart with an InterCityExpress and InterCity networks of Deutsche Bahn AG, with services to most other major German cities.
If you want to arrive by plane to Baden Wuertemberg there is also the Stuttgart Airport, an international airport approximately 13 km south of the city centre. It takes 30 minutes to reach the airport from the city centre using S-Bahn.
Is it a good place to learn German?
Baden-Württemberg is a great place to live and study, but the German language in that region is very influenced by Switzerland and Austria and has therefor a very strong dialect that is not understood by every native German speaker. If you study there however it is possible that you learn standard German because it is toughed in schools and mainly spoken in universities.
Also contact the agency called “BAMF” that offers free german- and integration-coures for people from different countries that would like to work in Germany. You should check their website for more information and where those courses will be available in your area (http://www.bamf.de/).
German is a very difficult language in general and has a large variety of dialects and slangs that even the native speakers have their problems with it, so it is very important that you find the right class for you.
Moving to Stuttgart: 3 things you need to know
1.) Where to live?
Stuttgart offers a lot of great places to live. To give you some idea’s depending on your budget take a look on the list below.
Some of the most desired districts in Stuttgart would be West and Frauenkopf.
Stuttgart-West: it is one of the five inner city districts of Stuttgart. The district includes forrest areas such as Kraeherwald, Deer Park and Solitude. In the south it borders to a little mountain and in the north to the crest of the forrest.
Frauenkopf: translated means the “woman’s head”. It is a little mountain in the southeast of the city center of Stuttgart. The district in the south of the region Stuttgart-Ost is named after it. On the property market, he is considered a jewel and the city residents call it the “green island”.
Some medium range districts would be Charlottenplatz and Rotebuehlplatz.
Charlottenplatz: the district is colloquially known due to the large number of museums and other cultural buildings as “cultural mile”.
Rotebuehlplatz: the district borders in the north to the cultural meeting place in which, among other things, the Folk High School of Stuttgart and the Stuttgart Music School are located.
And some of the less expensive areas are in the districts of Hofen and Rohracker. They offer a variety of building designed for a more basic stadard of living and fit for the needs when you are on a budget.
2.) Where to work?
Stuttgart is known for its high-tech industry. Some of its most prominent companies include Daimler AG, Porsche, Bosch, Celesio, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, all have their world or European headquarters here.
Hundreds of SMEs are still based in Stuttgart (often termed Mittelstand), many still in family ownership with strong ties to the automotive, electronics, engineering and high-tech industry.
As you see there are many different options to choose from when you are looking for a job in Stuttgart.
3.) How to get around?
Stuttgart has a light rail system known as the Stuttgart Stadtbahn. In the city centre and densely built-up areas, the Stadtbahn runs underground. Stuttgart also has a large bus network. Stadtbahn lines and buses are operated by the Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB). The outlying suburbs of Stuttgart and nearby towns are served by a suburban railway system called the Stuttgart S-Bahn, using tracks supplied by the national Deutsche Bahn AG.