Hesse: 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. Hesse is situated in west-central Germany, the state borders to the neighbouring states of (starting in the north and proceeding clockwise) Lower Saxony, Thuringia, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia.
The principal cities of Hesse include Frankfurt am Main, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Offenbach, Hanau, Gießen, Wetzlar, and Limburg in the greater Rhine Main Area, Fulda in the east, and Kassel and Marburg an der Lahn in the north.
How do I get there?
Hesse has one of the best transportation networks in Europe. Many trans-European and German motorways, high-speed train, and waterways lines cross Hesse and make it easy to get to. Frankfurt International Airport is Germany’s largest airport and is accessible from nearly all over the world. Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof is Germany’s second-busiest railway station by passengers and also a great way to reach Hesse by train.
Is it a good place to learn German?
Hesse has a light dialect and pronounces some words differently to the standard German language. It is therefore not the optimal place to learn German, but you can still communicate with everybody who only speaks the standard German because the differences are not that big.
You can 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.
-Grüne Soße (a herb sauce)
-Ebbelwei (Apfelwein or cider)
Moving to Frankfurt: 3 things you need to know
1.) Where to live?
There’s so much choice of accommodation in Frankfurt that it’s hard to know where to look.
Frankfurt combines the flair of the global city and homely cosiness. The self-contained and intact life of many districts of the city, such as Bornheim, Sachsenhausen, Bockenheim and Höchst, as well as the village atmosphere, for example, of Seckbach or Bergen-Enkheim show the other endearing and charming side of the city that often remains hidden from visitors.
The districts Holzhausen, Escherheim, Bockenheim as well as parts of the Westend or the Mummsche Park in the west of Sachsenhausen are the most desired and most expensive places in Frankfurt.
A little cheaper option would be in the Eastend of Frankfurt.
And the most basic option would be in the Gallus district.
2.) Where to work?
Due to its high concentration of important financial institutions, Frankfurt is one of the world’s most important financial centres and one of Europe’s top company location. Its central position, the great infrastructure with one of the biggest airports in Europe and its internationalism make Frankfurt a leading European city. As the headquarters of the European Central Bank, Frankfurt is very important in terms of monetary and currency policy.
For more information about the companies that are present in Frankfurt visit (http://www.frankfurt.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=stadtfrankfurt_eval01.c.125162.en).
3.) How to get around?
The city has two underground railway systems: the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn, as well as an above-ground tram system. Information about the U- and S-Bahn can be found on the website of the RMV (http://www.rmv.de/en/).
The tram runs only above ground and serve more stops than the U-Bahn or the S-Bahn.
A number of bus lines complete the Frankfurt public transport system. Night buses take over the service of the U-Bahn and tram at 1:30 am to 3:30 am.
Deutsche Bahn not only operates the German railway network, but also makes bicycles available for hire. The bicycles are stationed all over the city, including at selected railway stations. To hire a specific bike you have to call a service number to get a code for unlocking the bike lock. The costs for hiring a bike are €0.06 per minute or €15 per day. To return the bike you have to lock it again within a certain area and call the service number. For more information see (http://www.callabike-interaktiv.de/)