Rhineland-Palatinate: 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. Rhineland-Palatinate with its capital Mainz is located in western Germany, the Rhineland-Palatinate borders (from the north and clockwise) the German states North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, and Baden-Württemberg. It shares an international border with France, followed by another state, Saarland, and international borders with Luxembourg and Belgium.
The largest river in the state is the Rhine River, which forms the border with Baden-Württemberg and Hesse in the southeast.
How do I get there?
You can easily access Rhineland-Palatinate by any Inte City train from all over Germany but if you want to reach Rhineland-Palatinate by plane you would arrive in Frankfurt-Hahn airport and continue your journey by train.
Is it a good place to learn German?
Rhineland-Palatinate is a great place to learn German since there are basically no dialects or slangs present that have an influence on the standard German language.
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.
Moving to Mainz: 3 things you need to know
1.) Where to live?
Mainz 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.
The most desired districts in Mainz would be Oberstadt and Zahlbach.
Oberstadt: this part of the city was build in the early 20th Century. The resulting new residential area has a completely different character than other parts of Mainz. Here dominate loosened, laced with green settlements.
Zahlbach: the community Zahlbach bordered directly to the river Zaybach that comes from Bretz.
Some medium range districts would be Muenchfeld and Bretzenheim.
And some of the less expensive areas are in the districts of Weisenau and Mainz-Kastel.
2.) Where to work?
Mainz is one of the centers of the German wine economy as a center for wine trade. Due to the importance and history of the wine industry for the federal state, Rhineland-Palatinate is the only state to have such a department.
Other industries located in Mainz would be the Schott AG, one of the world’s largest glass manufactures, as well as the Werner & Mertz, a large chemical factory. Other companies such as IBM, QUINN Plastics, or Novo Nordisk have their German administration in Mainz as well.
3.) How to get around?
Mainz Central Station or Mainz Hauptbahnhof, is a stop for the S-Bahn of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund. Additionally, the Mainbahn line to Frankfurt Hbf starts at the station. It is served by daily local, regional trains and long-distance trains. Intercity-Express lines connect Mainz with Frankfurt (Main), Karlsruhe Hbf, Worms Hauptbahnhof and Koblenz Hauptbahnhof.
Mainz also offers a wide array of bicycle transportation facilities and events, including several miles of on-street bike lanes.