At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Germany and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.The Brits (Germany)
An expat forum that prides itself on being the best around. The British community feel is strong here, with over 600 members. No question goes unanswered which is unsurprising considering the years of expat experience in the group. Wherever you are in Germany, you are sure to find a fellow Brit somewhere in your new expat neighbourhood.
A fantastic place for international parents, and expectant parents, to share information and ask questions about life with children in Berlin. Regular meet-ups and play dates also assist in rebuilding a support network for new and not so new expats. There are guides, which will give you the lowdown on giving birth and raising children in Berlin as well as useful guidance on bureaucracy and everyday expat challenges. Other Expatbabies groups can be found in Frankfurt and Munich.
With well over twenty-one thousand international members there are a vast range of topics discussed in this group. There is also a great social element, through sharing events as well as creating new ones and everyone’s invited. Whether you are looking for recommendations, need to vent or want to share your expat tips and tricks; this is the place to look.
Expats in Cologne
A group committed to finding and giving help to the local expat community in Cologne. You won’t have to wade through advertising to find the useful information in this group, and you’ll always be able to get at least one answer to your question from this international bunch. Regular meet-ups are part of the draw for newcomers and old timers alike, making new friends has never been so easy.
Expats Living In Dresden
Run by expats, for expats, this international social network holds regular meet-ups, happy hours and day trips, something that everyone settling into a new country needs. If your German needs some work you can even find yourself a language exchange partner or a recommendation of a local class nearby. This supportive community always aims to involve all newcomers immediately and welcomes all questions, big and small.
Meeting new friends in your new home city is an important part of expat life, the regular events organised by the group make this a little bit easier. Questions on any expat issues are welcomed, and friendly advice and experiences, are shared frequently. The community is very active on social media and holds at least one event a week, everyone is welcome, the more the merrier.
Stuttgart Expat Meetups
With members from ninety-nine different countries this is very international group. Meet-ups range from book clubs to running, clubbing to weekend trips, there really is something for everyone. The twenty thousand plus members make for an active group online too, no question too small for these straight talking expats. There’s more to life than beer festivals and sausages in Stuttgart but those are still a good place to start.
Regensburg, Bavaria is home to Christina and her family. An American statistician who enjoys being able to compare her new expat life with her previous one, and being able to laugh about both of them. With years of experience under her belt, new and old expats alike can learn a lot from her, her now inactive blog is still a goldmine of useful advice. An active Twitter micro blogger, she is certain to keep you entertained
The Dusty Compass
From the American Midwest to Frankfurt, Danny caught the travel bug when he was nine years old and spends his time exploring the world, when he isn’t working or tasting the delicious delicacies that Germany has to offer. Travel is more than just far flung locations for him, exploration starts locally and he is full of tips for making expat life as comfortable and fulfilling as possible.
Englishman James lives and works in Cologne with his girlfriend. He is passionate about helping English-speaking people find their way in Germany through sharing his advice and experiences as an expat. He may be fairly new to the German language but he is definitely throwing himself into learning it at an alarming speed. His tweets will always put a smile on the face of any expat settling into life abroad.
We’re always on the lookout for more accounts to feature – if you write about living in Germany on social media, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!