Vivir en Alemania: Düsseldorf – Stadtmitte

 

Esta semana vamos a quedarnos muy cerca de Pempelfort y el Altstadt, ya que vamos a hablar de Stadtmitte, un barrio situado a tan sólo 10 minutos a pie del Altstadt y junto a la estación central de Düsseldorf.

Esta zona de la ciudad es ideal para gente joven en busca de un piso compartido (WG en Alemán), céntrico y a dos pasos de la zona de fiesta.

Por otro lado, esta es una buena zona para parejas sin hijos que tengan a desplazarse diariamente en tren, así como para amantes de la cultura japonesa.

Por qué vivir en Düsseldorf Stadtmitte

Si te apetece vivir cerca del bullicio de la ciudad, en un area bien conectada, llena de tiendas, brauereis y restaurantes, esta es tu zona.

Una de las ventajas de vivir en esta parte de la ciudad es que te permite ir andando a casi todos los sitios. Además, es un área donde se mezclan restaurantes, comercio local y supermercados, con avenidas llenas de tiendas de moda y modernos centros comerciales.

Qué más me puede ofrecer Stadtmitte

Una de las zonas más interesantes de Stadtmitte es la parte japonesa.

Como ya te comenté en el primer post de este posts series (Haz click aquí si te lo perdiste 😉 ) en Düsseldorf residen al rededor de 11.000 japoneses, por lo que es normal que se haya formado una zona japonesa, conocida como Little Tokyo, en la ciudad.

En la calle Immermanstraße los amantes de la cultura y la cocina japonesa pueden encontrar restaurantes, tiendas tradicionales y supermercados donde únicamente se venden productos japoneses.

Aunque, no todo es Japón.

Stadmitte es una zona tan amplia que abarca tanto la archiconocida Königsalle como la no menos conocida Schadowstraße.

Si te gustan las tiendas de lujo, la tecnología de última generación y disfrutar de unas vistas preciosas mientras cenas en un buen restaurante seguro que te apetecerá buscar un piso cerca de la Königsalle. En cambio, si te gusta más comprar en Primark o C&A y, además, te apetece estar rodeado del bullicio típico de la ciudad (tranvías, cafeterías, iglesias, centros comerciales…) el piso de tus sueños seguro que se encuentra cerca de la Schadowstraße.

Precio de los pisos

La zona de Stadtmitte no ha sufrido una elevación en los precios de alquiler en el último año como Pempelfort o el Altstadt, sin embargo, al ser una zona tan céntrica y bien conectada se pueden encontrar alquileres un poco excesivos para los metros cuadrados de los apartamentos.

Sin embargo, el precio medio por metro cuadrado estaba a 12,55€ en Febrero de este año, más barato si lo comparamos con las áreas antes mencionadas.

A tener en cuenta

  • Cercanía al Altstadt y la estación central
  • Gran variedad de restaurantes
  • Una de las mejores, y más antiguas,  Brauerei de Düsseldorf se encuentra en la famosa Oststraße. : La Schumacher Brauerei. Tres veces al año este cervecera produce una cerveza especial convirtiendo ese día en una gran fiesta para los habitantes de Düsseldorf, y sobre todo para los residentes en Stadtmitte. Haz click AQUÍ para leer un post que escribí hace tiempo sobre esta celebración. Aviso: ¡Esta cerveza está muy buena!
  • Es un pequeño barrio en el centro de la ciudad
  • Parking gratuito en la calle por las noches, los sábados y domingos
  • Los nuevos apartamentos que se están construyendo en la Schadowstraße

A evitar

Aunque el barrio es muy tranquilo y seguro no te asustes si paseando por algunas partes la Charlotenstraße tienes la sensación de estar en el barrio rojo de Amsterdam, ya que antiguamente esa calle era conocida por ser la zona de clubs de alterne de la ciudad.

Cómo buscar piso

Como cada semana te dejo las webs más populares a la hora de buscar piso y esta semana, además, voy a añadir la web más conocida a la hora de buscar piso compartido (WG en Alemán):

  1. Immobilien Scout 24 www.immobilienscout24.de
  2. Immowelt www.immowelt.de
  3. Salz und Brot www.salzundbrot.com
  4. WG-Gesucht www.wg-gesucht.de

Recuerda que la demanda de pisos es muy elevada, por lo que te recomiendo que contactes con el mayor número de arrendadores posibles.  ¡Mucho ánimo! 🙂

Job seeking in Germany

Look for a job in Germany

There are many different reasons why people decide to leave their home nations to start anew somewhere else in the world, however, regardless of the reason that motivated you to take such a huge decision, starting a new life means facing new challenges such as language learning, the integration into a new culture or finding a job.

Certain situations such as finding new friends or learning a foreign language depend on your social and learning skills and, of course, on your own interest.

Other situations, such as the financial one, depend not only on our inner ability to deal with economics but also on external factors that we can´t always have under control. One of those external factors is the job market, which is connected to the market´s demand and which varies depending on the sector.

Almost 600.000 job vacancies in Germany are to be filled as soon as possible

But, how is the German job market? Is it true that there are million of job opportunities in Germany? To answer those questions let´s have a look to the german labor market situation:

Some facts

  • According to Eures, Germany has the fourth largest national economy in the world
  • Over 90% of the companies are small and medium sized enterprises (which means that two-thirds of all the job opportunities in the country come from them)
  • In 2015 Germany came first in terms on foreign trade, just before USA and China

In which sector you can find a job?

Less than 600.000 vacancies were registered in Germany during 2016 and more than 90% of those are to be filled as soon as possible. At the beginning of 2016 the biggest amount of job offers were advertised in:

  1. Health
  2. Social work & Education
  3. Manufacturing industry
  4. Wholesale & Retail Trade
  5. Maintenance of vehicles

However the advertised job opportunities vary depending on the region. For example, 25 of the 50 largest german companies have their headquarters in NRW. Enterprises such as Deutsche Telekom, Aldi, Bayern or Metro Group are responsible of transformation of this region, which is one of the most important business area of the country. However, the development of the Baden-Württemberg region depends on the performance of small and medium.sized companies, since two thirds of the employees work for a SME. The key sectors here are automotive engineering and metal industry (Daimler AG is located in this region).

Although all the previous differences, there is still something that all these regions have in common: the job application process.

As you can imagine, since Germans are in love with guidelines, the job application process have some specific “rules” you should follow.

Let´s see how you can apply for a job in Germany:

Cover Letter

The cover letter is a key document because it is your presentation letter, which means, it is you opportunity to set yourself apart from the other applicants.

In your covering letter, you have to explain the company why you are interested in working with them and why your skills and competences match the job description specification.

Curriculum Vitae

As a rule in Germany the most recent professional experiences are usually placed at the beginning, following a photo and your personal information.

The most important categories into which your CV should be divided are:

  • Photo and personal details

It is recommended to take a professional photo.

  • Professional experience

Including the name of the companies where you have previously worked and a short description of your tasks.

  • Education

In Germany it is really important to mention which level of education do you have (master, bachelor, elementary school, PhD…). List to which schools and universities did you attend and, also, do not forget to mention if you have done any continuing education course.

  • Language skills

If you speak many different language you should explain how well do you speak them. Let´s see how you can do that:

          “Muttersprache” – Native Level (C2)

          “Verhandlungssicher” – Business Level (C1)

          “Fließend” – Fluent (B1/B2)

          “Grundkenntnisse” – Basic Knowledge (A1/A2)

Technical Skills

Under the title EDV list all your technical skills such as computer skills (Office, Gmail, Outlook) or more specific skills which that are important for your work.

Certificates

As I previously mentioned, in Germany it is really important to explain which level of education do you have, but it is even more important to prove it.

Therefore you have to attach all your important educational records to prove your education level, as well as all the language certificates that can prove which language level you reached (B1, A2..)

Another important certificate, if not the most, when applying for a job in Germany is the Zeugnis, which is a reference letter written by a previous employer. The Zeugnis is a description of the tasks you accomplished and your performance during the time you worked the company.

Once you have collected all the required documents I highly recommend you to keep two copies. One scanned copy, so you can have it in your computer to make some online applications, and a printed version that you can bring to your next interview.

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And you, are you willing to work in Germany? Have you ever apply to a job possition in Germany? Did you miss any information? Share your thoughts!

V.I.E – Pourquoi pas?

VIE

 

Le rêve de plusieurs personnes est de voyager et de découvrir des nouvelles cultures. C’est la principale motivation des expats, qui sont des personnes curieuses, qui ont envie d’en savoir plus, d´apprendre, de découvrir de nouveaux horizons.

Les expats sont motivés par avoir des expériences à l’internationale, de s´intégrer dans d’autres cultures et de se développer leur carrière.

Mais comme peux-tu profiter d´une expérience internationale?

Je te recommande le V.I.E. (Volontariat International en Entreprise), qui permet aux jeunes européen d´avoir une mission professionnelle à l´étranger d´une durée de 6 à 24 mois, renouvelable dans la limite de deux ans.

Les destinations sont nombreuses mais il faut rester raisonnable…

Le plus intéressant avec ce programme est l’opportunité de travailler dans un pays étranger et d’acquérir de l´expérience professionnelle dans une culture étrangère. Cette opportunité va te donner la possibilité d´apprendre dans un environnement international avec des professionnels français et étrangers.

Quelles conditions sont nécessaires pour postuler à un V.I.E.?

Les conditions officielles sont:

  • être ressortissant d’un pays de l’espace économique européen
  • avoir entre 18 et 28 ans
  • être étudiant ou diplômé en recherche d’emploi.

Ma recommandation personnelle:

  • parler la langage officielle du pays de destination (un niveau B1 peut être suffisant pour commencer).

Est ce qu´il y a une indemnité mensuelle pour le volontaire?

Bien sûr! Elle dépend du pays, l´indemnité mensuelle peut varier entre 1.300€ et 3.900€. L’indemnité dépend uniquement du pays de destinations et du coût de la vie sur place.

A cette indemnité s’ajoutent :

  • Les dépenses opérationnelles, liées à la nature de la mission confiée au V.I.E.
  • Les frais de protection sociale
  • Les dépenses de voyage à l’international et le transport de bagages aller-retour.

Comment s´inscrire?

Le site Web réservé aux V.I.E.

https://www.civiweb.com/FR/offres.aspx

 

Un V.I.E., c´est plus qu´une expérience professionnelle…

 

How to find a flat and not die trying

No matter whether you are looking for a flat or for a shared-flat (WG), in Germany you will have to work hard to get one.

Depending in which city you are looking, it can be really complicated to find something suitable: Either the properties are really expensive, or the demand is too high. This does not happen all around the country, but mostly in big cities such as Münich, Düsseldor or Cologne.

In this post I would like to provide you with some useful advice, so that you find the flat of your dreams when living in Germany.

Looking for a flat

Before start looking for the perfect flat, you have to decide whether you want to live alone or whether you want to share a flat with other people. Both options have advantages and disadvantages in terms of costs, cohabitation and daily life.

Once you have decided what is more suitable for you, you can start dealing with the whole looking-for-a-flat process.

First of all, you should know that flat interviews are really important here in Germany. If you succeed to get one, it does not mean that the landlord or your future roommates are willig to have you in their flat. It just means that they are willing to know you better and, therefore, you are going to pass a “test”, where they will ask you many personal questions. So, when looking for a flat apply to offers only if you can fulfill all the requirements. For example: If the offer says that the owner of the flat looks for someone without pets and you have a dog, do not apply.

Secondly, you should be aware that germans love to rent unfurnished apartments. Yes, this includes apartments without kitchen furniture. However, not all the flats are empty.

Here you can find all the possibilities of the market:

1. Unmöbilierte Wohnung: Unfurnished apartment (the most common thing). In this case you will have to buy and bring your own furniture and once you move out, you will need to leave the flat totally empty.

2. Unmöbilierte Wohnung + Küche: In this case, the former tenant is taking all his/her forniture but the kitchen. In most of the cases, they will sell the kitchen, which lead to:

  • The price of the kitchen is not included in the rent: You will have to buy the kitchen to the former tenant before renting the flat.
  • The price of the kitchen is included in the rent: You buy the kitchen buy increasing the basic monthly rent, until you pay the whole amount.

3. Möblierte Wohnung: If you are interested in a furnished flat be careful. Here there are also different options:

  • You have to buy the furniture to the former tenant
  • You have to rent the furniture to the flat’s owner (this does not happen so often)
  • You do not need to pay for the furniture at all

WG: Shared-flat

If you are new in the city and you would like to meet new people I highly recommend you to take a look at WG-Gesucht . It is the best website to find a WG o shared flat.

Here I also recommend you to apply to the right offers. Therefore, check if your hobbies, way of life, age, gender… match the requirements written in the room offer. And do not forget that the more E-mails you send, the higher the chance to get invited to a flat interview.

If you german is still not good enough, do not panic! You can always contact your future roommates in English, usually young people are quite flexible when it comes to speak in other languages but german.

Finally, remember that if you are not living in Germany and you cannot attend an in-person interview, you can ask for a skype/zoom call.

Rent a flat

Here it comes the difficult part.

There are a lot of websites to look for a flat. However, the most commonly used is ImmobilienScout24.

Finding a flat in Düsseldorf and Köln is a tough task since the demans is really high. Prices are also increasing rapidly. Therefore, if you find any interesting flat, I recommend you to contact the real state agency by telephone (if possible), because once they have a considerable amount of candidates requests they do not answer more emails.

If you succeed to have a personal interview with the landlord or real state in the flat, take into account that it might not be a one-to-one interview, but a group one. This means that you won’t be alone while visiting the property, but with 20-30 more people. If this happens, remember that the more you show interest for the flat, the higher chance you have to get a contract. Try to ask many questions and to spend some minutes alone with the owner or the real state employee.

The landlord

In Germany you can find different kinds of landlords:

  • Private landlords
  • Real states

Depending on the landlord, the former tenant can carry out a pre-selection of candidates and send their information to the landlord. This information is very useful if you already know someone who is planning to move out. This person could talk his landlord about you and invite you both to have a personal interview in the flat.

Most of the times, however, the owners of the flat like to make this pre-selection themselves. How do they do it? Easily, they base this pre-selection on the E-mails and calls that they receive when posting the renting offer online. Therefore, when you contact the landlord or real state, you have to sell youself, you have to show them that you are the right person for the flat. In Germany, the impression matters the most.

Once the pre-selection process is done, you will be invited to a personal interview. As I previously mentioned, this can be privat or in group. Do not forget to be prepared to answer and ask many questions. If you really like the flat, do not hesitate to show your interest.

Finally, if the personal interview went well, you will have to give the landlord thousand of documents such as information about your income.

The documents

As I previosly said, landlords want to know more about you before allowing you to rent their place (this applies also to WGs or shared-flats). Therefore, they will ask you for the following documents:

  • Net income of the last year or the last three months (depending on the landlord)
  • SCHUFA*
  • Auskunt: Here they include all the documents related to your personal information such as: Family status, bank account, anmeldung and former address.

*SCHUFA

I know this concept does not exist in other european countries, so let’s see what is this weird thing.

The SCHUFA is an official document that shows how realiably you have met your financial obligations and landlords (and other entities) use it to decide how worthy you are of being granted further obligations, in this case, how worthy you are of paying the rent every month. In this page you can find more information about it.

Social Networks

And last but not least, Social Networks!

These are helpful tools to find a flat in Germany. Here you can find various expat groups where people post information when they move out and leave their flats. Contacting them can be a good way to be pre-selected for a flat visit.

Be patient and keep looking!  In the meanwhile I wish you good luck!

 

In case you want to share your experience, feel free to leave a comment below or to contact me via social networks. I am always thrilled to read more about you!

 

*Please, note that I am not an English native speaker. Therefore, you may find some spelling mistakes in this post. Feel free to let me know it and help me improve my English skills.

And now what?

Regardless of the economical and financial point of view, the European Union was born to remind us that we can live in peace together. The EU is based in peace and collaboration agreements.

UK joined the EU in 1973 sharing its principles of stability, respect and prosperity. Furthermore, being part of this alliance allowed the UK citizens to work, live and travel freely all around the EU.

Until four days ago.

Four days ago UK decided to leave us, its citizens surprisingly voted for the renowned “Brexit” causing an unprecedented uncertainty on the whole EU.

There were two fact that impressed us the most regarding this decision. On the one hand, Google reported that searches for “What does it mean to leave the EU?” and “What is the EU?” peaked after the referendum. Does it mean that UK citizens did not know the consequences of their votes?    

“Many people are regretting about what they voted. They did not know the real consequences of the Brexit” – N.C Spanish expat in Oxford

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On the other hand, mostly elder people voted for the Brexit while young people voted massively to remain. Does it mean that elder people decided the future of my generation and the upcoming generations without being aware, as we previously saw, of the consequences of this decision? 

“The older generation over 50 voted mostly to leave. Most of them will be dead in time for the next generation to suffer” – G.M. Northern Irish expat in Montpellier 

And now, what’s next? What’s going to happen with Scotland and North Ireland (which massively voted to remain in the EU)?

“We will probably become independent and join our EU neighbors. We’ve just caused a recession for ourselves and upset our European neighbors” – G.W. Scotsman expat in Düsseldorf

And how will this decision affect expats? How will this vote change the way the next generations understand the freedom of movement of workers and citizens in the EU?

“No one was expecting this result in my company. They still do not know what is coming next since most of the employees are foreigners. There are trying to figure out how can they manage this situation” – N.B. Spanish expat in Manchester

One important principle of the EU is freedom of movement for workers and citizens, allowing the social and cultural enrichment of the member countries. How will this decision affect all the UK citizens living abroad? And the foreigners living in the UK? We should not forget that 1.2 million people born in UK live abroad placing the UK fifth among the EU countries for the size of their expats in other EU countries.

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“Many people are thinking about to leave England. They feel there are not welcome here right now. I will stay until they kick me out, then I will move to other european country where I feel welcome” – A.L. Spanish expat in London 

What comes next is still a mystery for all of us. While some governments stand up for a fast and immediate exit others, like the German one, are willing to concede the UK a period of time to fix all its internal emerging problems (Scottish independence?, The establishment of borders in Ireland?).

However, it is clear that something is changing in the EU: People want to feel part of the EU, people are raising their voices, they want to be listened, they want a better Europe. Then, why instead of following arising nationalism ideas do we not stay in the EU to try to change it from the inside?. As EU citizens we have the tools to express ourselves and to generate the institutional change, then let´s do it! Leaving is just the easy way, working from the inside can be tough but it is the right way.

“We can be patriots, why not? But not nationalists. Nationalism brought us many conflicts in the past. We are facing lots of problems as europeans right now, we should stay together” – O.T. Spanish expat in Köln

 

Let´s face the nationalism that tries to destabilize what our ancestors started building 70 years ago and let´s be united in this uncertain period. There are so many challenges we have to face right now as europeans… Let´s work on them together! 

“The worst part is the not economical one, as most of the people think… it is moral! We fought to be free from nationalism, and we are now allowing it to coming back in name of…freedom!” – A.B. Italian expat in Essen

Do you feel European? What is your opinion about the EU? What do you think about the UK decision? Did you vote in the referendum?  Which is your expat point of view regarding everything what is happening right now in Europe?

Share your thoughts with us! We are happy to read your opinion!

10 pistas sobre lingoda

Para andar por el mundo lo mejor es saber varios idiomas. Así nos podemos comunicar mejor allá donde vayamos. Pero cómo podemos hacer para aprender tantos idiomas sin morir en el intento?

Igual ya conocéis la página de la que vamos a hablar (por aquí es bastante popular), pero nosotros la acabamos de descubrir y, sinceramente, os la queremos recomendar.

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Lingoda es una web creada para aprender idiomas de manera dinámica sin moverse del sofá, o mejor dicho, para sentirse en una academia sin salir de casa. Desde hace un mes nos hemos puesto serios para refrescar el alemán (que por mucho que vivamos aquí nunca está de más seguir aprendiendo y mejorando el idioma) y el resultado ha sido gratificante.

Cómo funciona lingoda? Aquí os dejamos 10 sencillos pasos para que entendáis mejor de que va todo esto:

1. Qué os apetece aprender? Inglés? Español? Francés? Alemán? Ligoda ofrece cursos de todos los niveles en estos idiomas. Desde A1 hasta C2

2. Una vez elegido el idioma lo primero que debéis hacer es crear vuestro perfil en la web. Después pasáis a seleccionar el nivel que tenéis, o el que queráis aprender/repasar y listo! Ya podéis empezar.

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3. Ahora viene lo más interesante; qué tipos de cursos hay? En Lingoda podéis encontrar cursos grupales o individuales. En el primer caso suelen ser grupos reducidos, 4-5 personas, cosa que se agradece ya que se puede aprovechar mejor el tiempo. La otra opción son cursos individuales (muy recomendables si queréis reforzar algo en concreto del idioma) En nuestro caso nos vino muy bien para repasar cierta gramática que estaba un poco oxidada.

4. Los profesores son jóvenes nativos. Esto es algo muy interesante, ya que algunos incluso no están en su país de origen sino que viven en otros países, por lo que comprenden perfectamente cuan difícil puede ser aprender un idioma y saben como ayudarte. En nuestro caso la mejor profesora fue una chica que vivía en Sudamerica. Aprendimos un montón en esa clase!

5.Cada sesión dura una hora, que se puede alargar un poco más si es necesario (dependiendo del grupo y el profesor). Por experiencia podemos decir que nunca dura menos de 60 minutos, siempre hay algo que aprender!

6. Lo bueno de esta web es que es una escuela virtual, por lo que ofrecen distintas clases entre las que escoger (como si estuvieseis en una academia): Gramatica, speaking o writing.

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7. Cada nivel y cada clase ofrecen distintos temas. Entre los temas que nosotros tratamos estaba el funcionamiento del sistema educativo alemán o como preparar una entrevista de trabajo en Alemania.

8. Otro dato positivo es la amplia variedad de horarios, de modo que podéis adaptar las clases a vosotros. Así si estáis trabajando tanto como nosotros 😉 podéis estudiar idiomas al salir de la oficina o los fin de semana.

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9. Una vez completados todos los cursos necesarios para acabar el nivel que hayáis escogido recibiréis un certificado CEFR, o mejor dicho, un certificado oficial que afirma que habéis alcanzado el nivel deseado dentro del marco de referencia europeo para las lenguas.

10. El último punto del que vamos a hablar fue la primera pregunta que nos vino a la cabeza: Qué tiene Lingoda que no tenga otra web de idiomas? Después de algo más de un mes os podemos contestar: Cercanía. Los profesores suelen ser siempre amables, además suelen conectar sus cámaras de modo que podamos verles la cara. No es sólo una web donde te enseñan la gramática y listo, sino que los profesores están ahí para resolver dudas y adecuar el curso a tus necesidades.

Conocíais ya Lingoda? Habéis hecho algún curso con ellos?

Para los novatos como nosotros os dejamos su página web para que le echéis un ojo:  https://www.lingoda.com/ 

German beers

If I ask you: What would you drink if you were in Germany? You will probably answer…

Beer!!

However, there are different kind of beers depending on the German region where you are. Do you already know which beer belongs to each region?

Following you can find 7 german beers I would like to recommend you. Could you guess about which regions and beers I am talking? Check if you know a lot about beer. Keep reading until the end!! Let´s begin! 

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1. Our first beer takes its name from its place of origin. This beer contains only a 3% of alcohol and it is usually mixed with woodruff syrup (Waldmeister) or raspberry syrup (Himbeere), which provide it with a green colour, in the first case, and a red colour, in the second case.

 

2. This time it can be more difficult to guess about what beer and region I am talking, however, let´s try it! 🙂

This beer tastes and looks similar to the weath beer, however, it has a peculiarity: The beer from this region is elaborated half with barley malt and half with weath malt. Formerly, the water of the river was used to elaborate this beer. That is the reason why, the beer takes its name from this river.

 

3. This universally recognized beer has a 4% of alcohol and its taste and look reminds us to Pilsner beer. It is composed of malt, hop, and mineral water. Hint: Its logo includes a key with a red-coloured background. 😉

 

4. Our next beer dates from 1390 (in the Middle Ages) and it obtains its characteristic colour due to the low fermentation of the malt during the brewing process.

 

5 – 6. This two beers are rivals (as well as the cities where they come from). The first one is elaborated with high fermentation yeast and dark malt. The second one is a blonde beer with a 5% alcohol and a certificate of origin. Both of them are usually served in small glasses (20 – 30cl). Tip: Both of them love Carnival 😉

 

7.  Finally we are going to talk about the most important beer during the Oktoberfest. With a 5% of alcohol this weath beer is mostly consumed in the region where it comes from, and it is served in one-liter glasses. Its almost transparent colour is due to the weath malt.

 

Was it easy to guess which beers and regions are we talking about? If so, maybe you are germanizing ;). If you still want to know if your thoughts were the right ones just scroll down and check the map 😉

 

  1. Berliner Weisse -Berlin    
  2. Gose – Lower Saxony
  3. Beck´s – Bremen
  4. Köstritzer (Schwarzbier) – Thuringia    
  5. Altbier – Düsseldorf
  6. Kölsch – Köln
  7. Weissbier – Bavaria

3 places you will love about Maastricht

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things”    –    Henry Miller

Coming back to a city which we have already visited is a way to rediscover it. Getting lost among its streets once again allow us to see the place in new light and to pay attention to little things that were overlooked during our first visit.

Have you ever had the feeling of rediscovering a city?

We had that feeling during our last visits to our beloved city of Maastricht. The city surprised us in different ways every time we visited it, allowing us to discover new amazing places. Here you can see 3 places you can´t miss when you visit Maastricht:

1. Selexyz Dominicanen bookstore

In the year 1294 this antique church belonged to the dominicos, during the second world war this place turned into a hospital.

After it was abandoned, the town hall of Maastricht sold it to a company which built a three floors bookstore.

Walking around its hallways the visitor can find tourists taking pictures, book lovers, a cafeteria (to enjoy both, a good coffee and a good book) and renowned authors signing their last novels to their fans. Those are the main reasons why this place is considered as one of the most impressive bookstores of the world.

 

2. Saint Servatius basilica

This huge basilica is formed by cute stained glasses and an impressive altar. However, I would like to recommend you to look down to the floor, so that you can appreciate the maze located in one wing of Saint Servatius basilica.

Here you can find a post that we wrote regarding the history of Saint Servatius labyrinth. We hope you enjoy it!

Maastricht

 

3. Plein 1992

This time we would like to ask you to look down again, since you can find here a commemorative monument of the Maastricht Treaty.

It is said that the treaty took place in the city of Maastricht due to its proximity to the german and the belgium border, which provides the city with an european atmosphere hardly to find in other places of europe.

Close to the monument there is a modern bridge from where the view of the city is amazing.

Maastricht

Each time we visit our Dutch neighbours means a new discovery. Therefore we love traveling to the Netherlands and spending the day walking among its antique buildings.

What about you? Have you ever surprised yourself by rediscovering a city?

3 curiosidades de Maastricht que no te puedes perder

“Nuestro destino nunca es un lugar, sino una nueva forma de ver las cosas”. Henry Miller

Regresar a un lugar que habíamos visitado anteriormente es una manera de redescubrirlo. Perderse por sus calles una vez más nos permite verlo con otros ojos y fijarnos en detalles que antes habíamos pasado por alto.

Alguna vez habéis tenido la sensación de que esa ciudad que tan bien creíais conocer os ha vuelto a sorprender?

A nosotros nos ha pasado con nuestra querida Maastricht. Nuestros últimos viajes nos han enseñado otra cara de la ciudad que queremos compartir con vosotros. Aquí os dejamos 3 curiosidades de Maastricht que no os podéis perder:

1. La libreria Selexyz Dominicanen

Antiguamente, hacia 1294, pertenecía a los Dominicos, durante la segunda guerra mundial fue un hospital y, tras su abandono, el ayuntamiento de Maastricht la vendió a una empresa que construyó, en el año 2005, una impresionante librería de tres pisos.

En esta iglesia se mezclan habitualmente amantes de los libros junto con turistas que se pasean entre sus pasillos (700000 al año) y reconocidos escritores que organizan firmas de libros. Al final del edificio se sitúa una cafetería donde poder disfrutar de un buen libro y un buen café.

Por todo ello, es considerada una de las librerías más bonitas del mundo.

2. Basílica de San Servando

Este impresionante monumento del siglo XIX está formado por unas grandes vidrieras a las que acompaña un precioso altar. Sin embargo, no dejéis de mirar al suelo, ya que en una de sus alas se encuentra un curioso laberinto cuya historia se remonta a 1885.

Aquí podéis leer el post que hemos escrito explicando la historia del laberinto de San Servando. ¡Esperamos que os guste!

3. Plein 1992

Llegados a este punto os recomiendo que volváis a agachar la cabeza pues en este lugar se encuentra el monumento conmemorativo del famoso tratado de Maastricht. Se dice que se eligió esta ciudad holandesa para llevar a cabo el tratado ya que se sitúa muy cerca de la frontera belga y alemana, lo que la lleva a evocar un sentimiento europeo difícil de encontrar en otros lugares.

Junto al monumento se encuentra además un moderno puente con unas maravillosas vistas de la ciudad de Maastricht.

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Cada visita a nuestros vecinos holandeses supone un nuevo descubrimiento por eso no nos cansamos de pasear por allí.

Y vosotros, ¿habéis tenido alguna vez la sensación de re-descubrir una ciudad?

Santa is coming to Düsseldorf

It is only 4 days left until Christmas arrives and I would like to show you how we do prepare these special days in the NRW region, in Germany.

As I previously mentioned, the most renowned activity during the months of November and December is to visit the Christmas markets. But, why are they so special? In my opinion, the prettiest part of the markets are not the markets itself but the atmosphere that surrounds them.

 

Each city has different christmas markets where to find christmas traditional food: caramel coated almonds, flammkuche, anisette candies, sausages and our beloved and well-known Glühwein. Another possibility is to buy the christmas presents there and to surprise your family with traditional german products such as: Paper lanterns, advent candles, christmas decoration or leather bags.

 

 

Here I show you a list of some markets I have already visited (and I would like to recommend you):

Düsseldorf Weihnachtsmarkt

http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/top-veranstaltungen/duesseldorfer-weihnachtsmarkt/

Köln Weihnachtsmarkt

http://www.weihnachtsmarkt-koeln.net/

Aachen Weihnachtsmarkt

http://aachenweihnachtsmarkt.de/

And if you wanna find out quiet and unknown places I recommend you the following markets:

Solingen Weihnachtsmarkt

http://www2.solingen.de/C12572F80037DB19/0/BE926AB8173E80D6C12576740029D540?OpenDocument

Leverkusen Weihnachtsmarkt

https://www.christkindchenmarkt.de/

FELIZ NAVIDAD!!! FROHE WEIHNACHTEN!!! MERRY XMAS!!!! JOYEUX NOEL!!!