Rhine Ruhr is a fascinating place for families and single people alike. As for setting up home, the variety of stores for furnishings and fittings is extraordinary.
Competition is high amongst telecommunications companies. However, things don’t happen overnight in Germany since service levels of many established giants can be extremely frustrating. Especially for those with high expectancy from home. Contracts and deals are a jungle.
Local utilities companies offer complete services and a few national giants and lower priced competitors are also available. Expect similar confusing tariffs as in other countries.
Those who have brought a pet can expect loving attention and high quality care from vets. And mostly tolerant neighbours. Those renting should remember that landlords don’t have to accept pets.
The availability of English and other foreign language literature and cds in libraries of the Rhine Ruhr region appears rather sketchy. Many local public libraries do carry some English books though, and one rather unique alternative is the English Library in the state capital of Düsseldorf.
Local police are invariably courteous and helpul, appearing on the scene quickly following a call on 110. Fire brigade and ambulance services are efficient and well equipped. Emergency response, aid and assistance are never more than a few minutes away. 112 is their emergency number.
Two variations of statutory holidays exist in Germany. Both religious and political, some of them are nationwide others only in certain federal states or rehgions. Political holidays such as labour day are fixed to a date, other days off like the Easter festivities follow the church calendar.
Keeping a pet on a leash is a must in urban areas except when inside special pens and most of the wilder open spaces along the river banks or open countryside. Surprisingly for some, dogs are also allowed on public transport and inside restaurants unless otherwise stated.More...
In many urban areas of the Rhine Ruhr region it is possible to order power, gas and water all from the same company, very often publicly or semi-publicly owned. Steady deregulation has enabled online comparison and also pick and choose packaging of suppliers, especially electricity.More...
English language congregations are established in several cities such as Bonn, Cologne and Düssseldorf. Anglican, Baptist, Protestant and Catholic faiths can be found, some in their own church. MMore...