Essentials in Rhine Ruhr

Some first steps and infos for expats in the region

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When relocating to a new home in Germany, a few regulations need to be followed. Everywhere in Germany including Rhine Ruhr has rules for everything. Some say, if it isn’t regulated then it’s not permitted. Others claim there are exceptions to each and every piece of legislation.

A few other snippets of information may serve to make expats transition to a new home in the Rhine Ruhr region smoother.

 
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Inform of residency

Registration in Rhine Ruhr

In general, anyone who plans to remain in the Rhine Ruhr region for more than three months will need to register with the local authority (Einwohnermeldeamt), ideally soon after arrival. The ease of the beaurocratic system then depends on country of birth or nationality.

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Smooth transition

Relocation Agencies in Rhine Ruhr

Relocation is more than just moving to a new house in a new location. Busy expatriates may not have the time to investigate neighbourhoods and weigh the hidden pros and cons of a locality. The professional assistance of a relocation agency may assist companies and individuals.

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Get here, get away

Plane, Flight, Airports in Rhine Ruhr

Rhine Ruhr offers a choice of four airports. Düsseldorf is Germany's third largest offering a choice of long haul as well as short haul flights. Cologne/Bonn serves the south of the region, Dortmund is available to those living in the east. Weeze is a further alternative in the north.

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Move within the region

Getting Around in Rhine Ruhr

The Rhine Ruhr region extends across an enormous urban and rural area more or less from the east of Dortmund, west to Wesel and Duisburg, then south through Düsseldorf to Cologne, Bonn and beyond. It has efficient public transport, speedy taxis and is easy to navigate.

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Drive after six months

Driver License in Rhine Ruhr

Expats relocating to Rhine Ruhr who register and wish to drive during an extended period, need to obtain a German driver’s license (Führerschein). Normally it is necessary to convert a foreign license to a local version within the first six months of residency in Germany.

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For the young ones

International School of Düsseldorf

Choosing a school for your child is a big undertaking and one of the most important factors in relocating. The ISD fully understands this and welcomes you and your child in a truly international community which supports positive and cooperative working relationships between students, teachers and parents.

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International School of Düsseldorf

Beatrice Caston

Admissions, Communications and Development Director

Niederrheinstrasse 336

40489 Düsseldorf , NRW

Germany

Phone: +49 211 940 66

Fax: +49 211 940 6804

 
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Help from home

Consulates in NRW

The state of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) is an extremely powerful centre of commerce and trade. This, teamed the fact that many nationalities have been attracted to the region equates to a good reason for diplomatic ties to be formed by many countries.

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Staatskanzlei des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Stadttor 1

40219 Düsseldorf , NRW

Germany

Phone: +49 211 837 01

 
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Understand new neighbours

Society & Folk

Anyone who has experienced the hospitality offered by German society knows how peaceful the place is. This country and the folk here have changed much over recent years and people are much more laid back, friendly and humerous than first meets the eye.

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Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung

Dorotheenstrasse 84

10117 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 182 720

Fax: +49 30 181 027 20

 
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Entice the palate

Restaurants in Rhine Ruhr

Great cuisine and delicious food can be tasted when dining out in one of the thousands of restaurants in cities and towns across the Rhine Ruhr region. Whether for a quick lunch or an extensive dinner, a visit to culinary establishments in cosmopolitan areas can reveal tasty delights.

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Enjoy free time

Events in Rhine Ruhr

The Rhine Ruhr area presents an impressive variety of events throughout the year. Depending on the season, expats and visitors can enjoy open air activities such as funfairs, music festivals and spectator sports, bathe in Shakespeare's works and view world class stage performances.

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