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Moving to Wiesbaden Questions

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My husband, myself, and our two small children are moving to Wiesbaden next year and I have so many questions that I hope someone can answer for me. I originally thought we would rent a house, but from what I have read on Wiesbaden it sounds like that is not possible? Is this true? You rent apartments? How big are these apartments? How much per month? I am not sure if I should have our furniture sent over or try to rent something furnished.

Also I am assuming all of the schools only speak German. (It is Germany! :) ) My daughter will be starting kindergarten. We do have access to the schools on base so that is my only option right? There are no other schools to send her to around town?

Can you recommend some of the nicer neighborhoods for a family to live in? Either in town or even if there are some nice areas on the outside of town.

Thank you for any information you can give.


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In the center of larger German cities there will be only apartments. As you move closer to the outskirts you may be able to rent a condominium or house. One thing to be aware of, unfurnished German apartments may be more unfurnished than you eypect. It is common to have to install your own complete kitchen (not just appliances, but also counter tops and cabinets) and all the house lighting. As most German living quarters don't have closets, you will also have to buy somethings in which to store your clothes.

There may be international or English schools for your children. Unfortunately for you, if you don't have access to base facilities things may be worse for you as there probably be less of an outside demand for American services and products giving you much less of a choice.

Remember that German electrical appliances operate on 220 volt, 50 megahertz and American ones usually on 110 volt, 60 megahertz. Although it is possible to get transformers to handle this change, the transformer for high wattage appliances (toasters, waffle irons, etc.) will be very expensive and it is easier to just repurchase German ones, and if you do get a transformer, get one in the US where they are much cheaper. Fortunately, going from 60 megahertz to 50 megahertz is not damaging to the appliances as the other way is.

If your job is related to an American base or another employer, ask them for assistance in your move and in housing and school and other advice, after all it is really their responsibility.

I'm sure that you will enjoy your move.

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You mentioned, "We do have access to the schools on base.."; so I assume that you are associated with the US military. If so they will have a housing referral office to help you find an apartment. They will probably also have a lending closet where you can borrow major appliances. Departing military sometimes have smaller appliances and transformers to sell. The PX/BX system is also likely to stocked with these items. (They were years ago when we made a similar move.)

I knew a couple families that put their kids in German schools with mixed results. One family did not have access to base schools and resorted to home schooling. "Calvert" has a decent homeschooling program if that is of interest. My wife was an "Army Brat" and attended Armed Forces grade school, and thinks that it was a good experience for her.

Good luck with your move; living in Germany can be a great experience.

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International School Wiesbaden


Than there are also bilingual schools


> My daughter will be starting kindergarten.

This works normally pretty well with German kindergartens.

> from what I have read on Wiesbaden it sounds like that is not possible? Is this true? You rent apartments?

Renting apartments is more common. And in the city itself there are barely houses to rent, only in suburbs this is more common.

> How big are these apartments? How much per month?

Various sizes, but less than a house normally. Price depends on many things, e.g. how old the building is, if it's in a good or not so nice neighborhood etc. There is something called "Mietspiegel" which tells you the typical rates per square meter on a number of criteria.


(Only an excerpt, the whole booklet can be obtained for a small fee).

> I am not sure if I should have our furniture sent over or try to rent something furnished.

Furnished is less common. Will depend how long you plan to stay. If longer than a year shipping a container will be cheaper. Just leave some of your electrical equipment at home (with relatives etc.).

A better source for answers and such question than this travel related forum is


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My husband and I are also moving to Wiesbaden this summer. I have lived in Germany before, you'll love it.

If your husband is military the best thing you can do is have your husband go to housing, they will tell you what you can and can't move, they will have a moving company pack it for you. You are normally assigned a sponsor, take advantage of them. They can usually inform you of schools, housing etc. Ask them any questions you can. (if your sponsor is of no help ask for another one)

If your husband is not military but associated with military you propably have the same type of set up, I would find out from your company what to expect.

Hope this helps maybe I'll see you in Wiesbaden


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First of all, Wiesbaden has got to be one of the more enjoyable spa cities in Europe with its inner city surrounded by rolling hills and recreational options abound. Belle epoche architecture is at its best here (one of the few German cities to remain unscathed in the wars of the 20th century), beautiful (yet expensive) appartment buildings from the 19th century with 3 meter high ceilings. This is why living downtown may be a bit like living in a museum.

What is nice about Wiesbaden as well, is that it lies right next to the wine country Rheingau, which has many nice towns with somewhat affordable housing (i.e., Frauenstein, Eltville, Winkel).

Frauenstein is close to a standout golf course, Rheinblick, which also happens to be the Armed Forces main course in Germany now.

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Hi, I loved in Wiesbaden for about 4 years and I loved it. I would move back tomorrow if given the opportunity! If you are affiliated with the Dep't of Defense, you can utilize the Wiesbaden Army Airfield Housing referral office; otherwise, you can use an immobilien agent. Beware, however, that unlike in the U.S., you (the person looking for housing) will typically pay the immobilien's fee upon finding suitable housing (upon either rental or purchase). Such a fee can be fairly expensive 2000-5000 Euros. Plus, you will need to pay a deposit and cleaning fee. There are some beautiful areas around town, depending on what type of environment you want to live in--from city chic to rural. We lived in a row house in Wiesbaden-Erbenheim. It had 4-bedrooms, 3 baths, and a small backyard. Although many people will tell you that "houses" are hard to find, there will be some available (especially in the outskirts). Our house was brand new and had a fully-equipped kitchen, it seems as if more and more units are coming with filly-equipped kitchens (no closets, though, you will need to buy wardrobes). We brought our furniture, and used most everything. You can buy transformers (around $100) that will run U.S. electronics, with the exception of clocks, microwaves, and some other items. Housing is quite expensive in Germany, Wiesbaden especially.

As far as schools go, I would not hesistate to send my children to the German schools. It is an excellent opportunity for your children to become bilingual. They learn a second language much faster than we do! Besides, most German schools begin teaching English in kindergarten.

Some of the areas we really liked were: Hochheim, Schlagenbad, and Bad Schwalbach (for different reasons). Wiesbaden is a wonderful town with many things to do; not to mention that you are a short car ride away from France, Switzerland, Czech, Belgium, and the Netherlands.


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7. Re: Moving to Wiesbaden Questions

Hi Kim!

I teach in a DoD school in Wiesbaden. The schools are great, but like anywhere, a lot depends on the teacher. It's hit or miss, like anywhere, but the schools are caring places.

As for housing, there are houses available to buy, but the process is not an easy one. Also, a previous post mentioning $5000 for a fee was extreemely optimistic. Expect to pay about 6 to 7 percent of the house's cost. Single family homes in the area range from about 350,000 euros to over 1,000,000 euros. So, you do the math. I paid about $30,000 in agency fees.

You might try immobilienscout.de to get a better idea of what's available, though it doesn't have everything. No such thing as MLS here. Good luck Kim!

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