Top Twelve Reasons I Love Living in Germany

Like many people who live abroad, I often think about moving back home. But then I remind myself what it is I like about living in Germany, and life isn’t so bad after all. Every wobbly expat should keep one of these lists to get them through the ‘sod it, I’m out of here!’ times. Here are twelve great things about living in Bavaria.

The EidseeClean living: The air that we breathe feels so clean in Bavaria some nights I don’t even feel the need to wash my face. Okay, so I’m a lazy cow at times, but still. The air is REALLY clean here! I can see the difference in my skin when I go back to England. The tap water doesn’t taste of chemicals either. In fact, the tap water in Munich comes direct from the mountains.  No need for mineral water here. If you fancy a detox, come to Bavaria!

Bavarian health food/medicineCheap beer: So maybe a detox isn’t such a great idea after all. Beer is very cheap in Bavaria, and there are over 4,000 brands to choose from.  My Bavarian neighbour starts drinking beer at about 10am. He also looks about 60 when he’s probably only 30, but at least he’s happy. Munich’s Oktoberfest is a great way to pay homage to Bavarian beer. Don’t miss it.

Amazing nature: Germany feels like one massive forest. This is where Forest Not sunbathing weather thenBoy claimed to have been brought up, remember? There are probably another thousand ‘Forest Boys’ living in Germany that no one knows about. The nature here is really beautiful, with lots of rolling green hills (the greenest green I’ve ever seen right now after all the snow and rain we’ve had), snow-capped mountains and emerald lakes.  Deer and storks are just some of the wildlife I see when I walk near our home.  Amazing.

Smack bang in the middle of Europe: France, Italy, Austria, Eastern Europe, or down to Slovenia and Croatia…all can be reached on the same day by car from Bavaria.  If you live here, you literally have the whole of Europe at your feet. This is great news for a travel ho like me. The Germans think nothing of popping down to Italy for a short break. Or driving to Austria to stay in a fancy hotel for the night. Bloody brilliant, like

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporati...

Even women work in Bavaria! (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

No recession doom and gloom: Bavarians don’t even know the meaning of the word ‘recession’. Unlike when I go home to England, the crippling financial crisis has barely caused a ripple here. Germany has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU. Our local newspaper is full of job advertisements each week. Public services are not suffering from huge cutbacks. People feel secure, even if they are not earning very much. It will be interesting to see if that continues.

Mountain stops to admire its reflection in lakeThe mountains: Not only do they look great, the Bavarian Alps provide plenty of opportunities for a day-trip or more. In the winter months there is of course, skiing and snowboarding, plus sledging tracks, climbing and lots of other things mentalists do on ice. In the summer you can hike on them, or run around in a dress pretending to be Maria from the Sound of Music. Ace.

English: photograph of King Ludwig II of Bavaria

Great Mo! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

King Ludwig: This is the fairy-tale guy who brought us Germany’s most popular tourist attraction, the Neuschwanstein Castle. The late king also called a number of other majestic Bavarian palaces home, all of which are remarkable to visit. But Ludwig was more than just king of the castles. He was possibly the most interesting German who ever lived. Secretive, eccentric and mad (according to some), he was sadly and mysteriously  found dead in 1886 after being declared ‘unfit to rule’. I’m kind of fascinated by him.

Cat Burglar

Photo credit: Feral Indeed!

Safe as houses: Bavaria has the lowest crime rate in Germany. The police must be really bored here. Unlike where I’m from in England, the local newspaper isn’t full of stories concerning burglaries, muggings and rapes. Which is nice! It’s so safe here that when I couldn’t find our front door key recently, I propped the door open with a mat and went out for the afternoon with no worries at all.  Here’s what a Bavarian burglar would look like if they existed:

Bavarian fashionistasFriendly people: Because they are drunk on beer most of the time, Bavarians are extremely friendly and hospitable people (except in Nuremberg). Despite being a dirty foreigner with terrible German language skills, I have been welcomed into our tiny community with open arms. Unlike when I lived in London, I know all of my neighbours, and I could count on them if I ever set the flat on fire etc.  When our son was born, three of them brought presents even though we didn’t know them that well at the time. Wunderbar!

The bread: German bread is so dense you could knock someone out with a loaf on the first wallop. And there are so many different types of bread here you never know what you’re going to get on a visit to the bakery ( of which there are two per every one person in Bavaria). We must have about 20 different types of breads at our local bakery, from round loaves made with potatoes (yes, potatoes!) to long sticks made with seeds and spelt. Delish.

Nice traditional towns: Colourful, historic, and with cute, traditional shops. This is what a typical high street in Bavaria looks like. In England most of our high streets have faced ruin thanks to the likes of huge supermarkets like Tesco and online shops. Not in Bavaria.  Here you can still find toy shops selling real wooden toys nestled among butchers, bakers, and clothing boutiques. Twee.

Good education / health systems: You know you’re becoming old and boring when ‘good schools and hospitals’ become an essential reason for living somewhere above ‘hot men and free condoms’. But it’s re-assuring to know that if the worst was to happen here in Bavaria and we ended up in hospital, we are probably less likely to die, catch gangrene or contract MRSA than if we were in an English one. The education system in Bavaria is highly rated too, even though school kids finish their day well by 1.30pm. With those hours, no wonder every German I meet is studying to be a teacher.

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23 thoughts on “Top Twelve Reasons I Love Living in Germany

  1. I started reading this and thought, I wonder if she’ll mention bread. Good call 😉

  2. German bread annoys me… it goes dry too quickly. And I HATE dry bread! Having said that, I have found a couple now that will stay moist for a grand total of three days.

    I miss mountains. Karlsruhe is so flat it’s highest (and possibly only) hill is man made!

    • It does go dry very quickly but to be honest our loaves are usually eaten within hours, or at the very most, one day (I live with a German).
      Being able to see the mountains is a major plus point here, they always cheer me up when I’m feeling homesick! So I’m sorry to hear Karlsruhe is as flat as a pancake.

  3. Good thing for you you’re obviously living in some wild and romantic area in traditional, rich, postcard Bavaria that sounds almost a little too stereotypical to be true 😉 Never forget that ‘Bavaria is not Germany’ (just ask some of your neighbours as well as some non-Bavarians) – and that there are also rather run down indsustrial and deprived areas everywhere beyond the two large flourishing southern German Bundesländer.
    But please don’t get me wrong, enjoy all of it! I’d too probaly rather blog about… let’s say… the Cotswolds than about Preston to be fair! 😉

    ps. about the bread getting dry – that’s normal as it is a product made form natural ingredients – just put it in a bread tin or box

    • Thanks for the tip! I can only write about the area we happen to be living in….you know when I’m writing this blog I often think should I say Germany or just Bavaria? I often try and use both so that people outside of Germany reading this understand that, technically, Bavaria is part of Germany! But yes this is a very nice area and I understand that it is not representative of life across the whole of Germany.

  4. Hello again! I saw the tittle of your post, and thought: must read this very carefully 🙂 I agree, sometimes we have to remind ourselves why we’re here. I agree with most of your points, the nature, the people, the quality of living, the bread (although its still not to the level of Portuguese bread, unfortunately), schools…. But I have to say, I would prefer a free health system and I’m a big fan of the NHS, so I miss that from both England and Portugal. But then again we can’t agree on everything 😉 – in any case, great post, I’ll look back at it every time I’ll get homesick!

    • Thank you. There are a lot of bad things I can say about Germany but I wanted this to be positive! I also miss the NHS but the facilities and standards here are a lot higher…I will be writing more about this in my next post as I have just spent a week in hospital. I don’t think the NHS in England can go on as it is, sadly, under the current pressure. I haven’t tried Portuguese bread, can’t wait to now though!

  5. Bread that could kill someone, 4,000 types of beer and mountains… what else is there in life!? Bavaria sounds amazing! Great list, I think I’ll have to something similar for Italy as you suggest, though I’m not sure it will be quite so positive…

    • haha, I’m glad you liked it. My boyfriend said my blog was anti-Germany so i decided to write something positive to balance things out. I do often think of moving back home but then I remind myself of all the good things here…and that is what this list is all about. Yes there are bad aspects too, which I’m sure I will compile in a not so nice list one day! Hope all is well in Italy.

  6. Love this post and would agree that expats should keep a list handy….or taped to your door or suitcases to remind you on your attempt to flee! 🙂 But joking aside, this is a great list and many of those reasons are the same ones that brought me back as a now permanent resident. 🙂

    • Glad you like the list and the idea of keeping such a list. Sometimes we think the grass is greener and it’s handy to look at a situation positively rather than dwelling on the negatives. I hope you’re enjoying Germany!

  7. […] inspired by Bavariablogger’s fantastic list of the best things about living in Bavaria, I’ve decided to cast the negativity aside and remind myself why we’re here. […]

  8. I read the post by Living in the Langhe that was inspired by this posting, I was then inspired to continue with the idea you have started, and have linked to this page too. I shall be posting my thoughts on Monday morning 29 July. I hope another blogger tells us why he/she loves where they live and we can carry this theme onwards all from your idea/post. Love your blog too BTW

    • Well that’s just lovely, thank you for your message. I will have a look at your blog and look forward to reading why you like where you are living. I like the idea of this being a theme we can ‘pass on’ without sounding too cheesy.

  9. […] course his edition will  kick back to the Brit in Bavaria who unknowingly started this chain. https://boahbayern.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/top-twelve-reasons-i-love-living-in-germany/ So come on, one of you bloggers out there tell us all, why you love where you […]

  10. What a great post! I’m a retired Yank who finally satisfied his romantic desire to be an expat in Europe by moving to Berlin (I arrived New Year’s Day). Having lived in big cities all my life (NYC and Los Angeles) I never gave much thought to the idea of living in a small town but your blog has changed my narrow mindedness. Thanks!

    • Glad to have been of service Herman! There are plenty of positives to living in a small town and even if it doesn’t work out you can say that you have experienced a totally different way of life. Best of luck in Germany.

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