Moving to Frankfurt
Expats moving to Frankfurt will find themselves in a confident, global city that effortlessly combines its role as a leading modern business centre with a charming cultural character.
Frankfurt is the economic powerhouse of Germany and central Europe, and is an important industrial and financial metropolis, as well as a key transport hub.
While working opportunities predominantly entice expats to the area, Frankfurt is nonetheless beautiful and enchanting, brimming with history and culture. Expats living in Frankfurt enjoy a wonderful lifestyle. There are superb opportunities for shopping, marvellous museums, interesting historic sites, as well as world-class opera and theatre to enjoy.
Getting around in Frankfurt is easy with the city's excellent rail connections, river transport, the third busiest airport in Europe as well as its Autobahn system. Frankfurt is the natural hub for anyone wanting to explore the surrounding towns and is the gateway to the German countryside.
Accommodation in Frankfurt can be on the expensive side, however salaries are generally raised in order to afford residents a decent standard of living. While there are many different types of property available in the city, demand for affordable housing in high and expats need to be ready to act fast to secure a home in Frankfurt.
Expat parents moving to Frankfurt with children will have a number of different schooling options. However, while public and private schools in Germany offer an excellent standard of teaching, most expats prefer to have their children educated at one of the many international schools in Frankfurt.
Negatives are few and far between, but there are a few points that may take some getting used to. There are no 24-hour grocery stores, nor are there many fast-food outlets in the city. It is also known as having a relatively high cost of living.
Ultimately the advantages to living and working in this cosmopolitan city continue to entice expats. Crime is virtually non-existent, the unemployment rate is relatively low and, with its very central location, business trips to surrounding cities in Europe are made easy. It is no wonder then that expatriates flock to work in this powerhouse of a city.