Daily Life in Germany

Daily life in Germany

Once you have arrived in Germany, you'll surely have many questions. Shopping, eating habits, insurance, waste separation, mobile phone contracts - and these are probably only a small number of the topics you have already had to deal with.

That's why we present you with information material regarding everyday issues here. The topics range from law and regulations (How do elections work in Germany? What are the police's tasks?) to consumer protection (Which insurances make sense)? What do I have to consider when concluding contracts?).

Handbook Germany

Germany from A to Z: This page provides information about life in Germany. Under the categories Living, Learning, Law and Work you will find information on a variety of topics. 

Definitely interesting is the information about law and regulations (the electoral system, the police's tasks) available in German, English, Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Turkish and French as well as the "everyday life" part, with articles on shopping, traffic rules, driving licence or insurance. This area is also available in the languages German, English, Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Turkish and French.

You can find the complete page here:

German, English, Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Turkish and Frénch.

Consumer counselling centre

The consumer centres counsel all people on private contracts, shopping and plenty more.

There are multilingual "checklists" for many topics, e.g. on

Opening an account 

(German, English, Arabic)

Mobile phone contracts 

(German, English, Arabic)

Apartment rental contracts

(German, English, Arabic)


(German, English, Arabic)

Go to all check lists

In addition, there is also is an own Youtube channel, where many consumer topics are explained - in various languages and also with subtitles in Arabic, German and English (can be selected in the settings).

Saving energy, avoiding mould

The non-profit climate protection agency energiekonsens has compiled multilingual information on saving energy and environmental protection. Here you can find a flyer on the topics of.

Saving electricity - electric devices

(Arabic, English, French, Russian, Turkish, Farsi)

How to heat and ventilate correctly

(Arabic, English, French, Russian, Turkish, Farsi)

Saving electricity - illumination and devices on stand-by

  (Arabic, English, French, Russian, Turkish, Farsi)

Environmentally-friendly household

(Arabic, English, French, Russian, Turkish, Farsi)

My way to Germany

The Goethe-Institut has set up a homepage that provides information on "normal life" in Germany in many languages. On this page you will find articles on topics such as work, school and education, but also on living with children, multilingualism and health. In addition, topics such as a bank account and finances, insurance and shopping are covered, but tips are also provided for leisure activities.

The site is available in a total of 24 languages, including German, English, Arabic, Spanish, Persian, French, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, Tigrinya und Turkish.

Further links:

Bicycle - Bus - Rail - Road Traffic

The "German Road Safety" app offers information on the topic of "Traffic". Bus driving, traffic rules and cycling are covered, as well as the driver's licence topic. The app and the material on the homepage are available in the following languages: German, English, Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese. Here you will find the online version.

You can find the app in Google Play Store or in the AppStore.

Bank and current account:

The Sparkasse has published general information about the opening and use of bank accounts in the languages German, English, French and Arabic.

The topic of fire protection:

A child-friendly booklet on the subject of fire protection is available in the following languages: German, English, Arabic, Farsi

Metzinger waste disposal app:

This app provides information and waste collection dates concerning waste disposal in Metzingen. Link for Apple devices, Link for android devices.