As with all GSGI links, we only add the ones we like, have used, or think could be useful. These recommended links for expats in France have been recommended by GSGI editors or readers.
In some cases, the links take you to a website for which we provided some of the content (so naturally we think it's excellent!).
The books and films have been recommended by our readers and editors. Unless mentioned, most are available at booksellers or online. If you have a recommendation we should add to this list, we'd love to hear it (contact us).
Useful Links and Information
AngloINFO Germany- Really excellent resource for expats heading for --or already living in -- Germany, with valuable no-frills listings of everything from dentists to plumbers, schools (basic info) to hair cuts, registering your car to tax problems as well as classifieds, discussions and details about what's on in your area. Useful directories, reliable information, intuitive site....goes exactly where it says it will, in exactly the country section where you'd expect to find it.
Emigrate2 – From visas to jobs, mortgages to taxes, banking to currency exchange: find helpful information about emigration generally on their main site, and Germany specifically on their Living in Germany and Education in Germany pages.
http://www.frankfurt.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=317595 - information on tourism, culture, and business in Frankfurt.
http://livinginfrankfurt.com/ - everything you need to know in order to start a life as an expat in the city of Frankfurt – even including how to find a doctor or a handyman and where to buy your gas.
http://www.magic-cities.com/ENG/frankfurt/art_and_culture.htm - this website links together various different cities in Germany, calling them The Magic Cities, and giving each one their own distinct characteristic. Munich: a pearl of lifestyle. Frankfurt: a pearl of art.
http://www.inyourpocket.com/germany/frankfurt/nightlife-culture - stylish guide to everything Frankfurt
The Frankfurt Files: Tales of an American in Germany - by David Conte. This is an account of the author's overseas move to Frankfurt, in order to save his relationship with his now-wife. But when he finds himself having to relearn life in a very different way, his storybook romance becomes one big lesson in surviving culture shock: hauling a couch up a flight of stairs alone after being abandoned by callous furniture movers; participating in civilized nudity at a local wellness center; addressing the all-important issue of cream cheese abuse in German sandwiches. As a discerning idealist turned maladroit idiot among foreigners, he relates the good, the bad, and the in-between of his offbeat encounters as an expatriate.
Welcome to Frankfurt: The Compact City Guide for Visitors Newcomers and Re-Discovers - by Simone Spohr
NEW IN THE CITY Frankfurt/Rhein-Main (2011)
Wallpaper City Guide: Frankfurt
Movies Halbe Treppe (Grill Point) (2002). Two pairs, each married for quite a long time, are living in a small east German town. The film focuses on the relationships between the four people and what happens when an affair takes place between two of them who are not married to each other, betraying the two remaining characters. This event leads to deep thoughts about marriage, friendship, relationships and, last but not least, life itself.
Lichter (Distant Lights) (2003). This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many single characters creates a picture of life in this region: Some Russians want to cross the border illegally to get into Germany; a company wants to build a new factory; a Polish taxi driver desperately needs money to buy his daughter a communion dress; and so on.
Die Kinder sind tot (The Children Are Dead) (2004), a documentary about a 1999 murder-by-neglect in Frankfurt.
No Exit (2004), a documentary about Neo-Nazis.