German- based MNers! Bad Homburg FFM - all advice welcome!

(10 Posts)
HmmHaa Thu 19-May-16 20:46:12

So DH has been offered a job just outside Frankfurt, and now we have to choose somewhere to live!

After relentless googling, the area of Bad Homburg keeps coming up. My criteria is somewhere with easy access to Frankfurt itself and to an airport, but with enough going on in the actual area to keep me happy day to day. Open to suggestions.

We have a 2 yr old DD, and I am giving up my work (and social life 😭) when we move, so I suppose I am worried about being lonely or isolated.

Would be very grateful for any advice at all on whether this is a good option, or any advice about moving to this general area at all!

Thanks in hope.

HmmHaa Thu 19-May-16 23:59:04

Quick bump!

funklymydear Fri 20-May-16 15:17:43

You have chosen a super area to move to smile

The whole Taunus region is good. Bad Homburg is one of the bigger towns with lots going on, but there is also Königstein, Bad Soden, Hofheim, Kelkheim and others.

There is the British Club and American International Womens Club.

All depends on how long you see yourself staying here and whether you do already speak german or want to learn. Also if you see your daughter learning.

Hope that helps.

funklymydear Fri 20-May-16 15:18:16

If you would like to PM me, please feel free.

HmmHaa Fri 20-May-16 15:50:07

Thanks for that - very reassuring! We will probably only stay for a year but I am determined to learn German (don't speak a word yet, but am starting lessons now!) and would love DD to as well. I just foresee being on my own a bit when we first move, so need things to do.
We will also have lots of family and friends visiting, so would like to have easy things nearby yet good links to the city and the airport.
Am quite excited now! What's the cost of living like?

ShanghaiDiva Sun 22-May-16 03:31:13

Your DD will pick up German really quickly if you put her in Kindergarten and it's also a good opportunity for you to meet people too.
I am still friends with people I met at mums and tots group in Germany and DS is nearly 16.

MangosteenSoda Sun 22-May-16 03:36:27

The Taunus is lovely! Join Mothers' Corner. You can do this by joining either the British Club or the American Women's Club as it serves the members of both clubs. It's a great way for you to meet other English speakers in similar situations.

It can be quite hard to find property to rent as it's a popular area and there's limited stock on the market at any one time. Check out immobilienscout24 for an idea of prices. Haus / Wohnung = house / flat. They are usually described by number of rooms not inlcluding bathroom or kitchen. So a 4 Zimmer property will have kitchen, bathroom(s) and 4 other rooms, most likely a reception room and 3 bedrooms. It's normal in Germany for rentals to come with no fitted kitchen, but IME pricier properties usually come with kitchen included. All the houses we looked at came with a fitted kitchen. It will be listed as EBK in the ads.

I'd decide what amount of space you need and what your budget is then look at all of the available properties that fit your criteria over a number of Taunus towns. Bad Homburg (the biggest), Oberursel, Bad Soden, Hofheim, Kelkheim, Königstein, Kronburg. You should be ok in any of them.

There are a lot of options for kindergartens, particularly if you are happy to use a local one. English Lang ones which spring to mind are TIMS, RIMS and Phorms.

There is a language school in Königstein- can't remember the name. VHS courses can be found in most towns which are very good value for money state run ones. Loads of language schools in Frankfurt, but I think that would be awkward with a toddler. It's possible to get a private teacher to come to your house too.

HmmHaa Sun 22-May-16 07:28:37

Thanks so much, all! Great information!
We might get a chance to pop over there in half term (I am a teacher) so it will all be a bit clearer, I hope.
Interesting to know about the rental situation and language school - particularly interested in childcare as well.
Does anyone have any experience of putting a non-German speaking child into kindergarten? I really want her to learn a bit of German, but feels a bit cruel to go cold turkey full immersion! (PFB - can you tell?!)

Anyway, thanks so much for all the info - it is really helping. Will definitely join those clubs as well.

ShanghaiDiva Sun 22-May-16 08:32:56

I put my son into Kindergarten and we only speak English at home so he only knew how to say please, thank you and I need the loo!
He was fine and the teachers were used to supporting children where German was not their first language/not spoken at home as there was a large Turkish community near us.

Welshcake77 Sun 22-May-16 13:16:02

I live in Bad Homburg smile feel free to PM me if you want to chat. I love it here, it's great for families. I've been in Germany for 16 years and moved here five years ago. There's a large expat community and I have a few English speaking friends who have their kids in German speaking kindergarten and schools with no problems. Kindergarten is free in bad Homburg, but you will only get a space once your DD turns three and if you don't work, then you might find it more difficult to get a space but will do eventually.

Would you have a housing allowance with the job? Rents are high in Bad Homburg, but check out immobilienscout.de for an idea.

If you make it over at half term and want to meet up, give me a shout, would be happy to show you around.

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