Family moving from London to Baden-Baden

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Hi,
Im Benita 29y old mum of two (under 3y old) pregnant with our third child due to feb 2021. I live in London with my husband and our cute family.

We are interested to move permanently in Baden-Baden Germany because we find it very difficult to raise children in UK because of long distances and many many other factors which bother us here.
Financially we are ok but there are some other things we are concerned about.
*we don't speak german at all. Is it difficult to find ourselves an english speaking job for the beginning untill we learn some german?
* how is life in general for families with little children?
* what are the downs and pros about living in Baden-Baden?
*Is it the right time now to invest with buying a house in Baden-Baden or in villages around it? Should we wait until the virus is gone?

Thank you in advance for anyone who answers.

Every opinion advice or suggestion will be highly appreciated.

Regards

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If you look at  https://www.immobilienscout24.de/wohnen/haus-kaufen.html you can get some ideas of houses. Rooms does not mean bedrooms as it would in the UK, but includes living room, dining room etc.

 

Life with children is fab in Germany - it is way more family friendly than the UK.

 

You would be much better to have at least some German before you arrive, and if you use  https://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/harry/s-13232 the free Deutsche Welle materials, then you will be off to a good start - they have lots of resources.

 

If you tell us what line of work you/your husband are in, people will be better able to suggest how easy finding a job is likely to be. Also, are you both EU?

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3 hours ago, Benita said:

*we don't speak german at all. Is it difficult to find ourselves an english speaking job for the beginning untill we learn some german?

 

It really depends on your skills. Do you and your husband have specialised technical skills that are in demand in Germany?

 

I'd also recommend reading this recent thread: https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/388451-sprachrassismus-at-work/?page=1

 

3 hours ago, Benita said:

* how is life in general for families with little children?

 

It depends on your employment prospects. In Germany a child's educational prospects is highly correlated with the socio-economic status of the child's parents (and there are countless of studies documenting how the children of foreigners have significantly lower chances of success at school than their German counterparts).

 

3 hours ago, Benita said:

* what are the downs and pros about living in Baden-Baden?

 

The area is nice but expensive.

 

3 hours ago, Benita said:

Is it the right time now to invest with buying a house in Baden-Baden or in villages around it? Should we wait until the virus is gone?

 

It all depends on your skill set.

 

1 hour ago, kiplette said:

Life with children is fab in Germany - it is way more family friendly than the UK.

 

Even for the working poor? Large families, especially foreigners with low incomes have difficulties finding housing in most parts of Germany.

 

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Fundamental questions:

- Why Germany (especially if you don't speak the language)?

- Why Baden-Baden?

- What do you/your husband do for a living?

- Do you have at least €350,000 to buy a half-duplex in a suburb of Baden-Baden?

 

If long distances "and many other factors" make life in London unpleasant, why not try a different city in the UK first before you uproot the whole family and move somewhere where neither of you speak the language? Or why not try Ireland?

 

I'm not trying to be pessimistic here, but something tells me you haven't thought this cunning plan all the way through.

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Hello Benita! I notice you are from Kosovo- not an EU member. Which nationality does your husband have? Also non-EU? ( eg British?🙈🙁). Brexit?

Plus there is the issue you may not be aware of- health insurance. There is no NHS- you have to pay for health insurance in Germany. And if neither you nor your husband will be an employee in Germany to start with - there is the question of how to even get into public insurance post-Brexit. The price can be up to 800 euros plus a month.. just saying.

 

NOT wishing to “ rain on your parade “.. just trying to be helpful and realistic.🙏🏻

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Very good advice posted, and knew John G would add health insurance info.

If non EU, need visas.

OP- have you checked UK government website on moving to and living in Germany? As mentioned, if British- many things change after Brexit. 

More info on your jobs, qualifications might bring more advice. Without any German, that is a barrier.

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