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living in Germany

Germany landscape

The Federal Republic of Germany is located in the heart of Europe, and shares its borders with Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland and Switzerland. This makes living here a terrific home base from which to travel around. 

From Frankfurt, it is an approximately 90-minute car drive to Cologne, four hours to Zurich, Prague, and Brussels, and six hours to Paris. Germany has a temperate climate and temperatures range from below 0 °C in winter to 28 °C in summer.

Germany is multicultural and open to many international influences. There are many things incoming families and/or faculty will find familiar. Many foods you may be familiar with from home, can be found at the local grocery stores and markets. 

Welcome to Frankfurt

Frankfurt is a prosperous city center offering a variety of activities. It is a relatively small (700,000 people in the metro area) and compact city with a mixture of high-rise office blocks and late 19th century architecture. It is situated along the banks of the Main river and is surrounded on all sides by beautiful countryside: the Taunus to the north; the Odenwald to the south; and the Spessart to the east; the lovely and popular wine-growing area of the Rheingau along the river Rhine lies to the west of Frankfurt. 

Shopping in the city offers a variety of specialty shops and large department stores. Several cinemas show films in the original English version and there is an Opera House and numerous theaters and museums. The city’s modern airport is the busiest in Germany and one of the largest in Europe.

Oberursel

With a population of around 46,000 people, the historic city of Oberursel is approximately 17 kilometers northwest of Frankfurt. The main FIS campus is located in Oberursel, which sits at the edge of the heavily forested Taunus Mountains. Oberursel and its nearby towns such as Bad Homburg, Kronberg, Königstein, and Bad Soden provide excellent housing options and local shopping. Public transportation to and within Oberursel is excellent and includes the U-Bahn (metro system), S-Bahn (fast suburban train) and bus. The Frankfurt airport is a 20-minute drive by car and access to two major European highways (Autobahn) is short (A3 and A5).

Wiesbaden

The Hessian state capital, located on the banks of the Rhine River in the middle of the economically important Rhine-Main region, is elegant and beautiful, attractive and lively, and offers an extensive range of fine arts and sports activities. The nearby Frankfurt airport is also a crucial factor in the positive transformation of the traditional spa resort into an international convention center. The Rhine River is well-known for its wine and champagne production.