What’s new in Germany in 2013?

2013 Dice - ©iStockphoto.com/alexsl The New Year in Germany usually brings with it some new regulation or law, or simply a rise in prices.  2013 sees a whole range of things changing, but many of them will only affect a small percentage of the population.

The following 4, however, are likely to affect most people.

1. The price of stamps

The cost of sending a normal letter (up to 20g and 23.5 x 12.5 x 0.5cm) within Germany went up from 55 cents to 58 cents.  The cost of sending the same letter abroad stayed at 75 cents, and the prices for postcards stayed the same as well.  Larger items up to 1kg and 35.3 x 25 x 5cm now cost €2.40 to send within Germany instead of €2.20. [Read more…]

How to get to the doctor during the Hessentag

Stethoscope - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / kmituOne of the questions that local residents in Oberursel have asked most about the Hessentag is how to get somewhere not related to the event but still within the town, the doctor’s surgery being probably the most frequent.

Those that were present at an information evening in the Stadthalle last December will also have heard one of the doctors who has a surgery in the centre of Oberursel ask how his patients are meant to get there.

The answer from the stage back then was that it would be nice if he closed his surgery for the 10 days and celebrated the Hessentag with everyone else.  This was certainly not the answer he wanted to hear, and I suspect his patients were not too pleased either. [Read more…]

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