Halle is a city in the east of Germany, with a population of around 231,000. This pretty city of ancient spires is known as ‘The City of the Five Towers’ and is one of eastern Germany’s most important centers of education and business. History is everywhere in the city, with the imposing Burg Giebichenstein dating from 961 AD being the oldest castle along the Saale River. The ruin of Moritzburg Castle, meanwhile, dates from 1484 and has been reconstructed to include an art gallery. The five towers referred to in the city’s nickname are those of the Marktkirche church and Roter Turm in the market square. Expats in Halle will find many handsome neighborhoods to choose from and connecting with other global minds in the area via InterNations will help give you an insight into which areas might be suitable. With many forums and discussion boards, you can get involved in the Halle expatriate community and make use of the collective knowledge available to expats living in Halle.
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Expats in Halle benefit from an extremely well connected rail hub. High speed lines to Leipzig and Nuremberg will soon add to the existing network, making travel to and from Halle even easier. The local tram network was the world’s first electric tram system and is still highly efficient today. International air connections are available from Leipzig-Halle airport. Expatriates moving to Halle with children will be attracted by a superb education system, and the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg is a leading higher education institute of world renown. The size of the university means there are lots of student apartments in Halle, but availability of accommodation in the city is still generally good.
Halle was a leading center for the chemical industry in old East Germany, but today that industry has been replaced by education, science and technology as major employers. Expatriates working in Halle will find opportunities in its renowned research institutions, specializing in bioscience and economics. There is also a thriving logistics industry. With so many opportunities and lots of expats in Halle drawn by the high quality employment opportunities, joining InterNations is a natural way to become part of the community and make use of the varied expertise and experiences on the forums and discussion boards. Here, you may find the key to new opportunities and enjoy chatting with like-minded people. InterNations’ in-house online publication, the Expat Magazine, meanwhile, has lots of advice and information for those settling into a new life abroad.