The German city of Herne has a formidable reputation as "The City Of Coal, Castles And Cranger Kirmes Fairs". It's a smallish city of just under 155,000 people in the famous North Rhine-Westphalia region, but expatriates living in Herne will see that it lives up to its big reputation with ease. A history of coal mining gives the city an important place in Germany's industrial past and the Teutoburgia Housing Estate, an old accommodation estate for the city's miners, is well worth an early visit. Any expat living in Herne with an interest in history will also enjoy the Strünkede Castle, which dates back to the twelfth century. The castle's park and chapel are well worth visiting, and expats in Herne with more contemporary interests will enjoy the city's Cranger Kirmes fair, the largest fair in Germany and a great chance to enjoy some of Germany's heritage as well as some of the local community's cultural life as well.
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As an expatriate moving to Herne, you'll have a number of travel options available to you. The city is well served by bus and train services, and the German train service is one of the best in Europe and a pleasure to travel on. There is also the option of flying into Dortmund Airport – which is about thirty kilometers from the city – or, slightly further out, Düsseldorf International Airport. Both are well connected to a number of international destinations. Expats moving to Herne can find plenty of general information and expatriation advice in InterNations' online Expat Magazine, our collection of articles on topics such as cross-cultural communication, living abroad and others. You may also like to browse our selection of pieces written by InterNations members, most of which can be found in the Expat Experiences section, which are often a great way to get a sneak preview of the ups and downs of expatriation.
Business life in the small city is lively with an economy that, while less centered around the traditional coal and steel sectors that the city was built up on, still retains an industrial spirit. The after-hours life is also vibrant, with restaurants serving the local cuisine and a great choice of regional wines to try, as well as the famous German beers. Expats working in Herne may also like to get in touch with the city's international community, and the easiest way of doing this is through the private communications and discussion groups on the InterNations website. Our members often find this an ideal way to socialize with fellow global minds, organize meet-ups with other nearby expatriates and get the latest information on things to see and do in their area. The city's international network aside, you should find that settling into life as an expatriate in Herne is very enjoyable, and the local people welcoming and friendly.