Situated at the confluence of the Rivers Rhine and Moselle, Koblenz attracts tourists and expatriates alike to visit and live in this German city. The symbol of Koblenz, the Schangel-Stadt, is seen on municipal signs and even manhole covers throughout the city, and you may recognize the famous fountain of a little boy which spurts water onto unsuspecting passers-by! Koblenz is split by the two rivers into Aldstadt and Neustadt. The old town dates from medieval times, with narrow streets, timbered houses, quaint shops and street cafés, whilst the new town has broad streets, frontage along the Rhine and the Löhr shopping center mall. Expats living in Koblenz will find the city is easily accessible on foot, with a park and ride system in operation. The Deutsche Eck, German corner, and its monument sit at the head of the rivers’ confluence, whilst the imposing Festung Ehrenbreitsten military fort overlooks the Rhine and the city of Koblenz. Expatriates living in Koblenz should be able to rent apartments in the suburbs of Koblenz, which are much less expensive than in the center itself. The ability to speak German is a necessity, though in the tourist areas English is readily understood. As an expat in Koblenz, finding other expatriates for business and social purposes is possible through the InterNations website. Registering as a member grants you access to those of a similar professional standing via the many online forums and features of our site.
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Expatriates moving to Koblenz should not have any troubles getting there. Frankfurt and Cologne airports are about an hour’s drive from Koblenz, and both operate international flights. The autobahn and federal highway networks around Koblenz provide fast passage to all major cities in Germany and neighboring countries. Koblenz is also part of the intercity express train service of DB railways, with services to Bonn and Mainz, Trier and Luxembourg. Expats moving to Koblenz will need to check the validity of their driving licenses in Germany, as reciprocal arrangements are not comprehensive, and often an international permit must be obtained and carried at all times whilst driving. Relocating to another country can be quite demanding and often confusing, which is when InterNations members may be able to help with useful and tips which are specific to moving to Germany and Koblenz. Many InterNations members have firsthand experience of life and work in Germany and can offer their support as needed. General information on relocating to another country may furthermore be found in InterNations online Expat Magazine.
Koblenz is also a large garrison town for the German army, and the garrison employs civilians in its advanced Information Technology Center. Many high tech companies specializing in IT and multimedia are similarly based in Koblenz, with links to the University of Koblenz and Landau IT departments. As a transit center for the Rhine railway and the Rhine navigation, Koblenz is a freight and logistics hub for the region. The Rhine and Moselle wine trade is world-famous, and the city is a major center for the automotive, aircraft and aerospace industries. Networking via the InterNations portal allows the establishment of business contacts in Germany and worldwide, and gives the chance to organize social gatherings with like-minded individuals and their partners working in Koblenz. The city of Koblenz is perfect for socializing, with cruises and dining opportunities on the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine valley. Some forty castles and mansions tower over the Rhine and its gorges. The more energetic members can enjoy cycling along the Rhine and Moselle cycleways, which are flat and very popular with tourists and residents of Koblenz alike.