Known as “the town of contrasts”, Salzgitter in Germany only became a city in 1942 through the merging of local villages, which are now part of the city’s 31 boroughs. Located in southeast Lower Saxony, between Hildesheim and Braunschweig, Salzgitter has many areas of open country between the boroughs, with forests and a large lake, the Saltzgittersee, to the west of the city. Expats living in Salzgitter will have three modern shopping centers to choose from, with each having a mix of chain stores and independent retailers. There are many restaurants within the city, together with bars and cafés. Despite being a new city, Salzgitter has a colorful history, and visits to the Salder Castle, which was built in 1608, and its municipal museum, and the Burg Lichtenberg ruins are well worth a visit. Joining InterNations, the online community of global expatriates, is recommended for expats living in Salzgitter. This will enable you to enjoy the company of like-minded individuals with plenty of opportunities to network, socialize and share information and advice.
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The nearest airport is Hanover International Airport, approximately 35 miles northwest of Salzgitter. Trains to the city from Hanover arrive at the Salzgitter-Ringelheim station, one of six stations within Salzgitter. The German autobahn network is close to the city, and buses serve all the outlying boroughs of Salzgitter. There are a number of properties to rent or buy, from traditional half-timbered houses to apartments in multi-occupancy blocks. As the city consists of many former villages, properties in these tend to be cheaper, but with excellent transport links into the city center relocating to an outlying area offers good value to an expatriate moving to Salzgitter. Relocating to a new country can be a daunting prospect, with language difficulties and different customs to overcome. As a member of InterNations, an expat in Salzgitter is able to network online to establish contacts in the local area as well globally for business and pleasure. Any problems that arise during your relocation may be quickly resolved with help of fellow expats with experience of moving to Germany and Salzgitter itself.
Salzgitter has an inland port and a significant steel industry. The production of VW engines, MAN buses and trucks, Bosch automobile electrical systems, and Alstom railway carriages are all based in Salzgitter, and IKEA has a major distribution center in the city. Pharmaceuticals production, precision engineering and the services sector are also important contributors to the Salzgitter economy. An expatriate working in Salzgitter has the opportunity to meet with fellow expats in Salzgitter to self-organize social gatherings and events via the InterNations platform. Spending time with others of a similar professional standing is a great way to relax and enjoy the social scene in the city. And in case you have any general queries regarding your life abroad, have a browse through the InterNations' Expat Magazine, which has many useful articles on a wide variety of expatriation relevant topics.