PCS to Germany?

Denise - posted on 06/29/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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next june my husband pcs from fort wainwright and were trying to firgure out if putting in for germany is what we want. we heard good things about it, and we thank it would be a great experience before our son startes school. but were torn because its so far away from family, and all the things were used too. whats there to do over there any do they have any of the same stores we do?

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Christina - posted on 07/07/2009

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Do you know what base he is putting in for? Here in the Kaiserslautern area there are a few bases kind of clustered, giving you options of places to shop on base. At Ramstein there is a new mall with a movie theater, hotel, restaurants and many stores. Off base there is a Wal Mart located about 30-40 minutes away and an IKEA about an hour away. There is so much to do in and around Germany! We were stationed here from 2001- 2005 and had a great time so we chose to come back after my husband did a year in Iraq.

I do miss my family alot, but we make sure to keep in touch every day, calling to the States is free if you get the right calling plan from TKS or if you use Skype. Investing in a web cam is also great for keeping in touch and feeling like you are not so out of the loop.

Good luck and I hope it all works out!

Sherese - posted on 07/02/2009

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We are in Grafenwohr right now and have been here for 5 years. We love it here. We are not in a big city, it is more of a small town, coutry feeling. I love it because it is not too congested and when we want to go out and enjoy the sight we can or we can stay home and relax. This is all my children know, and we make it to see our family regularly. We love the travel opportunities, many people don't go out because they have small children, but that is a BIG mistake. We have taken our children to Czech, Italy, France,etc. We have been to fests, museums, as well as GARMISH. Oh that place is beautiful year round. You never know when or if you will get this opportunity again, just go for it. That is part of the joy of the life in the military, you have to deal with the crap, but at least you can get a 3 year (minimum) vacation on their dime :0)

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Amy - posted on 07/15/2009

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Germany is awesome. We have been here since October of 2008. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have made quite a few great friends here. If you can get Germany you should take advantage. There are so many people who dream of seeing Europe and this is a great opportunity. I won't lie, i was sooo scare to be here at first, but i love it. The only part that sucked was I couldn't be there for my grandma who passed away this year. But it is a beautiful country and there is alot to do and see.

Cortney - posted on 07/07/2009

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I don't know why but My husband and I hated Germany. We were stationed at Ramstein, lived in Otterbach. The only neighbors that were nice to us were from Canada. We did lots of things but in the end, it almost tore my family apart. I left a year early. Part of this was my husbands squadron which was a detachment and not part of the European Command and they sucked. It was exspensive, our Landlord screwed us out of 2000 dollars, the majority of Germans I had contact with were unfriendly unless I met them on base. I thought it was a nightmare. The beer is great, the festivals are awesome minus the neo-nazi's who like to crash once in awhile. 5 Festivals we went to we had to leave due to the disturbances.



My advice, by a cell that has no plan, just buy minutes (the cost is much cheaper), live on base unless you really look around and get advice from fellow soldiers who have had good experiences though most German Landlords charge you twice as much as they would a citizen; live without cable, don't go through TKS for your regular phone line, they rob you blind (and that's not just my personal experience but many I knew) and don't go through them for your internet. There are lots of local companies which are cheaper. Living off base cost us a fortune due to the $1600 dollar rent, the phone line and the ridiculous electric charges. I wish we would have lived on base, I think it would of lessened the stress 75% and would of made everything else more enjoyable. Wasn't a fan of the german food because of that horrible gooey cheese they use but the Turkish deli's are amazing! It is beautiful and whether you love it or hate it, I think it gives you a greater appreciation for America :)

Natasia - posted on 07/07/2009

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i wanna go to germany. take me.lol. if you have a chance to go i would take it.

Talia - posted on 07/06/2009

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My husband and I just got back to the states from Heidelberg Germany. We absolutely loved it and would go back in a heartbeat. I really enjoyed shopping. I personally like the Kaufhof and H&M. Just remember when you go out to eat it is an experience. Dinners in under an hour are about impossible. But the food and the service is unforgettable. If you end up being near Heidelberg I can recommend some very good restaurants for a reasonable price. Hope you get to go. Enjoy it!

Natasha - posted on 07/06/2009

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We are leaving to Germany on the 13th, and well so far on this end of moving, it is very very very overwhelming. There are many things that need to get done before you could leave. Even though they pack everything, it is still frustrating to have to pack all the stuff that you are taking with you on the plane--and trust me it takes a while bc all the stuff you check in with you is about all you will have for about 2 months. Everyone tells me that it is so worth the troubles when we get over there. We have yet to be there, so I cannot comment. I can say that I do know a few people that have gone to different parts over there, and they all would love to go back.

Amanda - posted on 07/03/2009

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It depends on what size you are. I am plus size so not really. If you are slider you will be fine. Kids of coarse will be fine.

Denise - posted on 07/03/2009

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Thanks for the help, im thanking we need to go or we will really regrat it. but one more question i love to shop are there good place to shop for clothes??

Jennifer - posted on 07/01/2009

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We are also stationed at Ft. Wainwright and we just got our orders to PCS to Germany. As I have family there (I'm an Army brat, my mom is German) I'm very excited to go. But I've always found lots to do there when I go visit and not everything was about alcohol. There is so much sight seeing to do that that alone will keep you busy for months. They do not have a lot of the fast food places off post but we welcome that change. The food is excellent! We're going to Weisbaden and we feel pretty lucky about it.

Amanda - posted on 06/30/2009

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As with any duty station it depends on how you are. If you are doing something and not just staying home it is fine. There is plenty to do and see. Trust me when I say people who say they hate living overseas it is because they didn't do anything. I mean no volunteering, enjoying the off post festivities. My husband and I were stationed in Grafenwoher Germany and we loved it. It is 30 mins to the Cech border a few hours to the Austrian/ Switzerland border. All 3 countries are easy day trips.

Yes most of the stuff of post revolves around beer, but it is your choice. I am not a beer drinker so I didn't drink. I still enjoyed it.

Yes you may have the jackass for a supervisor or Commander but that is anywhere you go.

I live in Belgium and I also have a Killeen, TX telephone number. That has worked wonders with me. I am one of those kids who call and talk to my Mama 5-6 a day (while in TX) Having this phone helps alot. I didn't have it 10 years ago. We also chat with my mama on yahoo messenger and we use the web cam. Again something they didn't have 10 years ago. My kiddo can see my mom and vies versa.

So come live the European live. It is wonderful. I will warn you they don't have AC because normally it doesn't get too and and you don't need. However, I just had to purchase a portable AC unit because on the 2nd floor it is too hot for my kiddo to sleep. As you know heat rises.

If you want to you can e-mail me your questions and I can help you that way. aarceneaux_76@yahoo.com put in the subject block military spouses.

Best of luck!

Mary - posted on 06/29/2009

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It all depends on where you are in Germany, I was there for 3 years and hated it, but it was because of where we were, but that post is closed now, so you don't have to worry about it. I think if you have the chance you need to take it. It is a huge culture shock, but I got used to it in no time. As for stores, they do have the regular px and commissary so you can continue to buy all your American food!! Germany is a beautiful country and how often to you get to go to another country over a 4 day weekend!

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