What is your name, age, where do you live and how long have you lived in Munich?
My name is Emma, and I am 37. We have lived in Munich for 18 months now.
Why did you relocate to Munich?
Purely for my husbands job.
Do you work, and if so what do you do?
If you count general dogsbody and taxi driver as working! I also write for various websites such as BritMums, and of course my own blog A Bavarian Sojourn
which I think of as kind of working!
What nationality are you and your partner?
We are both British.
How many children do you have and what are their names and ages?
We have two children, a girl and a boy aged 6 and 8.
How did you find the process of relocating to Munich with your children (if relevant)?
This is our second location (we lived in Denmark for two years previously) so they are quite used to the process of relocating and nothing really phases them.
How well integrated would you say you and your children are?
We all have German lessons and our children have German friends at school. We know our neighbours well, and always try to take part in community events. So I would say we are reasonably well integrated considering that we will not live here forever.
What language do you speak to your children?
What has your impression been of childcare and education in Munich so far? Have you any advice for anyone moving here in regards to education? How did you choose the school the children are at now? Are you happy with it and what was the process of applying?
I think it would depend on how long you are here for. If you plan on settling here, then I think that the German system is the only way to go in terms of language and friendships etc. We do not plan on being here for decades so our children attend international school. We are very happy with this particular school. The application process took place via phone and email.
How do you rate the amenities available for parents and children in Munich?
The Germans love children and there are great parks, pools and other recreational facilities all over Munich.
Where you live, how good are facilities for children (shops,restaurants, activities etc)?
Very good. We live just outside of the city and even in the smaller outlying towns, good facilities are easily accessible.
What do you think are the main advantages and disadvantages of being a parent from the International Community living in Munich?
A definite advantage is being able to make the most of Munichs fantastic location, we are close to so many things here. If its raining in Munich, we can drive a couple of hours and be in Italy! Disadvantages? I guess the usual language barrier initially, this becomes less of a problem the more lessons you have and the longer you are here however!
Is there anything you think would improve children´s lives in Munich?
Apart from a wish to be close to friends and family, theres nothing else I can really think of that would improve their lives here.
What do you wish you had been told before you came to Munich?
Not to worry so much, its a beautiful part of the world and the people are mostly friendly and accommodating!
What advice would you give for anyone thinking of relocating to Munich with children?
Do your research as to area and schools etc. Houses are incredibly hard to come by too, so give yourself enough time to find something you are happy with before you move.
What couldn´t you live without in Munich?
The countryside here, its stunning.
What could you live without?!
My appalling language skills. I have very patient neighbours!