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3 - 2 - 1 - It's time to celebrate Germany’s new citizenship rules

Germany’s shifting its views on dual citizenship

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Welcome back to the Munich Post! The purpose of this newsletter is to share: 3 bits of news, 2 upcoming events, and 1 amazing restaurant/café for expats living in and around Munich. This way, you have a pulse on what’s going on without scrolling through thousands of pages.

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Here’s what we’ve got for you today:

3 bits of news

Dual Citizenship: Germany's Big Shift

Germany is preparing to make dual citizenship a whole lot easier. The government is considering allowing immigrants to hold multiple citizenships, essentially turning the tide on a ban that has spanned decades.

So, what exactly are these changes? Here they are in a nutshell.

  • First, if you're an immigrant who has been living legally in Germany, the wait to apply for citizenship just got shorter. It's going from eight years down to just five.

  • Second, if you're a parent who has been living legally here for five or more years, your child born in Germany will automatically receive German citizenship.

  • Finally, the big one - multiple citizenships will be allowed. This includes EU and Swiss nationals, those from countries where renouncing citizenship isn't allowed, like Iran, Afghanistan, and Morocco, and children of parents with German and other citizenships. Refugees facing threats in their home countries are also covered, as are well-integrated Syrians.

For the full scoop read here (in English). 

Note from Aazar (he is going through this process now): He is going through this visa process lately and the officials also confirmed that if he waits 34 months, he can keep his passport and get German citizenship too.

Integreat: Newcomers' Guide to Munich

Have you heard of the Integreat app? It's a revolutionary app, making life simpler for newcomers, including refugees from diverse language backgrounds and cultures.

Imagine getting all the information you need about your city, right in your native language. It's both a website and an app that gives comprehensive municipal-level information in multiple languages.

Already in use by more than 60 cities and counties for integration work across the country, it's breaking down language barriers, creating transparency, and easing immigrants into their new environment. Munich has been offering this service for the past year and a half, and we can tell you, it's worth a closer look.

Currently, Integreat Munich supports ten languages: German, English, Arabic, Farsi, Bulgarian, Romanian, Kurmanji, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Croatian. New to Munich and speak one of these languages? This app will guide you to essential information like offices, consulting services, schools, daycare centers, job search, health, public transport, and education qualification. It even has dedicated sections for women, girls, people with disabilities, and much more.

Download the app on the App store or Google Play store. 


Family Hike to Partnachklamm

June is a great month to take this family-friendly hike through the magnificent Partnachklamm, up to the Eckbauer. It's a moderate uphill climb with the reward of a stunning view of the entire Weatherstein mountains.

The 80-meter-deep gorge during descent is a sight to behold. Here is a video to give you an idea.

And guess what? You can wrap up the last stretch on a quaint horse-drawn carriage, making it a fantastic outing for all ages. Even in winter, the gorge steals the show. For those who fancy an even easier journey, the mountain railway or the direct path to the gorge are also great options.

The hike has about a 500m elevation, which takes around three hours round trip. Plan on spending €5 for adults and €2 for children for entrance tickets into the gorge. Remember to wear sturdy shoes and bring a parka as the water spray is quite something.

Getting there is easy. If you're coming by public transport, take a train to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen stop and hop on bus 2 to the Skistadion stop. If you're driving, head towards Auenstraße, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, then follow signs to the Olympic Ski Stadium. There's ample paid parking available.

It is recommended to visit the Partnachklamm before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. due to the high number of visitors.

Find more information on this link and a detailed route here. You can grab a bite to eat at Berggasthof Eckbauer or Kaiserschmarrn Alm.

2 upcoming events

Shop and Support

Hey there treasure hunters, how does spending a Saturday morning, surrounded by unique finds and curious knick-knacks sound? Even better, your shopping will support an important cause.

This Saturday (July 1) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Condrobs Donation Shop in Schwabing is hosting a big flea market. And don't worry, it’s taking place rain or shine. Every purchase made at Condrobs goes 100% towards supporting their facilities and projects.

A little info on Condrobs:

For 50 years, Condrobs has been providing prevention and addiction assistance to youths. They also assist with aid to refugees and homeless people. And, it offers supervised jobs for folks looking to return to work after a tough life phase.

General information 

📅 Saturday, July 1

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

📍 Emanuelstraße 16 | 80796 München (Schwabing)

Near subway station Hohenzollernplatz

For more information, visit this link.

Laugh High

Katercomedy is taking comedy to new heights, quite literally, on the rooftop of Wombat’s City Hostel. 

Join the Katercomedy crew this Sunday for an evening filled with laughter, a touch of magic, and a whole lot of friendly vibes. You can be guaranteed a grand time with the best comedians in town, and that's not all - they have invited some special guests too, ranging from magicians to artists, musicians, and dancers.

Entry is free. But there is limited capacity, so be sure to book your free ticket ahead of time.

General information 

📅 Sunday, July 2

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

📍 Wombat's City Hostel, Werksviertel, Atelierstraße 20, 81671 München

💶 Free


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1 new restaurant/café to try

Der kleine Flo

We've stumbled upon a delightful spot in Munich’s Old Town that's rewriting the rules on the traditional burger. Welcome to Der kleine Flo, your new favorite tapas shop for burgers, where size really does matter.

It's not just about eating a burger; it's about creating your personal mini-burger menu. With a note and pen in hand, you can curate your unique flavor experience. Wondering about the size? Well, 2-3 mini burgers match up to a standard-sized burger. But you know what? You're free to order one, or go all out with 4, 5, 6 mini burgers aka “sliders.” And yes, vegetarians, they've got you covered with some incredible options too.

One pro tip: Reserve a table. It's a popular spot, and we saw a long line waiting an hour to get in.

While you're there, be sure to try their local beers and home-made iced tea, which pair perfectly with the mini-burgers. Our top picks? The Korean Japanese Fusion and the Halloumi burger are must-tries.

📍 Josephspitalstraße 4, 80331 München

🥘 Sliders/Mini burgers

Monday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Closed on Sundays

🤓 Expat tip of the week

Did you know that 300 German banks charge you a 0.5% custodial fee if you have more than €100,000 in your bank?

How about if you could earn a whopping 3.5% interest on your cash instead? I signed up for Scalable Capital and started to earn money by simply keeping my cash in their account. They have a deal now if you sign up before June 30th (tomorrow), you’ll earn this interest for 3 months.
So I thought I should fellow expats know about this (you can start with as little as €100, if you want). I also checked their partner bank (Baader Bank). They are operating since 1983 in Munich.

Note: The extra 1.2% interest offer is only for the next 3 months and then it resumes to 2.3%. The subscription for PRIME+ Broker is €4.99 per month but no commission fee on trading.

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Disclaimer: It’s important to note that this is not financial advice nor recommendation. I am sharing my experience with Scalable Capital for informational purposes only.

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