You are here now, you settled down, but still from time to time you wonder if there is anything you miss that could make your everyday life easier, more social or less expensive. Well luckily we are here to provide you with some useful apps (not all of them are only available in Germany, but I found them worth mentioning).
Useful travel apps/websites
First of all, travelling through Germany without owning a car is quite easy. But easy does not necessarily mean cheap, therefore when using the Deutsche Bahn app besides from checking your connections you should always first use the search for saver fare connections. Also if you travel lots with the Deutsche Bahn, you could consider buying a BahnCard 25 or 50, which will give you discounts on each single trip.
Another useful app when searching for connections with Buses is Öffi app. In this app you have all the local Busses, Trams and Undergrounds for each region and city. What I really like about this app, is the fact, that you only have to download it once and you got all the different cities or regions with just one click.
You probably also already heard about the Flixbus app or website. They are cheaper than the Deutsche Bahn, but it also takes you longer to get to your desired destination, as you travel by bus. But if you got time I think it is quite convenient, since they also offer free Wifi on board and are very modern.
The last travel app I want to introduce is BlaBlaCar, which offers a shared car ride. This option usually is a little bit more pricey than Flixbus, but also faster. I heard a lot of friends were having fun, when meeting new people and I never had any bad experience either, although I used it quite often.
Useful shopping apps/website
I use Kleiderkreisel very often myself, because I really had to minimize my wardrobe. When they are still in a good shape or barely used, I like to post them on the app and sell it there. It is quite a big thing here in Germany, as there are also lots of second hand stores around. Usually you can earn more money through this app, as you don’t have the shop owners in-between who also wants to gain some money. Obviously you can also use it the other way round. I also did that a few times and was very satisfied with the stuff I got.
eBay Kleinanzeigen is the most convenient app or website, when you are looking for some used furniture or utensils. Especially when you just got here and are looking for some stuff. I also made good experience selling through it when I moved out. It works mostly location based. Meaning you can enter your town and then you’ll see all the offers near you. Then you just agree on the final price and you can go and pick up your new belonging.
Social exchange apps/websites
Meetup is an app I got to know when I lived abroad and was searching for some group activities related to specific topics. I used the app there a lot. Sadly in Giessen it is not very known, but there are quite a few groups in Frankfurt. You can find anything there, from ‘Stammtische’, language exchange groups to travel and cooking groups. This are just a few to name, there are many more.
Jodel is more like a location based fun app, where you can anonymously post funny facts or questions. Other users then can answer, like or dislike it. It sometimes is a nice distraction from a boring lecture ;P.
An app I recently found and like a lot is called Tandem. You probably know tandem partners. It basically works the same way, only that this app allows you to talk to people all over the world. Pretty fast you will figure out if there is a common understanding with your partner. Then nothing stops you from having interesting talks to new people. You can correct each other’s mistakes and also make calls or voice messages. I think it is a really nice way to get to know new people and new ways of thinking.
I really hope you find these apps useful and please leave a comment if you think there are any essential apps I forgot. It’s always good to share this stuff.