Germany is a dream destination for many Au Pairs from all over the world and there are many good reasons for that: the cool cities, diverse nature, lots of culture and an inspiring mix of modernity and tradition.
Whether north, south, east or west, every corner has its highlights. We will introduce you to the most popular cities in Germany and we hope that you will find a suitable host family in the place you like best!
The German capital has so much to offer that it definitely pays off to spend some months as an Au Pair in Berlin.
Of course you will have to check out the typical sights such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and a few of the world-class museums. But there is so much more to discover!
From the East Side Gallery you can walk to the multicultural Kreuzberg or the hip Friedrichshain. In both Kiez (Kiez is the Berlin word for neighborhood) you will find many international restaurants (where you can eat delicious meals for just a few euros) and numerous cafés and bars.
On Maybachufer a great Turkish market takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays, also the market on the Kollwitzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg is worth a visit. As an Au Pair in Berlin, you do not have to have a big budget to do and see a lot!
The cathedral city on the Rhine is known for its lively and open-minded way of life. As an Au Pair in Cologne you will quickly make new friends and if you stay one year, you will definitely also experience the famous Cologne Carnival.
Cologne, cathedral city on the Rhine
Maybe you'll even see the Rosenmontagszug (huge Carnival parade) with your host family in Cologne – a unique experience for the young and the old! Your host children will surely be happy if you visit the Chocolate Museum with them or go for a walk in the animal park in Lindenthal, the entrance to the park is free.
When you are finished with your Au Pair tasks and want to go out with your new friends, you will find numerous cafés, pubs, restaurants and discos all over the city, for example on Zülpicher Straße.
When the weather is nice, you can just take a blanket and enjoy the view of the cathedral on the Poller meadows. Day trips from Cologne to the interesting neighboring cities Bonn and Düsseldorf are a great way to get to know the surrounding area!
The capital of Bavaria combines tradition and modernity like no other city in Germany. Some people call this way of life “laptop and leather pants”.
Life in this city is more expensive than in other cities in Germany. Thus, as an Au Pair in Munich you can definitely benefit from the fact that accommodation and food are provided by your host family.
A visit to the English Garden doesn’t cost anything, make sure to watch the surfers on the Eisbach wave! The famous Glockenspiel at Marienplatz is also free for everyone, you can experience it daily at 11 and 12 pm, from March to October also at 17 pm.
Munich is the perfect starting point for excursions into the beautiful surroundings. For example, you can go to Lake Starnberg and you should definitely not miss a visit to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.
If you're in Munich in September / October, you're in luck and will get the chance to enjoy the Oktoberfest!
Hamburg is a big port city in Germany
Hamburg is a big port city and the maritime flair can be felt all over town. In 2015, the Speicherstadt and the Kontorhausviertel were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site – you should not miss these highlights!
For example, you do not have to pay for a costly harbor cruise, but you can board a ferry at the Landungsbrücken with the regular HVV ticket: let the wind blow in your face while you pass by the fish market, the dry docks and the container terminals. Whether with your host children or with your new friends, a visit to the unique Miniatur Wunderland, where you will marvel at the largest model railway in the world, will remain in your memory for a long time!
As an Au Pair in Frankfurt, you will quickly meet people from many different countries because this city is very international. Even though it is mainly known for the banks and the big airport, you'll see and experience a lot more in Frankfurt.
The river Main flows through the city, past the skyscrapers (Frankfurt is the only German city with a proper skyline!) and the Museumsufer.
In the summer, you can just grab a blanket and have a picnic on the green area by the river. If the weather is not so nice, you can take your host children to the impressive palm garden: in the greenhouses, it is always nice and warm.
Frankfurt is known for green sauce (dish served with potatoes and eggs) and Apfelwein (cider) – ask your host family to have dinner with you in a typical Äpplerkneipe, maybe in Sachsenhausen.
Did you know that Goethe was born in Frankfurt? You can even visit his birthplace, which is now a museum.
If you are an Au Pair in Mainz or an Au Pair in Wiesbaden, you can go on a day trip to Frankfurt without a problem.
Heidelberg definitely is a tourist hotspot in Germany. The picturesque old town and the castle ruin, from where you overlook the historic center, attract more than 10 million visitors each year.
But don’t worry: the University of Heidelberg is one of the oldest universities in Europe and the oldest university in Germany – so you will not only meet tourists with cameras around their necks, but also many young people. Maybe you can exchange your ideas and thoughts about life on the 2 km long Philosopher's Walk, while you enjoy the impressive view.
With your guest children you can, for example, pay a visit to the fairytale paradise, the "alla hopp!” grounds or the zoo in Heidelberg. Heidelberg is a rather small city, so you can explore a lot by foot. Should you become bored a bit as an Au Pair in Heidelberg, you can take trips to Mannheim, Speyer, Heilbronn or Karlsruhe.
Leipzig is a hip city in eastern Germany. Well-known sights are for example the Völkerschlachtdenkmal, the Old Town Hall or the Panometer.
But, it is actually the atmosphere of the city that is especially interesting for young people. There is a lot going on: you will have the choice between many great restaurants, bars and concerts, and life is not so expensive compared to other German cities.
If you are interested in art, be sure to visit the Baumwollspinnerei (cotton mill) – nowadays you will find art galleries, studios and restaurants on the former industrial site.
If you want to go on a day trip with your host family in Leipzig and the kids need some action, you can visit the ‘Belantis’. In 2016, this amusement park was ranked 5th on the list of ‘Europe's Best Amusement Parks’. In the Clara Zetkin park, you can have a lot of fun in the fresh air while being surrounded by a lot of green. In the summertime, you can visit open air concerts and film screenings in the park.
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