ISHR New in Town Brochure 2021

New in Town

Useful Information for ISHR Families New to the Area of Hannover

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Table of Contents

Welcome to Hannover

Welcome Message......................................................................................................3 Emergency Numbers‌...................................................................................................4 English-Speaking Doctors...........................................................................................6 English-Speaking Therapists.....................................................................................10 Helpful Information and Websites..............................................................................12 Dos and Don’ts of Parenting in Germany..................................................................18

Moving to a new country, especially if you don’t speak the language, can be overwhelming. To help alleviate some of that, we’ve compiled a few lists of essentials: who to call in an emergency, where the urgent care clinics are, as well as rec- ommendations on where to eat in the city and where to buy furniture. Hannover is an great city to live and work in, and our school is situated at the center of this vibrant mid-sized city, adjacent to Europe’s largest ur - ban forest (the Eilenriede) and at the top of the beautiful Maschsee lake where sailing, rowing and running occur just a stones throw away. This university city is culturally rich with numer- ous museums, excellent shopping and is a hub for rail links to cities all over Europe with Berlin only an hour and fifteen minutes away.

Hannover is the hidden jewel of Northern Europe with a leafy urban standard of living unparalleled in affordability and public transport access with nature all around. Although Germany is known for its high taxation and bureaucratic regulations, the quality of life here is superb. The health care system is excellent, it is very safe, care of the en- vironment is taken seriously, and there are many different cultural offerings to suit every taste. With gorgeous outdoor spaces, world-renowned museums, abundant coffee and bar options, out- door and indoor recreation (from open air swim- ming pools to the Opera) and numerous festi- vals, Hannover has something for everyone. We hope that this guide will help you while set- tling in and that you will enjoy your time in this great city.

Map of Hannover City Boroughs (Stadtteile)

(c) Image: Pitichinaccio

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Emergency Numbers 110 – Police 112 – Fire, life-threatening medical emergencies (ambulance)

Emergency Numbers

Pharmacy/chemist emergency service There are always pharmacies (Apotheken) open all night and on Sundays as part of the Notdienst (rotating emergency service). You can find the one nearest to you on the Web (e.g. here: http:// stadtinformation.meinestadt.de/hannover/gesundheit/notdienst-apotheke). Be aware though that for over the counter meds they will charge extra for using their emergency service. The pharmacies at the Hauptbahnhof and at the airport are open longer (but not all night!) and do not charge this fee on Sundays during their regular opening hours.

Medical emergencies Poisoning

0551 19240 0511 380380 0511 380300 0511 311031

General Pediatric

Medical emergencies with animals and house pets Kleintierklinik Han- nover (24-hour emer-

Dental

Hildesheimer Straße 386, 30519 Hannover (Wülfel) Bünteweg 9, 30559 Hannover

http://www.vet-praxis. de https://www.tiho-han- nover.de

Psychiatric

0511 6162 2816 0800 6050040

0511 98634848

gency service/also does house calls) Veterinary Medical College of Hannover

Pregnancy-related

0511 9536800

Urgent care clinics (after hours) Krankenhaus Siloah Stadionbrücke 4 Klinikum Hannover Nordstadt Haltenhoffstraße 41

0511 9270

Violence against women (24h) Frauenhaus

0511 1238343 0511 81153300

0511 664477 0511 698646 0511 332112

Children’s Hospital (Kinder - krankenhaus auf der Bult) Children’s Hospital of the MHH (Zentrum für Kinder- heilkunde und Jugendmedizin)

Janusz-Korczak-Allee 12

Frauen- und Kinderschutzhaus

Rape hotline

Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1

0511 5323220

Other Emergency Phone Numbers Lost bank or credit card

116116

Medical emergencies with children Unless it’s life-threatening, first contact your pediatrician if they are open, and only then can you go to the urgent care clinic (they must refer you to the clinic, otherwise the clinic can’t take you). If it’s after hours contact the “Bereitschaftsdienstpraxis für Kinder “ at the Kinderkrank - enhaus auf der Bult. The number is 0511 / 8115 3300. Only after the “Bereitschaftsdienstprax - is” is closed you can take your kids to the ER of the hospital (same building, same floor). The Children’s Hospital of Medizinische Hochschule Hannover/MHH (Medical University Hospi - tal) also has an emergency room for urgent cases after hours. The number is: 0511 / 532-3220. Only in life-threatening situations can you call the 112 hotline, but they’re general - ly equipped to deal with anything. Ambulances are normally equipped to handle chil- dren, but when calling 112, be sure to tell them how old your child is to be on the safe side. If calling a taxi, be sure to mention you’re transporting a child. Booster seats are generally always available, but baby and toddler seats may not be – when calling the taxi, stress that you’re transport - ing a child and tell them the child’s age and size (in kilos) so that they can send a properly equipped taxi.

Car breakdown (ADAC)

01802 222222

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English-Speaking Doctors

English-Speaking Doctors

Please note that in Germany many doctors’ offices are closed on Wednesday and Friday after - noons.

Walter-Gieseking- Straße 3, 30159 Han- nover (Südstadt) irchröder Str. 104, 30625 Hannover (Kleefeld) Falkenstr. 27 30449 Hannover (Linden) Abelmannstrasse 1, 30519 Hannover (Döhren) Mühlenbergcentrum 5, 30457 Hannover (Mühlenberg) Stöckener Straße 85, 30419 Hannover (Her- renhausen / Stöcken)

Dr. Anselm Budweg

0511 816922

Developmental pediatrician (Kinderarzt) Some pediatricians listed might not take new patients or patients not living in their area. Dr. med. Franziska Lorenzen Brabeckstr. 153, 30539 Hannover (Be- merode) 0511 33644880 Dr. Inken Scholz de Torres Fössestraße 2, 30451 Hannover (Linden) 0511 441207

Dr. Bettina Fontaine

0511 89906700

Dr. Reza Nasseri

0511 448408

http://www.kinder- lunge-hannover.de/ scholz_de_torres

Dentists (Zahnärzte) Dr. Volker Staubach

Hildesheimerstr. 98 (Entrance Devrientstr. 2), 30173 Hannover (Südstadt) Ostpassage 3, 30853 Langenhagen Gustav-Adolf-Str. 8, 30167 Hannover (Nor- dstadt) Hanomagstr. 7, 30449 Hannover (Linden) Hegelstr. 4, 30625 Hannover (Kleefeld) Lister Meile 13, 30161 Hannover (Oststadt/ List)

0511 123 75 00

https://drstaubach.de

Dr. Schott & Dr. Bömeke Dr. med. Irene Diegritz-Qaiyumi

https://myzahnarzt. com/behandlung-cos- zahnaerzte-hannover https://www.dr-krause- hannover.de https://zahnhannover. com https://dr-eschweiler. de

COS Zahnärzte

0511 435048

0511 9735197

http://www.kinderarzt- langenhagen.de

Dr. Stephan Krause & Dr. Alexander Krause

Dr. med. Wolfgang Geller Dres. Clemens Beh- rens und Marc Bohn Dr. Friederike Hen- nigsen & Dr. Yasmeen Mir

0511 9793555

0511 713580

Podbielskistraße 8, 30161 Hannover (List) 0511 89934522

Dr. Nicola Deppe

0511 454601

Geibelstrasse 99, 30137 Hannover (Südstadt)

https://www.kinderar- ztpraxis-am-kantplatz. de

Drs. Sylvia & Heinz- Uwe Eschweiler

0511 884488

0511 553001

Dr. Eleni Tioutou

0511 342066

ORTHODONTiST Dr. Wilhelm Entrup

Georgstrasse 46, 30159 Hannover (City Centre) Tiergartenstr. 130, 30559 Hannover (Kirchrode)

0511 364990

General practitioners (Allgemeinärzte / Hausärzte Dr. Cordula Koch Mendelssohnstr. 26a, 30173 Hannover (Südstadt) 0511 35379505

Dr. Aleksandra Ma- jdani

0511 511628

https://www.allinmed. de https://www.aerzte- hannover-vahrenwald. de

Omptedastraße 28, 30165 Hannover (Vahrenwald) Theaterstr. 14, 30159 Hannover (Mitte)

Dr. Ellen Hertling

0511 /3506771

Dr. Bernadette Buch- wald

0511 12356510

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English-Speaking Doctors

English-Speaking Doctors Eye specialist (Augenarzt) Dr. med. Christoph Höing, Dr. med.

Throat, Nose, Ears (HNO) Dr. med. Christoph Lamm

Lavesstraße 3a, 30159 Hannover (City Centre) Marienstraße 55, 30171 Hannover (Südstadt) Lister Str. 10, 30163 Hannover (List)

https://www.hno-dr- lamm.de/startseite

0511 1235783

Hildesheimer Str. 9, 30169 Hannover (Südstadt) Rathenaustr. 13-14, 30159 Hannover (City Centre)

http://www.augenk- linik-hannover.de

Stephan Nikolic, Ilga Aser-Asaritis & col- leagues Dr. Meves, Augenär- zte am Kröpcke

0511 8503040

Herr Dr. med. Jo- hannes Graute

https://www.hannover- hno.de

0511 363696

https://augenaerzte- kroepcke.de

0511 320569

Gemeinschaftspraxis Dr. Eckhardt - Trüb- sbach - Hofmann - Seehafer

https://www.hno-am- lister-platz.de

0511 345583

Sport medicine, orthopedic surgery, trauma surgery (orthopäden)

OB/Gynecologists (Frauenarzt) Arash Ebrahimi Osterstraße 24, 30159 Hannover (City Centre)

Orthopädie am Raschplatz, Rundestraße 10, 30161 Hannover (City Centre) Georgstraße 38, 30159 Hannover (City Centre) Orthopädische Klinik Königstraße, Berliner Allee 14, 30175 Han- nover (City Centre)

http://www.orthopae- dieamraschplatz.de

http://praxis-ebrahimi. de http://www.frauenaer- ztin-in-hannover.de http://www.gyn-praxis- pfarrstr.de http://www.praxis-dr- khalifa.de

Dr. Menke

0511 312039

0511 36 38 94

Brühlstr. 19, 30169 Hannover (Calenberg- er Neustadt) Pfarrstr. 47, 30459 Hannover (Linden) Hildesheimer Str. 102 - 104, 30173 Hanno- ver (Südstadt) Davenstedter Str. 246, 30455 Hannover (Linden)

Dr. med. Christine Wiese Dr. med. Friederike und Klaus Greven

0511 13545

Dr. Meinolf Goertzen

0511 16747580

0511 4102870

Dr. med. René Gold - mann

https://okk-hannover. de

0511 348330

Dr. med. Raif Khalifa

0511 881422

Dr. med. M.D. (USA) Verena Coenen- Worch

http://www.coenen- worch.de

0511 494044

Veterinarians and animal hospitals (Tierärzte / Tierkliniken) KleintierKlinik Han- nover Hildesheimer Straße 386, 30519 Hannover 0511 986348.48 http://www.vet-praxis. de Kleintierpraxis Wald- heim Rosskampstraße 38, 30519 Hannover 0511 832665 http://www.kleintierp- raxis-hannover.de Veterinary Medical College of Hannover Bünteweg 9, 30559 Hannover 0511 9536800 https://www.tiho-han- nover.de

Dermatologist (Hautarzt) Dr. Christian Callies Geibelstraße 54, 30173 Hannover

https://www.hautarzt- callies.de

0511 805015

Kleintierpraxis Her- renhausen GbR, Dr. Melanie Borchers, Dr. Janaína Hagel

http://www.kleintierp- raxis-herrenhausen. de

lte Herrenhäuser Str. 47, 30419 Hannover

0511 97938805

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English-Speaking Therapists

English-Speaking Therapists OUTSIDE OF HANNOVER The Truman Group Remote psycho- therapy

Schellingstrasse 7, 30625 Hanno- ver (Kleefeld) Jakobistraße 6-8, 30163 Hannover (List) Sedanstraße 73, 30161 Hannover (Oststadt) Sutelstraße 79A , 30659 Hannover (Bothfeld) Marschnerstraße 34, 30167 Han- nover (Nordstadt)

https://www. hannoverpsycho- therapy.com

Uta Blohm Heilpraktikerin für Psychotherapie

0170 / 9205341

https://truman- group.com https://www. linden-education. com https://culturally- sensitivepsycho- therapy.eu

https://www. emotions-ver- arbeitung.de/ Coaching-eng

Jaegerstraße 67, 19117 Berlin Uhlandstrasse 18, 28211 Bremen

Dipl.Soz.Päd. Ursula Bellamy

Institut für Emo- tions-Verabeitung

Linden Education

030 / 239 22067

0511 / 96 94 901

Adults, adoles- cents (15 and above) and young adults services avail- able in Berlin or via Skype

Freda Eidmann

0511 / 3360883 http://isa-hanno- ver.de

Dr. Jessica Price

0151 / 12284661

Dorothee Benda- Hansen

The Primrose Practice

01768 820 2160 http://theprimros- epractice.co.uk

0511 / 3108144

Specialties: so- cial psychology, services avail- able in Spanish

https://internationaltherapistdirectory.com/listings/germany-1 https://www.actberlin.info/therapist-directory.html http://www.psyshrink.com https://www.stillpointspaces.com/berlin-space https://complicated.life/find-a-therapist https://app.between-the-lines.info

0176 20438981 (after 15:00)

Lizmi28@hot - mail.com

Liz Mosquera

https://frank- stepper.de/tag/ therapie-hanno- ver

Brühlstrasse 3 30169 Hannover

Frank Stepper

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Helpful Information and Websites

Helpful Information and Websites

Getting connected Hannover4EnglishSpeakers

Things To Do • Official website of the City of Hannover. Fi nd info on museums, biking, family activities, sea- sonal activities, etc.: https://www.hannover.de/en • Activities for kids compiled by the City of Hannover sorted by age: https://www.hannover.de/Kultur-Freizeit/Event-Tipps-für-Kids • Stadtkind is a city magazine that has a website listing event: https://www.stadtkind-kalender.de/ kalender • Prinz is another city magazine listing not only events but also restaurant reviews and other things to enjoy in the city: https://prinz.de/hannover Special Events in Hannover • Frühlingsfest - funfair in Spring (Schützenplatz across from ISHR) • Hannover Marathon - in Spring • Das blaue Wunder and Scillablütenfest - in Spring (Linden/Lindener Berg). Depending on the blooming of the Scilla these two fests might be on the same day. • Käfertreffen - annual VW Beetles Meet-up on May 1 st (Messeparkplatz Ost/Kronsberg) • Swinging Hannover - open air jazz festival in Spring (Trammplatz in front of the new town hall) • Gartenfestival Herrenhausen - in Spring garden festival with kids’ program • Lister Meilen Fest - in Summer (Lister Meile) • Fête de la Musique - annual music festival on June 21 st (City Centre) • Schützenfest - funfair in Summer including big parade (Schützenplatz across from ISHR) • Maschseefest - music & food around Hannover’s lake ( https://www.hannover.de/Maschseefest) For a list of playgrounds throughout the city: https://spielplatznet.de/spielplaetze/Hannover Some favorites are Wakitu (List), Sonnenspielplatz (Oststadt), Bonifatiusplatz (List), Bertha-von- Suttner-Platz (Südstadt), Spielpark Tiefenriede (Südstadt), Spielpark Linden, Hexenspielplatz (Kleefeld), Stephanstift (Kleefeld), Spielpark Roderbruch, Playgrounds in the zoo Movie Theaters with English OmU* *OmU = Original with subtitles; look for this label in the listings to find movies in the original English, French, Spanish, etc. • Kino am Raschplatz (at Hauptbahnhof): https://www.kinoamraschplatz.de/de/programm.php • Astor Grand (near Steintor tram stop): https://www.astor-grandcinema.de/programm/wochen- programm • Cinemaxx (at Hauptbahnhof): https://www.cinemaxx.de/kinoprogramm/hannover/jetzt-im-kino/ alphabetisch • Lodderbast (between Mitte and Südstadt): http://www.lodderbast.de • Apollo Kino (in Linden, also often has kids’ movies on Sunday afternoons): https://www.apol- lokino.de • Oktoberfest - funfair in Fall (Schützenplatz across from ISHR) • Christmas Market (main City Centre/Altstadt/Lister Meile) • Winter Zoo from December - February Playgrounds

Hannover4EnglishSpeakers (or H4ES for short) is a group of ex-pats that meets at least twice monthly in Hannover. Members are from all over the world, mostly (but not only) from English- speaking countries. The group also has a very lively Facebook group which can be very resourceful even if you just search the timeline and files: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hannover4englishspeakers Please note that H4ES members need English language skills on a native or near native level. Therefore they do not agree to any members that just want to ‘keep up with’ or ‘practise’ their Eng - lish. There are, however, other groups for that in Hannover. Current meetings are on the 1st Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Lieblingsbar in Her- renhausen. Members will be invited on the group’s timeline. There is also a H4ES KIDS group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/h4es.kids where all topics re- lated to kids and family life can be discussed and meet-ups or playdates can be found. The third H4ES group is a marketplace where members are able to advertise items they’d like to sell, events they organize that could be interesting for the community as well as business services they offer: https://www.facebook.com/groups/h4es.market Please note: When you request to join H4ES make sure it’s possible to contact you and see your location on your profile – some users block all non-friends from contacting them or reading their pro - file, and the moderators are unable to make an informed decision. If your request is rejected, that’s probably why. For messages the moderators might send you for further information, please, make sure to always check the folder “Message Requests” (next to your inbox). The International Women’s Association Hannover (IWAH) IWAHwas founded in1992 inorder tohelpnewcomers inHannover during the initial adjustment period. It is a group for womenwith international origins, backgrounds or experiences who live in theHannover areaandwould like toshare their experienceswitheachother andpromote intercultural understanding. At the same time, IWAH offers its members information and insider know-how about our city and life in Germany.Theystrive tocreatea friendlyenvironment inwhichwomen feel comfortableandat homeand provide opportunities for our members to explore and discover Hannover and the German way of life. Presently, more than 52 different nationalities are represented in IWAH. Women of all ages from many different walks of life make up our membership. IWAH uses English as the common language, but other languages (including German) are also spoken. Please visit www.iwah.de for more infor- mation Getting connected Websites: • Neu in Hannover / New in Hanover ( facebook group ) • Howtogermany.com

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Helpful Information and Websites Restaurants (some international favorites… there are many, many more!*) • Basil (Contemporary Inter- national) • Pier 51 (Contemporary German) • 11A (Contemporary Ger - man) • Speiserei (German interna - tional) • Reimann’s Eck (German traditional) • Pfannkuchen Haus (Pan - cakes and German tradi - tional) • Bavarium (German tradi - tional) • Max Walloschke (German traditional) • Vier Jahreszeiten (German traditional) • Plümecke (German tradi - tional esp. Curry Wurst) • Amici Mei (Italian) • Gianni’s (Italian) • Agorino (Italian) • Francesca & Fratelli (Ital- ian) • L’Osteria (Italian) • Vapiano (Italian) • Vietal (Vietnamese) • Wok‘n Joy (Vietnamese) • Grosse Mauer (Chinese) • Nanking (Chinese) • Bambus Garden (Chinese) • Ruenthai (Thai) • Thai Food in a Box (Thai) • Anesis (Greek) • Eliniko (Greek) • Taj Mahal (Indian) • Mangal’s Kitchen (Indian) • Café Lulu (Indian and inter- national) • 6 Sinne • Oscar’s • Resso’s (formerly Hugo’s) • Stadtmauer • Weinbar gegenüber • Dublin Inn (Irish pub, lots of English speakers) • Shakespeare (English pub) Jack the Ripper’s London Tavern (English speakers) • Lieblingsbar Good for brunch: • 7 Sundays (City center and Oststadt) • TreibHaus (List) • Sweet Shabby (Südstadt) • Mezzo (Oststadt) • Loretta’s (Behind the school) Good for drinks ( Many more not listed here)

Helpful Information and Websites

• Café Lulu (List) • Zurück zum Glück (Zooviertel/kid friendly) • Coffee Time (Oststadt and near Kröpcke/Opera - large upstairs area) • Menagerie (Linden) *Please check out the H4ES Facebook Files section (or do a search for “restaurants”) to find more, including more kid-friendly options! Toy Stores • Galeria Kaufhof (Bahnhofstrasse, City Center, top floor) • Fridolin’s (Weißekreuzplatz, Oststadt) • Gogi (Ferdinand-Wallbrecht-Strasse 9, List/one block from Lister Platz) • Südstadter Spielwaren Paradies (Geibelstrasse, Südstadt) • Earnie & Bertha (Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz, Südstadt) • Land of colorful stones (LEGO specialist, Hildesheimer Strasse, Südstadt) Book Stores* • Hugendubel (City Centre): https://www.hugendubel.de/de/branch?branchId=9827/ (foreign lan- guage titles on the ground floor) • Leuenhagen & Paris (List): http://www.leuenhagen-paris.de/startseite.html (foreign titles on the -1 floor) • Thalia (City Centre/Linden): https://www.thalia.de *Most bookstores and toy stores offer the option of a Geburtstagskiste (birthday box) Baby Gear (Strollers, Furniture, Clothes etc.) • Baby One (Altwarmbüchen)

• Ichiban (Japanese) • Sushi-Do (Sushi) • Sindo (Sushi) • Tomo (Sushi) • Le Feu (Flammkuchen) • Duke’s (Burgers and Bowls) • Jo’s Food and Craft (Sal - ads and Burgers) • Lindenblatt (Burgers) • Kuhnstwerk (Burgers and Shakes) • OutbaXSpirit (Australian) • Tandure (Turkish) • Kale (Turkish) • Aspera (Turkish) • Urfa Class (Turkish)

• Masa (Afghan) • Al Dar (Syrian)

• Baby Starke (Garbsen) • miniundma (Oststadt) • Nika Kinderwelt (Bothfeld) • Kind der Stadt (List) Furniture Stores (besides IKEA) • Möbel Staude (Hainholz) https://www.moebel-staude.de • Möbel Hesse (Garbsen) https://www.moebel-hesse.de • Bolia (City Centre) https://www.bolia.com • Sofa Loft (Südstadt) https://www.sofaloft.de • BoConcept (City Centre) https://www.boconcept.com • Seydlitz (City Centre) https://www.seydlitz.de • Steinhoff (Südstadt) https://steinhoff-einrichtungen.de • Pro Office (City Centre) https://www.prooffice.de • Höffner (Altwarmbüchen) https://www.hoeffner.de/hannover International Tax Advisors: Dr. Felix Schulze-Borges 0511 51513117

https://schulze-borges.de/de/ dr-felix-schulze-borges.html http://www.greentaxservice. com/

• Bavarium (City Centre) • HeimW (City Centre) • Café K (Altstadt)

Mark Davies, EA, Green Tax Service, LLC

0162 7742079

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Helpful Information and Websites Shopping (larger stores/malls) • Ernst August Galerie (City Centre) https://www.ernst-august-galerie.de

Helpful Information and Websites

Please note that note that all libraries offer books for children and youth. Also many have books in English and other languages on loan. Directory of libraries: https://www.hannover.de/Leben-in-der-Region-Hannover/Bildung/Bibliotheken-Archive/Stadt- bibliothek-Hannover/Bibliotheken-%C3%96ffnungszeiten • GVH App for public transport https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air. de.projektionisten.efa.app.gvh&hl=en or https://apps.apple.com/de/app/gvh/id501670767 • Öffies App (public transport) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.schildbach. oeffi&hl=de • Hannah Lastenrad: https://www.hannah-lastenrad.de/ (rent a transport bike) • StadtMobil: https://hannover.stadtmobil.de/privatkunden/ (car rental/sharing)

• Galeria Karstadt and Kaufhof (City Centre) Department stores. Kaufhof Bahnhofstrasse/across from Hauptbahnhof has a large grocery section on the basement level including specialties and international food https://www.galeria.de/ • Kaufland* (City Centre behind Hauptbahnhof (open to midnight) /Hainholz/Bornum/Laatzen https://www.kaufland.de ) • real* (Altwarmbüchen, Linden, Hemmingen) https://www.real.de • A2 Center (Altwarmbüchen) https://www.a2center.com • CCL (Langenhagen) https://www.ccl-langenhagen.de • LeineCenter (Laatzen) https://www.leine-center.de • Decathlon Sports and Outdoor Equipment (Laatzen) https://www.decathlon.de • Designer Outlet Wolfsburg https://www.designeroutlets-wolfsburg.de • Desinger Outlet Soltau https://www.designeroutletsoltau.com *Grocery stores, but very large and with lots of international food choices, as well as householld items (toys, some clothing, seasonal items, baking supplies, etc.)

• MOIA: https://www.moia.io/en (ride sharing) • Frauennachttaxi (women’s night taxi) by Üstra

DIY Stores • Bauhaus (City Centre, Hainholz, Laatzen) https//www.bauhaus.de • OBI (Linden, Laatzen)

• Himmler hagebaumarkt (Südstadt) • Hornbach (Linden/Altwarmbüchen) • toom (Brink-Hafen)

Miscellaneous • Erlebnis Zoo Hannover https://www.zoo-hannover.de/en • MalZeit ceramic painting (List) https://malzeit-hannover.de ceramic painting in List, owner speaks English • Porzellan Café ceramic painting (Südstadt/List) http://www.porzellancafe.de • Aqualaatzium (Laatzen) Pool with slides, swimming classes and large sauna facilities https://aqualaatzium.de • Wasserwelt (Langenhagen) Pool with slides, swimming classes and large sauna facilities https://www.wasserwelt-langenhagen.de • Directory of pools and swimming lakes: https://www.hannover.de/Kultur-Freizeit/Freizeit-Sport/ Sport/Bäderführer • Zinnober Kindermuseum (Linden) https://www.kindermuseum-hannover.de/ • Phaeno Museum (Wolfsburg) https://www.phaeno.de/en • Kestnergesellschaft museum with changing contemporary art exhibitions, once a month a pro- gram for kids in English is offered: https://kestnergesellschaft.de/#!/vermittlung/kinder • Directory of all museums in the city https://www.hannover.de/Kultur-Freizeit/Museen-Ausstel- lungen • Libraries especially for children and youth: Jugend- und Stadtbibliothek List (Podbipark/Lister Strasse) Kinderbibliothek Südstadt (Schlägerstrasse)

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Dos and Dont’s of Parenting in Germany

Dos and Dont’s of Parenting in Germany

Leaving Children Home Alone Parents have the legal obligation to supervise their children (“Aufsichtspflicht”). This includes pro - tecting the children from harm as well as making sure they don’t cause any harm to others. This doesn’t mean however, that parents have to watch their children constantly. They are allowed to let them play independently. Parents basically have to decide for themselves how much supervision their children need based on their level of maturity, personality, character and the environment. It also depends on how long the child is required to stay alone and where they could go for help if need be. It is very tricky to ask older siblings to watch out for younger ones unless there’s a big age gap be - tween them. Between the ages of 10-15 children finally reach a level of logical reasoning, perception and concentration that is comparable to an adult and are therefore able to judge potential dangers. However, once in puberty, many teenagers tend to be wrapped up in their own business and/or are more willing to take risks. Children any younger are not able to truly perceive danger and lack therefore the skills and resourc- es to take responsibility for a younger sibling. Going Out Cinema: In general, age restrictions to films apply from 6, 12, 16 or 18 regardless of an adult ac - companying a child or not. Exception: Children from 6 years are allowed to see a movie rated 12 if a parent/guardian is present. Children under 14 have to have adult supervision if the film ends after 8 pm or if they are under 16 and the film ends after 10 pm or if they are under 18 and the film ends after midnight. Pubs, Nightclubs and arcades: Under 16 year-old children are only allowed to go to a nightclub (disco) when accompanied by a parent or guardian. From 16-18 years-old teen - agers are allowed to go to a nightclub until midnight, longer if they have adult supervision (signed paper). There are exceptions for school and other public events for teenagers. You have to be over 18 to enter an arcade (Spielhalle). Children and teenagers are allowed to enter a pub between 5 am and 11pm. if they want to purchase a drink or food. Exceptions: Pubs that have many gambling machines or also run as a night club. Concerts: No age/time restrictions yet parental permission is necessary to go to a concert. Outside: Parents decide when their children need to come back home. There are no laws and regulations other than the obligation to supervise (see leaving chil- dren home alone). Drugs and Alcohol Smoking is not allowed until the age of 18. Teenagers over 16 may legally buy/consume beer, wine and champagne. You need to be over 18 to buy/consume any spirits (e.g. vodka or whiskey). Piercings and Tattoos According to German law tattoos, piercings or brand characters are actually assaults but are not prosecuted as they are done voluntarily. Children and teenagers under 16 are not allowed to have a tattoo done, even with parental permission. From 16 – 18 teenagers need parental permission (either in writing or better parents accompanying their child).

Spanking Physical violence including spanking on any part of the body is illegal in Germany. Sex The legal age of consent in Germany is 14 if both partners are under 18. Jobs Children over 13 are allowed to earn some pocket money by doing “easy” jobs, like giving private tui - tion or doing paper rounds between the hours of 8.00 and 18.00 and only with parental permission. Teenagers aged 15 and over are allowed to work between 35-40 hours a week for up to 4 weeks during the holidays. Business Children aged 7 and over are allowed to purchase items within their pocket money. They are even allowed to save money and buy more expensive things. However, items costing large sums and contracts (e.g. for mobile phones) are forbidden unless they have parent permission. Criminal Responsibility Limited criminal responsibility starts at the age of 14. Crimes committed by young people (aged 16 – 18) will always be tried in juvenile court. This also applies to adolescents aged 18-21 who, at the time of the crime, were the equivalent of a juvenile based on their moral and mental development.

Sources: http://www.deine-rechte.de https://www.kindersicherheit.de https://www.t-online.de/leben/familie

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