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Regular English Language Events

Karlsruhe's very own English-Speaking Meetup Group (sponsored by expat-karlsruhe.com) is a way for anyone to organize events and activities or plan adventures. The most popular regular event is the monthly Stammtisch where you can meet nice people who speak English in a relaxed atmosphere. Start is 6:30 p.m. until around 11:30 p.m. It's a mix of young and old and all those in-between, who come and go throughout the evening. Some events have moved online.

The American Library has regular events in English for kids and adults: LitNite (), Poetry, Please! (), MovieTalk (),  Storytime for kids 3-5 (), Teen Time () and Storytime for kids 6 and up ().The library is open to check out media. Events have been indefinitely postponed.

The Karlsruhe Toastmasters meet every 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. to practice public speaking in English with friendly, relaxed support from speakers from around the world. This event is currently continuing online.


Improve your German!

Sprecht miteinander!

Practice your spoken German in a relaxed atmosphere. People of similar language ability form groups moderated by a native speaker volunteer. Free and no registration required. Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. at

Bürgerzentrum Mühlburg (BZM)
Hardtstr. 37 A/2
76185 Karlsruhe

Just stop by!

The IBZ (Internationales Begegnungszentrum Karlsruhe - International Meeting Center Karlsruhe) offers a number of projects to help with language and integration. A listing in English is available here.

What's Up:

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR KARLSRUHE DURING THE CORONA CRISIS

updated on June 18, 2020

Please remember that all actions taken by the City, State and Federal Government of Germany are for the safety of the general public and should be adhered to. It is understood that these measures are a huge inconvenience for everyday life, but they are necessary to control the spread of the corona virus and to avert a health emergency. Daily life and work continue but with restrictions. Try to maintain a positive outlook!

The regulations regarding COVID-19 vary from state to state within Germany. For Karlsruhe, just about everything is open again - except clubs and discos. Schools and Kitas are only partially open - but plans are in place to open up again, at the latest after the summer holidays. If you have school-aged children, you will be informed - in German.

If a localized outbreak occurs, which means more than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants within one week, then lockdown/quarantine measures will be re-implemented for that area.

Plan extra time when going out because of queues for shopping, increased traffic etc. and please be patient with those around you and those in the stores or other establishments. The situation is new for everyone and many bugs still need to be worked out.

NEW:  Corona-Warn-App from the Robert Koch Institute and authorized by the German government. Available through Play Store (Android) or App Store (OS). Get an alert if you are exposed to someone who reported having Covid-19. English instructions available.

Remember that while the lockdown has eased, it is still necessary to practice proper hygiene! It is easy to forget this as life returns to semi-normal.

General:

  • Continue practicing social/physical distancing - 1.5 to 2 meters apart!
  • Persons from two different households are allowed to meet, e.g. two families are allowed to meet outdoors - but not with a third member from a third household.
  • It is now possible to have private gatherings of up to 20 people indoors.
  • A mask (or scarf or similar) covering your nose and mouth is required when using public transportation (even on the platforms while waiting for the tram) and while shopping in Baden-Württemberg. This has been extended to airports and flights as well as when going to the doctor.
  • All the stores and establishments which have reopened may only do so if they have a hygiene plan. For example, in stores, the number of shoppers is limited. For museums and the zoo, it is often necessary to obtain an online ticket with a set time when you may visit. If you go out, plan on extra waiting times. Check the websites before you go.
  • Large events with more than 500 participants will not take place until at least September 2020.
  • For those coming from outside of Germany, you may need to go into quarantine upon arrival if you have been in a high-risk region in the last 14 days. The list of high-risk regions can be found here (from the Robert-Koch-Institut) and is updated regularly.
  • If you have tickets for a cancelled event, the establishment is allowed to offer a gift certificate rather than money back. Many establishments don't have enough money to reimburse everyone.
  • Starting June 8th, the Bürgerbüros in Karlsruhe are once again open for regular service. Many services can be taken care of online or via mail, however sometimes it is necessary to personally stop by. In this case, you may only do so with an appointment. This is to ensure the safety of you and the workers in the Bürgerbüros.

What you can do

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Try not to purchase items with cash to minimize contact with the salesperson.
  • Don’t shake hands or hug others and avoid sharing cups or eating utensils, especially with those who are sick.
  • Maintain at least 1.5 meter distance from others.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, use the inside of your elbow or a tissue, not your bare hands.
  • Place used tissues in a receptacle with a lid.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, keyboards, phones and doorknobs.
  • Eat healthy and exercise to build up your immune system.
  • Be sure to take a daily walk or jog if you are able - while maintaining the recommended 1.5 meter distance from others.
  • If you have a pre-existing medical condition, be even more cautious!
  • Stay home if you are sick to avoid infecting others and to make sure you heal quickly!
  • If you are feeling ill or have a fever, do not go directly to the doctor’s office because you may infect others. Call the doctor's office or call 116 117 and the doctor or the nurse will ask you some questions and guide you as to further measures.

The City has a Corona Hotline set up. More info in German here: https://corona.karlsruhe.de/

If you are having a hard time dealing with this crisis, a hotline for psychological help (e.g. crisis managers, marriage counselors, family councelors etc.) is available Monday through Friday from 9-12 and from 14-17. They speak German, English, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. 0721 84 22 88.

Stay healthy!

A note from our sponsor Relocation Service move-in:

Our team is there for you!

Our entire society is in an extraordinary situation because of the COVID-19 virus. This also affects: those who are from other countries and are in Germany to work, those who have recently arrived, and those who have a new job, but are not allowed to leave their own country and/or enter Germany. The most important visits to government offices cannot take place, visas may soon expire or an apartment is required. To safely arrive and stay in your new home in a new environment is especially challenging in these times.

Our team at Move-In continues to provide qualified, reliable and quick assistance. Let’s talk about what issues are affecting you.

Individuals or employers can call our free hotline from Monday to Friday from 10 am to noon and from 4 to 5 pm at the following phone number:

07243 333941 or send an email to sax(at)move-in(dot)info.