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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 May 30, 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 continues, but with restrictions. Try to maintain a positive outlook!

The regulations regarding COVID-19 vary from state to state within Germany. For Baden-Württemberg, the plan for a gradual return to normal has started. If a localized outbreak occurs, then lockdown/quarantine measures will be re-implemented for that region.

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.

Many regulations are in effect until at least June 14th which cooincides with the end of the Pentecost holidays in the Karlsruhe school system. Many of these regulations affect schools, Kitas etc.

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 10 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. This is for all those who are six years and older.
  • 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.
  • All those who have been outside of Europe must go into a 14-day quarantine upon reentering Germany. This holds true until at least June 15. Within Europe, this quarantine is only necessary if the country of origin has had a recent outbreak.
  • Visiting loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes is generally allowed but with strict hygiene precautions.
  • Professional sports are allowed.
  • Guided tours for tourists are allowed.
  • Restaurants, cafés and ice cafés are open.
  • Camping on campgrounds is allowed (but not in tents). The sanitary facilities in campgrounds remain closed.
  • 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.

Plans to reopen soon:

  • After June 14th, more pupils will be able to return to school.
  • Hotels and other lodging establishments are allowed to open starting May 29th.
  • Tourist attractions and amusement parks are allowed to open starting May 29th.
  • Gyms, dance schools, climbing walls, indoor sports venues are allowed to open starting June 2nd.
  • Swimming pools will reopen but just for swimming classes starting June 2nd.
  • Movie theaters are allowed to open starting June 2nd for up to 100 people.

What is OPEN

Most everything is allowed to be open once again or very soon. If in doubt, check the websites of the store or institution ahead of time.

What you can do

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others!
  • Call your friends and family or use video chats to keep in touch.
  • 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.