Moving to Cologne

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Moving to Cologne

Schepens Can Help With Removals UK to Germany

Expats describe Cologne as an effortless combination of warm, friendly neighbourhoods with a dynamic new riverside district and a celebrated cathedral which is dearly loved by locals. It’s the 4th largest city in Germany and has the largest university in the country. The charm and culture of this city is largely thanks to residents who are well known for being relaxed and happy. Economically, Cologne has always been an important city for trade in Europe and has greatly benefitted from globalisation – creating a prosperous future for the city.

Schepens have supported many families moving to Cologne over the years, and we always appreciate hearing how they’ve settled in. Here’s a selection of thoughts they have about the city.

Speak to us today on 01794 323558 for a no obligation removals quote on your move to Germany from the UK.

Living in Cologne

The cities’ standard of living, healthcare and education systems are excellent.  In comparison to other countries in western Europe, the cost of living in Cologne is fairly reasonable. Regular shopping bills are often noticeably less than other major European cities such as London, Paris, Brussels and Zurich. Staple foods are not too expensive in Germany, although upmarket supermarkets such as Rewe and Tegut are more expensive. If you shop at Lidl and Aldi, you can save between 10 and 15%.

Transport Connections

The public transport (called KVB) is highly effective in Cologne. Trains and buses regularly pass at least every 20 minutes until very late evening. You can reach any place with a few minutes – and everywhere is safe. High speed train services will have you in Brussels in an and hour and a half and Paris is just over three hours. Amsterdam is also within easy reach by a short train or bus journey.

Find a Job & Working

Job hunting in Cologne is a long-drawn process, but not too difficult compared with other European cities. Expats recommend utilising tools such as LinkedIn to help you build a network of contacts in the city and find out about new work opportunities. The advantage is that many Germans speak good English; which enables employers to recruit from a wider pool of nationalities. Cologne’s economy is centred around the finance sector and media industry. Expats who are highly skilled in the engineering and education sector are highly sought after.

Warm Summers, Cold Winters

In Cologne, expats enjoy one of the warmest summers across Germany, thanks to the humid, warm climate. The summer stretches from May through to August with high temperatures reaching up to 30°C. Winter nights can get chilly, with temperatures getting as low as freezing between November and February – and the rainfall can feel never-ending. Nonetheless, during the winter the city benefits from cloud-cover preventing temperatures getting extremely cold.

Schepens are an Experienced European Removal Company

Schepens are a 4th generation family business, and we’ve been moving families to Germany for over 100 years now. We ship regularly to a range of destinations in Germany. This means that we’re able to offer flexible scheduling to clients, with the option of dedicated or part load shipping.

A Tailored Approach Moving to Cologne

Every expat has a unique moving experience moving to Germany. That’s why Schepens doesn’t offer standard removals packages. Instead, we allocate a dedicated Move Co-Ordinator to each of our movers. They work with you to formulate a bespoke removals plan, based on your specific requirements.

We provide a comprehensive range of services, which include:

  • Packing. Our BAR trained professional removals teams can pack up your home, label your boxes and create a detailed inventory for shipping.
  • Insurance. We insure your goods during transport. Should you require additional Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability insurance cover, we can arrange it for you.
  • Non-Standard Items. If you’re planning to move your piano, a priceless work of art, or antique furniture, we’ll arrange for bespoke packaging and specialist handling.
  • Self Storage. Should you need to store items of furniture, or household goods in the UK, Schepens has local storage facilities. We provide a door-to-door service, and a secure, climate controlled environment.
  • Transport. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Professional Removals to Germany

As an experienced, European removals company, we are able to provide clients with a team who know the city well. All our removals teams are professionally trained in order to be able to provide an exemplary, stress-free service for clients. Schepens removals to Germany teams are proactive problem solvers; our feedback supports the fact that we always go the extra mile for clients.


Schepens perform removals to and from all major towns, cities and areas of Germany including: BerlinHamburgMunichCologneFrankfurtStuttgartDusseldorfDortmundEssenBremenDresdenLeipzig and Hanover.

Are you moving to Cologne? Call us on 01794 323558 to find out how we can support your move. We’ll begin by providing a detailed, no obligation quote for you.