Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) Cheat Sheet

Welcome to your quick resource guide, aka “cheat sheet” to the Kaiserslautern Military Community (K-Town) in Germany!  

Need a local mechanic?  New hair dresser?  Yummy foods?  

Oh wait… orthodontics for the kids right?  

Don’t forget a pet groomer for your fur baby! 🐕

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Local Community in the KMC Germany

Once you PCS to Germany, you have to completely rebuild your trusted local community. 

The good news: We already vetted your list of options for you!

I understand how intimidating it can be to move to a new foreign country. Especially when you’re looking for a new “local spot” to take care of all your needs while living in Germany. 

Kein Stress, “No Stress” as the Germans say.

I built this resource guide to provide you with a number of local businesses that will help you throughout your tour. 

These are businesses that I literally use on a monthly basis.   

In fact, we all do…

I’ve been living here since 2014, so over the years, I crowd sourced and cross referenced these recommendations in military spouse groups who have personally experienced them as well. 

These are actual human beings that already have a personal investment in your well being while living in their country. 

Each affiliate I recommend is hand selected.

I see them as “strategic partners” 

Trusted by the community to provide you with a full range of products & services!  

*Did I miss a business that needs to be shared with the American community?  I want to hear about it!  

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KMC “K-Town” Germany First Look

First off, let’s get you familiar with the basics.

Welcome to the mothership of all the bases in Germany!

The KMC = Kaiserslautern Military Community aka “K-Town” which makes up the USAG Rheinland-Pfalz.

USAG Rheinland-Pflaz has the largest presence of American Armed Forces outside of the United States.

Located in the southwestern German state of Rheinland-Pfalz, this community is split up into several different organizations to include:

Army facilities at Sembach, Kleber, Panzer and Daenner Kasernes, Landstuhl (Regional Medical Center), Miesau and Kaiserslautern Army Depots, Rhine Ordnance and Pulaski Barracks.

Air Force facilities located at Ramstein Air Base, Einsiedlerhof, Vogelweh and Kapaun Air Station.

Geographically separated units: Baumholder, Mannheim, Gruenstadt and Germersheim in Germany.

Are you new to the KMC and need a sponsor? Here’s how you get one!

KMC Transportation:

🚆 – The closest train stations are Ramstein, Miesenbach, Landstuhl, Vogelweh, Kaiserslautern Hbf, etc.

✈️ – The closest airports are Saarbrücken Airport, Frankfurt Hahn, Luxembourg Airport, Frankfurt International Airport. Most newcomers fly into Ramstein Air Base on the Patriot Express (Rotator) flight and then bus to their respective duty locations.

🚘 – Closest highway (autobahn) = A6

🏘 – Closest (big) city = Saarbrücken, Mannheim, Frankfurt

New to the train in Germany? Learn how to ride with my FULL video tutorial!

DoDEA Schools in the KMC “K-Town” Germany

– Kaiserslautern Elementary, Ramstein Elementary, Vogelweh Elementary, Landstuhl Elementary, and Sembach Elementary Schools

– Ramstein Intermediate School (3rd – 5th)

– Kaiserslautern Middle and Ramstein Middle School 

– Kaiserslautern and Ramstein High Schools

– Child Development Centers (CDC): child care for ages 6 weeks – 5yrs old (pre-school)

See a list of all DoDEA Europe Schools by district here

Learn how to PCS to Germany with kids. Oh.. and this is what it’s like to go to school on base in Germany!

Adult Education in the KMC “K-Town” Germany

The KMC consists of a learning center, testing program, and four major colleges:

– Central Texas College

– University of Oklahoma

– Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

– University of Maryland Global Campus

The education center at Rhine Ordnance Barracks (ROB) is the hub for all education activity within U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz.

This hub supports those assigned to Sembach, Landstuhl, Baumholder, Miesau, Kleber and Panzer Kasernes and Army Reserve Soldiers in Europe. 

KMC “K-Town” Germany Cheat Sheet

Below is your official KMC Germany cheat sheet categorized by industry.

Make sure to tell them DTV sent you! 😉

*Keep in mind, most of these companies speak English and accept VAT forms.

PCS to Germany: Cheat Sheets

*Stay tuned for additional cheat sheet information

Automobiles 🚗

Bavarian Motor Cars

Tax FREE Vehicles!  Custom Builds!  Pre Order from the States!  

Just imagine… a gigantic red ribbon on top of your brand new BMW, ready to hit the autobahn for your first family vacation overseas!

The ONLY company I’d recommend turning this dream into a reality is Bavarian Motor Cars.  I’ve been working with this company from the very beginning.  Since 2014, they’ve sponsored all my events, they’ve put my friends in new cars, and they’ve become family for my wife and I.  

This is what you can expect when you walk into a BMW dealership right outside of base.

Here’s the deal, if you just want to start fresh with a new car for your family, you have to check out all the special offers they provide:

– Tax Free, military discounted offers 
– Pre ordered, custom builds guaranteed to be ready before you even arrive
VIP delivery service (Free one night stay in a beautiful 4 star hotel, or get it delivered right to the base with that red ribbon 😉)
– Stateside trade ins, meaning they can trade in your old car while you’re still in the US
– Loaner car programs & much more!  

If this is something you’re interested in, I highly recommend checking their inventory or contacting one of their representatives with your questions. 

Tell them “DTV” sent you!

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Used Car Guys

Spearheaded by two of England’s finest; brother’s David and James Sweeney are co-founders of Used Car Guys.

We’re two brothers with a history of car sales and customer service, working alongside the U.S. Military in Germany for over 23 years. We are from a large Irish family and grew up in Cambridge, England – check it out!

Family First, Community Always!

Used Car Guys was founded in January 2012 on the principles of providing great quality cars, superior customer service and being all-round good guys.

We want to be the car dealers that you would recommend to your boss, your buddies and your grandparents. We wanted to build the company our mum would be proud of and the company that you would recommend to your mum – And plenty of people have recommended them.

Get your FIRST LOOK 👀 of Used Car Guys here!

To speak to them directly, go to their contact page.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or message them directly on Whatsapp 0172 7129046.

*Keep in mind, Used Car Guys can deliver to ANY military base throughout Germany. Learn more here!

Let them know DTV sent ya!

POV Shipping 🚢

American Business Center
📧 info@american-business-center.com
📱 +49(0)6371 597 4719
📍 Ziegelhütte 2, 66877 Ramstein
🎥 First Look!
📧 francisco@shipoverseas.com
📱 (858) 547-0840
📍 9920 Pacific Heights Blvd Suite 150, San Diego, CA 92121
🎥 First Look!
🎟️ Get a $50 Military Discount when you put "DTV" in the "Additional Notes or Instructions" section of the Online Quote! 

Rental Cars 🚗

Roland's Auto Agency
📧 RAagency@aol.com
📱 +49 6371 70182
📍 Carl-Zeiss-Straße 7, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach-Industriezentrum Westrich

Powells Auto Rental
📧 powellsautocenter@t-online.de
📱 +49 6371 52169
📍 Kindsbacher Straße 39a, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach

Taxi & Shuttle Service 🚕

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KMC RoadRunner Airport Shuttle
📧 info@kmc-airport-shuttle.com
📱 +49 1573 8394914 
🎥 First Look!
🎟️ Use discount code "DTV10" for 10€ OFF your private shuttle 
Anytime Express (Shuttle)
📧 anytimeexpress49@gmail.com
📱 +49 170 3543176
🎥 First Look!
🎟️ Mention "DTV" for 10% OFF your private shuttle 

Cleaning Services 🧹

MS-Service (Full Cleaning Service)

Towing & Junking 🛻

W-S-H Westpfälzische Schrotthandels GmbH (Junking)
📧 info@wsh-recycling.de
📱 0631351630
📍 Kaiserstraße 168, 67661 Kindsbach

Car Mechanic 🛠️

OK Car Styling
📧 okcarstyling@gmail.com
📱 063191572
📍 Weilerbacher Str. 70A, 67661 Kaiserslautern

Karosseriebau Post GmbH Body-Shop
📧 karosseriebaupost@t-online.de
📱 0637114308
📍 Am Koehlwäldchen 7, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach

Karosseriebau und KFZ Technik - Thomas Balantic
📧 info@balantic.de
📱 063039995171
📍 Lilienthal Str. 3, 67681 Sembach

Vergölst Landstuhl
📱 063713022
📍 Daimlerstraße 6, 66849 Landstuhl

Vergölst Kaiserslautern
📱 063142043
📍 Hertelsbrunnenring 29, 67657 Kaiserslautern

Pet Services 🐕

Feathers & Fur Express (Import Pet Shipping into Germany)
📧 Lindsey@ffexpresspets.com
📱 +1 470 938 5180
📍 5499 Jonesboro Rd, Morrow, GA 30260, United States
🎥 First Look!
🎟️ Military Discount!

Let them know "DTV" sent ya! 😉
Care 4 Cargo (Export Pet Shipping Out of Germany)
📧 info@care4cargo.com
📱 +49 69 8088 3729
📍 534, Cargo City Süd, 60549 Frankfurt am Main
🎥 First Look!
🎟️ Mention "DTV" in the notes section for a discount!
Benny's Doggy Depot Norbert Jäger Hundesalon und Groomer Schule
📧 kaiserslautern@bennys-doggy-depot.com
📱 0631 31049161
📱 0176 83275826
📍 Mainzer Str. 65, 67657 Kaiserslautern

Benny's Doggy Depot Freisen (On-Base Groomer)
📧 ramstein@bennys-doggy-depot.com
📱 06371 4668150
📍 Ramstein Air Base Bldg. 2176, 66877 Ramstein

Benny's Doggy Depot Freisen (Groomer)
📧 freisen@bennys-doggy-depot.com
📱 068 553 330 143
📍 Bergstraße 36, 66629 Freisen

Tierpension Rainbow-Farm, Pet Boarding & DayCare
📧 mail@rainbowfarm.de
📱 06371914619
📍 Am Harzofen 9, 66849 Landstuhl

Language & Culture 🇩🇪

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Survival German with Nadja (Online Language Course)
🎥 First Look!
🎟️ Use coupon code "MilitaryDTV" for 10% OFF!

Travel 🧳

EuroTrip Adventures

If you’re like me, your Euro plan is to make long lasting memories by visiting as many countries as possible with your family.

Well then, let me introduce you to EuroTrip Adventures.

This budget friendly travel company provides unique opportunities for you to see all of Europe!

Primarily through extended bus travel, but they also offer a handful of flights to top European destinations.

And they’re super convenient for military personnel with pick up locations in:

– Grafenwoehr, Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden, and Stuttgart

Other locations include:

– Nuremberg, Munich, Ingolstadt, Mannheim, and Frankfurt

I’ve been on a ton of their trips, so naturally, I made an entire review blog of them here.

Get to planning with their upcoming destinations here, check out all their reviews, or contact them directly with your questions.

EuroTrip Adventures: +49 172 4557667

US Flights 24 (Military Airfare & Rental Cars)
📧 dtv@usflights24.com
📱 +49 1704705597 
🎥 First Look! 
🎟️ Mention "DTV" for €30 OFF your flight or rental car

Data Telecommunications 🛜

The CommShop
📧 customerservice@bunt.com
📱 +49 175 4473768
📍 Ziegelhütte 2, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach

Restaurants 🍽️

📧 anchos@online.de
📲 015234343909
📍 Reichswaldstraße 1, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach
🎥 First Look!
Big Emma Brauhaus und Kaffeerösterei
📧 team@bigemma.info
📱 06371406770
📍 Reichswaldstraße 1c, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach
🎥 First Look!
Benji's Burrito Bistro (Tex Mex)
📱 0631 89234697
📍 Im Einsiedlerhof 1, 67661 Kaiserslautern

Chacarero Steakhouse
📧 andreaokingthon@yahoo.com
📱 0631 75009222
📍 Weilerbacher Str. 63, 67661 Kaiserslautern

Fiesta Mexicana (Authentic Mexican)
📧 Fiestamexicanafood@gmail.com
📱 06374 3924
📍 Jahnstraße 26, 67686 Mackenbach
🎥 First Look!

Judy's Diner (50's Dinner + Bowling Alley)
📱 063725099842
📍 Hauptstraße 74, 66882 Hütschenhausen

Konrads Vinothek (Wine Bar)
📧 Hello@konradsvinothek.de
📱 0176 32549968
📍 Hauptstraße 30, 67685 Weilerbach

Masons - Taste the World
📱 063136190165
📍 Fischerstraße 78, 67655 Kaiserslautern
🎥 First Look!

Mr. Lian (Asian)
📧 mrliankl@gmail.com
📱 06313506768
📍 Weilerbacher Str. 91, 67661 Kaiserslautern (2 Locations)
Old Station Restaurant (Bar & Grill w/great Burgers)
📧 info@oldstation-kl.de
📱 0631 41459990
📍 Schoenstraße 15, 67659 Kaiserslautern
🎥 First Look!
Restaurant St. Martin (German)
📧 algaka-gmbh@onlinehome.de
📱 0631 3607490
📍 St.-Martins-Platz 4, 67657 Kaiserslautern
Say Waffles (Food Truck)
📧 info@saywaffles.com
📱 +49 173 1823565

Insurance ⛑️

Mirascon Insurance Solutions
📱 +49 (6371) 952 19 77
📧 ramstein@mirascon.com
📍 Landstuhler Str. 77, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach
🎥 First Look!

Hotels/Temporary Lodging 🏨

Edelweiss Lodge & Resort

Welcome to your fairytale, an all-season pass to Germany’s most premiere Armed Forces Recreation Center situated in the beautiful Bavarian alps of Garmisch-Partenkirchen!

Edelweiss Lodge & Resort is the perfect vacation get away for eligible service members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their families and other authorized users.

This is by far my favorite destination in Germany, and they have it all! Get your FIRST LOOK 👀 here.

Celebrate in true festival fashion with events like the Munich Oktoberfest, take advantage of the skiing or snowboarding in the winter season high above the Bavarian alps, or visit iconic historic castles that inspired Walt Disney.

This Resort gives you & your family an opportunity to play in Germany’s most scenic outdoor playground. Climb, bike, or glide your way through one of their alpine adventures.

The sky is truly the limit: “Ride the Alps” on your motorcycle, take horse drawn carriage rides through the city, or try a gondola ride to the “Zugspitze,” Germany’s mightiest mountain.

To get started, explore their spacious room options (including the cabins – Vacation Village and Campground), choose your dates and get ready for memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime!

📍 St. Martinstrasse 120, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 82467

📱 From USA: (011-49) 8821-9440, From Europe: (49) 8821-9440

📧 vacation@edelweissresort.zendesk.com

♿️ Wheelchair accessible

🐕 Pet friendly

Hotel zur Schlemmerscheune
📧 service@hotel-schlemmerscheune.de
📱 +49 6374 9952277
📍 Mackenbacher Str. 2, 67685 Weilerbach

Hotel-Restaurant Barbarossahof
📧 hotel@barbarossahof.com
📱 063141440
📍 Eselsfürth 10, 67657 Kaiserslautern

Hotel America
📧 info@hotelamerica.de
📱 0637146810
📍 Reichswaldstraße 1C, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach

Health & Beauty 💆🏻‍♀️

🔗 FREE "10 minutes for 10 days here!"
Landstuhl American Dentistry
📧 info@american-dentistry.de
📱 063715608075
📍 Kaiserstraße 36, 66849 Landstuhl
🎥 First Look!

Landstuhl American Orthodontics
📧 info@american-ortho.de
📱 063719469235
📍 Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 4, 66849 Landstuhl
🎥 First Look!
Praxis Dr Lauterwein (Dental)
📧 empfang@praxis-lauterwein.de
📱 0631 – 64026
📍 Riesenstrasse 6, 67655 Kaiserslautern
Chiropractic White Ramstein
📧 praxiswhite@hotmail.com
📱 06371917717
📍 Landstuhler Str. 1a, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach
🎥 First Look!
EO - Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
📧 info@eo-chiropractic.com
📱 063714988894
📍 Steinwendener Str. 8 a, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach

Elite Group Therapy Ramstein (Chiropractor & Physical Therapy)
📍 Am Neuen Markt 2, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach
Flynn Family Medicine (American Doctors & Behavorial Health)
📧 FrontDesk@FlynnsMedical.com
📱 063719527070
📍 Schulstraße 2, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach
COCO Nails Shop
📱 063749959669
📍 Europastraße 1, 67685 Weilerbach
Gentleman's Barbershop
📧 info@gentlemans-barber.com
📱 063131170889
📍 Richard-Wagner-Straße 2, 67655 Kaiserslautern

Punta Cana Barbershop Ramstein
📍 Miesenbacher Str. 4, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach

Hollywood - Beauty, Barber Shop & Spa
📱 063136333655
📍 Opelkreisel 15, 67663 Kaiserslautern

Real Estate 🏠

German Aid

Whether you’re renting, buying, or you just need temporary lodging assistance, real estate is the most common topic I encounter from military families PCSing to Germany (take a look at some local options).  

Military families are looking for a trusted representative “on their side” who can put them in a home that fits their specific family needs.

Sounds like you need a tall glass of “German Aid” (Here’s your FIRST LOOK 👀)

German-American, Tina “Lilly” Lillicotch-Busch has been working within the KMC community since 2005.  However, PCSing to Germany on short notice, with a ton of family, and a long list of “to do’s” is all too familiar to her. She went through the same “PCS feelings” you went through many years ago.

Which is exactly why she’s so passionate about helping you transition here!

And that’s coming straight from the experience of her customers.

Not only can she work with you (before you arrive) on your TLA/real estate options, but her services also include:

– Relocation & Transition Assistance: Getting familiar with the local area (current off base housing/TLA availability)

– Translating & Consulting Services: Translating documents, in-person interpreting, business registration, etc.

– Community Partnership: Events, sponsorship, USO host nation advisor, etc.

The best way to utilize Lilly’s many helpful services is to contact her directly from her website, connect with her online, or just give her a call! +49 173 3647569

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To ensure a prompt response for questions regarding rental listings, call the property manager/landlord contact directly for all inquiries on additional listing details and to schedule a viewing. 

The general contact information for your local Military Housing Office may be found under Installation Info.

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Furniture 🛋️

Entertainment 🪩

Puzzles Sports Bar
📱 01737583600
📍 Gaustraße 31, 67655 Kaiserslautern
🎥 First Look!
Beverly Cocktail Shisha Lounge
📍 Wagnerstraße 12, 67655 Kaiserslautern

Kid’s Activities 🛝

Trampolin Jump Arena
📧 info@trampolinjumparena.de
📱 063162460509
📍 Kantstraße 38, 67663 Kaiserslautern

Family Friendly Activities throughout Germany
📍 Theme parks, Animal parks, Alpine Coasters, Water parks, etc.

Fun Park Kaiserslautern
📧 info@funpark-kl.de
📱 063162419797
📍 Von-Miller-Straße 7, 67661 Kaiserslautern

Gymfinity International (Gymnastics)
📧 info@gymfinityinternational.com
📱 063162411737
📍 Von-Miller-Straße 7, 67661 Kaiserslautern

Banking 🏦

Service Credit Union & Community Bank

Every base in Germany has these two on-base banking options.

These banks will have ATMs on-base (only) and also at Edelweiss Lodge & Resort. 

You don’t need to cancel any banking in the US while living in Germany (unless your lienholder won’t allow you to ship your POV overseas).

Both banks are convenient, have great customer service (especially over the phone), and speak English for any in-person banking needs.

For example, I have my main bank accounts and insurance through USAA, but I pay my German house rent and monthly phone bills through Service Credit Union.

But… you don’t HAVE TO use these banks! In fact, you’ll find that the conversion rates for these banks can be a lot higher than a German bank off-base such as Volksbank.

Miscellaneous ℹ️

Motzenbäcker & Adam (English Speaking Law Firm)
📧 kanzlei@motzenbaecker-adam.de
📱 063120400150
📍 Zollamtstraße 11, 67663 Kaiserslautern

UnserLager24 (Storage Facility)
📧 info@unserlager24.de
📱 063719288408
📍 Robert-Bosch-Straße 10, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach

Did I miss a business that needs to be shared with the American community?  I want to hear about it!  

PCS to Germany Checklist vs The Ultimate PCS Checklist

FREE Stuff for your PCS to KMC Germany

If you’re moving to the KMC area, you have to take advantage of all my FREE stuff.

It literally cost nothing and will be super valuable to you during your PCS to Germany.

1) FREE PCS to Germany checklist

No matter if you’re Active Duty or Civilian this checklist will go over the most important and most expensive items to take care of first!

In fact, this checklist is applicable to ALL military installations in Germany, and it’s a living document – which means it’s ALWAYS relevant to you and your family.

30 Things You MUST Know Before PCSing to Germany

2) FREE Guide – 30 things you MUST Know before PCSing to Germany with the US military

This is by far my most popular download (and blog post) on the internet.

The title gives it away.

I’ve been here since 2014, so I categorized the 30 most important “things” you MUST know.

3) FREE “30 Things” Webinar

After downloading the guide in #2, watch the corresponding webinar where I literally break down each topic.

You might want to take out a pen and paper for that one because it’s PACKED with helpful information.

For more content on PCS prep, travel, or local life as an American living in Germany, subscribe to the channel and I’ll catch you in the next one!

PCS to Germany: Cheat Sheets

*Stay tuned for additional cheat sheet information


2 comments on “Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) Cheat Sheet

  1. Businesses in the KMC area worth mentioning:
    1. Tease in Landstuhl (great hair salon, all staff speaks English
    2. Landstuhl American Dentistry (American dentists/orthodontist, all staff speaks English)
    3. Zum Kaaeser in Erzenhausen (best German restaurant, seasonal fresh menu, staff speaks

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