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Spangdahlem Germany Cheat Sheet

Welcome to your quick resource guide, aka “cheat sheet” to Spangdahlem 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! 🐕

Table of Contents

AutomobilesPOV Shipping – Rental Cars – Taxi & Shuttle Service – Cleaning Service – Towing & Junking – Car Mechanic – Pet Services – Language & CultureTravel – Data Telecommunications – RestaurantsHotels/Temporary Lodging – Health & Beauty – Real Estate – Furniture – Entertainment – Kid’s ActivitiesBanking – Miscellaneous

Local Community in Spangdahlem 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!  

Popular Spangdahlem Attractions:
Schloss Malberg | Trier + Porta Nigra | Oktoberfest | Maypole Fest

Spangdahlem Germany First Look

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

Spangdahlem Air Base is located in the small city of Spangdahlem, inside the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Home of the 52nd Fighter Wing, this base is an installation of U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), a major command of the U.S. Air Force.

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

Spangdahlem Transportation:

🚆 – The closest train stations are Philippsheim, Hüttingen, & Bitburg-Erdorf

✈️ – The closest airports are Frankfurt Hahn (45mins), Luxembourg Airport (56mins), Saarbrücken Airport (1hr 32mins), & Frankfurt International Airport (2hrs)

🚘 – Closest highway (autobahn) = A60

🚌 – Spangdahlem has an on-call shuttle bus for work appointment only. The shuttle can transport you to, from or between your work and official appointments. The shuttle cannot be used for transportation to or from lodging, your house, the Commissary, Exchange or other non-official locations or appointments. To call the shuttle or for more information, call DSN: 314-452-RIDE (7433).

🏘 – Closest (big) cities = Trier, Luxembourg, Saabrücken

Learn other ways to get around Spangdahlem here

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

DoDEA Schools in Spangdahlem Germany

– Spangdahlem Elementary School

– Spangdahlem Middle School & Spangdahlem High 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 Spangdahlem Germany

The Spangdahlem education center consists of a learning center, testing program, and three major colleges:

– University of Oklahoma

– Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

– University of Maryland Global Campus

Spangdahlem Germany Cheat Sheet

Below is your official Spangdahlem 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

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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!

POV Shipping 🚢

Shipoverseas
📧 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! 

Language & Culture 🇩🇪

survival german with nadja logo
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

Restaurants 🍽️

Flieten Franz (BBQ)
📧 max@flietenfranz.de
📱 +49 651 99988899
📍 Luxemburger Str. 84, 54294 Trier
📍 Zurlaubener Ufer 59, 54292 Trier

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

Kid’s Activities 🛝

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

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.

*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 Spangdahlem Germany

If you’re moving to the Spangdahlem 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!

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