Life in Germany

Hey everyone, I’m Kersey, a new WSA blog intern! For over nine months now, I’ve been living and working outside of Frankfurt, Germany, in the university town of Darmstadt. During that time I’ve been traveling and exploring all over Europe as much as possible, and I’m excited to start sharing those adventures with other young WSA travelers!

Vernazza, Italy, on my recent Easter break trip to Cinque Terre.

But first of all, I want to give you all an introduction to my region of Germany, called the Rhein-Main area, due to the nearby meeting of the Rhein and Main Rivers. Although the area may not be a top tourist destination for many young travelers, it’s a great place to call home. From the traditional “Apfelwein” bars to the quaint old town historical centre, Frankfurt am Main is a beautiful city with a lot to offer. 

The beautiful and cozy Frankfurt Christmas Market in the city's Old Town.

Situated directly along the Main River, Frankfurt is the only German city with a skyline, and therefore is sometimes nicknamed “Mainhattan.” It’s nice to have the feeling of a “big” city nearby, compared to some of the smaller towns in the surrounding area.

View of Frankfurt am Main from the top of the Main Tower.

The city I call home, Darmstadt is about 20 miles south of Frankfurt and has a population of about 150,000. The well-known technical university, Technische Universität Darmstadt, is what draws a lot of people here. I love living in a town with lots of young people and students. 

The city center of Darmstadt, Luisenplatz.

Technische Universität Darmstadt

I feel like every week I discover something different too, whether it be a beautiful street corner or a cute little café, just by wandering around the city.

Waldspirale Hundertwasserhaus in Darmstadt

The Russische Kapelle, or Russian chapel, is a beautiful and unique must-see in Darmstadt.


Hope you guys enjoyed a little glimpse into what my area of Germany is like! As a bonus for reading, here’s a little tip: use code BLOG10 to get 10€ off the next trip you book with WSA! :)


-Kersey S., Darmstadt 2013-2014


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This past weekend, I traveled to Budapest with WSA with a couple of friends from my university abroad, and I couldn't have asked for a better trip! After arriving at the hostel, we met Bogi, our tour guide for the weekend, who was instantly friendly and welcoming. Throughout the weekend, Bogi was an amazing guide! She showed us some great places for shopping and food, as well as the top sights around the city. You could tell she loved her job and never passed up an opportunity to share about her hometown and some of its history. She was so friendly and was sincerely interested in us as individuals and did everything she could do accommodate our priorities for the weekend (whether it was food, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing, etc.) I would highly recommend WSA's guided tours for any student studying abroad who wants to explore more than their university's city!

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