Erin McGann

Erin McGann is a Canadian freelance writer focusing on travel, living abroad, parenting, history, and culture. After nearly a decade living in the UK, Erin settled in Heidelberg, Germany with her husband and son. Dragging her family to every castle and open-air museum is a favourite activity, along with sewing, archery, and historical reenactment. You can check out her travel blog, and follow her obsession with half-timbered houses on her Instagram account.

Latest posts by Erin McGann

Night skyline of Düsseldorf: One of the best cities to live in Germany

Aug 02, 2022

The 8 best cities in Germany to live in

When people talk about moving to Germany, many might assume they’re moving to Berlin – but is it the best...

Neuschwanstein castle - one of the best attractions in Germany

Jul 21, 2022

8 of the best attractions in Germany

Explore eight of the best attractions in Germany: from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to natural wonders. Many of these attractions...

Close-up of a German passport that has many benefits

Jul 21, 2022

5 benefits of having German citizenship 

If you already have German residency, what are the benefits of having a German passport? German citizenship makes living, studying...

A shop seller and her client as symbol of the questions if Germans are rude

Jul 18, 2022

Are Germans rude? – The key to decoding German behavior

Are all Germans rude? That’s the stereotype many people outside the country associate with Germany. Sometimes this is attributed to...

Two male friends sitting on a wall talking about the glottal stop

Jul 05, 2022

What is a glottal stop?

The glottal stop is the name linguists have given a type of sound people make when speaking. If you say...

Do you know these 8 children’s stories in German?

Jun 24, 2022

Do you know these 8 children’s stories in German?

Some of the most well-known English children’s stories were originally German, particularly the ones collected by the Brothers Grimm. They...

A man and a woman with a paper in their hands are happy about how they get their income tax return in Germany

Jun 14, 2022

How to get your income tax return in Germany without getting a headache

Filing your income tax declaration can be a challenge no matter what country you’re in, but if you’re new to...

Woman with a laptop applying for a social security number in germany

Jun 01, 2022

How to get your social security number in Germany

One of the first things your German employer will ask you for is your Sozialversicherungsnummer, your social insurance number. It...

Woman at a desk looking at public holidays in Germany in her calendar

May 17, 2022

What are the public holidays in Germany?

In Germany, each federal state sets its own public holidays, and they vary quite a bit from one state to...

Woman in Munich at Marienplatz wondering what to do

May 17, 2022

What to do in Munich: 11 of the best Biergärten, baroque palaces and galleries

Looking for what to do in Munich? It’s home to the world-famous Oktoberfest of course, but there’s more to the...

YOung woman in a park in Quebec where she is learning French

May 12, 2022

How to learn French in Quebec

There’s no better way to learn French than immersing yourself in a French-speaking community. France is a good option, but...

The skyline of Dresden giving an idea of what to do in the city

Apr 27, 2022

What to do in Dresden: Palaces, Old Masters and paddle wheels

The beautiful East German city of Dresden offers visitors lots of things to do and places to visit – from...