BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

Right.

Where to even start?

As you might know, and everyone else on the planet, my country aka England, otherwise known as the UK!!?§#!!

Will be leaving the European Union (EU) on March 29th, 2019.

With perhaps a two weeks grace and a new date on October 31st (Halloween) – previously April 12th, (to think of a different Brexit plan) if the withdrawal agreement is rejected by MPs’ in the House of Commons in a few days.

In a few days!

That is, THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE – BREXIT DAY!

Or in the unlikely event that our Prime Minister – Theresa May – does win the support of the Commons when the Brexit deal goes to MPs’ in a few days, then the UK will continue to be an EU member state until May 22nd 2019, to allow necessary withdrawal legislation to be passed.

BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do! Brexit ©AFP

And what a soap opera we’ve found ourselves in!

And why?

Why?

BREXIT!

Article 50 & Brexit in the UK. Everything you need to know! ©Claudio Cadei – CartoonMovement

You know, that time when we triggered that awful document, otherwise known as Article 50, and found ourselves on the road to drifting apart from the EU because we wanted to rule and govern ourselves away from the European tyrant of Brussels.

Oh wait!

We haven’t actually done that.

Now that Brexit & Article 50 has been triggered, as an island nation. We’re out. Alone.

What we have done is to show the world how ridiculous the whole thing is, how utterly clueless we are about what Brexit actually means and how we’ve reduced ourselves to not the Great Britain – the land of fairness, truth and civilised common sense – that we all love and know, but it’s buffoon of an uncle – David Cameron – and the out-of-touch mad aunt – Theresa May – and have become the laughing-stock of our European cousins who are utterly baffled as to why Brexit is even happening.

Brexit! At first, it was quite funny!

At first, it was quite funny.

Brexit! I’m livid with anger and sadness!

Until it wasn’t.

Many people’s lives are affected by Brexit and everything it entails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even I was affected!

After the very disappointing result of the Brexit Referendum in 2016, many of my fellow British citizens began to wonder whether the discussions and talks would lead to a better understanding of British / European relations, or a hardline stance.

Should I be British or European? Can’t I be both!

Luckily, I had the foresight to listen to my instinct and apply for British-German dual nationality just a mere three months after the Referendum took place!

How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!

In fact, as a Brit Abroad albeit a British-German Expat myself, I literally have to explain Brexit to my German friends, colleagues, neighbours, the casual passer-by, and the German press, each and every day!

I literally have to explain Brexit to the German press, each & every day!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner & Kay S. Abaño [www.kayabano.com]
Talking to the German press at Sputnik Kino, for Die rbb Reporter in Berlin!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner / Kay S. Abaño [www.kayabano.com]

Here’s where I talk about it on Die rbb Reporter | rbb – Briten in Berlin und Brandenburg – Deutscher Pass statt Brexit-Chaos or Brits in Berlin and Brandenburg – German passport instead of Brexit-Chaos.

Recording was at the British Shorts Film Festival that took place at the Sputnik Kino in Berlin.

The film is in German, but there’s a possibility to subtitle it, and I guess you can use Google to translate it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was also in the German newspaper – Der Tagesspiegel – (Berlin-Brexit Stories #2 on 15th January 2019 – 17:56), as well as on TV!

If you want to know about Britain, Brexit and British Expats in Berlin / Germany, follow the links indicated.

Let’s Remain! ©John Keeble/Getty Images – AP

And you know what?

Nobody knows why we even have Brexit.

Even worse.

Nobody knows what’s going to happen!

I mean.

NOBODY!

I certainly don’t!

Do you?

I practically live on Twitter these days and the Deal or No Deal palaver is a chaotic mess.

Most importantly, it’s awful and scary for the 100,000+ British expats who live in Germany, the 1.5 million+ British expats who live in Europe, and the 3 million+ European expats who live in the UK.

If you speak / understand German, watch the video below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And let’s not even get into the issue of Northern Ireland, otherwise known as the border that separates Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, or better still the Backstop!

Let’s not go there!

Watch this video instead!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regardless, of what has happened, I’m still a very proud British person.

There is no doubt in my mind that regardless of the dismal politics, I love both England – my original birth country, and Germany – my adoptive new country, and I don’t see why I should have to choose, as I have spent a lot of my life and money, in both.

In fact, I’ve written about both how to be British and how to be a German.

And, I’m not alone!

Put the kettle on. We’re going to be here all day! How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

Basically, I can be both British and German, and to effectively have the best of both worlds!

And while the UK is still in the EU, I certainly can!

And if you fit all the criteria, so can you.

Click here for all the details on how to be a German and on how you can apply for dual citizenship, if you’re British and live in Germany!

If you’re British, & have the opportunity to apply for European citizenship anywhere in the EU, do so as quickly as possible! ©Dr. Meddy – The Cartoon Movement

Now for British citizens living on the European continent, and European citizens living in the UK, what’s next, is a constant worry, and I attend many a meeting, press sessions and network groups, on this very question.

If you are British, and have the opportunity to apply for European citizenship anywhere in the EU, do so as quickly as possible as the clock is ticking, and even though there might be an extension on March 29th, April 12th, May 22nd, or even October 31st, those dates will be upon us sooner than you or anyone else anticipated, and then it will be too late.

If you’re a British national of Irish descent or anybody born in Northern Ireland, you have the right to acquire Irish citizenship, so if there’s a whiff of Irishness in your ancestral tree, go and get it!

I can’t tell you what to do and where to choose, but I can give you some simple tips and guidelines as to how to apply for German citizenship, if you’re British.

If you’re not going down that road, read on:

WHAT DO I DO IF I’M BRITISH AND HAVE NO WAY TO OBTAIN DUAL CITIZENSHIP, PERMANENT RESIDENCE OR ANY OTHER THING?

I’m not a lawyer, so you should seek legal advice!

Don’t panic! Here’s what to do!

Before we go any further, let me make it clear that I am not a lawyer, so if you need legal advice, go ahead and contact an expert specialised in naturalisation / citizenship matters. This post is based on information that was personally sent to me by the British Embassy in Berlin, the updates for British citizens living in Germany / British citizens who live in the EU / other parts of Europe, and my personal experience as a British Expat in Berlin. I assume no liability for the accuracy of the enclosed data.

Right, now that’s out of the way, let’s go on.

BRITAIN IS LEAVING THE EU – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Brexit! Britain is leaving the EU – What you need to know!

There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Germany while the UK remains in the EU.

While the government continues to negotiate EU Exit, you should:

VISAS AND RESIDENCY:

You need your passport if you want to live in Germany & you must register within 14 days of arrival if you want to stay longer than 3 months!

You must register at your local Einwohnermeldeamt (registration office) within 14 days of arrival if you are staying in Germany for more than 3 months.

In some places the Einwohnermeldeamt is known as the Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR), Bürgerbüro or Bürgeramt. When you change address in Germany you must deregister from your old address and register at your new one.

  • An overview of all Einwohnermeldeämter is available here
  • The UK and EU have agreed the full legal text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement in principle. The agreement on citizens’ rights would allow UK nationals to stay in their Member State of residence after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019
  • The German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community published a website with information for UK nationals in Germany on 21 December 2018
  • In all EU Exit scenarios, UK nationals living in Germany will need to apply for a residence permit from their local Foreigners Authority (Ausländerbehörde).
  • Some Foreigners Authority Offices are already planning a procedure for voluntary registration/application before the UK’s exit from the EU
  • Read guidance on German Foreigners Authorities

FOR BRITISH CITIZENS WHO LIVE IN BERLIN, PLEASE READ!!

Love conquers all. We had controlled rent, but we didn’t have a bathroom in Berlin!

According to the Berlin Foreigners Authority, up to 8,000 of approximately 18,000 UK nationals living in Berlin, have registered with them online. This is the first step of the application process for a residence permit, which all UK nationals in Berlin will need to acquire after the UK has left the EU.

  • If you are a British citizen and also hold the citizenship of any EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you DO NOT need to make an application
  • If you are a British citizen or live with a British family member, you must register
  • No additional documents are required at the moment
  • Online registration and application submission is free of charge
  • There will be a fee after your application has been processed
  • Everyone who has registered via the online application form will be contacted and invited for an appointment from April 2019 onwards
  • Should the UK’s departure from the EU be stopped, all data gathered by the Berlin Foreigners Registration Office on the online form will be deleted immediately
  • NOTE: After completing your online registration you must save a copy of the confirmation and print it out. This confirmation serves as proof of your registration and your lawful residence in the territory of Germany. Don’t forget!
  • Print it out!
Bring along all your documentation! How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

APPLYING FOR GERMAN-DUAL CITIZENSHIP:

  • If you would like to apply for German dual citizenship, please read my article on how to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Dual Nationality first!
  • Here are the official conditions to apply for German citizenship
  • In the UK, there are no restrictions on dual nationality however, Germany only allows dual nationality in exceptional cases, including for EU citizens. According to the draft national Brexit law, in a deal scenario, UK nationals who have applied for German naturalisation and fulfilled all conditions before the end of the implementation period (31 December 2020), would not have to give up their UK nationality in order to obtain German nationality. Phew!
  • In addition, as part of it’s no deal preparations, the German cabinet on 12 December 2018, adopted a draft Social Security Transition Brexit law, which would ensure that any UK national who has applied before 29 March 2019 for German citizenship and met all conditions on that day, but whose application has not been processed yet, would still be able to retain his or her UK nationality when accepting German nationality
  • After the transitional period, it is likely that any UK Citizen who applies for German citizenship will not be able to retain their dual citizenship, and will then have to choose one or the other
  • Get on it with it then, and quickly!

HEALTHCARE:

BREXIT and healthcare! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!
  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019, your access to healthcare is likely to change. The NHS has more information about healthcare for UK nationals living in and visiting Germany
  • The UK government has or is seeking agreements with countries, including Germany, on healthcare arrangements for UK nationals after 29 March 2019
  • The Federal Ministry Labour and Social Affairs has detailed information about German social security, including health insurance. This document details out the different health insurance systems, who is insured and for which treatment
  • If you are resident in Germany, you must register with a Krankenkasse (health insurance company) – in the usual way through your employer – to access healthcare
  • You can choose to be either state insured (gesetzliche Krankenversicherung) or privately insured (private Krankenversicherung), if your income allows it
  • All employees are allowed to choose their own health insurance provider. You can also ask your employer’s HR department for healthcare information
  • You can find information about English-speaking doctors in Germany in the link
  • You should also check your prescriptions are legal in Germany

  • Up to 29 March 2019, you should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC. Your UK-issued EHIC, will be valid only until 29 March 2019
  • If you plan to visit Germany on or after 29 March 2019, you should continue to buy travel insurance for the health treatment you may need, as you would for any non-EU country

S1 FORM – HEALTHCARE PAID FOR BY THE UK:

BREXIT and healthcare! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!
  • You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Germany and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit
  • You will need an S1 form. You can apply for one by calling +44 (0)191 218 1999
  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, your S1 form may no longer be recognised after 29 March 2019. The German government has prepared a Brexit social security law, which would come into effect in this case. In addition, seeking private insurance also remains an option

WORKING IN GERMANY:

BREXIT! – Working in Germany! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!
  • If you are employed by the German civil service as a Beamte/r, you will need permission to continue your employment after the UK has left the EU. Please see this change to the law governing civil servants and contact your employer
  • If you live abroad and require a Police Certificate from the UK, apply to the ACRO Criminal Records Office
  • A German criminal record check (Führungszeugnis) can be ordered from the local registry office (Meldebehörde). This will be sent directly from the German Ministry of Justice

EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

I’m an MA graduate from the University of Chester. Whoopee!
  • In a no-deal Brexit scenario, if you are a student or trainee receiving a support loan in Germany (BAföG) you can still receive the loan until the end of the course, as long as the course started before 30 March 2019. Contact the Federal Ministry for Education and Research for more information.
  • The European Commission has published guidance on professional qualifications
  • Where UK nationals have already been recognised by an EU country as holding valid professional qualifications, this will remain valid after the UK leaves the EU. The Commission has advised holders of qualifications obtained in the UK before the UK leaves the EU to obtain recognition in a EU27 Member State before 29 March 2019
  • Find information on where to request a recognition of your qualifications in Germany
  • For more information read studying in the European Union after Brexit

MONEY AND TAXES:

How I got scammed in Berlin!

The UK’s exit from the European Union will not change existing double taxation arrangements for UK nationals living in Germany. The UK has a double-taxation agreement with Germany to ensure people do not pay tax on the same income in both countries.

PENSIONS:

BREXIT & Pensions! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

The UK Government will continue to pay state pension, child benefits, and disability benefits to eligible UK nationals in the EU after the UK’s exit from the EU.

SOCIAL INSURANCE / BENEFITS:

BREXIT & Social Insurance / Benefits! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

You might be entitled to German benefits, including:

DRIVING IN GERMANY:

BREXIT & Driving in Germany! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

Holders of UK driving licences who are resident in an EU country should exchange their UK licences for a driving licence from the EU country they are living in before 29 March 2019.

VOTING:

BREXIT & Voting! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

I don’t know about you, but the civil right to vote is so important.

But once the UK leaves the EU, UK nationals will no longer be eligible to vote in local and European elections. The UK pushed hard in negotiations for the right to stand and vote in local elections for UK nationals living in the EU, and EU citizens in the UK, but they will not form part of the Withdrawal Agreement.

PASSPORTS:

A British passport will still be valid as a document. @Reuters

The rules of travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.

  • Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months remaining from your date of travel
  • If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. These extra months will not count towards this, so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel

RETURNING TO THE UK:

Article 50 & Brexit in the UK. Everything you need to know! ©AFP / Getty Images

If you get utterly fed up and decide to return to live in the UK permanently, and it’s not a crime to do so, it’s important you tell the German authorities.

  • You must deregister with your local Einwohnermeldeamt (registration office)
  • You must inform your health insurance (Krankenkasse) of your move
  • You must inform your bank and other financial services
  • You must let local service providers know
  • To move your pension back to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre
  • You will also need to contact the pension services in Germany

SOME VERY IMPORTANT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

If you want to be a German, ask more questions! How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

I’M BRITISH AND I LIVE IN GERMANY. SERIOUSLY, WHAT NOW?

The Tall Young Gentleman and the Boy Scouts of America – Troop 46 – Berlin. Having German, British, American & French dual citizenships / double nationalities, works just fine!

If the Withdrawal Agreement is implemented, a 21-month transitional period will begin once the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. The transitional period will end on 31 December 2020. During this transitional period the UK will in principle, be treated like a member state of the European Union thus, EU rules on freedom of movement will continue to apply during this period.

WHAT HAPPENS IF BRITAIN LEAVES WITHOUT A DEAL?

 

 

 

 

 

In the event of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, no British citizen of course, will be required to immediately leave Germany.

Germany is planning to implement a three-month transitional period, which may be extended. During this period all British citizens who are entitled to freedom of movement within the EU and their family members will be able to continue to live and work in Germany as before, without a residence permit.

However, in order to be able to stay in the long-term, all British citizens will be required, before the end of the transitional period, to apply to the competent foreigners’ authority for a residence permit and, if they have not already done so, to register with the registration authority at their place of residence. They have permission to stay in Germany while their application is being processed.

I HAVE A BRITISH PASSPORT, CAN I STILL TRAVEL THROUGH EUROPE WITHOUT A VISA, AFTER BREXIT?

Get a train ticket and travel through Europe!

Umm!

It depends!

The European Commission has proposed granting British citizens visa-free travel to the EU for short stays (of up to 90 days in any 180-day period) that is, on the condition that the UK grants visa-free travel for all EU citizens too.

However.

If there is still No-Deal, British tourists face having to apply for a visa at a cost of up to €60 or £52, to visit most of mainland Europe!

This might come to pass if UK citizens wish to enter the Schengen area because of heated discussions mired in a dispute with Spain over whether the British overseas territory Gibraltar could be described as a “colony” or not!

If no solution can be found, the UK will be left in legal limbo as it is not on the list of countries where a visa is required to visit the EU, nor on a list of countries with an exemption!

It could mean UK citizens heading to Europe for Easter having to pay for a Schengen visa or be left waiting for a bilateral deal.

In a tit-for-tat move, EU citizens coming to the UK would face a similar scheme. Further down the line, the EU is proposing an electronic visa waiver system valid for three years at €7.

There is still the issue of how travellers will be treated when they arrive in Europe.

As of now, Portugal is the only EU state so far that has said it will create a third lane at airport passport control to speed Brits through. Without a deal, British visitors face having to queue with all other non-EU passport holders.

I HAVE GERMAN AND BRITISH CITIZENSHIP. DO I HAVE TO GIVE ONE OF THEM UP?

I love both England – my original birth country, and Germany – my adoptive new country, and I don’t see why I should have to choose! ©Reuters

Nope!

As a German citizen you are naturally permitted to reside in Germany without a residence permit. Even if you are a citizen of another EU member state, you are still entitled to freedom of movement. And that does not mean that you have to give up your British citizenship.

I’D LIKE TO STUDY IN THE UK. WHAT RULES WILL APPLY TO ME?

An English Education – The misadventures of a post-graduate student at the University of Chester.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs’ has information supplied by Wales, Northern Ireland, England and Scotland about the possible consequences the UK leaving the EU will have, as regards to tuition fees and student finance for students from EU member states wishing to study in the UK.

There is no further information as of now.

WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO DO AN ERASMUS SEMESTER IN THE UK AFTER BREXIT?

If you’re an Erasmus student, you can travel even cheaper!

At this point in time it is still impossible to say whether the UK will stay in the Erasmus+ Programme and what the UK’s future status will be. That will all depend on the outcome of the withdrawal negotiations between the EU and the UK.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ORDERLY AND A DISORDERLY BREXIT?

BREXIT! March for your rights!

Aha!

On 29 March 2017, the British Prime Minister – Theresa May – notified the European Council of the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the European Union. This launched the official process of the UK’s exit from the EU, including negotiations on a withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK.

There are two very different possible scenarios:

If a withdrawal agreement is ratified, then a transitional period will enter into force, ending on 31 December 2020. During this transitional period, the UK would continue to comply with EU rules and pay its financial contributions to Brussels. However, the UK would no longer be represented in any of the EU’s bodies.

After the end of the transitional period, new rules would govern the UK’s relationship with the EU.

On 15 January 2019, the British Government failed to win a vote in the House of Commons on the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, this means that the British Parliament has not agreed to the deal currently on the table.

If no withdrawal agreement is ratified (hard Brexit / no-deal Brexit), the UK will automatically cease to be a member of the EU.

As of 30 March 2019 (two years after triggering Article 50 to launch the Brexit process), the EU would have to treat the UK as a third country and the EU rulebook (“acquis”) would no longer apply to the UK.

This would have wide-ranging consequences for citizens, businesses and public administration. The UK would no longer be part of the European Single Market and would have to trade under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules instead.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY APPLICATION FOR NATURALISATION?

Oh no! I’ve got to do the Naturalisation Test, & learn stuff!

Applicants who file an application for naturalisation before the date on which the UK leaves the EU but who do not receive a decision until after Brexit, are to retain their previous German or British nationality if they have fulfilled all the other criteria before the Brexit date. Multiple nationality will be accepted in such cases.

WILL AIRLINES IN THE UK STILL BE ABLE TO FLY TO GERMANY? AND WILL GERMAN AIRLINES BE ALLOWED TO FLY TO THE UK?

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In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK will automatically leave the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) on the day it leaves the EU. Discussions are currently being held on what measures can be taken to avoid the resulting disruption to air traffic.

In December 2018, the European Commission put forward a proposal for a regulation which grants British airlines air traffic rights for flights from the UK to the EU and vice versa – up until 30 March 2020. The condition being that the UK grants European airlines the same rights. Consultations on the proposal are still ongoing in the EU.

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WHAT’S THE “BACKSTOP” THAT EVERYONE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT, IN A VERY WORRIED WAY?

 

 

The backstop is a fall-back solution in the event that, after the UK leaves the EU and the transition period ends, no solution can be found by which to avoid a hard border between the Republic of Ireland (an EU member state) and Northern Ireland (part of the UK).

The backstop agreement (officially the Northern Ireland Protocol) is intended to protect the Good Friday Agreement, which brought peace to Ireland after The Troubles.

Up until 1998, the British part of Ireland was ravaged by the bloody Northern Ireland conflict. The signing of the Good Friday Agreement, 20+ years ago, marked the end of that conflict.

Reconciliation between the conflicting parties was also helped by the fact that European integration meant that the border between the British and Irish EU partners ceased to be of relevance.

With the UK’s exit from the EU, the question has arisen as to what to do about this in order to avoid a return to a “hard border” on the island.

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR THE UK TO EVER REJOIN THE EU?

BREXIT! The UK can ALWAYS rejoin the EU. But it won’t be easy!

Of course!

However, under Article 50 paragraph 5 of the Treaty on European Union, Britain would be subject to the very long and complex procedure for joining the EU.

And each and every EU member state would have to agree to the UK rejoining the EU once again!

Oops!

I’m exhausted.

That’s it for now!

See you in Berlin!

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BREXIT! DON’T PANIC IF YOU’RE BRITISH & LIVE IN GERMANY. HERE’S WHAT TO DO!

BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

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BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

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BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!
  • Are you British? What does Brexit mean to you?
  • Do you want to be a German citizen?
  • Are you looking to change nationalities because of Brexit?
  • Have you applied for Double Nationality / Dual Citizenship, or are you going the whole hog?
  • How has Brexit affected you as a British person living in the EU?

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How to visit Yorkshire. And York!

How to visit Yorkshire. And York!

So York was pretty good!

As you know, I spent the Autumn and early winter, visiting the UK and travelling around Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester, Blackpool, Derbyshire and Yorkshire! And Liverpool!

If you’re just joining in, here’s a recap:

Yay!

And of course, if you want to read about Scotland and other British things, just follow the link here!

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YORKSHIRE

My piece of fudge in York – 3 days in York – 33 things to do!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

You really can’t talk about York, without talking about Yorkshire, the county (state) from which it came!

Yorkshire, otherwise known as Yorks or the County of York, is a county in Northern England, and the largest in the UK!

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LET’S GET A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY!

The Flying Scotsman at the National Railway Museum – York
©Nigel Holland

As far back as 866, the south of Northumbria – otherwise known as modern-day Yorkshire – was invaded and conquered by fierce Norsemen from Scandinavia, which is present day Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, known as Jórvík!

The word Yorkshire, comes from the very same viking word – Jórvík, and the Old English word – Shire – meaning to take care of, or the official charge of.

Thus Yorkshire!

Constantine the Great – Emperor of the Roman Empire in York!

Yorkshire has a very rich heritage and has been around for more than 2,000 years!

In fact, my fellow British blogger – Thomas Peck – reminded me in my previous post that

Constantine the Great was crowned Emperor of the Roman Empire in York in 306AD. He was the Caesar that allowed religious tolerance and thus the survival of the early Christians. He popularised the festival of Christmas and converted to Christianity in 312AD. As a result, York had its first Bishop in 314. He was also the one who moved the capital of the Empire eastwards, and set up the new city of Constantinople. True, he moved from York to Trier (better wine no doubt), but it all started in the great city of York!

And another hilarious British blogger – Mike Snowden – decided it would be fun to sleep outdoors.

In Winter.

In the North York Moors National Park.

Without a tent!

Or anything. Just a bag!

He didn’t really like it!

Oh no. It’s snowing!
This isn’t Yorkshire. But I bet after he woke up. He probably thought it was!

But isn’t it funny?

Even though everyone in the UK knows all about Yorkshire, most people outside it, seem not to have heard of it!

The Humber Bridge in Hull – connecting all of Yorkshire!

Because Yorkshire is so huge, it has been divided into North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, and of course, the historical city of York!

Not only that, even though technically, Yorkshire is part of North-West England, remote parts of the county such as Great Ayton, Runswick Bay, Middlesbrough and Dalton-on-Tees, are now considered to be a part of North East England!

It’s been years since I’ve been to Newcastle, Tyneside, Northumberland, and Durham.

In fact, my first MA was actually at Durham University – the Number four (4) ranked university in Britain!

The Yorkshire Dales

Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire, are areas which are widely considered to be among the greenest in England, due to the vast stretches of unspoilt countryside in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors!

Indeed, Yorkshire is also known as God’s Own County or God’s Own Country because of it’s beauty, and is considered to be one of the best places in Europe!

In fact, I initially watched this marvellous film at the British Shorts Film Festival, and now it’s deservedly winning award upon award. As it should!

Take a look below.

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WHY GO TO YORKSHIRE?

Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, is more than 300 years old!

Why not?!

Well, Yorkshire is in England.

And regardless of Brexit, who doesn’t like England?

It’s entwined with civilizations, history and culture, that goes back centuries!

And.

We recognise far more than we realize.

We all know the Tudors! And also the gorgeous – Jonathan Rhys-Meyers!

If you are versed in English history, you’d know well the two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the House of Lancaster – a red rose – and the House of York – a white rose.

Think Vikings!

Think Guy Fawkes!

Think the Wars of the Roses!

Think the Tudors!

Think Henry VIII!

Think Harry Potter!

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Victoria in front of the carousel fairground – York
©Frank Böster – The Music Producer

Ha! Ha! Ha!

You won’t believe it, but before this visit, I had never previously been to York!

I know!

Why you should visit Switzerland, and eat cheese!

It’s as bad as when I didn’t go to Switzerland, even though Switzerland is literally next door!

Happily, I can say that I certainly changed this situation!

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TAKE ME THERE?

Using the TransPenine Express train!

We started from Blackpool and took the train to York.

The ticket above was from our journey from Cheshire to Manchester, and even though we took the Northern Railway train from Blackpool to York, the seating arrangements and look of the train, is similar!

I booked the tickets online and in advance. If you use the website National Rail Enquiries, it would give you the variety of available train options. Britain isn’t known for having cheap transportation, so the trick is to book well in advance!

Our journey took a little over 3 hours!

Cost: Blackpool North to York – on an Advance Single ticket – Adults – £12.50 each. Children (5-15) – £6.25 – Altogether a very reasonable £31.25 on the Northern Railway train!

If you’re really short on cash, you could of course take the bus-coach using the National Express or Megabus and check for prices, as in many case, the trains were surprisingly, by far the cheapest way to travel through the North!

The trains are not as plush or as spacious as those in Germany, and the train station in Blackpool is rather small, so give yourself plenty of time, as you can’t reserve a seat!

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IS IT GOING TO BE CROWDED?

Victoria outside Monk’s Bar – York City Wall – York
©Frank Böster – The Music Producer

It depends on the time of year!

We were in York during the best time of all – Halloween – and it was thrilling!

The Music Producer and The Tall Young Gentleman had never been in the UK during Halloween before, so they were pretty excited!

There are loads of night events and ghost activities in the city. York is quite small, so we frequently met other groups, but it was pretty well organised, as times were staggered so that you weren’t all standing in the same corner! There were a couple of whoops, and “get them,” but it was all in good fun.

We went on two night-time walking tours and ended up sprinting through the nooks and crannies of historical York with torches, a Dr. Who-like character, and being chased by zombies!

But in the summer, crowds are going to be huge, and the streets are quite narrow, so watch your handbag and wallets, queue smartly, and elbows at the ready!

Plan well.

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WHAT IS YORKSHIRE LIKE?

I’m a Yorkshire terrier and I’m impressive. So is Yorkshire!

We were only there for 3 days, but Yorkshire definitely made an impression on me.

Yorkshire as a whole is just wild!

It’s of historical and architectural interest, the local people are common folk, open-minded, loyal, reliable, packed with common sense, and typical of the North in speaking plainly, with a lovely Yorkshire burr!

And it’s quite beautiful!

I DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH VERY WELL.

No need to speak. Let nature do the talking!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

The locals speak with a Yorkshire accent.

The type of working class English that you would find in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Northumbria, the Merseyside, Cumbria, Cheshire, Leeds, Hull, Middlesbrough, and certain parts of Northern England!

The proud accent of Sean Bean, and pretty much most of the Stark clan and anyone from The North, in Game of Thrones!

But don’t worry.

Just smile.

Have a drink.

And you’ll be fine in a jiffy!

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AM I GOING TO LIVE IN A HUT?

You don’t have to live in a Yorkshire Dale barn. Unless you want to!

Ha! Ha!

This is England!

Not unless you want to!

I’M ON A BUDGET, BUT I’M LOOKING FOR A BIT MORE LUXURY AS I DON’T WANT TO ROUGH IT! WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Now, let’s be honest. Britain isn’t cheap. The trick is clever planning!

Now, let’s be honest.

Britain isn’t cheap.

If you’re from Western Europe, the US, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, or any of the Nordic countries, then Britain will be similar, if not cheaper than your own country!

If not, you could be in trouble!

The trick is clever planning!

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WHERE WE STAYED:

Our late night snack & a pot of tea at our Clearly Apartments Bootham York!

After our holiday in Madrid last year, we decided to always get an extra hotel / hostel room, or an apartment, so that our teenager doesn’t have to share personal space with his parents!

Frankly, if you’re paying between £35.00 – £60.00 per night, for huge apartments with a working kitchen, a terrace, and in some cases, even a piano, you simply can’t go wrong!

Book ahead to get good prices.

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After much research, I chose the very nice Clearly Apartments Bootham York.

I made our reservation via booking.com.

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Our living / dining room at our two-bedroom two-bathroom Clearly Apartments Bootham York!

The Clearly Apartments Bootham York is a lovely two-bedroom two-bathroom apartment in a quiet residential neighbourhood.

I loved the fact that the apartment was a mere seven (7) minute walk from the city centre.

We had two bedrooms with two en-suite bathrooms (yes!) which our teenage son liked enormously. There was also free refreshments, milk, WiFi, and a laundry room (with dryer), that we forgot to use until it was too late!

In fact, our bedspread and pillows were so comfy, that I dropped off within minutes!

The en-suite private bedroom of our teenager at the Clearly Apartments Bootham York, was comfy too!

Cost: For a standard two bedroomed – two bathroom apartment in the UK – £143.10 (including tax) per night, or for 4 people – £35.78 a pop!

You’re welcome!

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WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORT POSSIBILITIES?

Train travel through Yorkshire is best.
Followed by hiking & cycling through fields, then using the car when you’re utterly knackered!

Yorkshire is huge, so travelling by train is best!

Your next most enjoyable means of transport is hiking, trekking, rambling, walking, & cycling through open fields.

As well as sailing or river cruising.

Or you can of course, use the Yorkshire local services or the car, when you’re utterly knackered!

ANYTHING ELSE?

The Hogwarts Express at the National Railway Museum – York

Most museums and galleries, are free of charge.

Most importantly, if you live in the UK or visit the UK on a regular basis, there is quite frequently, free admission for 12 months included in your ticket, so don’t throw it away!

MY VERDICT:

Camping in Yorkshire. Happy Days!

I have happy childhood memories of camping and hiking through Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors!

I’m sure you will too.

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WOULD I COME AGAIN?

Totally!

Yorkshire is heaven.

It’s wild and captivating, and makes you feel alive!

I can’t wait to visit again.

Let’s do it!

HOW TO VISIT YORKSHIRE. AND YORK!

How to visit Yorkshire. And York!

This article isn’t sponsored, and all opinions and the wonders of Yorkshire that we gloried in, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

I went on a press trip to Hamburg. Watch out for the details!

I’ll be continuing my last visit to the UK next year!

In January, I’ll be visiting Belgium!

I’ll be at the British Shorts Film Festival taking place between 11th – 17th January, 2018. If you’re an aspiring film-maker submission is free of charge, so hurry!

I’ll be at Berlin Fashion Week taking place between 16th – 18th January, 2018

I’ll be at the 33rd British Council Literature Seminar – #BritLitBerlin taking place between 25th – 27th January, 2018. If you want to attend or join in, registration is now open!

Save the Date!

I’ll be there. Will you?

If you’re not in Berlin in winter, you’re missing out!

December is going to be glowing!

Yay!

How to visit Yorkshire. And York!

Watch this space!

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How to visit Yorkshire. And York!
How to visit Yorkshire. And York!

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3 days in York – 33 things to do!

The real Diagon Alley or The Shambles - a 14th century cobbledstone street in York!<br /> 3 days in York - 33 things to do! ©VistBritain / Andrew Pickett
The real Diagon Alley or The Shambles – a 14th century cobblestone street in York!
3 days in York – 33 things to do! ©VistBritain / Andrew Pickett

So, last week, I introduced the city of York to you, including ten (10) exciting things you probably didn’t even know!

Oh, and if you didn’t know, where have you been?

 

 

 

Our very own Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finally engaged!

You know how much I adore the Royal Family, not only doing documentaries about the Queen, but getting to hobnob with Prince William and Kate Middleton too!

I am delighted for them.

North America. You’re welcome!

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How I went to Liverpool, and I wasn’t robbed!
© Liverpool 360

As you know, I spent the Autumn visiting the UK and travelling around Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester, Blackpool, Derbyshire and Yorkshire! And Liverpool!

If you’re just tuning in, here’s a recap:

Ye-Ha!

And of course, if you want to read about Scotland and other British things, just follow the link here!

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YORKSHIRE:

3 days in York – 33 things to do!

Yorkshire, otherwise known as Yorks or the County of York, is a county in Northern England, and the largest in the UK!

Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire, are areas which are widely considered to be among the greenest in England, due to the vast stretches of unspoilt countryside in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors!

The emblem of Yorkshire is the White Rose, of the royal English House of York.

The War of the Roses – Elizabeth Woodvill (Rebecca Ferguson) – The White Queen

If you are versed in English history, you’d know well the Wars of the Roses between the two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the House of Lancaster – a red rose – and the House of York – a white rose. If you enjoy watching British cultural dramas, you might recognise the name in the wonderful BBC TV series – The White Queen!

I have happy childhood memories of camping in the Yorkshire Dales, but this time we visited the lovely historical city of York!

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The Music Producer & Victoria on Bootham Bar – York City Wall – York

Ha! Ha! Ha!

You won’t believe it, but before this visit, I had never previously been to York!

I know!

Why you should visit Switzerland, and eat cheese!

It’s as bad as when I didn’t go to Switzerland, even though Switzerland is literally next door!

In order to rectify this, I reached out to the very nice people at Visit York, and they were great! We used VIP press passes in order to experience the attractions of the York Pass.

Thanks so much!

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YORK

 

 

York is one of the oldest cities in the UK!

York is a historic city, and like Chester, is also a walled one! It has a rich heritage, and has been around for more than 2,000 years!

It was previously an Anglo-Saxon trading port known as Eoforwic, and then became more established under the Romans.

In 71 AD, it was known as Eboracum!

Return of the Vikings – Wolf Burning

As far back as 866, the south of Northumbria – otherwise known as modern-day Yorkshire – was invaded and conquered by fierce Norsemen from Scandinavia, which is present day Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, known as Jórvík!

In medieval times, York became a most important political region via the House of York and an even more important religious symbol from which people did pilgrimages, and the seat of the Archbishop of York since AD 735!

Trains were an important part of the Industrial Revolution
North York Moors Railway – Yorkshire © Welcome to Yorkshire

By the 19th & 20th century, York was part of the Industrial Revolution that would turn the fortunes of Britain forever!

Today, the population of York is roughly 153,717, and is otherwise known as the City Of York, but certainly, not to be confused with any Cities of York ork Cities in the United States of America!

3 DAYS IN YORK – 33 THINGS TO DO!

My piece of fudge in York! 3 days in York – 33 things to do!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

1.  Ramble through the cobbled streets of York

2.  Put on some horns and be a viking for the day at the JORVIK Viking Centre

3.  Heave yourself up the York City Wall – the longest medieval town walls in England – and walk along ’em!

4.  Have traditional Afternoon Tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms – one of York’s best, and oldest places to have High Tea!

5.  Climb the magnificent York Minster – the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe!

Victoria & The Tall Young Gentleman outside the York Castle Museum – York
©Frank Böster – The Music Producer

6.  Climb up the last remaining part of the intriguing medieval Norman York Castle – otherwise known as Cliffords Tower! 

7.  Visit Kirkgate (built in 1938) at the York Castle Museum, and put yourself in the streets of Victorian England!

8.  Search for magic in the original Diagon Alley and get yourself a bit of Potter memorabilia at The Shop That Must Not Be Named!

9.  Lose yourself in the historical street of York – otherwise known as the Shambles – a 14th century cobblestone alley, and the most medieval street in England!

10.  Invest in a York Pass so that you can get into many places of interest for free!

Horrible Histories – Vikings

11.  Scare yourself silly at the York Dungeon, where the Horrible Histories of York can be learnt, audience participate in the stories, and actors pop up surprisingly!

12.  Learn about the history of chocolate in York where not only is it an important industry, but it also has it’s own museum!

13.  Walk along the beautiful riverside in Bishopthorpe. Simply one of the best things that you can do, in any riverside city-destination!

14.  Go on the River Ouse, sail along on a river cruise, and listen to the history of York at the waterside.

15.  Explore life in the Middle Ages, touch, feel, dress up and hear, as you imagine yourself living in mediaeval times, as the Lord Mayor of York, at his 14th century home at Barley Hall!

 

16.  We all know Henry VIII, but did you know his father – Henry VII – who was the first Tudor King of England! Why not visit the Henry VII Experience to find out who he really was!

psst. If you’ve watched the BBC version of the White Queen, you’ll know!

17.  And while you’re at it, you might as well get to know Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England, and also it was rumoured, the person who gave the word for the two (2) little princes (Edward and Richard) to be murdered in the Tower of London in 1483, and their bodies never to be found, until 1674! But is it true? Visit the Richard III Experience and find out for yourself!

18.  Hop on the historical train and learn all about 300 years of history at the National Railway Museum. And it’s absolutely free of charge too!

19.  Learn all about Guy Fawkes, and his 1605 Gunpowder Plot. Thankfully, he didn’t succeed, and every year on November the 5th, we celebrate that fact with singing, fireworks, an effigy, and a bonfire!

20.   York’s history is full of death, blood and gore. Join a sinister production of the York Terror Trail, and be a part of the story!

The Original Ghost Walk of York, believed to be the first exclusive ghost walk in the world!

21.  Go on a ghost walk. There are plenty throughout the city of York. We went on two of them! Not only did we go on a terror trail, but on the Original Ghost Walk of York, believed to be the first exclusive ghost walk in the world!

Gulp!

All you have to do is choose one, and go screaming through the streets!

22.  See great drama at the 270 year old York Theatre Royal. With a wide variety of performances, events, activities, and pantomimes featuring the UK’s longest-running Dame, there’s bound to be something you like!

23.  Have a drink at the Golden Fleece Inn – reputedly the most haunted pub in York. And see whether you actually see ghosts. Or something else!

24.  And if you’re full of courage, visit the Kings Arms Pub – said to be the most famous pub in York – otherwise known as The Pub that Floods –  due to the fact that when the city floods, the pub floods with it! It has even been known to have punters standing on upturned crates and floating in and out with canoes, so that they can keep on drinking! Now that’s what I call the British spirit!

25.  Marvel at the smallest street with the longest name in the world – Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate!

Victoria in front of the carousel fairground – York
©Frank Böster – The Music Producer

26.  Get yourself a home-made roast beef sandwich at any of the locally owned sandwich cafés

27.  Indulge your inner-child and take a horse-ride on the carousel fairground, which has been around for over 100 years, and is a well-loved York institution!

28.  If you’ve never had English fudge, you’ve never lived! And don’t even get me started on treacle toffee. I have very fond memories of almost breaking my jaw ‘cos of all the toffee, that I had bought. Yum!

29.  Go shopping in York. And why not?!

30.  Visit the farmers market and other traditional markets, opened on various days of the week, in York

My mojito cocktail – 2 for the price of 1 in York!

31.  Have cocktails during Happy Hour! We found a gastro-pub – the Slug & Lettuce York – which had fantastic cocktail prices. I mean, on the day that we “stepped in, it was a Monday night, the offer on was 50% Off Food Monday! And cocktails were 2 for 1, ALL day EVERY day! And with mocktails going for as little as £3.95 for a Bambini Bellini, thus £1.97 a glass, my pocket was very happy! We didn’t have our dinner there, but a few snacks and a couple of drink, certainly went down very well…!

32.  While in York, visit any one of the UK’s loveliest national parks – the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

33.  York is home to the Yorkshire Pudding! A Yorkshire pud is often served with roast beef, roast potatoes, a selection of seasonal vegetables, generous lashings of thick gravy, and is one of Britain’s most important food item, when having the all-important traditional Sunday roast!

Oh yeah!

So, there you have it.

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3 DAYS IN YORK – 33 THINGS TO DO!

My pint of beer at the Kings Arms Pub – The Pub that Floods – York
3 days in York – 33 things to do! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

This article isn’t sponsored, and even though we received VIP press passes, courtesy of Visit York, all opinions and the great #YorkAdventure that we experienced, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

I’ll be writing about my visit to the UK, and travelling around Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester, Blackpool, Derbyshire and Yorkshire! And Liverpool!

I’ll also be visiting Hamburg in December. Watch out on Twitter!

Yippee!

December is going to be sparkling!

Victoria outside Monk’s Bar – York City Wall – York
©Frank Böster – The Music Producer

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3 days in York – 33 things to do!

Have you ever been to York? What would you choose to do if you could have a #Yorkadventure? Let me know in the comments below!

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