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The golden mean. Not a giant metropolis and not a tiny village. A relatively large city with relatively eventful life, but not overly noisy. Very green, many park zones, lakes. Something is happening all the time, there is also somewhere to go, something to see, regular performances from world-over.
I don’t even know where I’d rather live if not here! A European capital. A city with rich history. Well-developed infrastructure. Healthy economy and politics (some might disagree, but not I), reasonable people, extremely tolerant.
Seaside: many lakes within 30 minutes!
The overall impression is very good. However, even though most Germans are very polite in communication, you still feel a distance (it’s probably just their mentality). Therefore it isn’t easy for an immigrant to make a German friend, still, exceptions occur.
Of course, you should get integrated into the society, learn the language, communicate more with the locals and not only with your compatriots, and immerse yourself in German culture. The barrier will disappear then, you won’t feel separated from the society and will not feel the need to distinguish yourself as a Russian among Germans, as many immigrants do.
Seaside: the German shores of the Baltic Sea are 6 to 7 hours away by train, about 650 km. The Italian coast is even closer, many Germans go there or to Croatia for holidays. There aren’t many lakes and rivers you can swim in around Nuremberg, but there are 3 or 4. There is also a cool waterpark :) There are more lakes around Munich.
The Alps are very close by, we go skiing to Austria and France every winter and spring several times per year. There are also glaciers that have snow year-round, but maybe in July. The nature of the southern Bavaria is very beautiful, getting even more so, the closer to the Alps you are. Alpine meadows, forests, mountain lakes – beauty incarnate.
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