thumperracer asked this question 9 years, 6 months ago:

Near Kleber?

I am completely unfamiliar with the area so I don't know if it is one large urban mess, or rural with villages. What I am trying to find are suggestions for areas to live within a reasonable commute from Kleber. I don't like being isolated, but I don't like crowds either. What I would like is to be near enough to walk to a grocery store, bakery, maybe a farmers market. It would be great if there was an Italian restaurant three blocks one way and a Mexican restaurant four blocks the other way with an cafe and a pub a block away in the other two directions.

Does this sound like any particular neighborhood or village?



9 years, 6 months ago

That is a very tall order.

I will do the best I can, but someone else is going to have to chime in here.

There are a few villages near Kleber. You'd be hard pressed to not find a village that doesn't have a bakery and/or small market selling meats. Right next to Kleber is a large store called Real. It it kind of like a Super Walmart. But, something you should remember before getting all gung-ho about buying things on the German economy is that The Euro (at this writing) is kicking The Dollar all over the place. A Euro will cost you about $1.40 (+/-) right now.

Italian restaurants are in no shortage here. I sometimes joke that there are more Italian restaurants per square foot than German restaurants.

Oh, regarding your question about the area being one large urban mess or smaller villages, the answer is smaller villages.

I have been here for 16 months and given the choice, would not leave.

9 years, 6 months ago

I wouldn't do much shopping off base, but it's nice to not have to drive twenty miles if I found out I ran out of potato chips or flour. And having eaten German food in Germany I completely understand the absense of German restaurants.

So what is "Kaiserslautern" actually? Is it a large city, a small town with a lot of US military bases nearby, or the region?

How long is an average commute to Kleber?

9 years, 6 months ago

Kaiserslautern is a city. It is quite large. It is broken down into villages. Kleber can easily be reached via back streets or autobahn. I go over to the DFAC on Kleber every now and again. From Vogelweh it takes roughly 15 minutes to get there via autobahn. If you take the back streets add 5-10 minutes.

Here is a link to give you an idea of the area. This is from Vogelweh to Kleber. If you are going from Ramstein, add about 10 minutes to the ride. If you zoom out on the map, you can look at the names of the nearby villages to Kleber.

Here is info on Kleber.

Here is info on Kaiserslautern.

9 years, 5 months ago

Quote by thumperracer:
I am completely unfamiliar with the area so I don't know if it is one large urban mess, or rural with villages. What I am trying to find are suggestions for areas to live within a reasonable commute from Kleber. I don't like being isolated, but I don't like crowds either. What I would like is to be near enough to walk to a grocery store, bakery, maybe a farmers market. It would be great if there was an Italian restaurant three blocks one way and a Mexican restaurant four blocks the other way with an cafe and a pub a block away in the other two directions. Does this sound like any particular neighborhood or village?


The only place that comes to mind is Enkenbach-Alsenborn. The commute by car would be ~15 minutes. Possibly, Hochspeyer as well. However, no Mexican Restaurants there ;-) Make sure that high speed internet connection is available !!! http://www.enkenbach-alsenborn.de/

9 years, 5 months ago

Quote by GPJ2006:
The only place that comes to mind is Enkenbach-Alsenborn. The commute by car would be ~15 minutes. Possibly, Hochspeyer as well. However, no Mexican Restaurants there ;-) Make sure that high speed internet connection is available !!! http://www.enkenbach-alsenborn.de/


Being the Internet junkie I am, Internet speed was a major concern when looking for a house. But, with housing being so torturous to find, I had to compromise and got 2mb service. Happily, next week, Deutsche Telekom is rolling out up to 15mb service. I may never get away from my computer.

Anyway, don't let Internet speed be a huge factor. Finding a house is difficult enough. If you find one, be happy that you found something.

9 years, 5 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
Being the Internet junkie I am, Internet speed was a major concern when looking for a house. But, with housing being so torturous to find, I had to compromise and got 2mb service. Happily, next week, Deutsche Telekom is rolling out up to 15mb service. I may never get away from my computer.

Anyway, don't let Internet speed be a huge factor. Finding a house is difficult enough. If you find one, be happy that you found something.


Well......with husband deployed a lot of times and daughter back in the US, I may just compromise on the house ;-)

9 years, 5 months ago

Enkenbach Alsenborn will be the only village in Rhineland-Platz with its own internet provider soon. They spent thousands laying cable all through the village a few months back. Not sure when the kick off date will be, my german friend from the school tells me about these developments. I am sure those at the Rathaus will know though.

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